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We could have up to seven runners this week: Sargento, Te Amo Te Amo, El Borracho or Emenem, Chica De La Noche, Corazon Espinado and Roundabout Magic.
Sargento is likely to take his chance tomorrow, at Lingfield, in the 15.45 Carol McDonagh Well Done Novice Stakes, over 1m 2f, with Nicky Mackay taking the ride. This Dick Turpin gelding has had two career starts to date and has finished down the field on both occasions. He broke well enough but was held up towards the rear of the field by apprentice, Levi Williams and stayed there for the rest of the race. He is learning all of the time but may be one for handicaps when he gets his mark.
Te Amo Te Amo has two entries on Thursday at Kempton. He is a lovely colt that was purchased from The Breeze Ups in Newmarket earlier in the year and he has just been given some time to come to himself since then. He has settled in to his surroundings at Clear Height well and we are hoping that he could be an exciting horse for the future.
El Borracho and Emenem are entered in the same race at Kempton on Thursday. The 19.45 32Red Handicap, over 1m4f. Both horses have been running consistently well of late and the former only just failed over course and distance two weeks ago. Tom Marquand will ride which ever horse runs.
Chica De La Noche could also run at Kempton on Thursday. She has been entered in the 20.45 Wise Betting At racinguk.com Handicap, over 6f, with Tom Marquand booked. This Teofilo filly has run better in her last two starts, at Goodwood and Lingfield, respectively. She broke quickly under Hayley Turner last time and soon found herself at the front of the field. She took the field along and turning for home still looked to have every chance of winning. She stayed on well but was just passed by two younger slightly more progressive fillies. She has come out of the race in good order and would have a chance on her best form.
Corazon Espinado has a couple of entries at Epsom on Sunday. This Iffraaj colt won his penultimate start when winning with ease at Epsom at the end of August and then followed that effort up with what was probably a career best when finishing second in the London Mile Handicap, at Kempton. He broke well but had to be stoked up to get a prominent position by Harry Bentley during the early stages of the race. He travelled well just in behind the leaders and was still there with a chance turning for home. He was slightly short of room a couple of furlongs from home but when he got the gap he needed he quickened up very well. The eventual winner got first run on him and he just was not able to peg him back in the last furlong. It was a brilliant run and he picked up some good prize money. He has come out of that race in good order and is training well at home.
Roundabout Magic has an entry on Sunday, at Epsom as well. He could take his chance in the 17.15 Saga Possibilities Handicap, over 6f. This son of Zebedee has been running extremely consistently of late but finished down the field on his last start. He was last seen at Sandown over five furlongs where he was drawn 11/11 which was never going to make his life very easy. He broke extremely quickly and found himself in a prominent position with no cover on the outside of the field. He was keen during the early stages, looked to have a chance two furlongs from home but was just not able to finish off his race after his early exertions. He is none the worse for that run and if they went quickly and he was able to get some cover he would have a chance.
We had another reasonable week last week with El Borracho finishing second at Kempton and prior to that Corazon Espinado ran a blinder to finish second in the London Mile Handicap, picking up some very good prize money.
We have a relatively quiet week this week with just the two runners: Roundabout Magic and Emenem.
Roundabout Magic is due to run on Wednesday, at Sandown in the 13.40 Smarkets Handicap (Jockey Club Grassroots Flat Series Qualifier), over 5f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. This speedy son of Zebedee ran a courageous race last time out at Goodwood. He was one of the last races on the day at Goodwood where they had awful weather conditions and by the time he was due to run the ground had turned heavy, which would not have suited. It was difficult to see the race due to the weather but he appeared to run a similar race his normal running style: breaking quickly and racing enthusiastically behind horses. When you saw them come out of the fog he was really finishing off his race well and he had every chance in the last furlong. He stayed on very well but just didn’t have enough for the eventual winner and failed by a neck. He has come out of that race in good form, however, he has been put up 2lb for that run which now leaves him on a mark where he would have to run a career best to win.
Emenem has been entered next Saturday in the 13.45 at Newbury Dubai Duty Free Handicap, over 1m2f. This ultra consistent Sir Percy gelding was last seen running a fine race at Ascot in a 1m4f handicap. He broke quickly and was soon at the head of the field taken them along at steady fractions. He was travelling exuberantly all the way and had every chance turning for home. He looked to have a real chance three out but was passed with a furlong to go. He stayed on well in the end to finish fourth. It was his first try at the trip and it is difficult to know if he didn’t quite get the trip or he was just beaten by less exposed horses on the day. We know he enjoys 1m2f so he should run with credit on Saturday, despite the race being very competitive.
El Borracho is due to run tomorrow at Kempton, in the 20.15 32Red On The App Store Handicap, over 1m 4f, Tom Marquand rides. This Society Rock won three outings ago and had been in exceptionally consistent form prior to his last run at Epsom. He broke well last time but was held up towards the rear of the field by Hayley Turner. He travelled well enough but struggled to handle the camber when asked to mount his challenge. It also likely that he wasn’t at home on the ground. He is none the worse for that run and will be more comfortable at a track he has run well at previously.
