Chelmsford betting tips:
A sprint handicap for amateur riders to kick things off. LILKIAN deserves extra credit for his recent Kempton second when going down by a neck to Dark Side Thunder given he did too much too soon, so this course and distance winner gets the vote off just a 1 lb higher mark. He’s been busy already this year, winning at Lingfield at the start of the month. Fellow course-and-distance scorer El Hombre, successful in an apprentice race here in January, is feared most ahead of the in-form Thismydream who was himself second over course and distance last time out.
George Boughey has a couple in this fillies’ novice. CLASS MEMBER has the best form, having been a close second in a similar event at Southwell two starts ago, and there is scope for better still, so she takes preference over the Andrew Balding newcomer Heddewigii, who makes plenty of appeal on pedigree as a daughter of the same stable’s smart sprinter Night Carnation. Roger Varian’s filly Creme de Cacao is also considered, likely to prove capable of better than she’s shown so far when fifth on both her outings.
Just the six runners for the card’s best handicap over a mile and a quarter. ZEALOT’s rapid rate of progress showed no signs of stopping as he bagged another victory in dominant fashion at Newcastle recently to make it six wins from his last seven starts since being fitted with cheekpieces. He looks sure to go well with Billy Loughnane keeping the ride and taking off a very valuable 5 lb. Diderot, who has to prove himself over the trip, and Gloucestershire, back with the Meade stable after winning in Florida early last year, head up the dangers.
A few with chances but HIATUS looks the way to go here racing off the same mark as when an excellent head second to Danger Alert despite pulling hard at Kempton eight days ago having won over the same course and distance early in the year. Rossmore Nation also arrives in good nick after a good second at Newcastle last time, so is next on the list while in-form duo Sassy Redhead, a winner at Lingfield last time, and Midnightattheoasis who is still lightly raced need factoring in too in a competitive three-year-olds’ sprint.
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The market should prove useful with most of these five three-year-olds returning from absences. DAWN VEGA shaped better than the distance beaten suggests when third in a nursery when last seen at Newmarket in October and could be the way to go from a 1 lb higher mark as he was continually short of room while the first two were getting away from him and finished with running left. Seductive Power, a winner at Newbury last season and another likely improver stepping up to a mile, is feared most ahead of handicap debutant Get Stuck In.
ALAFDHAL won on his last four visits to Chelmsford late last year and has held his form since, winning at Wolverhampton in January, and is fancied to go in again having been a close third at Lingfield last week. Dalby Forest scored in remarkable fashion here last month in spite of a slipping saddle and has run a fair race since at Southwell so has a good shout. The consistent Angle Land remains in top form, finishing second at Southwell earlier in the month after winning there in January, and must also be considered in this five-furlong contest.
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