Studying two jump cards that have been lost to the weather this week has been frustrating but, on the plus side, at least I am level on the week.
It is a modest enough card at Chelmsford on Tuesday evening but I will be having a little go in the last two races.
7.00 Chelmsford: Mizuki
A novice stakes for older horses is almost by definition a very weak affair and if this mare, trained by Andrew Balding, came here on the back of her debut run she would be a good thing.
Even her subsequent disappointing effort at Windsor looks a little better now as Hamish, the winner, ended up the year as a seriously good stayer. However, an absence since June means hints all has not been well since and, aged five, she has run only twice, which suggests long term issues.
I am less worried by long absences these days, especially from top yards, and am also encouraged by the record of ‘Sea The Stars progeny on the all-weather. Unless she drifts massively close to the off I will be confident of a big run.
7.30 Chelmsford: Wimpole Hall
This horse takes a bit of knowing as he drops himself out early by missing the break. That can lead to him finding traffic problems, which was evident last time.
His young 7lb claimer, Gaia Boni, has won on him over today’s course and distance and is a capable apprentice.
There is enough pace in this small field to suggest runners will be coming back to Wimpole Hall in the straight and hopefully Boni will be able to steer a way through.
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