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Intended Runners

Another one of our two year olds won on handicap debut last week when Ojala broke his maiden at Salisbury on Friday. We only have one likely runner today and that is Galinthias at Brighton.

He is going to take his chance in the 16.45 Brighton Lions Firework Night November 5th Handicap, over 1m, with Harry Bentley in the saddle. This Sixties Icon gelding broke his maiden over course and distance in a minor handicap when holding on gamely. He has been running consistently since then, twice at Epsom and back at Brighton where he ran well in a very competitive handicap at the summer festival. He is now 2lb lower than when winning over track and trip and with the same, winning, partnership in tact so we are hoping that he can run a good race.

The good run continued last week with Hurricane Rock breaking his maiden in a handicap, at Wolverhampton. We have four potential runners this week: Dutiful Son, Bobby Biscuit, Presumido and El Borracho.

Dutiful Son is due to run tomorrow at Kempton, in the 19.50 32Red.com Handicap, over 6f, with Harry Bentley doing the steering. This Invincible Spirit gelding is a seven year old now and has six career wins to his name. Last time out at Kempton he broke well enough but was keen in mid field off what was a steady early pace. He dropped his head after a few furlongs and looked to have every chance turning in to the straight. He was asked to quicken two furlongs from home but was fairly one paced and faded towards the rear of the field. He has come out of that race in good form and has been dropped a further 1lb by the handicapper. He is running over a track and trip that he scored his most recent victory at and we are hoping he can run well.

Bobby Biscuit is due to make his racecourse debut at Kempton, on Friday with John Egan booked to ride. This is one of the few Scat Daddy colts left in training and he is a typical colt by the sire. He is a striking colt with lots of scope and is big and strong at this early stage of his career. He was purchased at The Breeze Up Sales back in the Spring and he has been given some time to come to himself since then. He has settled into life at Clear Height professionally and takes his training well. Final declarations will be out tomorrow but whatever runs it looks as though it is going to be a very tough race.

Presumido is likely to take his chance on Saturday, at Kempton, in the 15.15 totequadpot London Mile Handicap, over 1m. This Iffraaj gelding is an old stable favourite after having the horse since he was a yearling. He is now seven and getting on in years but shows no signs of losing his affection for the game after winning off a career high mark in December 2016. He had his first start back after five months off the track and ran with credit before, understandably, getting tired in the later stages of the race. He has come out of that race well and is ready to go again. He has never won of his current mark and Saturday will be an ultra tough race but we are hoping that he can run well.

El Borracho is also due to run on Saturday at Kempton. He runs in the 15.50 totepoolloveinfo.com Nursery Handicap, over 1m with John Egan taking the ride. This Society Rock colt shed his maiden tag on his first try in handicap company, off a mark of 65, when ridden by Charlie Bishop. He broke quickly but was held up towards the rear of the field by Bishop. He showed a professional attitude and settled well during the preliminary stages of the race. He made gradual and steady head way on the outside of the field during the middle stages of the race. He did not quicken instantly and took a while to get in to top gear but he always looked as though he was going to get there. The eventual second battled hard in the last furlong and El Borracho showed a gutsy attitude to win by a neck in the end. He has come out of that race in good form and is training well on the gallops. He has been put up 4lb by the handicapper so is now off a mark of 69 but we are hoping that he can continue heading in the right direction and progress as the season goes on.

The yard continues to be in good form with another winner on the board last week, after El Borracho, a son of Society Rock, won at the fourth attempt, at Salisbury, on Friday. Emenem also ran very well to finish third in a 50k handicap today, at Goodwood.

We have four potential runners this week: Chica De La Noche, Galinthias, Ojala and Mr Scaramanga.

Chica De La Noche is due to run at Epsom, tomorrow, in the 14.40 All New Fiesta At Trust Ford Handicap, over 6f, with Harry Bentley taking the ride. This Teofilo filly started fulfilling her early promise when scoring last time out at Salisbury. She broke well under Jim Crowley who took up a prominent position on the filly. She travelled well and was always in the first two or three in the field. They started to quicken two from home and she was there to be shot at but the first two went clear of the field and it was head to head until the line. Chica did very well to stick her neck out when it mattered most and it was great to get another win to her name. She has been put up 3lb by the handicapper but hopefully that would have done her confidence the world of good and she progress from her.

