There are no fewer than six meetings planned across the UK & Ireland on Thursday, including Chelmsford’s six-race card.
The first race is expected to start at 2:25, and the going is standard on the Polytrack. Chelmsford’s card is due to come to a close at 4:55, while there are several promotions available throughout the card.
Betfred’s “Extra Place” promotion is available in contests at 3:25 and 4:25, while the “Super Extra Place” offer is up for grabs at 355, with one of our tips hopefully set to win for their new stable.
14:55 – Velvet Crush @ 6/5
Connections of Velvet Crush will expect a better performance out of the stalls this time around after John & Thady Gosden’s runner missed the break last time out.
The three-year-old was slow out of the blocks, but she managed to finish well and claim third, finishing just under four lengths behind winner Electric Storm.
Runners from the Gosden stable do not often make the same mistake twice, and the quality of their team will hopefully shine through on Thursday.
If Velvet Crush can break better in the one-mile contest, she will be tough to stop in the Betsi Golden Mile Maiden Stakes.
15:55 – Laertes @ 7/2
After some poor results this summer, Laertes was transferred from Michael & David Easterby’s yard and will now run under guidance of new owner/trainer Mick Appleby.
The son of Kantharos started the year at Leicester, finishing 12th of 14, before responding with a second-placed effort at Chelmsford. That was the best it got for Laertes under his former yard, finishing way down the field at Musselburgh, Newcastle and Beverley.
There were signs of some life at Wolverhampton in July when Laertes finished third at 100/30, and Appleby has clearly seen something he thinks he can work with.
Appleby’s charge has slipped down the weights, and Thursday’s contest could be the perfect opportunity for him to return to winning ways.
16:25 – Daisy Roots @ 5/2
Adam West and his team have entered Daisy Roots into the Gentleman’s Day 30th September Handicap on Thursday, and it will be a race they will be confident of winning.
The three-year-old was last seen at Kempton last week, finishing third at 15/2, where Angel Of Antrim won.
Connections have now seen their runner finish third in successive contests since winning at Ffos Las at the end of July.
Daisy Roots is unexposed over the trip of 1m2f, but the booking of Oisin Murphy should help her settle and they will be tough to stop.