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Just the one runner this week with Albishr getting the yard started for the turf season at Newbury on Friday. He runs in the 14.25 Dubai Duty Free Full Of Surprises Handicap, over 7f, with Oisin Murphy in the saddle. This Clodovil colt was last seen running in the three year old championship race at Lingfield on All Weather Championship Day. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Kirby who got him in to a nice position. He was able to keep up with the early pace which was a worry as it was his first try over 6f but he wasn’t able to quicken at the business end. He has come out of that race in good order and his form has always been much better on the turf. His best run came when finishing second in a Listed race to Mildenberger, at Salisbury last year and he came out and won the Fielden Stakes this week. Our horse is training well and we are hoping he can get competitive off a mark of 93, back in handicap company.
Another quiet week this week with just the one runner but that recipe worked very well last week with Le Torrent winning again, making it four wins from five starts since joining the yard. We’ll be hoping we can have a 100% record this week too.
Roundabout Magic is due to run at Lingfield on Wednesday, in the 16.20 Workflow Group Handicap, over 5f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This partnership was a winning one when last seen at the end of February. He broke very well and was covered up in the early stages by Marquand. He travelled with all of his usual enthusiasm and just wanted to get on with things so it was nice to have horses around him. He was still going very well turning in to the straight but he had a few lengths to make up on the leaders. Marquand pulled him out for a clear run down the middle of the track and he started to pick up. He battled very well in the last furlong and got his head in front with a few yards to go. That was his fifth course and distance win in two years so he has given his syndicate, Six Mile Hill Racing a lot of fun. He has come out of the race in good order and is ready to run again. He is up another 3lb for his last win which will make like tougher but he is running over a track and trip he loves so hopefully he can run well once again.
We had an excellent week last week with three of our four runners obliging. We had a big price double on Wednesday evening with the progressive Sparkalot gaining his fourth career start from seven runs. That was followed by an excellent performance from Le Torrent who managed to get back to winning ways after 681 days off the track. On Friday night Native Fighter just got up in the nick of time to win his second race for the yard which takes him to two wins and two placed efforts since joining us.
We have a few more horses to go to war with again this week: Bobby Biscuit, Albishr, Mr Scaramanga, Emenem and Sparkalot.
Bobby Biscuit has been entered at Chelmsford, on Thursday, in the 16.05 totetrifecta Pick The 1,2,3 Handicap, over 1m, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Scat Daddy colt has only has three career starts to date. He made his debut at Kempton last September and ran very well to finish fourth of ten in a race where the form has worked out very well. He then had a slight break and was not seen again until the beginning of this year where he put in a very gutsy performance to win from another Epsom trained horse. We then decided to pitch him in to higher grade and at the beginning of March where he ran in The Kentucky Derby Trial at Kempton. He broke well and was able to lay up with the early pace but around four furlongs from home the eventual winner made a move around the field and squeezed him up. He lost his action for a few strides and was off the bridle there after. In the end he faded in to last place. He is none the worse for that run and would have hopefully learned a lot from it. He has been given an initial mark of 79 by the handicapper so we are hoping that he can continue his progression now handicapping.
Albishr is likely to run at Lingfield on Good Friday, in the 32Red £ Year Old All-Weather Championships Conditions Stakes, over 6f, with Adam Kirby in the saddle. This Clodovil Colt has had three starts for the yard after being purchased from Richards Hannon’s, where his best performance came when finishing second in a Listed race, at Salisbury, over 7f. He is yet to replicate that level of form for us yet. He finished second, twice on his first two starts for the yard, both at Kempton. He was last seen finishing fourth of six in a Listed race, at Lingfield, over 7f. He broke well and soon found himself at the front of the field. He took the field along at steady fraction under Tom Marquand but was headed two furlongs form home. He stayed on well enough in the straight but did not have enough toe to challenge the main protagonists. It was good to get him accustomed with Lingfield before Good Friday but the drop to 6f will be a bit of an experiment and he will have it all to do at the weights. He is in good form at home and we are hoping he can run a competitive race.
