Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Chelmsford Racecourse: preview and tips for Thursday’s six-race afternoon card

THE eyes of the horse racing world might be on Royal Ascot this week but there is still plenty of racing action taking place up and down the country – including at Chelmsford on Thursday. 

The Essex track will host its latest six-race all-weather card in midweek, with the card getting underway at 2.15pm with a maiden stakes for two-year-old’s before rounding off at 5.20 with a 13-runner handicap. 

The opener (2.15) sees ten runners head to the stalls for the six furlong maiden stakes in class six for the youngsters and preference is for the George Boughey-trained Foro Romano, second of six in a Yarmouth maiden 24 days ago and should enjoy the longer distance here to get his first win. Of his rivals, Cyclonite rates the main danger for trainer James Ferguson, an improver from debut when third at Wolverhampton a little over a fortnight ago. 

Race two on the card is a nine-runner handicap in class four at 2.50 over the short five furlong sprint distance. Dark Side Prince, trained by Jessica Macey, completed a course and distance hat trick when taking a nine-runner contest 28 days ago at Chelmsford and is taken to go well again here and defy a three pound hike in the weights.

The third race on Chelmsford’s card marks the halfway point of the meeting and is a competitive maiden fillies stakes over the much-longer one mile and two furlong distance (3.30), with 12 runners set to tackle it. Ehtiram took a step forward in defeat when runner up at Lingfield to a runner who already had a prep run under her belt so the Owen Burrows-trained three-year-old is taken to go one better in Essex. 

Enfjaar looked a very tidy prospect when winning at Chelmsford last season but didn’t quite kick on from there. However, he has since been gelded and has a good chance of returning to form in race four of Wednesday’s card – the 1m2f handicap in class three (4.10). He will face a stern test however from four-time course and distance winner Wadacre Gomez, who completed his fourth win at the track a fortnight ago in a seven-runner handicap.

The penultimate race on Chelmsford’s Wednesday card is the ten-runner handicap in class five (4.50), once again over the one mile and two furlong distance and Night Breeze has very much bene in-form lately for trainer Ian Williams, finishing second on his last two starts and can nudge his head over the line first from course and distance winner Marion’s Boy, a course and distance winner who should be competitive despite a 4lb rise in the weights.

Finally, the card comes a close with the 13-runner handicap in class four (5.20) and preference in the finale goes to Valkyrian, who runs off a handy mark having made a season return with a seventh of 13 in a Windsor handicap earlier this month, looking a lot more promising than the final result might appear. 

Chelmsford selections – Wednesday (via Royal Ascot odds)

2.15 – Foro Romano

2.50 – Dark Side Prince

3.30 – Ehtiram

4.10 – Enfjaar

4.50 – Night Breeze

5.20 – Valkyrian

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