I don’t honestly see much mileage in trying to oppose Dartmouth in the Ormonde Stakes (3.10). He’s a shortish price but I was pretty impressed with him at Goodwood and it will be a bit disappointing if he can’t progress from his seasonal return at Chelmsford to beat Wicklow Brave and Father Christmas.
At a much bigger price I am quite interested in Al Khan in the opener (2.10). This horse simply hasn’t had his ideal conditions or race set up for ages and as such has eased down the weights. He might blow out again today but given how well handicapped he is and how suited he is by these conditions, I would be disappointed if he didn’t show more today. He’s drawn wide but that doesn’t concern me too much over the seven and a half furlong trip around here.
The sprint handicap at 3.45 may be best left to El Astronaute, whose trainer John Quinn has started the season in good form and his colt shaped promisingly in what was arguably a better race than this on his comeback. He’s got a great draw to operate from and the booking of Silvestre De Sousa really catches the eye.