Five horses to keep on side at Chelmsford on Wednesday evening

By Harry Allwood@H_Allwood1
Wed 19 Jun 2019

Harry Allwood selects five horses to follow for action at Chelmsford on Wednesday evening which will be shown live on Racing TV.

An eight-race card at Chelmsford takes centre stage on Racing TV on Wednesday and almost £200,000 of prize money is on offer, with the Listed Queen Charlotte Fillies’ Stakes being the feature race.

2018 Qipco 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook faces 13 rivals in that 7f contest and is comfortably the best horse on the ratings, and she will bid to get back on track and record her first success since her Classic victory.

Course specialist Tropics is also in action and the 11-year-old is seeking his fourth victory over course and distance. He runs in the 5f handicap at 7.40pm under promising apprentice Sophie Ralston.

The first race kicks off at 5.40pm and here are five to keep on the right side of.

Horse: COMMANDER HAN

Race: Bet toteexacta At totesport.com Handicap (6.40).

Trainer: Kevin Ryan.

General odds: 14-1.

Commander Han shaped better than the result suggests when sixth in a competitive handicap over a mile at Chelmsford last time out and is capable of making his presence felt.

He found himself with plenty to do having been held up and, although he made headway in the straight, he was never able to make a challenge.

His form figures at this venue before that run read 1232 and his victory came over course and distance. The handicapper has given him a chance dropping him another 2lb and, although he is 0-11 in handicaps, he is worth chancing each-way at 14-1.

Horse: DESERT FIRE

Race: Bet totequadpot At totesport.com Handicap (7.10).

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor.

General odds: 9-2.

Desert Fire caught the eye in a valuable handicap at Newcastle in April on his first start since Meydan in February and can get back to winning ways here.

The son of Cape Cross travelled nicely and made his challenge two furlongs out before the lack of a recent run took its toll and twelve furlongs probably stretched his stamina.

He will appreciate the step back down to ten furlongs here and wears cheekpieces for the first time which will hopefully bring out more improvement from the four-year-old, and that is likely given he is still relatively lightly raced.

Horse: EMBOUR

Race: Bet totetrifecta At totesport.com Handicap (7.40).

Trainer: Richard Hannon.

General odds: 9-2.

Successful on his only start on the all-weather, Embour looks to have a good chance of improving his already decent strike-rate in this class 2 handicap.

The four-year-old has won five of his 12 starts and went close when fifth in a competitive handicap at Newmarket this month. A reproduction of that run will see him go close and, although the drop back down to five furlongs is a slight question mark having shown his best form over a furlong further, he has won over the minimum trip.

He also remains 4lb above his last winning mark, but Seamus Cronin claims a useful 5lb and he looks sure to be competitive.

Horse: BILLESDON BROOK

Race: totepool Queen Charlotte Fillies’ Stakes (8.10).

Trainer: Richard Hannon.

General odds: 4-1.

Things have not gone to plan since Billesdon Brook caused a huge upset in the 2018 Qipco 1000 Guineas, but this is a significant drop in class for Richard Hannon’s filly and it will be disappointing if she is unable to get her head back in front.

The daughter of Champs Elysees has still run some respectable races in defeat since her Classic success, most notably when fourth in the Coronation Stakes and Nassau Stakes.

The drop back down to seven furlongs is also a slight negative, but she is likely to get a strong pace to aim at and can prove a class apart from her rivals.

Victory Wave, who is seeking a hat-trick, is the obvious main danger and has attracted support. She clearly likes the track having won three times at Chelmsford and is on an upward curve.

Horse: MAGICINTHEMAKING

Race: Bet totescoop6 At totesport.com Handicap (9.10).

Trainer: John Long.

General odds: 4-1.

This is a competitive race on paper, but a chance is taken on Magicinthemaking who has won twice at Chelmsford and shaped as though the run was needed when third over course and distance on her first start since February last time out.

She finished behind today’s rival Quick Monet in that race but should be capable of reversing form with Shaun Harris’ six-year-old now she has a run under her belt and is on 5lb better terms.

Seven furlongs looks ideal for Magicinthemaking, who finishes strongly, and has won and been placed three times from five starts under Hollie Doyle.

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