Galinthias is due to run at Epsom, on Tuesday, in the 16.20 Molson Coors Handicap, over 1m2f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Sixties Icon gelding broke his maiden at the fifth time of asking after having a few setbacks early in his career. He was last seen running a good race a Brighton, breaking well and looking to have every chance in the last three furlongs but fading close home. He has come out of that race in good form and has been dropped 1lb for his last run which should help his cause.

Ojala is likely to take his chance on Thursday at Wolverhampton, in the 19.40 Invest Wolverhampton – City Of Opportunity Novice Auction Stakes, over 7f with Paddy Bradley riding. This Epaulette colt looks progressive at present after finishing third on his second career start, at Windsor, 2 weeks ago. He broke much better than his debut and was quick away from the stalls. He travelled well and was challenging the early pace throughout. He had every chance three out and then looked as if he was going to fade. After getting a flick of the whip he stayed on very well for place money and it was a very pleasing performance. He has come out of that race in good form and it looks as though the step up in trip will help so we hope he can continue his progression.

Finally, we could have an exciting trip to Turkey next Sunday with Mr Scaramanga for the Group 2 International Topkapi Trophy. He was last seen running well in a very competitive handicap at Chelmsford. He broke well and was settled just in behind the early leaders. He travelled and relaxed as you would want and had every chance turning in to the straight. He was a bit flat footed in the last two furlongs and only finished 3 and ¾ lengths behind the winner who has since won a Group 3 at York. He is in good form at home and clearly likes travelling after winning the Al Biddah Mile, in Doha earlier in the year so we think it is worth taking our chance.

It was good to get back to winning ways last week with Chica De La Noche recording her second career success at Salisbury. Hopefully that will boost her confidence and she can keep progressing from here after showing lots of early promise as a two year old.

We have four potential runners this week: Presumido, El Barracho, Emenem and Roundabout Magic.

Presumido is due to run on Wednesday, at Kempton, in the 19.45 32Red Handicap (London Mile Series Qualifier), over 1m with John Egan taking the ride. This Iffraaj gelding is part of the furniture at Clear Height and has eight career wins to his name. He has had a nice long break and has not been seen on the track since March. He has done well for the break and will return to the track off a mark of 84, which he has been unable to win off previously. He is likely to improve for the run so he would have an each way chance at best.

El Barracho is due to run at Salisbury, on Friday, in the 18.20 Bathwick Car & Van Hire Nursery Handicap, over 1m. This Society Rock colt has had three career starts to date and was last seen finishing in mid division at Brighton in a nursery. He broke very well and Bentley had to take a pull to get him settled, in behind the early leaders. He travelled with plenty of enthusiasm and didn’t really drop his head at any point in the race. He came with what looked like a very menacing run, widest of the field, three furlongs from home and was still very much on the bridle. He was a little flat footed thereafter but did not finish far behind the winner. He has been given an initial mark of 65 and he is good form at home so we are hoping that he can get competitive in his first handicap.

Emenem has two entries at Goodwood over the weekend but at this stage is more likely to run on Sunday, in the 15.20 Goodwood “Famous For Food” Handicap, over 1m 2f, with John Egan in the saddle. This Sir Percy colt was last seen running in atrocious conditions on the Thursday of Glorious Goodwood. He broke well and was held up in mid division by John Egan. He was always travelling well within himself and had every chance three furlongs from home. By this stage the jockeys hadn’t figured out where the best ground was and he ended up switching from the stand side rail to the far side rail giving away a lot of ground. That run can be excused as he probably wasn’t in love with the ground either. Prior to that he was beaten a length and three quarters by Defoe and that form hasn’t worked out too badly. He is in good order at home and if things drop his way he should have a good chance.

Roundabout Magic is likely to take his chance on the same card. He runs in the 17.40 Molecomb Blue Handicap, over 5f. This son of Zebedee has provided his syndicate Six Mile Hill Racing with lots of fun over the winter, scoring on three separate occasions. His last win came in March and the horse he beat is now rated 92. He was last seen finishing down the field at Windsor after being up with the pace for most of the race. He had been on the go for a while by that point and deserved a little break. He has had a nice holiday since May and is in good order at home. He is training nicely at home and the track and trip will suit but he may need the run after a break.

We have a few runners this week and after a decent run from Ojala at Windsor tonight we are hoping that the good form can continue.

