For Tom Dascombe and the rest of the Manor House Stable team at Malpas in Cheshire this week is one the most important of the year with commencement of the Chester Spring meeting and the opportunity to show off local talent.
The Dascombe team netted four winners at the meeting last year with Newera, Hillbilly Boy, Kachy and Golden Glimmer and a repeat performance would obviously be more than welcomed.
Tom appears to have his horse coming together at just the right time as he netted six winners from his last 25 runners in the last fortnight and some of those recently successful will be flexing their muscles again this week.
Dascombe said: "We have had a slow enough start but our whole Winter focus is to get them ready for Chester in May. We have had more winner in the past ten days than we have had in the last couple of months and I have got to be happy with the way things are going.
Tom kindly spoke to Tony Elves of ATR about some of his main prospects for Chester and beyond.
4 ch g Arcano - Bond Deal
Winner of four of his 12 starts and currently rated 105. Last win at York (1m) in August when beating Banksea three quarters of a length off a mark of 99.
"He unfortunately picked up an injury in Dubai and he will be back later in the year. We're expecting him to be ready for Glorious Goodwood as he is a very straightforward individual who has plenty of ability."
7 b g North Light - Mascara
Winner of three of his 16 starts and currently rated 63. Finished third, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Foie Gras at Chelmsford (1m) in October for former trainer.
"He has been bought by Guy Middleton for his son to ride in amateur riders' races. I think the first race for him is around July 2 at Goodwood. He is going to be completely campaigned in those races."
4 b g Dark Angel - Flame Of Ireland
Winner of three of his 16 starts and currently rated 90. Finished fourth, beaten five and a quarter lengths, to Afjaan over a mark of 92 at Haydock (7f) in April.
"He is a bit in and out but there is plenty to like about him. He actually ran quite a nice race at Haydock recently and is down to a rating of 90 which is getting much more realistic for him. He is now starting to look well handicapped and will bag a nice race at some stage."
4 b g Bushranger - Satin Cape
Winner of four of his 14 starts and currently rated 83. Made winning reappearance at Haydock (1m 2 1/2f) last month when beating Zain Arion three lengths off a mark of 75.
"He delighted us the other day when winning at Haydock and he absolutely hosed up. It is in the family but he was useless at two and quite good at three and it looks like he is going to be a better four and five-year-old. He will probably go to Chester this week."
5 ch g Captain Rio - Agony Aunt
Winner of five of his 34 starts and currently rated 92. Best effort this term when finishing third, beaten two and a quarter lengths, to Showboating off a mark of 82 at Southwell (1m) in March
"He is becoming a bit of an enigma and has two ways of running. He seems to run well at Chester and Southwell and is entered at Chester this week but probably won't get in. He has won five races and if every horse won that many we would be delighted."
5 gr g Dark Angel - Dictatrice
Winner of five of his 19 starts and currently rated 100. Gained his last success at Haydock (1m 4f) in September when prevailing by a neck from Stars Over The Sea off his current mark.
"He wants soft ground and he ran at Pontefract with a view to him getting better and the ground was too quick. He ran fine and I would like to run him in the Ormonde but he is a ground dependent horse. He won a handicap off 100 and any horse who can win off that sort of mark has to be pretty good."
b c Firebreak - Diapason
Winner of four of his 17 starts and currently rated 69. Unplaced to Berrahi at Lingfield (1m) last week.
"He has been an absolute revelation through the Winter winning four races and he is limited but we've eventually found the way to ride him. We will see if he can find further improvement on the turf."
4 b f Danehill Dancer - Gilded Vanity
Winner of one of her 5 starts and currently rated 82. Lost her maiden tag with a four and a half length defeat of Dark Intention at Chester (7f) in May of last year.
"She is in foal and we have around 90 days to run her. It would be nice to win a race with her before she retires to the paddocks"
7 b g Haafhd - Erreur
Winner of ten of his 39 starts. Completed a hat trick at Chester last Summer when beating Danzeno half a length in a six furlong listed contest in July.
"He is an amazing horse and I absolutely adore him. He always give his best and handles cut in the ground and loves Chester. He won three there last year and will probably go back there this week but we desperately need rain."
4 b c Kyllachy - Dubai Bounty
Winner of three of his 10 starts and currently rated 110. Creditable effort in the Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket (5f) on Saturday when fourth, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Marsha.
"He is basically our stable star and he was second in the Commonwealth Cup last season where he gave it away really. He ran a fine race in the Palace House and he has done well and looks amazing."
LA CELEBS VILLE
4 b f Sea The Stars - Bryanstown
Winner of one of his 14 starts and currently rated 72. Off the mark on her reappearance at Haydock (1m) in April when beating Whitkirk half a length off a mark of 69.
