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6.10 Chelmsford – Bosham
Michael Easterby may not be far off from his 90th birthday, but the blunt Yorkshireman certainly hasn’t lost his knack for training horses, and in particular, sprinters. His 6 year old gelding has encountered sharp improvement in recent starts, and he may well be capable of further progress. Back up in trip and on for a hat trick, the free going son of Shamardal has a very good chance, and at odds of 5/1 6.00 +500 5.00 5.00 -0.20 represent nice each-way value.
Until August of 2015, Bosham had been a largely disappointing runner, and his mark had never exceeded 70. But like many sprinters, the Shamardal gelding needed time to mature and fill into his bullish frame, and since scoring of a mark of 58, he has managed to get his head in front on a further 4 occasions. Under a 6lb penalty, Easterby’s runner now races off a mark of 88, but he is still effectively 2lbs well in, and there was no sign that the progress was likely to stop any time soon based on his facile win over 5 furlongs in Class 4 company last time out. Is a headstrong, free-going type and is likely to be allowed to bowl along. Will have all of the other runners off the bridle turning for home, and the hope is that he can hang on to the line. At odds of 5/1 6.00 +500 5.00 5.00 -0.20 , he really does look a good each-way bet, and for the in-running players, he appears a very solid back to in running lay.
6.40 Chelmsford – Whispering Warrior
Whispering Warrior has a good record on the all-weather and proved he was running into form last time out at Lingfield. Two fairly moderate runs prior to that (over today’s course and distance) may have been in part due to exaggerated waiting tactics, and provided the horse is kept a little close to the speed this time, he looks to have a good chance of getting his head in front again.
A talented runner, Whispering Warrior was off for over a year before coming back at Chelmsford this winter. Showed signs of ring rust but gained some racecourse fitness with the comeback run and slightly built on that effort next time out. David Simcock’s runner clearly remembered what the racing game was about last time out as he went very close in an 11k handicap at Lingfield. A reproduction of that effort will give him a shout.
Tips Summary (11th February)