Decent effort yesterday - two good winners (advised at 7/1, and 11/4), and a case of what might have been, as the other two came second. One finished fast to be beaten a diminishing neck, but overall the return was virtually treble our stake so I'm pleased about that.
Today's programme takes in Catterick and Clonmel over the sticks, and all-weather offerings from Southwell and Chelmsford. I'm going to the latter track for Thursday's Lucky 15 suggestion - the 17.30 - 20.30 racing slot gives us plenty of time to get 'on,' and offers a little tea-time delight.
Hollie, Hayley and Dave Probert are among the top pilots who feature, plus Frankel's jockey Tom Queally.
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The odds can fluctuate between publishing our pieces and race-time. As a guide, a £0.50p win Lucky 15 on today's selections, at the prices, and assuming all four won, would return around £189 for your total £7.50 stake.
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18.30 - Scarboroughwarning @ 15/8
Sir Mark Prescott saddles a 3-yr-old Harry Angel filly out of a Dandy Man mare, so she's bred to be a bit quick.
Two runs so far, at the back-end of '23, and both at Wolves. Progressive form shown, only campaigned at 5f so far, and gets an extra 220 yards today which should suit after finishing really well last time.
The excellent Harry Davies rides and a smidge of improvement could well be forthcoming. Cracking little maiden.
19.00 - Q Twenty Boy @ 7/2
A vastly-experienced 9-yr-old Dandy Man gelding who loves it here at Chelmsford.
A poor start scuppered all chance last time and won here off a mark of 48 in October. Two excellent runs followed, just failing off 50, and he's on that same mark today. Fine apprentice Georgia Dobie is on board, takes off a handy 3lb, and it's her only mount on the card.
Mark Usher trains, and he had a winner the other day at Kempton.
19.30 - Calcutta Dream @ 13/8
A North Yorkshire raider this time, from the Sheriff Hutton base of Michael and David Easterby.
Calcutta Dream showed a welcome return to a bit of decent form after an autumn break last time at Wolves, a couple of weeks ago. He's been tough to get settled on a few recent spins, and Billy Garrity will I'm sure have that as one of his top priorities this evening.
He won this race last year, and after that encouraging tune-up in the Midlands I'm hoping he'll pay for the horsebox diesel and a good bit more in Essex tonight.
20.00 - Love De Vega @ 10/3
A Charlie Johnston handicapper, and another with a great chance from North Yorks.
Love De Vega was beaten just a head here off 80 in December, in a slightly higher grade. Just a week ago he was narrowly beaten at Kempton off today's mark of 81, and is a 5-yr-old horse with undoubted ability.
His sire Lope De Vega was a French Guineas/Derby scorer, and his son has enjoyed a fair bit of success albeit at rather lower, but highly respectable, levels. Terrific chance in my book.
Lucky 15 tips, from Betfred Insights.