Prince Rock could take his chance at Bath on Saturday in the 14.35 Comec Cloud Telephony Handicap, over 5.5f. This is another son of Society Rock who fluffed his lines last time out. He was awkward from the stalls and gave his jockey a hard time of things during the early stages of the race, pulling hard and never settling. He had a chance turning for home but got no luck in running and it was a rather disappointing run all being said. He remains on the same mark and if he was slightly more professional he would have a decent chance.
It was a good week last week with Roundabout Magic running extremely well in atrocious conditions at Goodwood on Sunday and then Corazon Espinado getting his fourth career win and second at his home track Epsom, on Tuesday. We have a few more to go to war with this week and will be hoping for a few more positive results.
Chica De La Noche is likely to take her chance at Goodwood on Tuesday in the 16.45 Netbet Betmaker Fillies’ Handicap, over 6f, with Nicola Currie taking the ride. This Teofilo filly had a progressive profile as a two year old and was placed behind horses who went on to win black type races. She had a couple of unfortunate incidents: one where she looked the winner in a competitive maiden, only for the saddle to slip a few metres from the line and she also unseated at the start at Epsom last year. That seems to have knocked her confidence somewhat as she has been struggling to find her form of late and has finished down the field on all four of her starts back. She continues to drop down the handicap and is well handicapped on her old form. If she is able to get a confidence booster on Tuesday we would be delighted.
Sargento is also likely to run at Goodwood on Tuesday. He will run in the 17.20 netbet.co.uk Novice Stakes, over 1m 2f, with Levi Williams taking off 7lb. This Dick Turpin gelding has had one career start to date and was seen making his racecourse debut at Lingfield, at the end of July. He was dropped out at the rear of the field by the same rider he will encounter on Tuesday but was keen and green through the early stages. He settled after a few furlongs but was always towards the rear. He struggled to go with the pack when they quickened and was given an easy time of things when beaten. He has come out of that race in good form and will have learnt a lot from the run. He will continue to progress as the season develops.
Brogans Bay will run at Kempton on Wednesday. She runs in the 18.15 32Red Casino Novice Stakes, over 6f, with Oisin Murphy booked to ride. This Born To Sea filly has had two career starts to date and was last seen finishing down the field in a similar event at the same track. She was green and pulled hard throughout the race and was never going to be able to get competitive after that. She will need to be more professional going forwards and should get more competitive when going in to handicap company.
Prince Rock is likely to run at Lingfield, on Wednesday, in the 14.10 Best Odds Guaranteed At 188Bet Handicap, over 5f. This Society Rock gelding finally started to put a run of decent efforts together after being dropped in trip. Last time out saw him run his best performance to date in a six furlong handicap, at Chelmsford. He broke slightly awkwardly but Marquand was quick to respond and soon had him in a nice position just behind the leaders. He had every chance turning for home and looked the winner two furlongs out. He ran on strongly in the finish but just got caught before the line. It was a pleasing run and he has come out of it in good order. He remains on the same mark and a similar effort would see him go close once again.
Pastoral Dreams will join the aforementioned horse and head to Lingfield on Wednesday. He will run in the 16.10 Injured Jockeys Fund Handicap, over 1m 2f. This Pastoral Pursuits gelding was last seen running at the end of July over the same course and distance. He broke quickly that day and soon found himself at the front of the field. He was then taken on for the lead and Marquand was happy to take a lead and settled in mid division. He travelled and settled well and had every chance turning for home. He stayed on rather than quickened in the last two furlongs and ended up finishing fifth of 12 on his first start over 1m 2f. He seems well in himself at home and is training well at present so we are hoping he can break his maiden soon enough.
We have a few runners this week but all are subject to weather changes.
El Borracho could run at Epsom tomorrow in the 16.50 gloval.csair.com Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Hayley Turner taking the ride. This Society Rock gelding has been in good form of late and won his penultimate start. Last time out at Lingfield he broke well under Charles Bishop who dropped him out towards the rear of the field. He travelled well and came with a menacing looking run three furlongs from home when a gap came on the inside. He had every chance but just found one opponent too good. He has come out of that race in good form and has been put up a further 2lb for his latest effort. It is a tough race tomorrow but we are hoping he can run well.
Corazon Espinado has options on both Monday and Tuesday at Epsom but would not want the ground to get too soft. This Iffraaj colt had his last start at Salisbury in the competitive little mile handicap. He broke well and took the field along at steady fractions, however, slightly keener than ideal. He was off the bridle three from home and was there to be passed. He stayed on well in the last two furlongs and ended up finishing a creditable third. He has come out of the race in good order and has been dropped 1lb. He is a course and distance winner which is also a plus at Epsom so we are hoping he can run well.
Bobby Biscuit is entered at Kempton on Wednesday evening in the 18.25 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m, with John Egan booked to ride. This Scat Daddy colt has run well on his last two starts and was slightly unlucky last time out. He broke well and was held up in mid division by Hollie Doyle. He travelled well for the first half of the race but was getting nudged along to maintain his position before the straight. He looked to have every chance in the straight and went for a gap up the inside. The gap came but then went as he was half way through it. He got very short of room and was lucky to stay the right side of the rail. After that he had no chance but stayed on well. He is none the worst for that experience and is ready to run again after being dropped 1lb.