Saeed Bin Suroor’s Well Off may have received a lenient handicap mark of 75 for his debut success at Redcar and could provide some value, even as favourite, at Chelmsford tonight.
The son of Monsun went off for his racecourse debut as an odds on favourite and travelled through the race very nicely. Looked green under pressure but hung on well from a horse who rates a solid yardstick (albeit perhaps not the most willing participant). Had another horse in close proximity and the front 3 pulled several lengths clear which adds some substance to the form.
Apart from the fact that the horse gets in off 75 and as such can race in class 5 company, the other interesting angle is the switch the all-weather. Saeed Bin Suroor has a fantastic record with his runners moving from the turf to the artificial surfaces when they have never experienced them before – 148/437 (33.87%) for £111.90 LSP, producing a 1.35 A/E. The horse cost plenty of money and still has a Derby entry (although that engagement looks unlikely to be taken up).
There is opposition, notably in the form of dual winner First Dream who has shown his affinity for the Essex course with back to back wins. Question mark with that one is the step up in trip (which should suit Well Off).
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.