3.00 1m Class 6 Handicap – Red Gunner 6/1
Not the easiest horse to follow, but the once rated 79 gelding is now running off 55, a huge 24lbs difference, granted his highest mark was just over 2 years ago and for David O’Meara but it’s hard not to see the horse winning soon and today looks his best chance for a long time, he runs off his lowest lifetime mark and is entered into a very easy 0-55 race for the first time with nearly half the field running out of the handicap. He ran a solid race just 12 days ago at Kempton, apart from the unexposed winning filly, they finished in a tight group for the minors, that was in a much different 0-70 race, so a run like that in this 0-55 against a much more exposed field 2lbs better off, should see him take this race with ease. He does however have a bad 13 stall to contend with, but since the step up to 1m, the usually held up horse has been racing more prominently, so with the lack of early speed he should get across easily with a good break, but at the same time he can break slowly so a bit of a toss up what tactics will prevail, if that is the case then Sharp Operator who is another with a bad draw and likes to be held up is in great shape, he won a 0-60 at Wolverhampton last week, he didn’t get a perfect run with being hampered early and bustled back through the field but put that behind him when getting a good run up the rail after the last bend, he gets a 6lb penalty for that win but they book the competent Seamus Cronin who takes 7lbs off the geldings back to leave him well in, in a slightly weaker race, the gelding also likes the Chelmsford course too.
4.15 2m7f Class 3 Handicap – Silverhow 7/1
The gelding gets his ground for the first time this season, his last win came at Sandown in a good Class 2 Novice race last April on soft ground when beating War Sound who since boosted the form when winning a good Class 2 event himself before tackling Class 1 rivals like Frodon etc. Silverhow hasn’t shown the same form in his next 2 runs but but not only the fast ground the likely issue, trainer Colin Tizzard has given the gelding a wind operation and tries the tongue tie for the first time, so obviously has breathing issues, if the combination does the trick then we’ll likely see the promising gelding return to form in this easier Class 3 0-130 should be a stepping stone. Le Boizelo looks the likely danger, he impressed LTO at Exeter when giving away 17lbs including claimer to the winner, he in turn finished well clear of the rest of the field, he does go up 2lbs for his troubles, but if he can build on that, he’ll be a tough nut to crack.
5.55 1m1f Class 2 Conditions – Arcanada 15/8
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6.25 1m4f Class 6 Handicap – Splash Of Verve 9/2
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