Edge Of The Bay and Indian Pursuit finished second here on Saturday and are due to be higher in the weights from the weekend. Indian Pursuit is preferred of that pair but he keeps finding one too strong and that could happen again today, with SOLAR PARK taken to come out on top. He ran a sound race 12 days ago after a gelding operation and that should have blown away any cobwebs.
Unforgiving Minute, Dancing Rave and Reckless Endeavour have something to recommend them at this level but perhaps BOY IN THE BAR, three times a C&D winner, will benefit most from this drop in grade.
Eagle Creek has shown he retains ability after his mammoth absence and he’s a key player dropped in class. Harry Love and Beauty Choice finished strongly last time and enter the reckoning but it may be worth siding with DUNKERRON. A smart 2yo for Alan King, he’s lost his form this year for a different yard but he’s returned to this trainer off a much reduced mark and may well capitalise.
Noble Queen is the unknown quantity in the field and needs a market check for a yard going along nicely. Reponse Exacte, Lady Morpheus and Zayriyan are possibles but CRISTAL PALLAS CAT might be able to dominate from his inside stall and is marginally preferred.
Pope Gregory has more on his plate under a penalty for last week’s C&D success and it could just find him out. Kodimoor has claims on this season’s best but ROCKESBURY (nap) has run well on his last three visits here and can gain a third success for his current yard.
He disappointed on his only AW run and has had a few chances already but this still looks a golden opportunity for MARS LANDING to get off the mark. His handicap form this summer is head and shoulders above anything achieved by his rivals. Born To Sire, All Of The Lights and At Ease can all do better, with the former set to improve again now he is upped to 1m.
This is competitive for the grade. PAX BRITANNICA and Calvinist escape penalties for apprentice event wins last week and are perhaps the pair to narrow it down to, with the former preferred under Oisin Murphy. Flying Standard is a 3yo heading in the right direction, so he is much respected despite an 8lb hike. Wildomar and Arietta both briefly went clear in 2m races last time so also have the potential to play prominent roles.
The form of BRIGHT START‘s two handicap runs look solid and he’s taken to strike in first-time cheekpieces under Oisin Murphy. The City’s Phantom didn’t fare too badly in a red-hot Newbury handicap last time and rates a threat with his sights lowered slightly. Declared Interest won a 1m handicap which worked out well on her sole visit here and is also respected.
The Racing Post’s tips at Chelmsford on Thursday
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