Check out our race-by-race verdicts and nap selection for Tuesday evening's meeting at Chelmsford.
Archie Watson’s juveniles usually know their job so Hattusa, who is out of a 5f winner, should be in the firing-line. Campachoochoo is related to a host of two-year-old winners so is definitely worth a second look but TATTOO is also sprint bred and Eve Johnson Houghton’s Equiano filly could be the value to make a winning debut. Likely Successor’s yard looks in good form but Gems Jewel was a cheap purchase, though might pick up a low-level race or two when tackling longer distances.
WOOTTON CREEK has a nice middle-distance pedigree and she is unlikely to be found wanting in terms of preparedness. Mark Johnston’s filly can make a winning start ahead of Concessions, who is related to winning milers. Alagappa also has a nice pedigree but it’s rare for her stable’s two-year-olds to peak this early in their careers. Seattle Rock may find easier opportunities on the all-weather circuit later in the year.
Sir Michael Stoute has just one runner in action today and Ryan Moore rides SOVEREIGN GRANT. The Queen’s colt was last seen winning a Kempton maiden in effortless fashion in October 2018 but it’s worth taking a chance on his fitness as that race has produced a host of subsequent winners. Godhead and Healing Power both remains unexposed as well with the latter already a course and distance winner. Gallipoli got back to winning ways at Newcastle in February and Richard Fahey also runs Knowing Glance, who is on a hat-trick. Lincoln Park is preferred to Klute of the others.
Villain's Voice was only half-a-length behind a subsequent winner when third at Yarmouth last July but easy Lingfield winner Portugueseprincess will probably make a bee-line for the rails at the start and could give a nice tow to CRY HAVOC. Rae Guest’s filly has displayed a fine turn of foot in her two starts at Kempton and Shane Kelly should find plenty of cover from stall one. Seas Of Elzaam has placed twice at Catterick and travelled down from North Yorkshire but is probably best watched making his debut on Polytrack.
Caen Na Coille has been raised 6lb for scoring in a lower grade over track and trip in March and has to give weight to less-exposed fillies. Sacred Dance easily landed the odds over 7f at Doncaster a year ago but hasn’t raced since, though that’s rarely an issue with a Godolphin runner. Queen Of All is 2-2 on Fibresand but it remains to be seen how she will cope with this surface. Declared Interest, Dutch Painting and Rhyme Scheme may do better this year but this can go to INDIE ANGEL (NAP), who had a lot more in hand than the official verdict suggests here in December so is probably on a lenient mark.
Land Of Oz won six times last, twice on the all-weather, and was a leading fancy for the Cesarewitch in October, though finished well beaten. Collide was a Listed winner at Cagnes-Sur-Mer in February and has won on Polytrack. Pianissimo has two wins and a second from previous runs around here so has to be taken seriously but this looks too hot for veteran Battle Of Marathon and Calling The Wind also faces a stiff task. CLAP YOUR HANDS arrives on a five-timer having made giant strides since his maiden victory here in December. His last three wins have come on Tapeta but he’s probably worth following until beaten.
Paintball Wizard was beaten 10 lengths in a small field at Nottingham in the autumn but possibly has more scope than the majority of these. QUE QUIERES is an all-weather specialist but a very solid record around here. He is likely to be more forward than most so gets the nod, though winning hurdler Waterproof could be a danger as he has placed here. Norab has also had a decent career over timber but the handicapper is probably in charge at present on the Flat.
Capricorn Prince has won over 1m4f at Kempton and Lingfield and has had a couple of runs over 2m so this intermediate distance could prove ideal. What Will Be turned into a decent novice hurdler and Mr Fox was second over track and trip in February, though a little disappointing last time at Lingfield when joint favourite. We’ll take a chance on THORNTON LE CLAY, who looked a stayer in the making at Southwell in the second half of last year and could enjoy the switch to this faster surface.
ARLECCHINO’S ARC has done all of his winning over course and distance and is back on the mark off which he was last successful in December so it will be a surprise if Mark Usher’s charge is not in the thick of the action. Kybosh was in good form at Kempton in February but Burguillos has yet to win on the all-weather, though was second at Wolverhampton two runs ago. Compass Point won three times here last spring off higher marks but it’s a while since scaled those heights.
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