Good ground at Uttoxeter ahead of a cracking summer jumps card but do note there is the prospect of rain during the day although the forecast suggests much of it might arrive after racing.
Irish raider Peaches And Cream ran away with a valuable handicap at the Punchestown Festival back in the spring over just shy of four miles and I wonder if he will have the necessary speed dropping back to this 3m 2f trip.
Go On Chez has won his last five and has been a revelation for Oliver Greenall and he would have been the recommendation near the foot of the weights save the form of the yard who have been quiet of late. He remains at the right end of the handicap, but I hope to see a big run from EL PASO WOOD, and he gets the each-way vote for David Pipe.
The selection has been off the track for over seven weeks since running a cracker when runner up at Worcester over 2m 4f from a 3lbs lower mark last time. This step back up in distance ought to suit and do note that the 8-y-old is entered in three races at Perth and Stratford next week.
I am prepared to put a line through the run of MOONLIT WARRIOR at Catterick last time when he went out like a light on his first start over two miles having travelled well to the top of the home straight. He had previously looked a progressive stayer and will be ridden by leading 5lbs claimer Benoit De La Sayette this afternoon.
Michael Bell’s 3-y-old won his sole previous start on Polytrack when scoring over an extended 1m 5f here back in the spring and I don’t think it was his stamina that gave way in Yorkshire last time.
Market leader Beggerman also has an unbeaten record at Chelmsford – 2:2 – and he is only 3lbs higher than when scoring over 1m 6f here on his penultimate start. His previous win at the track was over today’s two-mile trip and he is a worthy favourite, but he must give 23lbs to the selection and that might be just too much.
POET’S DAWN (NAP) is on a long losing run and has run very well in defeat in his last couple of starts finishing runner-up to subsequent winners Rainbow Colours and Shine On Brendan. He has been raised a couple of pounds since his last start but Tim Easterby offsets that by putting up 3lbs claimer Sean Kinane.
The selection is a six-time winner and the cheekpieces he has worn on his last couple of starts are dispensed with today. His draw in stall two is a positive and he looks sure to run another big race.
* Betting odds quoted correct at the time of writing. Subject to changes.