A brief note on the two year old that ran tonight. He was much more professional tonight and broke smartly from the stalls. He got a bit of cover with the early leaders in this race and travelled very strongly in to the race. He had every chance three furlongs from home but was just a bit outpaced at a crucial stage. He looked like he was going to get beaten quite convincingly but when given a crack of the whip by Bentley he stayed on really well. That was a much better run than his first outing and he continues to learn all of the time.

Mr Scaramanga is due to run tomorrow, in the 19.10 Moulsham Mile Handicap at Chelmsford City, over 1m, with Harry Bentley in the saddle. This Sir Percy colt has had a tough campaign after winning The Al Biddah Mile in Qatar. He has run in The Dewhurst and St James’s Palace Stakes. He didn’t get his ground at Chester when he was last seen running in handicap company and has been training well since then. He has a mark of 104 which will be tough in an ultra competitive handicap but last time he was seen on the all weather he was a neck, second in a Listed race, giving the winner 3lb. He is in good order at home and we are hoping he can run well at a big price.

Dutiful Son is due to run on Wednesday, at Kempton, in the 20.40 Byrne Group Handicap, over 7f, with Jamie Spencer taking the ride. This Invincible Spirit gelding was last seen finishing fifth of eleven in a handicap at Chelmsford City. He broke well and was held up in mid division by Jack Duern.  He travelled well in to the race and looked to have every chance turning for home. He stayed on well in the straight and bumped in to a few in front of him that were fairly unexposed and improving. He has come out of that race in good order and should have a squeak if back to his best.

Chica De La Noche runs on Thursday, at Salisbury, in the 16.20 Bill Garnnet Memorial Fillies’ Handicap, over 6f, with Jim Crowley booked. This well bred daughter of Teofilo has been a bit disappointing since breaking her maiden as a two year old back in October last year. Last time out she ran in a five runner event at Brighton. She was alert from the stalls and took a keen hold in the early stages. She was always in a prominent position after that and looked the winner two from home. She was very flat footed when asked to quicken and she was never really in contention after that. It was a time when none of the horses were running well so we are hoping that we can put a line through that. She seems well in herself at home and the handicapper has relented again which should make her life easier on Thursday.

Four potential runners this week with Galinthias, Hurricane Rock, Damo and Pucon all likely to make an appearance.

Galinthias is due to run on Wednesday, at Brighton in the 15.20 Hobgoblin Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy Handicap, over 1m, with Harry Bentley in the saddle. This Sixties Icon gelding has had his issues but did well to get his head in front with a gutsy effort over this course and distance at the beginning of June. He was last seen running at his home track, Epsom. He was well away from the stalls and soon Louis Steward soon got him in to a nice position just in behind the leaders. He was a bit keen through the early stages of the race which did not help his chances at the later end. He negotiated Tattenham Corner well but when asked to quicken was fairly one paced and stayed on to finish fifth of eight. He has come out of that race in good order and with the winning partnership back together we are hoping he can run a big race.

Hurricane Rock is likely to take his chance on Thursday, at Wolverhampton, in the 20.10 Join The Black Country Chamber Of Commerce Handicap, over 7f. This Rock Of Gibraltar gelding is still a maiden after seven runs but has shown enough promise to suggest there is a handicap in him. He broke well from the widest draw of all at Lingfield last time and was settled towards the rear of the field under Paddy Bradley. He travelled well and looked to have every chance three furlongs from home. He was pushed wide when trying to pass horses and wasn’t really able to quicken in the ground. He stayed on well on the outside but was not able to get competitive. He has been dropped a further 3lbs which will aid his chance on Thursday and we are hoping he can finish off his race better.

Damo is entered on Friday, at Brighton, in the 15.10 checkaprofessional.com Handicap, over 1m 2f. This New Approach gelding has had three career starts to date and was last seen finishing down the field in a maiden at Kempton. He has not been able to get competitive in any of his races as yet and has been given a break since February to strengthen up. He has done well for the break, is ready to run again now and is likely to find life easier in handicap company.

Pucon is due to run on Sunday, at Windsor, in the 16.35 Equestrian Surfaces Handicap, over 5f.  This Kyllachy mare is a recent acquisition and she has settled in well at Clear Height. She is training well at home and we are still learning about her. She seems to get competitive off the mid to high 60 mark which leaves her with a bit to do on Sunday and she will come on for the run after being off the track for a year.

 

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