By Tom Stanley
More all-weather action this week. The weather has not been kind to the jumps tracks of late and there’s little more annoying than studying a card which gets lost in the morning. Chelmsford and Newcastle will do for me on Friday afternoon, starting with:
1.30 Chelmsford: Nice Shot
The presence of Commander Han in here is a worry. I’m a big fan of his and think he’ll end up the best of these.
I fancy others will think that too, though, and Nice Shot, as a consequence, may just go off a little bigger than he should.
Commander Han is a big baby and will do his winning in time over a little further (I got stuck into him at Redcar last time, a fine demonstration of his talent but also his inexperience).
Nice Shot was a course and distance winner in a first-time hood on his latest start and the form is excellent. He doesn't have to lead and he should defy his penalty. He’s for now, Commander Han for the future.
3.10 Chelmsford: Soul Silver
Rated best of these, she was comfortably beaten by Pattie at Lingfield last time. She was giving 8lb that day though and I fancy her to reverse the form over further off levels here.
Oisin Murphy went forward on her that day but she was hassled up top and Pattie got a far more efficient trip from off the pace.
I think they’ll let something else go on here, probably Courier, and Soul Silver's last win came over this trip. The time of the race at Lingfield was good and, for all Pattie was beaten next up in a tactical affair, the form looks pretty strong.
3.40 Chelmsford: King Kevin
Remarkably progressive, King Kevin goes in search of a hat-trick and his fifth win in six starts.
That December defeat came over a mile and a half and he’s proved best suited to this sort of trip since.
He did unbelievably well to win last time having missed the break and, up 6lb, still looks ahead of the handicapper. He’s been freshened up and can continue his winning ways.
6.45 Newcastle: Tommy G
I’m really keen on this horse's chances back over six furlongs. He travelled like a well treated horse back in October over this course and distance but had no luck at a big price.
Seven furlongs seems to have stretched him twice since and, in between, I felt he hit the front too soon over the minimum here when well supported.
The excuses are mounting up but a more patient ride over this trip looks what he needs.
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