Last year’s corresponding toteplacepot dividend:
2015: £57.60 (6 favourites - 2 winners - 1 placed - 3 unplaced)
5.10: And so we come to the second year of fixtures at this venue because this is the card (albeit only one race remains from the opening programme at Chelmsford City on Sunday January 11th in 2015) which marked the start of a new era following the closure of Great Leighs. Upwards and onwards by informing that UNTIL MIDNIGHT scored at that initial meeting and though Eugene Stanford's raider has not won via 10 subsequent starts, the Moss Vale gelding has been beaten by a maximum distance of four lengths on his last six assignments. Down to a mark of just two pounds higher than when recording the victory in question, Eugene's four time winner certainly features in my overnight Placepot mix. For the record, Until Midnight is the only winner on that first Chelmsford card to be declared on Thursday. DUTCH GOLDEN AGE is considered to be the main threat ahead of course and distance winner JUSTICE FIRST.
Chelmsford record of course winners in the opening event:
5.40: SAN QUENTIN appears to be the horse to beat in the second event on the card, with SYLVETTE and HALL OF BEAUTY expected to give investors a decent run for their collective monies. The latter named Michael Appleby raider could reward each way supporters, albeit more logical winners of the race are SAN QUENTIN and SYLVETTE. SAN QUENTIN was an impressive Kempton winner last time out, whilst SYLVETTE has the aid of a tongue strap and cheek-pieces for the first time which might being about enough improvement for the Roger Varian representative to figure prominently.
6.10: SILVER SPRINGS is the only course winner in the field and with David Evans saddling plenty of winners of late, the Zebedee filly included in the overnight Placepot mix, especially tackling a seventh furlong for the first time. Others of interest are ILZAM and ICE ROYAL, the first named of the pair having run well on his handicap bow recently, with ICE ROYAL boasting plenty of scope for improvement on just his third assignment.
Chelmsford record of course winners in the third race:
6.40: NEW STRATEGY wears a first time hood, seeking to rekindle his successful career having been thwarted when attempting a hat trick last time out. STREET FORCE and DANCE OF FIRE are each way/Placepot types who could outrun their odds, given that the declaration of NEW STRATEGY will inflate the prices of the latter named pair.
Favourite factor: Last year's 3/1 market leader finished unplaced behind horses which filled the frame having been sent off at 7/1 - 7/2 - 11/1.
Chelmsford record of course winners in the fourth contest:
7.10: The Piccolo mare MOPS ANGEL races off just a one pound lower mark than when last snaring gold, despite the fact than ten outings have come and gone since that success. It is her solid each way efforts which have prevented the handicapper giving Michael Appleby's raider more rope, though Thursday might witness the five-year-old bouncing back to winning form. Connections will be wary of the appropriately named LE DELUGE I'll wager, whilst the top and bottom weights will rightly have their share of market support, namely WHAT A DANDY and NOUVELLE AIR.
Chelmsford record of course winners in the fifth race:
7.40: It is no surprise to witness E FOURTEEN returning to the venue following a decent effort here last week and stepped up in trip now, the Nayef representative looks sure to run her race again. MULTI QUEST is arguably the best handicapped horse in the contest, whilst my 'short list' is completed by TASAABOQ and CAMDORA.
Chelmsford record of course winners in the toteplacepot finale:
All references to placed horses on these pages are based on an exact science regarding general place terms offered by bookmakers and totepool.com
Trainers with their relevant number of runners on the Chelmsford card on Thursday:
1--Miss Joey Ellis
1--John E Long
1--Saeed Bin Suroor
67 declared runners