There’s a busy programme of racing scheduled on Tuesday 15 August, with five meetings planned across the UK and Ireland.

Our focus is on Chelmsford’s six-race meeting, with the card set to run between 17:40 and 20:15 on standard going on the Polytrack surface.

Chelmsford City Tips

  • 6.15 – Thomas Equinas @ 11/8
  • 6.45 – Imperial Ace @ 15/2
  • 7.15 – Moonspirit @ 9/4

6.15 – Thomas Equinas @ 11/8

Thomas Equinas has been put through his paces by connections of late, and he has repaid them by winning on two occasions.

Dean Ivory’s runner has raced 12 times since the start of December, winning twice and placing on three other occasions.

He was last seen at Chelmsford a week ago, winning a nine-runner event over seven furlongs. Thomas Equinas beat Monaadhil on that occasion at 5/2, and he has only been handed a 5lb penalty for that display.

Ivory and his team will feel their runner is well in ahead of a return to Chelmsford, and Thomas Equinas can land the spoils as he steps up in trip.

6.45 – Imperial Ace @ 15/2

It has been seven months since Imperial Ace’s last victory, but a first trip to Chelmsford may end that run this week.

Hugo Palmer helped the three-year-old win back-to-back races in January, but he has since finished ninth and then fifth on two occasions.

Connections decided to have Imperial Ace gelded at the start of June, but they have yet to see their decision rewarded.

He will run off an attractive mark on Tuesday, and the return to 10f will also aid his cause. A first run on the Polytrack may also bring the best out of him and he can give readers a run for their money.

7.15 – Moonspirit @ 9/4

Moonspirit’s career only started in June, but there is a lot to like about the three-year-old after he followed a fourth-place finish at Newmarket on debut with a victory at Bath in July.

The son of Kingman prevailed over one mile at odds of 9/2, and he will step up to 1m2f on Tuesday.

Moonspirit has the highest official rating in Tuesday’s race and even though he will run on the Polytrack for the first time, connections must clearly feel he will handle the conditions.

He looked to have something left in the tank when he won at Bath, so the step up in trip may well bring the best out of him and he could improve further on his handicap debut.

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