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Intended Runners

We have four potential runners this week: Emenem, Dutiful Son, Corazon Espinado and Mr Scaramanga.

Emenem is due to run tomorrow at Lingfield, in the 14.10 Betway Handicap, over 1m 2f, with Silvestre De Sousa in the saddle. This Sir Percy colt has been highly progressive this year, starting off life in handicaps off a mark of 66 and he is currently rated 90. He was very unlucky not to win a valuable handicap on Derby Day and followed that effort up finishing one and thee quarter lengths behind Defoe. He was last seen running at Epsom for the final meeting of the season where the ground was very deep. He ran well without ever being able to land a blow and was not in love with the ground. He has come out of that race in good form and has been given a little break since. He is training well and we are hoping he can continue his progressive profile.

Dutiful Son is also due to run at Lingfield tomorrow. He runs in the 14.40 Play Jackpot Game At sunbets.co.uk/vegas Claiming Stakes, over 7f with Silverstre De Sousa riding once again. This Invincible Spirit gelding has been disappointing of late but ran a much better race last time out, at Kempton. He broke well and was settled just in behind the leaders by Nicky Mackay. He travelled strongly throughout the race and was still on the bridle turning for home. He looked to have every chance in the straight but his run faded in the last furlong and he eventual finished fifth of fourteen. He is in good form at home and should run well once again.

Corazon Espinado is due to run on Wednesday at Kempton in the 17.40 32Red Casino/EBF stallions.com Novice Stakes, over 7f with Paddy Bradley riding. This Iffraaj colt has had two career starts to date, finishing thirteen lengths behind Expert Eye on debut and then finishing last at Lingfield back in July. He has had some time off since then and should take to an all weather campaign over the winter well, but is likely to need the run on Wednesday.

Mr Scaramanga is going to run at Kempton on Wednesday, in the 18.40 British Stallion Studs EBF Hyde Stakes, over 1m. This Sir Percy colt had a big pay day earlier in the year after winning the Al Biddah Mile but has failed to get competitive over the summer months. His last outing involved a trip to Turkey where he ran well to finish sixth of ten. It was a great experience and he travelled there and back very well. He is in good form at home and is another who should appreciate an all weather campaign now he has lost his 3lb penalty.

We have three likely runners this week, starting on Friday with Roundabout Magic and then a couple more at the weekend.

Roundabout Magic is due to run on Friday, at Chelmsford, in the 20.45 Gerry Mccarthy 40th Anniversary Handicap, over 5f, with Nicky Mackay in the saddle. This Zebedee colt is a speedy sort who has three career wins to his name over the minimum trip. He was last seen running at Lingfield over 5f, with Paddy Bradley in the saddle. He was drawn out in the car park which is always a challenge over 5f at Lingfield. He broke very quickly but Bradley had to take a pull as to not get trapped out wide in the early stages. He travelled with all of his usual enthusiasm and was travelling best of the field turning for home. He looked to have every chance in the last two furlongs and did quicken well but the winner stole a lead on the field and nobody was able to peg him back. He ran a good race and has come out of the race in good form. He has been dropped 2lb for that run so is now 1lb lower than his last winning mark. Both jockey and horse have struck up a successful partnership with each other so we would be hoping for a competitive run once again.

Forceful Appeal is likely to take his chance on Saturday, at Lingfield, in the 14.10 sunbets.co.uk Handicap, over 1m, with Paddy Bradley taking the ride. This Successful Appeal gelding has been a legend for the yard and showed last season that he retains all of his hunger for the game recording his best season to date, at the grand age of nine. Last winter it took him a few runs to win a Class 4 handicap at Lingfield and then put in a career best when winning a Class 2 handicap off a career high mark of 91, on Boxing Day. Back at his favourite track, Lingfield, he improved again to win off another career high mark of 92, in The Apprentice Handicap, on All Weather Champions Day. He then followed up with his first turf win at Ascot and was last seen running an exceptional race in an ultra competitive handicap at Epsom, on Derby Day to finish fourth of twelve. He has been training away nicely for the last few months with another all weather campaign in mind. He finds himself on another career high mark once again which is going to make life tough and these all weather handicaps are becoming more and more competitive. He is a gross horse and is likely to need his first run but he will be running over a track and trip that he loves.

El Borracho will likely run at Wolverhampton, on Saturday, in the 18.15 £10 Free At 32Red.com Nursery Handicap, over 1m 0.5f, with Paddy Bradley in the saddle once again. This Society Rock colt broke his maiden at the fourth time of asking when winning at Salisbury, over 1m. Last time out he ran at Kempton and was drawn widest of the field. He broke well but was soon dropped to the rear of the field by Ted Durcan. He travelled well enough but had a lot to do turning for home and was never really able to quicken enough to trouble the leaders despite passing horses in the home straight. He has come out of that race well and has been given a little break since. He is training nicely but might just need the run after a couple of months off.