"She was a very disappointing two and three-year-old but won last time and completely surprised us but I am delighted that she did as she has a decent pedigree. Maybe she is just going to go forward and improve but there are no guarantees that will happen."
4 b g Zoffany - Enchantment
Winner of one of his 7 starts and currently rated 90. Beaten only a short head by Rococoa at Newmarket (6f) last August off a mark of 87.
"He is a seriously nice horse. He won last year and he is one of those who if there is a problem then he gets it - he has had his problems but nothing has managed to finish him off as yet and he is a proper horse. We just need a bit of luck and we like him. He could end up being a Ayr Gold Cup or Stewards Cup type of horse."
4 ch g Bahamian Bounty - Baby Bunting
Winner of two of his 10 starts and currently rated 96. Beaten a neck by Justice Angel at Chester (6f) in May of last year and by Celebration at the same course (5f) in June of last year.
"He has a preference for soft ground and is entered at Chester. He is only tiny but give his all and given the right situation he is capable of winning off 96."
4 b f New Approach - Ego
Winner of four of her 13 starts and currently rated 80. Successful in her first three starts at the turn of the year and beat First Experience at Lingfield (1m) in March to complete the hat trick off a mark of 74.
"She did amazingly well in the winter and is having a break. There are no fillies races for her until about June 9 so we have given her a rest. Hopefully, she can carry on the good work when she comes back."
ch g Arcano - Royal Blush
Winner of one of his 9 starts and currently rated 83. Finished third, beaten two and a half lengths, to Starlight Romance off a mark of 84 on latest start at Beverley (7 1/2f) in April.
"He is a thoroughly genuine and honest three-year-old who got handicapped when winning easily at Chester but it was the race where Franny Norton got brought down and he was left alone in front. He is probably not well handicapped but he is a nice horse who will win again at some stage."
b f Pivotal - Roger Sez
Winner of one of her 5 starts and currently rated 79. Off the mark with a half length defeat of Juan Horsepower off a mark of 74 at Haydock (7f) last October.
"She is incredibly genuine and she ran at Beverley the other day without a front shoe on. If I could have got hold of anybody at Beverley she wouldn't have run but she has come out of it fine and she is in at Chester. She probably wants a flat seven furlongs and she is a nice filly but not a star."
br f Excelebration - Classic Remark
Promise in maiden at Kempton (7f) in October and Wolverhampton (6f) in November.
"She has impressed me so far and we like this filly. She has been galloping well and she is in at Chester this week and I think we will run her. Whatever she does she will improve dramatically."
ch f Dandy Man - Sesmen
Winner of one of her 5 starts and currently rated 73. Off the mark at Lingfield (7f) last August when beating Prufrock a short head.
"She has had more time off than Father Christmas. I would like to think she could get black type this season as she has done fabulously and looks amazing. If she could just improve 10lb then that would be a possibility and she looks like she is going the right way."
b/br filly Pivotal - Ceiling Kitty
Winner of one of her 2 starts and currently rated 84. Off the mark at Haydock (6f) last October when beating Cashla Bay three quarters of a length.
"I really like this filly and she should have won first time out but threw it away and then won second time. She is a little quirky but her mother was and she is going to be entered for a listed race at Nottingham. I don't see the point of going down the handicap route with a filly like this. She is born to be a broodmare and we need to get black type if we can. I see her more as a sprinter than a miler but I hope I have got that wrong and we will see."
ch f Dragon Pulse - Mysterious Girl
Winner of three of his 9 starts and currently rated 75. Scored by three quarters of a length from Father McKenzie off a mark of 69 on her final start at Haydock (5f) in October.
"She had a slight setback and is incredibly genuine. She is owned by the most fantastic people and she will be back and she will be winning."
b f Kyllachy - Fibou
Winner of one of her 6 starts and currently rated 76. Finished creditable third, beaten three and a quarter lengths, to Carlton Frankie on her reappearance at Redcar (5f) in April.
"I thought she was a superstar last year and she won first time out at Goodwood. She then went completely the wrong way and ran at Redcar a couple of weeks ago and missed the break and got squeezed out and ran on nicely to finish third. She could be a big improver as she has the ability and needs it all to happen for her she is at Leicester tonight over six furlongs and could be a winner."
ch g Power - Lisa Gherardini
Unplaced in three starts and currently rated 66.
"Now that he is handicapped he should find his level . I am sure he will drop on something maybe over a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half."
STAR OF RORY
b c Born To Sea - Dame Alicia
Winner of one of his 3 starts and currently rated 98. Made a winning debut at Haydock (7f) last July when beating Wigan Warrior a nose and failed by only three quarters of a length to Frankuus in a listed event at that course (1m) the following month.
