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Intended Runners

We have five likely runners this week and we are excited to have two runners over The Derby Festival weekend.

Prince Rock is going to run at Chelmsford tomorrow, in the 15.10 Bet totequadpot At totesport.com Handicap, over 6f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Society Rock gelding is still a maiden after twelve starts but was second over this course and distance last summer. He has been given a nice long break and has done very well for it. He is likely to need the run tomorrow but we are hoping he will be able to get a win to his name soon enough.

Chica De La Noche will join her stable mate tomorrow at Chelmsford. She runs in the 16.20 Bet toteswinger At totesport.com Fillies’ Handicap, over 7f, with Harry Bentley in the saddle. This Teofilo filly has been remarkable in the last few months, finishing in the money in her last thirteen starts, winning three of them. One of those wins came last time out Lingfield, over 7f, with Adam Kirby riding her. She broke alertly and settled just in behind the leaders. She travelled well down to the three pole and was asked to mount her challenge soon after. She quickened up nicely and stayed on well in the last furlong to score by just under a length. She has come out of that race in great order and is going well at home. A further 5lb hike in the weights will make like difficult for her but she has been so consistent of late it would be impossible to rule her out.

Mont Kiara is entered at Brighton on Tuesday, in the 17.00 Sky Sports Racing On Virgin 535 Handicap, over 6f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Kendargent gelding won for us on his first outing for the yard, when dead heating at Kempton but has lost his way a bit since then. He was last seen finishing down the field in a competitive Ascot handicap. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Harry Bentley. He travelled well and was given every chance in the last two furlongs but faded tamely when it mattered most. He is now a few pounds lower than his last winning mark so we are hoping he can run well

Corazon Espinado could take his chance on Friday, at Epsom Downs, for the 14.35 Investec Mile Handicap, over 1m 0.5f. This son of Iffraaj was progressive last season, starting the year off a mark of 69 and finishing the year off 87. He won over course and distance at Epsom’s Spring Meeting last year and also finished second in a Class 2 handicap at Kempton. He has had three starts this year and was last seen finishing in mid division at Windsor, over a mile. He broke quickly that day and took the field along at even fractions. He travelled enthusiastically and had every chance 3f from home. He was headed inside the two pole and stayed on after that. He has come out of that in good order and a 2lb drop in the weights will aid his cause in what will be an ever competitive handicap.

Mr Scaramanga is also likely to run on Oaks Day. He runs in the 15.45 Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap, over 1m 2f. This Sir Percy gelding has been dropping down the weights for a while now and ran a fine race in defeat last time out at Windsor over 1m 2f. He broke quickly and soon found himself at the front of the field. Murphy tried to get some cover but there wasn’t any to take and he was keen in the early stages. He dropped in for a couple of furlongs and he then settled better but four from home found himself challenging for the lead again. He looked to have every chance in the last three but was just out stayed by a fellow Epsom horse. He has come out of that race in good form and is well handicapped if able to recapture some of his old spark.

We have four likely runners for the week: Te Amo Te Amo, El Borracho, Emenem and Mont Kiara.

Te Amo Te Amo is due to run tomorrow at Wolverhampton, in the 14.20 NFRC Midlands Handicap, over 6f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Kyllachy colt has been running well in handicap company of late. He was last seen finishing fourth of ten at Windsor over 5f. He broke well that day and was settled in mid division by Tom Marquand. The horse travelled well and was asked to quicken two furlongs from home. He stayed on rather than quickened in the later part of the race and was not really able to challenge the placed horses. He has come out of that race well and has been dropped another 2lb which should aid his cause.

El Borracho has been entered at Lingfield on Thursday, in the 14.15 Parker Andrews Handicap, over 1m 3.5f. This Society Rock gelding had his last run at the end of March and struggled to get competitive after missing the break. He was held up throughout and wasn’t able to pick up in the straight. He is another who has been dropped in the weights but might need the run after a short break.

