The opening race on Thursday’s card at Chelmsford is a 0-60 apprentice handicap – not usually the sort of race where we find decent bets. However Power Up looks to have an outstanding chance now she returns to the all-weather. Jane Chapple-Hyam has booked the services of Paddy Pilley, and he definitely has a future in the sport.
Power Up won a course and distance handicap back in May and followed that up next time out at Lingfield off a 7lb higher mark. The 4 year old Rail Link filly was then sent to Nottingham to try and complete the hat trick, but the switch back to turf did not suit. Surprisingly, she was kept on grass for her next run, and upped in trip to 11.5 furlongs at Windsor. Predictably weakened that day and to the naked eye, the filly seems to have gone off the ball. However, the switch back to artificial surfaces is very likely to reignite Power Up’s enthusiasm, and she clearly prefers the bouncy polytrack surface. On turf, she is 0/13 with just 3 places, and when you compare that with her all-weather record of 3 wins and 5 places from 14 starts, it is easy to forgive her last two efforts.
There are no other horses in the race who have been in particularly good form recently and even for a 0-60 this looks weak. Honey Badger is the second favourite, and Eugene Stanford’s 4 year old gelding went off a very well backed favourite last time out at Brighton. Didn’t live up to market expectations that time though and was well beaten. Has been off for 72 days so well being has to be taken on trust, but is clearly thought of as better than his mark. Despite that, the son of Pastoral Pursuits hasn’t yet don’t it on the racetrack.
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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