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Simon Clare joined Coral in 1997 as Racecourse PR representative and was promoted to Coral PR Director in October 2002. Between 2008 to 2011 Clare added Trading to his responsibilities in a new role as Coral Trading & PR Director. In 2011 he relinquished his Trading responsibilities and assumed a new wider role of PR & Broadcast Director responsible for all Coral Public Relations activity, CoralTV and Social Media. Clare has extensive broadcast experience on radio and television commenting on a diverse range of betting events from the obvious - horse racing, football and sport - to the more obscure - politics, reality TV, showbiz and the weather. Simon Clare is a keen sports fan, still turning out for Carshalton FC on a Saturday when work allows.

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Jim Crowley hotfooting it from Newmarket to Kempton on Wednesday

WEDNESDAY

1.50 Newmarket – Ekhtiyaar

I like this horse. He won a nice race at the July Course last summer and did well to win that day. He’s a lovely big scopey horse and doesn’t mind a bit of juice in the ground. There were good reasons why he didn’t run so well at Ascot on his last start so he can be forgiven that. He’s a horse that Roger Varian thinks a bit of and I’m hoping he can progress as the season wears on into being better than a handicapper.  

3.35 Newmarket – Nawassi

She is very interesting. She was well fancied first time out at Newmarket and she bombed out completely. I then rode her next time and she won very convincingly at Newmarket beating a very nice horse trained by Charlie Hills. She is a nice filly but with these trials you never really know what to expect. She has been going very nicely at home though.  It doesn’t look like a really strong Nell Gwyn. I’ve ridden Juliet Foxtrot and she’s a nice filly but my filly is definitely a bit under the radar and should run well. She could be decent.

7.15 Kempton – Tahreek

I then hot foot it down to Kempton to ride Tahreek for Sir Michael Stoute. I haven’t ridden this horse. He was fifth of fifteen in a Newmarket maiden last year and he ran a nice sort of race. He’s well bred; a half-brother to Mustajeeb who is a Group 2 winner. I don’t know an awful lot about him but he’s in the right hands

7.45 Kempton – Wufud

Charlie Hills’ horses have been quite forward this year. A few of them have won and this three year old is a half-brother to Muhaarar. It will be really interesting to see how he goes. I’m looking forward to riding him.

8.45 Kempton – On Fire

I don’t know much about this horse. I’ve had a few winners for James Bethell so we’ve been quite lucky together. It’s a long way for him to send a horse from North Yorkshire so I doubt he’s coming down for his health.

Jim