Emenem is likely to head to Goodwood on Friday and he will run in the 16.40 thamesmaterials.com Handicap, over 2m, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Sir Percy gelding was last seen running in The Great Metropolitan at Epsom’s Spring Meeting. He broke well and got in to a lovely position just in behind the leaders. He travelled very well and handled Tattenham Corner with no problems. He got a lovely split up the inside and had every chance to win the race but just got passed by a few better handicapped horses. We’ve been keen to try him over slightly further for a while as he seems to be a galloper these days rather than a quickener so it will be interesting to see if this step up in trip could bring out some improvement.

Mont Kiara could head to Salisbury on Saturday, in the 18.20 Sharp’s Doom Bar Handicap, over 6f. This Kendargent gelding won for us on his first outing for the yard, when dead heating at Kempton but has lost his way a bit since then. He was last seen finishing down the field in a competitive Ascot handicap. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Harry Bentley. He travelled well and was given every chance in the last two furlongs but faded tamely when it mattered most. He is now a few pounds lower than his last winning mark so we are hoping he can run well

We have three likely runners this week: Pacificadora, Mungo’s Quest and Te Amo Te Amo.

Pacificadora is likely to take her chance on Wednesday at Bath, in the 18.55 Value Rater/EBF Novice Stakes, over 1m 3.5f. This Declaration Of War filly is an exciting prospect for Clear Height after running exceptionally well first time out to finish third of fourteen in a novice event at Kempton, showing plenty of inexperience and then winning at the second time of asking. Last time out at Chelmsford she broke alertly and was settled in mid division by Nicky Mackay. She was far more professional through the early stages than her previous run but still showed signs of greenness through the mid part of the race, coming on and off the bridle and looking slightly off balance. She turned in to the straight and had to come widest of the field to mount her challenge. She quickened up very nicely and looked to have a little bit in hand at the line. The form of that novice stakes does look suspect with the second and third both finishing last on their next starts but the fourth horse has won and finished second, twice. She could only beat what was in front of her on the day and is bound to come on again for that experience and the step up in trip looks sure to suit.

Mungo’s Quest is likely to make his racecourse debut at Salisbury on Thursday, in the 13.40 Simon & Nerys Dutfield Memorial Novice Stake (Plus 10 Race), over 5f. This Sir Prancealot colt is just ready to get going. He is a well proportioned horse with a likeable attitude. He has come to hand quite early and would be the most precocious of the two year olds we have this year. His dam won first time out as a two year old and his sire was also a precocious type. He is likely to learn a lot from his first trip to the races but we are hoping we can have some fun with him over the summer.

Te Amo Te Amo is entered on the same card. He goes in the 15.55 Penang Turf Club Malaysia Handicap, over 6f with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This Kyllachy colt ran well last time out to finish fourth of ten at Windsor, over 5f. He broke well but was settled in mid division, behind a line of leaders by Marquand, who also rode on that occasion. He was pushed wide at an early stage and had to do all of his travelling down the middle of the track. A few of the runners continued to take him wider than ideal during the later stages but he stayed on rather than quickened anyway. He has come out of that race in good form and he is now getting competitive off his mark which is promising. Hopefully he’ll be getting his head in front sooner rather than later.

It was great to get a winner on the board last week with the ever reliable and ultra consistent Chica De La Noche scoring at Lingfield on Friday. She is a brilliant, little mare in her own grade and has now either won or been placed in 12 of her last 13 starts.

We have a few more to go to war with this week: Mr Scaramanga, Corazon Espinado, Te Amo Te Amo, Subliminal and Pacificadora. The first three run today at Windsor.

Mr Scaramanga goes in the 15.45 Sky Sports Racing On Sky 415 Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Oisin Murphy taking the ride. This son of Sir Percy was last seen running down the field on Good Friday in the Apprentice Handicap at Lingfield. He broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Levi Williams. He travelled well but was unable to quicken turning for home and had too much ground to make up. He is training well at home and continues to drop down the handicap. The step up in trip today is a bit of an unknown but we have the right man on board so we are hoping he can go well.

