3 £1 doubles & £1 ew treble
Golden Emblem 3.40 @ 7/1
Zuckerburg 3.15 @ 5/1
Acey Milan 4.50 @ 11/2
Selected Stratford – good ground on this flat and sharp track
12.55 PREMIUM RACE
2.05 The fav is Cadzand , a very useful novice hurdler last season and on a fair mark going chasing for the first time which will very much suit this ex-pointer . He’s up against a stack of in form types , but many are on very uncomfortably high marks, especially the 4 timer chasing Kap auteil , who has stamina to prove as well as no good record running fresh .
½ pt win Cadzand @ 2/1
2.40 Not a deep novice hurdle and the shot priced fav is Call of The Wild , impressive winning his only start , a decent bumper , and if he jumps , could be very hard to catch but I’m with the battle hardened useful young handicap hurdler Onemorefortheroad , rated a lofty 126 , and despite carrying a double penalty , goes well fresh and will seriously test the fav .
¼ pt win Onemorefortheroad @ 5/2
3.15 Not a deep event but there is plenty of early pace about which will suit the in form Zuckerburg , held for a late charge at Sedgefield last time , in quite a competitive heat and only failing narrowly . Good chance of a deserved win .
½ pt win Zuckerburg @ 5/1
3.50 The admirable Costly Diamond , a tenacious front running mare comes here in winning form and is actually a massive 10 pounds lower , but does switch to hurdles which hasn’t helped at all in the past . Better is expected from the lightly raced young mare Dorisa Queen , having her first start for the Skelton team but prefer a dabble on the lightly raced Methusaleh , with a good stable and was a close 4th on handicap debut .
¼ pt win Methusaleh @ 5/1
Selected Lingfield- all weather – polytrack
1.03 Not a deep handicap at all despite the big field and the worthy short priced fav is the lightly raced youngster Rogue Power, proven over C&D and a good 2nd on turf last time behind a similarly unexposed type. Not great odds, but this should be comfortable .
¾ pt win Rogue Power @ 6/5
1.30 Another uncompetitive race despite the big field and the consistent and very willing Silver Kitten , unluckily lost her last race in The Stewards Room , looked very harsh but this prominent racer is well drawn and proven on the surface and trip. Obvious danger is Doolily , good form but absent for 4 months and only run on polytrack not great .
¼ pt win Silver Kitten @ 11/4
2.13 PREMIUM RACE
2.48 The very useful handicapper Documenting won this last year , off a higher mark and comes here in top form with a couple of excellent placed efforts on turf in hot races . He’s a hold up type, not ideal in a small field and this is likely to be run at a crawl with no recognised front runner , but the very short odds on fav , the hat-trick chasing Modern News has raced prominently before, so all is not lost , certainly worth a dabble.
¼ pt ew Documenting @ 5/1
3.23 PREMIUM RACE
4.33 A big field apprentices’ handicap for closers and worth chancing the consistent King Of Tonga, running well with the drop in the ratings, untried on the surface but the young jockey knows how to ride . Not badly drawn for a prominent racer
¼ pt ew King Of Tonga @ 15/2
Selected Ffos Las – possibly very soft ground on this flat and galloping track but very testing in the mud
1.20 Zinc White came to himself on the flat in staying handicaps in the mud and cost present connections £310,000 !! Should start repaying today .
½ pt win Zinc White @ evens
1.55 Champion Court has been to the well 31 times and never collected but not for the want of trying and has been placed in around half of his races. Ran well on his comeback spin and has run well here before in the mud. Every dog has it’s day !
¼ pt ew Champion Chase @ 14/1
3.40 Golden Emblem made rapid strides last year winning twice and narrowly beaten on a couple of other occasions . She resumes duties on a workable mark , a close 3rd off this mark in a competitive Perth handicap. A very good friend of mine is one of the owners and reports that they are happy with her but could be better for the run and a bit worried if the ground got very testing . She’s an admirable , tough mare and I’m with her .
½ pt ew Golden Emblem @ 7/1
4.50 The soft ground will be an issue for the in form types of Eyeofthescorpion and probably Colorado Doc but no real issues for the competitively handicapped Acey Milan , who won first time out last season and has a good record running fresh and the switch to hurdles no issue
½ pt win Acey Milan @ 11/2
Ffos Las placepot
Selected Chelmsford City – all weather – polytrack
6.00 Not a deep race as the fav Artemis Sky has yet to strike and recent efforts poor , including her only try on polytrack. Lady Elysia is rarely far away and is proven on the surface and gets the nod ahead of the capable but hard to win with Pax Brittanica
¼ pt win Lady Elysia @ 11/4
6.30 PREMIUM RACE
7.00 At the ratings a good chance for the down in class Hayadh , still competitive off marks in the mid 80’s and despite having a first run on polytrack , odds aren’t bad .
¼ pt win Hayadh @ 5/2
7.30 Full Intention has held his form really well since going up to this mark and there was plenty of promise in his recent comeback spin . He was denied narrowly off this mark at Kempton before his break and returns to his best C&D with 4 wins . He could well try and lead all the way and shouldn’t be far away in this trappy heat .
¼ pt ew Full Intention @ 7/1
8.00 It certainly is true that God loves a trier as long standing maiden Boy George , finally rang the Victory Bell after 29 tries , but it was coming as he had 8 2nd places . Better drawn this time, only up 2 pounds for his C&D win and Johnny Egan keeps the ride . Long time maidens once getting the taste of success , are hungry for more . We’ll see .
¼ pt win Boy George @ 9/4
Chelmsford City placepot