Dave Nevison's Thursday Tips: Make Murphy your man at Chelmsford

By Dave Nevison@nevisondave
Thu 29 Oct 2020

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Attention is turning among most to the jumps season now, but after a couple of bloody noses, I'll watch the action unfold for another day without any of my cash being carried. Instead, I'll keeping my attentions on Thursday to the evening action at Chelmsford City.

5.00 Chelmsford City: Solar Park

Now a non-runner

Having dropped to a mark only 1lb higher than he last won off and with the champion jockey on board, he looks a good bet to score here. He is able to run in this 0-55, despite a rating of 57, so is running in the lowest grade race he has ever contested and has bagged a decent draw in stall three as well.

His latest run at Wolverhampton could certainly have ended with him finishing closer as he had to wait too long to get a gap and finished well. With a clear run through he can beat a poor lot.

6.00 Chelmsford City: Eagle Creek

He has notched up three runs since a considerable absence, but this looks his first opportunity to win a race. He ran very well last time out but found the trip on a slow track too much and faded to fourth close home.

Rated in the mid-90s in 2017, he now finds himself off a mark of 82 here which looks exploitable. Dropped to seven furlongs and another one to have the benefit of the booking of Oisin Murphy, he can take advantage of a good mark.

8.30 Chelmsford City: Bright Start

If anyone thought that the jockeys' championship might go down to the wire, I'm hoping Oisin Murphy can put such suggestions to bed as he is also on board my third selection.

This one having his first run after a gelding operation, which will hopefully have a positive effect, but if not the cheekpieces applied for the first time may do the trick. I haven’t noticed any really wayward tendencies and this horse has never been beaten more than three lengths in his career - indeed, he was beaten less than a length when fourth last time out.

Saeed bin Suroor hasn't enjoyed the best of seasons, but he has enjoyed a purple patch on the All-weather at this stage before and two winners and two places from his last four runners bodes well.

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