"We were very pleasantly surprised by his debut win at Haydock last year and I shouldn't have run him at Epsom on his final start but I was stupid and I did. He wants a bit of cut in the ground and he is entered for the Dee Stakes. He is a nice horse and he would be one of our better three-year-olds this year.
ch g Teofilo - Altesse Imperiale
Winner of one of his 4 starts. Off the mark on his first run since being gelded and in a handicap for the first time when beating Cliff Bay a head at Redcar (1m 1f) last week off a mark of 69.
"He runs at Chester this week with a 6lb penalty and is a classic example of a horse that isn't quite good enough to win a maiden but is good enough to win handicaps. He could be a progressive horse and we will see what happens."
gr c Lethal Force - Rustam
Unplaced to Brandy Station on his debut at Pontefract (5f) this month.
"He ran hugely disappointing the other day at Pontefract but for whatever reason our two-year-old colts appear to be clueless when they go to the races as was shown by Frozen Angel the other day. Admiral Spice is a nice horse and luckily he has a very patient lovely owner. He just didn't run his race and he will be winning soon."
b f Sir Prancealot - Sans Reserve
Better effort on her debut at Wolverhampton (5f) in April when failing by half a length to Get Even.
"She ran a blinder first time out at Wolverhampton from stall 10 and showed plenty of early pace. We thought we would run her at Kempton as we thought the AW suited her but she ran no races whatsoever. She is in at Chester this week."
BIG TIME MAYBE
b c Dandy Man - Divine Design
Beaten a short head by Mutanaaseq on his debut at Bath (5f) in April.
"He is a very speedy and was unlucky not to win first time out at Bath. He will be suited by courses like Chester and York - flat tracks that are fast. He's decent and one to keep on the right side."
b c Requinto - Afnoon
Unplaced to Chagatai on his debut at Bath (5f) in April.
"I really like this horse but he ran a shocker on his debut at Bath. There was no reason for his performance and we just to have accept these things. He is entered at Chester and he will soon be winning races."
b c Dragon Pulse - Mastoora
Finished third, beaten two and three quarter lengths, to Never Back Down at Leicester (5f) in April.
"He ran a nice race at Leicester and he is in the Lily Agnes. He will be winning races very soon and he probably wants six furlongs."
b c Helmet - Logic
"We had his half sister Crowley's Law who was second in a Group 1 for us in America and he could be special. He looks the real deal and moves beautifully. We are aiming at Haydock on May 25 and I see no reason at the moment why he won't get there."
b f Invincible Spirit - Ceiling Kitty
Made a winning debut at Newmarket (5f) in April when beating Take Shelter half a length.
"She is the apple of my eye and absolutely adore her. She will go for the Marygate at York and we will see where we go after that."
gr c Dark Angel - Cut No Ice
Let debut form well behind when beating Corinthia Knight three and a quarter lengths at Ascot (5f) last week.
"I honestly took him to Newmarket thinking he was a certainty and he just got stage fright. We brought him home and we couldn't find a reason why he ran so bad so we took the view to still treat him as a nice horse. Most people thought I was completely nut to run him at Ascot last week but I do think a nice horse wants a nice racecourse and he proved that. I do think he's a nice horse and he may go for the National Stakes. He is a backward thinking lazy horse so we will definitely have a run before something like the Norfolk Stakes."
OUR MAN IN HAVANA
b c Havana Gold - Auntie Kathryn
Unplaced to Corinthia Knight on his debut at Lingfield (5f) in April.
"I was disappointed with his first run at Lingfield and he is a lot better than that. He is in the maiden at Chester and he will probably run if he gets in."
ch c Dragon Pulse - Shawaaty
Finished fourth, beaten a length and three quarters to Time Trail on his debut at Beverley (5f) this month.
"He ran well the other day at Beverley and it is not often it happens but Richard dropped his stick and he ran a nice race. He will win his races."
RED FORCE ONE
ro c Lethal Force - Dusty Red
"He is one of two Lethal Force colts we have and this is a very nice horse. I think he will be out in the next month and he will be trained with Royal Ascot in mind."
b c Fastnet Rock - Sweepstake
"He was my favourite yearling and I love him. He looks great and when he's ready he will run."
ch c Camacho - Hartstown House
Finished creditable third, beaten two and a half lengths, to Mutanaaseq in a novice event at Doncaster (5f) on Saturday.
"I probably ran him in a totally ridiculous race at Doncaster on Saturday but he gave me plenty of encouragement and we needed to get a run into him. He should soon improve on that effort."
ARCANADA - on the easy list at present but could be back with a bang in mid Summer.
CAPONOVA - impressive winner at Haydock who could well progress a lot further as a four-year-old.
CYMRO - loves a cut in the ground and can display his class when conditions suit.
KACHY - commendable effort in the Palace House at Newmarket last week which can be built upon.
EARTHA KITT - looks a filly that can go much higher this term and could well gain the desired black type.
FROZEN ANGEL - classy effort to open his score at Ascot last week and could well add to his tally before the Royal meeting.