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Weekend Update 16 May

With racing scheduled to get going on June 1 as things stand, we start this week’s update with a look at QUE AMORO.
She goes into the season as a four-year-old and is going very nicely at home.
She did us proud last season – winning spectacularly by seven lengths under Paul Mulrennan over five and a half furlongs at York on good ground in July. She then followed up in the Sky Bet Apprentice Handicap, with Phil Dennis in the saddle, back on the Knavesmire over five furlongs a month later.
She finished off the season with a solid second in a listed race at Ayr.
She looks really well at the moment and, off a mark of 98, she could get into a handicap or head for a listed fillies-only race once we see a programme.
Ideally, we’d want to run her on turf, on decent fast ground, but suffice to say we’re pleased with the way she’s wintered.

CAMACHO CHIEF hit the headlines last year when he gave Paul Mulrennan his 1,000th winner, with victory at Doncaster. It was soft that day and that’s how he likes it. He needs the ground to at least be easy, and ideally we’d run him on turf with some juice in it.
If we don’t get that, we might start him off on the all-weather and there could be a race at Newcastle in the first week of the season just to get him going.
He’s in good form at home and we’ll be able to make firmer plans once we have more of a programme to work with. The aim will be five to six furlong races on soft ground.

TOMBOLO is a nice three-year-old colt by Le Havre, who only had one run at Haydock as a two-year-old.
He finished second that day over a mile on soft ground with Connor Beasley in the plate.
That was promising and we’ll probably look to set him off at a mile before stepping him up to at least 1m 2f.
He’s a horse with a very good attitude and a high cruising speed and I’m sure he’ll do well.
We might set him off on the all-weather and progress to turf after that.

HEATH CHARNOCK won at Chelmsford last season and he’s never run a bad race really.
He’s done well at Newcastle in the past so he could start off there over five or six furlongs. He doesn’t want fast ground, is rated 85, and has done well over the winter, so we look forward to getting going with him.