Racing at Chelmsford will go ahead on Thursday but is is back behind closed doors after huge swathes of Essex were placed under Tier 3 restrictions. The Betfred-owned track aint had a lot of luck recently having been able to open its doors to crowds at three meetings since crowd restrictions were lifted only for one them to be abandoned after a single race due to thick fog! Anyhow, they race and I fancy one; hopefully a winner as if my run of bad luck continues I am cancelling Christmas!
Charlie Appleby had six entered for the 1m2f British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Stakes due off at 6.00. Two stand their ground Tamborrada ridden by James Doyle and Vasilakos with Adam Kirby in the saddle. Both as you might expect are bred to be above average but the one that makes most appeal on debut is Tamborrada. By Dubawi, who needs no introduction, his half-brother morning Shadow didn’t achieve much on track but the dam Elle Shade did win a race and is by champion two-year-old and French Guineas & Derby winner Shamardal out of G.1 winner Elle Danzig so there is plenty to like in the pedigree. The yard remain in form and they have a decent strike-rate at the track. The best early price is 6-4 with Bet365 and Hills and I have taken that overnight.