Mr Scaramanga will also head to Lingfield on Good Friday. He runs in the 16.10 Sunbets All-Weather Mile Championships Conditions Stakes, over 1m. Adam Kirby rides again. This Sir Percy colt had been running consistently well before his last start. Before his latest outing he nearly got the better of one of the most progressive horses on the all weather this season in Goring but eventually lost out by a nose. He was last seen running in the Lincoln trial at Wolverhampton. He broke well and was settled in behind the early leaders. He was quite keen in the early stages but settled better after a few furlongs. He could have been called the winner turning in to the straight and he had every chance but it looked as though he just got out stayed in the last furlong. He has come out of that race in good form and it is often the case that horses struggle to replicate their Lingfield form on the tapeta. He would have a few pounds to find with some of the best of these but there is brilliant prize money on offer and if he could bring some of it home we’d be delighted.
Emenem is likely to run on Saturday at Kempton in the 16.20 Racing UK Roseberry Handicap (London Middle Distance Series Qualifier), over 1m 3f. This Sir Percy gelding is an admirably consistent horse. He has had 21 career starts to date, starting his life in handicaps on his fourth career start off a mark of 66. He now finds himself on a mark of 94. Of those 21 starts he has won five, finished second five times and third four times. He was last seen finishing second at Lingfield over 1m 2f. He broke well and was settled just in behind the leaders by Tom Marquand. He travelled well and got in to a lovely rhythm. He was asked to quicken two furlongs out which he did and he had every chance to win the race. Progressive Abe Lincoln had other ideas and swooped late to catch him where it mattered most. He has come out of that race well and has been put up 1lb for that effort. The race on Saturday is likely to be ultra competitive but he is a course winner so we are hoping he can run well.
Sparkalot will join Emenem at Kempton. He will run in the 16.55 Watch Racing UK On The Go Handicap, over 6f. This horse is another very exciting prospect for the yard who now boasts four wins from seven starts for his owners Robert Moss, Dale Brennan and Harry Redknapp. All of his career successes have come over this course and distance and that was the case on Wednesday night. He broke well and was settled in mid division, on the rail by Luke Morris. He travelled well in behind the leaders and Morris always looked to be sitting confidently. The cut away came and the field fanned out giving Sparkalot a nice split between runners. A furlong from home it looked as though the leader had him at it as he took a few strides to hit top gear. However, when he did he put the race to bed very well and in the end won by what was probably a cosy half length. He is a big, strong type and is progressing all of the time. He has come out of his latest outing in great order and we are hoping he can progress again.
After a quiet week last week with no runners we have four likely this week in the form of: Sparkalot, Le Torrent, License To Thrill and Native Fighter.
Sparkalot is due to run on Wednesday, at Kempton, in the 19.45 Matchbook Betting Podcast Handicap, over 6f, with Luke Morris taking the ride. This Bated Breath colt is a fine stamp of a horse and was last seen winning over course and distance. He had a very difficult draw that day in stall ten and Morris had little chance but to drop him in. He travelled well throughout the race and was still going well turning for home. He looked to have a lot of ground to make up turning in to the straight but was still very much on the bridle. He got a lovely split when the cut away came and he went through it with plenty of ease. He quickened up nicely and put daylight between himself and the rest of the field. He hung slightly in the last half furlong but he had won the race by then so there was no harm done. He has come out of that race in great form and is ready to run again now. He has been put up 5lb for that win which seems fair and he should have every chance again if he gets a nice draw.
Le Torrent is also due to run on Wednesday at Kempton. He goes in the 20.45 Pat Hughes Memorial Handicap, over 2m, with Tom Marquand in the saddle. This Sir Percy gelding has only had three career starts to date for Clear Height and has won two of them. He was last seen finishing down the field in a handicap at Wolves but that was nearly two years ago. He has had a setback or two since then so has not been on the track. He has been training away for the past few months and is ready to run again now. He will likely need the run but he was progressive before this so we will hopefully have some fun with him this season.
