3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
If Not For Dylan 3.55 @ 7/2
Mirabello Bay 7.00 @ 11/1
Hellavapace 5.25 @ 13/2
Selected Brighton – soft ground on this undulating , sharp and very tricky track
12.55 PREMIUM RACE
2.05 Plenty of in form types but all tested off their current marks and most have it to prove on the testing ground . It’s a rare sight seeing a Godolphin horse here , and the in form stable of Saeed Bin Suroor , runs the well handicapped Rich Waters , who is down in grade and his only win came in this class . He’s had some stiff tasks of late and worth chancing on the ground .
1/2pt win Rich Waters @ 5/1
3.15 Angels Roc was a facile winner over C&D 2 starts back , but hard seeing a repeat on an 8 pound higher mark , but at least the soft ground won’t be a hindrance and the same can be said about last time C&D winner Parikarma , up 5 pounds for an easy win on easy ground and likely to be involved again Letter Of The Law has finally responded to the assistance from the handicapper , coming here on the back of two respectable efforts , a bold effort from the front at this trip at Chelmsford City , beaten just over a length and previously a running on 4th of 14 at Chepstow on soft ground . Nice outsider .
1/2pt ew Letter Of The Law @ 9/1
4.25 PREMIUM RACE
5.00 PREMIUM RACE
Selected Carlisle – probably good ground on this undulating ,stiff and galloping track
1.00Only 2 go in this opener , but it’s very hard to call and both are admirably prolific and reliable types . Tommy’s Oscar runs for The Hamiltons , who only have a handful of horses , but all have something in common, a fantastic strike rate and Tommy’s Oscar arguably the most prolific of them all , 8 wins in 15 races . and today goes chasing off his hurdles handicap mark of 155 , lofty but very accurate . His rival is the 5 timer seeking Geronimo . The pair met in a Haydock handicap hurdle , and there wasn’t a great deal between them , and unlikely to be the same today . I’m looking forward to watching the spectacle .
1.35 Shaw’s Bridge is certainly getting closer as the handicapper releases his grip and as he’s at his best on a stiff track , looks a solid ew play against rivals who have it to prove on a stiff circuit or returning from a break with no record running well fresh .
1/2pt ew Shaw’s Bridge @ 6/1
2.10 Springwell Bay has run two big races in his bumpers and it looks like the £155,000 forked out for him will be money well spent , but is 1/2.
3.20 PREMIUM RACE
3.55 The front running Wheelbahri severely took off last season and put in a terrific series of 4 wins and 2 seconds in his last 6 starts , his final one being a creditable 2nd over C&D off this mark . It took him a bit of time to get going last year and as he won’t have the front to himself today with the admirably consistent Tico Times , 2 wins and 3 places in his last 5, but is creeping up the ratings . He ran a cracker at Kelso , with another consistent sort in If Not For Dylan , a neck behind in 3rd , and with a 2 pound pull and with this stiffer track likely to be in his favour, can stay on the best in a strongly run race .
1/2pt win If Not For Dylan @7/2
Selected Chelmsford City – all weather – polytrack
5.25 The consistent Hallavapace doesn’t win many , but is rarely far away and comes here on the back of two successive seconds , the latest at Lingfield at this trip , when beaten narrowly and had both My Bonnie Lassie and Maylah fairly close up in 3rd and 4th and both have a slight pull in the weights , but as the 3rd horse needs to lead to be seen at her best , which is unlikely in this big field from a wide draw and Maylah’s dorm has plateaued out since reaching this mark , another honest run by the tip expected .
1/2pt ew Hellavapace @ 13/2
5.55 On official ratings , Waiting all Night is well clear , but since scoring on debut and looking quite useful , he’s taken some severe backwards steps of late and was turned over at 1/5 last time , running at least a stone below his mark . I wouldn’t want to be with him at short odds .
6.30 Running Lion opened his account with a clear win at this trip at Lingfield , and despite carrying a penalty and returning from a 2 months break, likely to be hard to beat, but is 1/2.
7.00 Oasis Power wasn’t beaten very far at Southwell , but his effort did flatten out late on , casting doubts about this longer trip being in his favour . Solitary Trees holds his form well , but is now on a stiff enough mark and another who may not get this longer trip . Mirabello Bay is proven at around this trip with a long odds win at Wolver and comes here on the back of a highly creditable close 3rd in a far better nursery at Windsor , and off a slightly lower mark , is chanced switching to polytrack , especially at juicy odds .
1/2pt win Mirabello Bay @ 12/1
8.00 The vast majority of these come here under a cloud , making the recent winners in Cry Havoc and Dynamic Talent , the ones to concentrate upon , despite both now on stiff marks. Cry Havoc’s win came out of the blue , but beat a good field and IF , in the same mood today , could double up , but the wide draw and absence of 2 months are negatives . Dynamic Talent comes here on a hat-trick and this prominent racer is looking ahead of the game .
1/2pt win Dynamic Talent @ 7/2
8.30 A Class 3 to end the card , but the majority of these are not in form or have wide draws to overcome . Croupier is going well and remains on a workable mark but as this is his first try on synthetics , I’m with a long priced one in The Gosden’s Spinaround , a C&d winner off just a 2 pound lower mark , and has held his form pretty well since off higher marks , except for last time , but was badly hampered during the contest . His task is made a bit easier by the booking of the leading apprentice who claims a valuable 3 pounds .
1/2pt ew Spinaround @ 16/1
Chelmsford City placepot