 

Three probable runners this week: Presumido,  Galinthias and Dutiful Son.

Presumido is due to run today at Kempton, in the 16.20 32 Red Casino Handicap, over 7f, with John Egan taking the ride. This seven year old gelding is an eight time winner with half of those victories coming at this venue. Last time out, in mid October, he broke smartly but was held up off the pace by Paddy Bradley. He was keen through the early stages but settled after a few furlongs. Turning for home he was still full of running and Bradley took the brave mans route up the inside. When the cut away came he got the gaps he needed but he was fairly one paced in the last furlong and a half. He has come out of that race in good order and if back to his best he would have a chance off 5lb lower than his last winning mark.

Galinthias is due to run tomorrow at Kempton, in the 16.45 Racing UK Handicap, over 1m, with Paddy Bradley doing the steering. This Sixties Icon gelding had issues at the beginning of his career and was not able to make the track until he was a four year old. He started his career by running very well in maidens before winning a handicap on his fifth trip to the racecourse. His form has tailed off somewhat since. He last ran in September at Brighton, when ridden by Harry Bentley. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Bentley. He relaxed and travelled well throughout the race and was asked to make his move three furlongs from home. He had every chance and was still bang there with two furlongs to go. He was just not able to quicken like the eventual winner and in the end finished seven of 12. He has come out of that race in good order and is training nicely at home. He has been dropped a further 1lb for that defeat which will aid his cause.

Dutiful Son is due to run on the same card at Kempton tomorrow. He goes in the 19.15 32Red On The App Store Handicap, over 7f, with Nicky Mackay in the saddle. He broke well from a wide draw but was then taken back by John Egan to the rear of the field. He was travelling well and asked to make his move early around the bend, when trapped widest of the field. He looked to have a chance turning for home but had already done most of his running by that stage and he soon faded in the straight. The draw has been kinder to him this time around in stall two and he has been dropped 2lb by the handicapper. He is well handicapped if at his best but he has not shown that for a few runs.

We have two potential runners this week: Corredordel Viento and Hurricane Rock.

Corredordel Viento is due to run tomorrow at Kempton, in the 20.45 Racing UK HD Handicap, over 1m 4f with John Egan in the saddle. This Lonhro gelding has had four career starts to date and had his first run after being gelding at the beginning of the month. He broke well and was settled off the pace by Paddy Bradley. He travelled well towards the rear of the field and maintained his position throughout the race. Turning for home he was getting pushed along to keep tabs on the rest of the field. He stayed on very one paced in the straight to finish eighth of thirteen. He came out of that race in good order and is training well at home. The step up in trip should suit and he has been dropped 3lb by the handicapper which should aid his cause.

Hurricane Rock is due to run at Wolverhampton on Friday, in the 17.45 Betway Sprint Classified Stakes, over 6f. This Rock Of Gibraltar gelding has been in good form of late, breaking his maiden on his penultimate start and finishing second on his latest racecourse appearance. Bentley did very well to get him a nice position in mid division, from a wide draw and the horse settled well. He was always travelling within himself and had to come slightly wide around the turn. He had every chance in the last two furlongs and passed horses all the way up the straight. Unfortunately, there was one he did not pass. It was a very creditable performance from that draw and he continues to be in rude health at home. He has been put up 2lb for finishing second which is never ideal but hopefully he can be competitive once again.

Two likely runners this week: Prince Rock and Presumido.

Prince Rock is due to run tomorrow, at Kempton, in the 17.25 Matchbook Casino Novice Stakes, over 6f, with Paddy Bradley in the saddle. He made is career debut at the end of September at the same track. He broke slightly awkwardly from the stalls and he was lit up for the early part of the race. He showed plenty of greenness, struggling to settle and getting outpaced turning for home. In the straight he looked to have a chance but then faded tamely. He has come out of that race in good form and will have learnt an awful lot from that experience. It would be difficult to say he has a winning chance after that effort but he will come on for the run and will be a horse we will have some fun with in the future.

Presumido could take his chance on Friday at Kempton, in the 20.15 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m with Paddy Bradley taking the ride once again. This Iffraaj gelding was always going to have a task on his hands when drawn widest of the field on his last start. He broke quickly and Egan made a lot of use of him from his wide draw, to get a prominent position behind the early leaders. He was never really able to get a decent position and was trapped wide throughout. He was asked to quicken turning for home but his early exertions put pay to his chances at the business end of the race. He has come out of that race in good form and has been dropped 2lb by the handicapper. If they go quickly and he gets a nice draw he is now off a mark which should see him run competitively.

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