16:30 Chelmsford City Thu 9 January 2020
Reasonable efforts in modest handicaps of late but he has a stiff test on these terms and his losing sequence, which now stretches back to February 2018, is off-putting. He's a dual C&D winner but others hold stronger claims this time.
Pulled up over hurdles at Fakenham just before Christmas and has never won beyond 7f when tried on the Flat; his handicap mark in this sphere has plummet over the last twelve months and he needs a near transformation to stop the rot.
First run since a wind operation and needs a big step forward from her previous form; hard to recommend on the evidence available.
Lightly raced but has done very little to capture the imagination so far; the filly has never started a race at odds below 33/1 before this engagement and has so far run accordingly.
Shown only intermittent flashes of ability so far and is 0-23 up to press; best recent effort when third over C&D in November but well below that level twice since.
Came back from a short break to win an amateur riders race at Lingfield in June; sound claims if able to run to that level but needs to show more interest than when he was last seen on turf; was eased that day but the return to the AW is beneficial.
Won a similar race over C&D in April and notable he was sixth in this race last year. Doesn't have much to find to get competitive again this time around but his lack of consistency will always be a concern.
Losing run stretches back to his time in Ireland at the end of 2017 and recent efforts have done little to suggest the gelding is about to turn the corner. Would be a surprising winner.
Well beaten in all starts for Jane Chappel-Hyam and hard to recommend on his debut for a new yard after an absence of 528 days.
Has won on Polytrack at Lingfield but the mare's previous efforts at this particular course were modest at best; three quick runs at the tail-end of last year returned nothing of merit. Not hard to rule out of the betting plans.
An inconsistent filly but she does have snippets of form that give her a reasonable chance in a weak race such as this; ran on well near the finish at Lingfield 10 days ago and can at least make the frame if able to step up on that performance.
Poor strike-rate of 1-37 underlines her frailties but this is just about her grade of competition and the mare might just be sharper for last month's spin at Wolverhampton. Runs for a yard that is very capable of landing a touch; worth considering.
Ran well in a similar race here last time out and worth another try over this trip. Has a bit to find with Margaret J judging by an encounter here in November so not one for maximum faith as his limitations are plain to see.
Finished nearer last than first on too many occasions to merit any sort of positive recommendation at this stage; the first-time eye-shield needs to have a dramatic impact.
Last Year's Winner
|6||Foreign Legion||4||9-9||3/1||Full Result|
|T: L McJannetJ: N Mackay|
Roca Magica (4/1), Theydon Spirit (4/1), Nicky Baby (9/2), Dukes Meadow (8/1), Sea Tea Dea (8/1), Essential (8/1), Fanny Chenal (10/1), No Approval (14/1), Mime Dance (20/1), Margaret J (20/1), Je M'En Fiche (25/1), Ramblow (33/1), Noble Gesture (33/1), Tilsworth Prisca (50/1)
- Roca Magica
- Sea Tea Dea
- Nicky Baby
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