Racing expert Jack Nunn sets his sights on the £3,000 Place 6 at Chelmsford on Friday. Check out his Chelmsford tips and join his Syndicate.
3:45 Chelmsford – Nursery Handicap (Class 6)
Division one of this 7-furlong Nursery features 11 maidens who have shown limited ability to date. The one that has come closest to getting off the mark is Fircombe Hall. He finished a good second over 6 furlongs at Newcastle, shaping as if the step up to 7 will suit here. Off just 2lbs higher that form should put him in the mix in the first leg of our Chelmsford tips.
The more unexposed The Whipmaster would be my pick here. Gary Moore handicaps his horses brilliantly and this one looks like he may have got in lightly off a mark of 62. He has shown some decent form in higher grade Novice and Maiden company and looks the sort to have been handicapped for a race like this.
The Chain drops to a mark of 60 after starting off handicapping from a mark of 66. He has put in two respectable runs especially last time where he was a 4 ¾ length 6th over course and distance in better company. After being dropped 4lbs with Adam Kirby taking over I feel he should be going close here.
Selections: Fircombe Hall, The Whipmaster, The Chain
4:15 Chelmsford – Nursery Handicap (Class 6)
Cuban Fox bounced back to form on his last run over 1 mile at Lingfield. He had shown better form earlier in the season off higher marks, before a few bad runs meant he has now dropped to a mark of 57. Stall 1 at Chelmsford is a huge benefit, and he can make this count by going close here. In Stall 2 is the John Ryan trained Arthur’s Angel.
Things have not gone right for him to date by racing too freely and missing the break last time before running on into a promising third. If things fall his way and he jumps on terms he can make his draw count and could be well handicapped off a mark of 60. Like division one of this content, Gary Moore also has a live chance here.
Neminos made an encouraging debut when third at Windsor before being well beaten over Course and Distance last time. It could be that he wasn’t fully wound up last time and it’s interesting that they step into handicap company after just two runs, possibly with the feeling that he is well handicapped off a mark of 59.
Selections: Cuban Fox, Arthur’s Angel, Neminos
4:45 Chelmsford – Novice Stakes (Class 5)
Ahlawi sets the standard here after stepping up on his debut effort to finish second to a promising horse of John Gosdens. He pulled clear of the third that day and a repeat of that run would make him hard to beat here. In the same race was Aylesford who finished 2 ¾ lengths behind Ahlawi that day on his debut.
William Knight’s horses improve for the run and with that experience behind him it would not be a surprise to see him make a race of it with Ahlawi.
Selections: Ahlawi, Aylesford
5:15 Chelmsford – Novice Stakes (Class 3)
One of the most eye-catching debuts I have seen all year came in the form of Companionship when he was beaten a length 2nd to a promising horse of Charlie Appleby’s at Kempton.
He ran extremely green and had around 10 lengths to find on the winner with a furlong to go but ate up the ground under a hands and heels ride to finish upsides just a couple of strides past the line. He is a Galileo out of a Group 1 winning mare in Australia so is massively entitled to come on for the run. He can take this before going onto far greater things.
5:45 Chelmsford – Handicap (Class 5)
It’s hard to get away from Gumra who bolted up here on Monday over 7 furlongs. She was showing no signs of stopping so the extra furlong should not pose a problem under a 6lb penalty. She was drawn on the outside and had to come wide adding further substance to her performance. From stall 2 she should be hard to stop here.
Though Blame Culture has been slightly out of form recently, his last run was not without promise and he races off a career low all weather mark of 72 here. Just 6 starts ago he was narrowly beaten here over 7 furlongs off a mark of 80 in higher grade and if he could bounce back to anywhere near that form, he would go close.
Selections: Gumra, Blame Culture
6:15 Chelmsford – Handicap (Class 5)
General Zoff has been unlucky not to land a race at this level finishing placed in 4 of his last 6 starts, bumping into some improving well handicapped horses along the way. He looks to have found a good opportunity to post a victory here with Tom Marquand in the saddle. His recent runs should be enough to at least see him hit the frame.
His biggest danger could come in the form of Trinity Girl who did not have things go her way over course and distance last week but stayed on strongly from the rear in what was a slowly run race. This was her first run for a new trainer after leaving Mark Johnston, and this lightly raced 3-year-old should still have some improvement in her over staying trips.
Selections: General Zoff, Trinity Girl
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