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Intended Runners

We have to potential runners this week after a couple of quiet weeks: Albishr and Ventriloquist.

Albishr is going to take his chance tomorrow at Chelmsford City in the 17.15 Extra Places At totesport.com Handicap, over 7f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Clodovil gelding was purchased from Richard Hannon’s last year and had a three figure rating as a result of finishing second in a Listed race as a two year old. Since joining Clear Height he struggled to get competitive in handicaps after finishing second, twice in maidens at Kempton at the beginning of the year. He has dropped down the weights since. Prior to his last start at Newbury in October he’d been gelded which he took a little while to get over. He is training nicely and we are hoping he can start to get competitive off a mark of 88.

Ventriloquist is entered at Lingfield on Friday, in the 12.20 Play 4Toscore At Betway Handicap, over 6f, with Tom likely to be in the saddle again. This New Approach gelding started life off with Godolphin where he was a consistent sort before heading over to Hong Kong. After a brief and unsuccessful stint there he is back in England and ready to run. He has settled in well to his new surroundings and is in good form at present. We will learn a lot about him on Friday if he does take his chance.

We are likely to have a quiet week this week with just the two runners: Albishr and Delcia.

Albishr is entered at Newbury on Friday, in the 16.00 West Berkshire Racing Club Handicap, over 7f. This son of Clodovil has been off the track since June having been gelded. He took it well but deserved a break as well. He joined the yard from Richard Hannon’s and did manage to finish second in a Listed race as a two year old. That gave him a mark in excess of 100 and he struggled thereafter. He is dropping down the weights significantly and now finds himself on a mark of 78. He is likely to need the run but we are hoping he can get competitive at some point in the not too distant future.

Delcia has a few options at the weekend at Newbury and Kempton for her second career start. This Delegator filly made her racecourse debut at the beginning of the month at the same track. She was very green that day and was slow away from the stalls. She was held up by Bentley who did well to get back on terms with the rest of the field. She got short of room in the straight but never really looked like challenging. She has come out of that race well and should improved going forwards.

The places keep coming as Chica De La Noche went very close on Wednesday night at Kempton and ran another good race to finish third. We only have two likely runners this week but hopefully we’ll be kept busy at Tattersalls.

Corazon Espinado is entered at Kempton on Tuesday in the 20.15 32Red Handicap, over 1m, with Harry Bentley taking the ride. This Iffraaj colt has been progressing all season and was last seen finishing second at Epsom at the end of September. He broke well and was settled in mid division by Harry Bentley who got a nice position on the rail. He never really dropped his head and was keen through the early stages. Turning in to the straight he looked to have a good chance but would need the gaps to open. He was travelling well with no way out two from home and when the gap did come he quickened through it well. The eventual winner got first run on him and that told in the end. He has come out of that race in good form and is training well at home. He ran a stormer over course and distance in a competitive two starts ago in a Class 2 handicap so we are hoping he can run well once again.

Prince Rock is due to run on Thursday at Brighton on Thursday, in the 17.15 Search Seven #share7 Handicap, over 6f, with Tom Marquand booked to ride. A few starts back this son of Society Rock was running very well and looked as though he was about to win but has put a couple of lacklustre runs in since. He reared when leaving the stalls last time at Bath which was always going to make life difficult for him. He was then left at the rear of the field with plenty of ground to make up. He stayed on well enough in the last two furlongs but at that level it is difficult to give ground away like that. He is training well and if he behaves himself he should run competitively.

We were knocking on the door again last week after Roundabout Magic put in a withering late run to finish second at Lingfield on Thursday. We have more to go to war with this week.

Delcia makes her racecourse debut tomorrow at Kempton, in the 17.45 Bet At racinguk.com Fillies’ Novice Auction Stakes, over 7f, with Harry Bentley booked to ride. This Lawman filly is from a family we know well as her dam Fiducia was trained at Clear Height not so many moons ago. She was a 7f-1m winner on the all weather and was a consistent 60 rated filly. Harry rode the dam to win her second race. She trains well enough but is sure to learn a lot from the run and experience in general.

