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Chelmsford Racecourse: preview and tips for Sunday’s eight-race card – including the £100,000 Queen Charlotte Stakes

ONE of the most prestigious races of the year at Chelmsford Racecourse arrives on Sunday with the £100,000 Queen Charlotte Stakes, part of a bumper eight-race card.

Racing gets underway at the Essex track at 1.40 with a nine-runner handicap in class three, with the feature race slated for 3.15 and the card coming to a close at 5.35.

Read below to discover the latest Horse racing betting tips for Chelmsford’s card on Sunday.

The opener (1.40) sees nine horses head to the stalls for the five furlong handicap sprint in class three. Multi-time course winner Shalaa Asker is lurking on a handy mark here and with the cheekpieces on again, should go well. Of his rivals, The Thames Boatman returns to the minimum trip having won at Lingfield in March and a fourth at Windsor when last seen.

Race two on the card (2.10) is an open looking contest over the longer one mile and five furlong trip and preference here heads to Road To Wembley, a two-time winner from four runs this year and arrives fresh off a three-month absence. Dream Harder rates as the chief threat for trainer Ian Williams, just 1lb above his most recent winning mark having finished a respectable sixth in an Epsom handicap last time around.

A fillies’ novices stakes marks race three on the Chelmsford card, with nine runners taking on the five furlong distance (2.45). Remoji, from the top Roger Varian yard, looks the one to beat having won a maiden at Beverley 29 days ago and should improve again here ahead of Gaiety Musical, who is down in class having ran fairly well in a Listed race at Carlisle previously and finishing fifth, running much better than that result suggests.

The Queen Charlotte Stakes is the main event on Saturday and is race four on the card at 3.15, with nine filles’ and mares’ set to take on the Listed contest over seven furlongs and bag a winning pot of £56,710. Cloud Cover has won five times from nine all-weather runs and is the clear form pick in this £100,000 contest, upped to Listed level for the first time.

Pinafore is unexposed at this level and rates the main danger, having landed three handicaps last year and was back to ehr best for the top William Haggas yard when second in a Listed Musselburgh contest last time and is respected again here, with the booking of top pilot Tom Marquand an added bonus.

Race five (3.50) sees nine runners take on the class three handicap over one mile and two furlongs, with the preference for Rowayeh and trainer Owen Burrows, fourth of 24 in the Kensington Palace Handicap at Royal Ascot, while race six (4.25) can go the way of Mountain Road, a course and distance winner previously who posted a career-best in winning a Newmarket handicap just over a fortnight ago.

The penultimate race on Chelmsford’s Sunday card (5.00) is a class four handicap over a mile in division one for four-year-old’s and upwards, with Local Music getting the nod for trainer Matt Crawley, a ready winner on the turf last month at Lingfield and can defy the 8lb hike in the weights he receives here for that success.

Finally, the meeting comes to a close with division two of the same discipline at 5.35, with preference in the finale heading to Royal Parade, given a fair crack here by the handicapper having had a career-best last time out when second of 12 in a Chelmsford handicap a little over three weeks ago.

Chelmsford selections – Sunday

1.40 – Shallaa Asker
2.10 – Road To Wembley
2.45 – Remoji
3.15 – Cloud Cover
3.50 – Rowayeh
4.25 – Mountain Road
5.00 – Local Music
5.35 – Royal Parade


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