Our racing expert marks your card for Thursday's action at Chelmsford.
Alan King has a decent Flat team to go to war with this season and he has double prospects at Chelmsford this evening.
His CITY DREAMER was last seen running in a handicap hurdle at Ascot (sixth of the nine runners) just 11 days ago and therefore won’t lack for fitness when he runs in the closing 1m6f handicap at the Essex venue, in which he is giving weight to six rivals.
A maiden on Flat turf, the four-year-old managed to win a couple of juvenile hurdles last September and he continued to run well in handicaps, twice finishing runner-up, before his latest well beaten effort off a mark of 134, which is plenty stiff enough.
However, his all-weather rating of 67 looks generous in comparison and we can take further encouragement from his only previous run on Polytrack at Lingfield in February, when only finding Author’s Dream (who has completed a four-timer since) too good after that horse had got first run on him.
His stablemate WAR CHIEF looks to have more on his plate in the 1m2f handicap as he is returning from a long absence and is up against the in-form Tom’s Rock and Godolphin’s Extra Mile, who could leave his previous disappointing form in maidens behind now handicapping.
However, the King runner also has the potential to do a lot better this season after missing the second half of last due to being a sick horse following a gelding operation, which he reportedly took badly. Ouch!
An impressive winner at Salisbury on his second start as a two-year-old, he could be now be ready to make up for lost time and while he’s been off since last June, he has gone well fresh, including when narrowly beaten first time up last season.
All odds were correct at time of posting.