There are some competitive handicaps on Tuesday with some good evening action on the all-weather down at Chelmsford. Here are the day’s main runners and selections:
2.00 Ffos Las (7f Novice Stakes)
Took a good step forward over the C&D last time and can go well again if handling the softer ground.
May improve a small amount but seems limited.
Clearly better on turf than on the all-weather, hopefully will settle and handle the soft going.
Improving plenty and another good show is on the cards, as long as the ground isn’t too slow for the son of Ifraaj.
Superbly bred and not impossible to win on debut for top connections. Market needs to be watched, may be better for the run.
Didn’t show a lot on debut but from a good yard and interesting if strong in the market.
Richard Hannon’s Move Over may be better returned to turf and any money for Mail Order would be interesting, however RHOSNEIGR looks the on to beat and is improving fast.
4.30 Ffos Las (2m Handicap)
Just the 5 runs on the flat on turf and could yet get better, different conditions today though.
An easy winner here last time over 1m6f under today’s jockey, should stay the trip.
Doesn’t win often but going from strength to strength over hurdles.
Difficult to know what to expect, low profile return over hurdles two weeks ago.
No fancy form, but at these weights has every chance.
SPORTY YANKEE looks reasonably well handicapped and may go well at a decent price. Spice Fair looks best of the rest.
4.45 Musselburgh (2m Handicap)
Steadily improved on the Tapeta at Newcastle last backend and should go well on turf. Well bred and every chance of a big run.
Recently made 2m debut and still improving. Likes the track and should go really well.
Not as good this season and a little in and out, may run into a place.
This year’s form is hard to quantify, though was a decent second last time.
Rock solid performer, if not very well handicapped.
It would be no surprise to see the regally bred four-year-old DUBAWI FIFTY improve right away from these on turf and he is given the nod ahead of Sebastian’s Wish and Stoneham.
7.20 Nottingham (6f Handicap)
King Of Spin
The ground is not entirely in his favour but another good spin is expected.
On a long losing run now but pretty consistent and from a top yard.
Gradually recovering the last three runs and if moving forward again here should have place chances.
Won his maiden here last backend and should be much the sharper for his season opener, big chance.
Consistent if not a massive improver, decent form in the book and every chance.
Escapes a penalty for an apprentice race win last time and conditions are OK. Improving of late and no reason to suspect he won’t go well again.
The 5yo CHAMPAGNE BOB could have quite a few pounds in hand here and may be all the better in a more competitive field. Dark Power and Dirchill look best of the rest.
7.50 Nottingham (1m Handicap)
Roman De Brut
Busy boy this season and his two recent wins may have put him high enough in the handicap for now.
Eventually won his maiden at Ayr and followed up with another solid run at that track. Will go well hear and is still improving.
An eight race maiden, now with his third different handler.
Gone off favourite five times in a row now and clearly well thought of at this level.
Off the mark at the fifth time of asking at Carlisle and may go on from that.
Duck Egg Blue
Not overly consistent and others are preferred.
Not too many of them potentially ahead of the assessor with the exception of Richard Fahey’s 3yo NATAJACK who can improve again following a maiden success last time.
6.30 Chelmsford (6f Novice Stakes)
Tunes Of Glory
Run well in two starts on different all-weather surfaces but has a penalty to carry here.
Two good runs so far and more is expected. Should appreciate the surface but has a small penalty.
Going great guns on the sand and no reason why she won’t improve again, though another with a penalty.
Should come on from his debut second, though may not improve past the best ones here.
Kevin Ryan brings just a small team down to Essex and this one is sure to go well. A close third in behind some decent types on debut (winner now rated 90) and just the right time to run again now.
Amazing Alice will be well supported and it’s easy to see why, however there is plenty to come from STORMBRINGER and it’s easy to envisage the Ryan horse coming home best of all.
7.00 Chelmsford (6f Handicap)
Sign Of The Kodiac
Pretty consistent on the synthetic and with main man Luke Morris on board should go well again.
Going great guns here and despite ideally wanting a better stall, can go well again.
An improving sprinter who was well fancied to go very well on Plate day at Newcastle. Likes this surface and has a good draw.
Well drawn and likes it here, if he breaks well he should go close.
Always good to see a sprinter in good form and this one is improving fast. Oisin Murphy booked again and a huge run is expected.
Although Simon Crisford’s Maakaasib must hold every chance, MAZZINI appeals most and has shown capabilities of winning races even better than this one and he likes the track.
7.30 Chelmsford (1m 3yo Handicap)
Won very cosily at Newcastle last time and should stay the mile. From a good yard and every chance that he’ll improve a fair bit here.
Another handicap debutant from a top Newmarket yard, much like Important Mission he’ll come on from his latest outing but the surface is an unknown.
Consistent over the C&D and another bold show is expected.
A winner just the once over at Kempton Park and nothing much in hand.
Sir Mark Prescott’s all-weather runners tend to improve a hell of a lot between runs. Beat Badescoth last time and should move forward again.
Typically in a 3yo race, plenty have a chance of being ahead of the handicapper but none more so than William Haggas’ IMPORTANT MISSION. His smooth Newcastle win marks him out as the best horse in this race with the most potential to improve.