Corazon Espinado runs in the 16.20 Gems Handicap, over 1m with Oisin booked to ride again. This Iffraaj colt has some very good form to his name. He won four times last year and also finished second in a valuable Class 2 handicap at Kempton. He was last seen running at Kempton where he finished sixth of nine. He broke well under Marquand who soon had him in a prominent position. He travelled with plenty of enthusiasm and had every chance turning for home. He wasn’t able to quicken in the straight and faded late on. We subsequently found out he lost a shoe during the race which wouldn’t of helped his cause. He is yet to win off a mark this high but is working well and we are hoping he can get competitive.

Te Amo Te Amo will be the last runner on the card at Windsor today. He runs in the 17.30 Follow At The Races On Twitter Handicap, over 5f. Tom Marquand has been booked to ride. This Kyllachy colt was an expensive purchase from the Breeze Up Sales last year at Newmarket and has had five career starts to date. He was last seen making his handicap debut at Chelmsford where he broke well from a wide draw and was ridden prominently by Marquand. He travelled with plenty of enthusiasm and had a winning chance turning for home. He couldn’t go with the eventual winner and in the end finished sixth of eleven. He has dropped a few more pounds today and the drop in trip should also help.

Subliminal has a couple of options later in the week, on Friday and Saturday. He took a long journey up to Thirsk when last seen and it wasn’t the most fruitful of trips. He was ridden by Graham Lee who got him in to a lovely position towards the front of the field. He got in to a nice rhythm but didn’t quicken in the later stages of the race. He is none the worse for the experience and has come out of the race well. He remains on the same mark at present but we are hoping he can run a better race, slightly closer to home.

There is a chance Pacificadora could take her chance in The Lingfield Oaks Trial at the weekend. This Declaration Of War filly is an exciting prospect for Clear Height after running exceptionally well first time out to finish third of fourteen in a novice event at Kempton, showing plenty of inexperience and then winning at the second time of asking. Last time out at Chelmsford she broke alertly and was settled in mid division by Nicky Mackay. She was far more professional through the early stages than her previous run but still showed signs of greenness through the mid part of the race, coming on and off the bridle and looking slightly off balance. She turned in to the straight and had to come widest of the field to mount her challenge. She quickened up very nicely and looked to have a little bit in hand at the line. The form of that novice stakes does look suspect with the second and third both finishing last on their next starts but the fourth horse has won and finished second, twice. She could only beat what was in front of her on the day and is bound to come on again for that experience and the step up in trip looks sure to suit.

We have two runners this week: Subliminal and Chica De La Noche.

Subliminal is due to run tonight at Thirsk, in the 19.40 @thirskraces Conference Centre Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Graham Lee in the saddle. This Arcano colt has been running consistently well of late, winning for the yard three starts ago and finishing placed on his next two efforts. Last time out he broke well and was settled in behind the leaders with Tom Marquand steering. He travelled well until four from home and then had to be pushed along to maintain his position. He had every chance in the straight and did look the winner a furlong from home. He got mown down in the last few strides but it was another creditable effort. He is training nicely at home and if he can transfer his all weather form to the turf then he should run well.

Chica De La Noche is likely to take her chance on Friday, at Lingfield, in the 16.10 Patricia’s Happiness Magnet Handicap, over 7f, with Adam Kirby booked to ride. This admirably consistent filly was placed once again at the beginning of the month. That was the eleventh time she has finished in the frame from twelve starts. She broke well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Kirby. He managed to switch her off nicely and she was in a lovely rhythm at the rear of the field. She was asked to quicken two furlongs from home and she made steady ground up the straight. She had every chance but was just gaining that bit too slowly to trouble the winner. It was another great effort and if she appreciates the return to turf she should run well once again.

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