License To Thrill has been entered at Lingfield on Friday, in the 14.10 Play Slots At sunbets.co.uk/vegas Handicap, over 1m, with Luke Morris booked. This Mizzen Mast gelding has been running consistently of late and has earnt prize money on his previous two starts. He was last seen finishing fourth of twelve at Lingfield at the beginning of the month. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Tom Marquand. He dropped his head and travelled professionally throughout the race. He was asked to quicken turning in to the straight but was unable to quicken enough to trouble the eventual placed horses. It was another good performance and we are hoping that he can get his head in front if things drop right for him on Friday.
Native Fighter may join License To Thrill on Friday. He would run in the 20.15 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Oisin Murphy getting the leg up. This Lawman colt has been a revelation since joining us from Germany. He finished third on his first start, second on his penultimate start and won with some ease on his latest start at Kempton. He was ridden by Oisin that day who got him in to a brilliant position in the early stages, just in behind the leaders. He travelled well and Oisin always looked to be where he wanted to be. He got all the breaks he needed in the straight and quickened up well when asked, in the last two furlongs. He put the race to bed in good fashion and has clearly progressed with racing. He has come out of that race in great form and is training well at home. He has been put up 5lb for the win which will make his life more difficult but if he can run a similar race again then he should have a chance of winning again.
The winners continued last week with The Six Mile Hill Syndicate enjoying another course and distance success with Roundabout Magic at Lingfield. Emenem also ran well to finish second on the same card. We have four potential runners this week.
License To Thrill will run at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 14.00 Play For Free Atsunbets.co.uk/vegas Handicap, over 1m, with Tom Marquand riding. This Mizzen Mast gelding returned to the track after a year off at the end of January and ran with credit before finishing down the field. He ran again last week breaking well but was held up towards the rear of the field by Tom Marquand. He travelled well at the rear but was always going to have a lot of ground to make up from that position. He looked one paced in the straight before staying on in to fifth. It was an improved performance from his seasonal reappearance so we are hoping that he can progress again on Thursday.
Bobby Biscuit is also due to run at Kempton on Wednesay. He goes in the 19.10 “Road To The Kentucky Derby” Conditions Stakes, over 1m, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This horse is one of a few Scat Daddys left in training and we are lucky to have him. He started his career in September and ran with plenty of credit to finish fourth in a race that has worked out very well. He had a break after that and then ran again at the end of January. He broke well and was challenging for the early lead. He travelled well despite showing signs of greenness. He took the race up two furlongs from home and went clear in the straight. He was there to be shot at and hung slightly in the last two furlongs but when he got some company in the last half furlong he really stuck his head out and battled to the line. He would have learnt a lot from that race and looks in great form at home. The race on Wednesday looks very tough on paper and he has the widest draw of the field but it will tell us a lot about how good he is.
Ojala has an entry at Wolverhampton on Saturday. He is a progressive colt by Epaulette and has won three of his six starts to date. He won first time in a handicap and the form of that race worked out well. He then went on to win on New Years Eve in a weak looking contest but would have needed the run. His latest win came at the beginning of February at Kempton, over 7f. He broke well and was settled just in behind the leaders by Tom Marquand. He travelled with plenty on enthusiasm and was always in a good position to pounce. Turning for home he was pulled out wide to get a clear run. He quickened very well and battled on to the line with a great attitude to win by a head. He is in good order at home and the handicapper has put him up 1lb which would give him every chance to get his head in front again.
Mr Scaramanga has the option of a Listed race or a Class 2 handicap at the weekend. He ran a brilliant race last time out when running in a very competitive Class 2 handicap at Lingfield over 1m. Marquand did well to get him in to such a good position from a wide draw, settling him in mid field during the early stages. He was keen through the first few furlongs but then dropped his head as the field started to quicken. He turned in to the straight and looked to have every chance and could have been called the winner a furlong from home. He kept on very well under pressure in the last furlong and was just done on the line by the highly progressive Goring. He has come out of that race in great form but the handicapper has out him up 2lb for finishing second which is never ideal. He should run well where ever he goes.