Chester Street ran with bags of promise in a race which is working out extremely well.
MR PICKWICK (NAP)
has intimated that he’d be worth more than a second glance once allowed to run in handicaps and he gets the chance to vindicate that impression off what could be a very lenient mark of just 72. The son of Mount Nelson first came under the spotlight when noted running a nice race behind several smart performers in an above-average maiden at Doncaster two starts ago and common with many who run in such fashion, he was not overly punished on his third start to gain a mark last time out at Ascot. Considering he pulled quite hard in the early stages of that useful event at the Berkshire venue, he actually ran a good deal better than his final position indicates and hailing from a yard in unstoppable form at present, this scopey colt is expected to make a big impact on his first foray in this sphere.
Mr Pickwick - 1pt e/w @ 7/2Lost 2pts
has endured his fair share of bad luck in the last twelve months but he remains a horse of some potential off his current handicap mark – particularly when there’s plenty of cut in the ground. On three separate occasions during the summer in big handicaps at Chester, Haydock and Sandown, Ralph Beckett’s charge got no run whatsoever in the latter stages of each race and that wasn’t lost on those that were prepared to follow him over a cliff on his most recent start at the Curragh. Sent off a well-backed 5/1 jolly, the son of Authorised failed in his bid to justify the money in his direction, but in mitigation, he did face an uphill battle from the start courtesy of a terrible draw at the Co Kildare venue. He did, therefore, run a good deal better than his final position suggested and, as he’s been given 2lb back by the handicapper, this frustrating four-year-old has simply got to be worth another chance to heal plenty of previous open wounds.
Green Light - 1pt e/w @ 5/1Lost 2pts
ran with bags of promise in a race which is working out extremely well on his debut at Leicester and he is strongly fancied to put that valuable experience he gained to good use in this slightly weaker-looking affair. Showing distinct signs of greenness in the early exchanges at the East Midland venue, Roger Charlton’s inmate picked up really nicely once the penny had dropped inside the final two furlongs and finishing full of running, he went through the line like a horse who would know much more next time. With the winner, Move Up, and the sixth, Column both going on to advertise the form with wins subsequently, it’s clear that the race is very reliable and the son of Invincible Spirit is taken to get the better of form setter Cabinet Room, who could have done with a better draw.
Chester Street - 1pt @ 5/2Won 2.5pts