El Borracho also runs tomorrow at Kempton. He goes in the 20.15 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m 4f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. This Society Rock gelding has been running very consistently of late. From his last five runs he has won once and finished second on three other occasions. He was dropped out towards the rear of the field and settled well under Marquand. He got in to a lovely rhythm and gave his jockey an easy time of things. He was still going very well turning for home and passed most of the field. The eventual winner got first run on him but and he was never able to get to him in the last furlong. He has been put up another 1lb for that effort but should go close with a similar effort once again.

Te Amo Te Amo is due to make his racecourse debut on Wednesday at Kempton, in the 17.40 Close Brothers/British Stallion Stud EBF Novice Stakes, over 7f. This Kyllachy colt was an expensive purchase from The Breeze Up Sales at Newmarket. He breezed well that day but has just needed some time to come to himself this year. He has been training nicely in recent weeks and is ready to go to the track now. He will learn a lot from his first outing and will hopefully be an exciting prospect for the rest of the year.

Sargento will also head to Kempton on Wednesday. She will run in the 18.10 Close Brothers Business Finance Median Auction Maiden Stakes, over 1m 4f. 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.

Chica De La Noche will be our third runner on the Kempton card on Wednesday. She goes in the 20.10 Michael Hunter’s 80th Birthday Celebration Handicap, over 6f, with Tom Marquand riding. This Teofilo filly has been running consistently of late and was last seen finishing a dead heat second over course and distance. She broke quickly that day and soon found herself at the front of the field. She took them along at steady fractions and was still travelling well when she turned in to the straight. Obviously, she had every chance from there but was there to be caught. She stayed on really well in the last furlong to finish second. She has come out of that race in good order and is working like a horse in form at present. She remains on the same mark and a similar effort should see her go close.

Mr Scaramanga tops off a bust Wednesday night at Kempton. He runs in the 20.40 32Red.com Handicap, over 1m, Adam Kirby has been booked to ride. This son of Sir Percy was last seen finishing down the field in a similar event last week. He broke quickly and found himself up with the pace after half a furlong. He settled in behind the leader and had a nice position throughout. He had every chance three from home but his run faded tamely after that. He was fine after the race but it was an unusually poor run. He remains on the same mark which is surprising but we are hoping he can run slightly better this week.

A slightly frustrating week last week with three out of four runners finishing second so it would be good to have a winner this week. We have three chances: Mr Scaramanga, Emenem and Prince Rock.

Mr Scaramanga runs tonight at Kempton, in the 19.45 32Red Handicap, over 1m, with Harry Bentley in the saddle. This Sir Percy colt was last seen running in an exceptionally competitive Class 2 handicap at Goodwood and ended up finishing down the field. He broke well and was held up in rear by Nicola Currie. He travelled well and was asked to quicken three from home. He struggled to go with them and was never really able to land a blow. He has come out of the race in good form and is now 4lb lower than his last run on the all weather. This will be his first Class 3 outing for a while so we are hoping he can run well.

Emenem also runs tonight at Kempton. He goes in the 20.15 32Red On The App Store Handicap, over 1m3f, with Tom Marquand taking the ride. Another son of Sir Percy, Emenem has been running very consistently of late and put up a fair effort on his penultimate start at Chelmsford when fourth of eleven. He ran well again last time out at Ascot when fourth of seven. He broke well for Bentley and soon found himself at the front of the field. He travelled well and had every chance turning for home but got past by a few that were better handicapped on the day. He stayed on well and seems to be in good order at present. This will also be a drop in class for him so we are hoping he can give a good account of himself.

Prince Rock is entered at Chelmsford on Thursday, in the 20.45 Double Delight Hat-Trick Heaven At totesport.com Handicap, over 6f. Tom Marquand has been booked. A few starts back this son of Society Rock was running very well and looked as though he was about to win but has put a couple of lacklustre runs in since. He reared when leaving the stalls last time at Bath which was always going to make life difficult for him. He was then left at the rear of the field with plenty of ground to make up. He stayed on well enough in the last two furlongs but at that level it is difficult to give ground away like that. He is training well and if he behaves himself he should run competitively.

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