Our racing expert marks your card for Thursday's action, with a couple of Chelmsford sprinters catching the eye.
Fareeq is sure to be popular in division 1 of the 6f handicap having returned to winning ways over track and trip last time off just 3lb lower. However, he was perhaps lucky to keep that race in the Stewards’ Room as he interfered with the runner-up close home when hanging towards the inside rail and he can ill afford a repeat here from his wide draw in stall nine (of 11).
He’s worth taking on then and a chance is taken on Tony Carroll’s BROTHER IN ARMS in first-time cheek-pieces and at an each-way price. Granted his recent form figures leave something to be desired, but he’s been doing all his running over 7f and patently failed to get home at Lingfield last time, when he also had a shocking draw (13 of 14) to contend with. He’s fared far better in that respect this evening, having drawn stall two, and this is seemingly his best trip with his sole win on the all-weather coming over it under Aled Beech, with whom he is reunited, and off a 7lb higher mark than today’s.
Division 2 of the 6f handicap looks just as competitive and several have claims, but ELJADDAAF was beaten only narrowly in last year’s renewal off a 1lb higher mark and he’s been running well enough of late to suggest he can go one better this time around. The Dean Ivory-trained seven-year-old had to come from a long way back when finishing second at Kempton two starts back and he again had to weave his way through before filling the same spot behind a stablemate back at the same track last time. From a good draw in stall three and with Robert Winston booked, he is taken to get his head back in front.
All odds were correct at time of posting.