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Precious Plum

A fairly tepid sprint on paper but the course record of Precious Plum is enough to sway the vote her way. She has a couple of wins from nine visits here, both over this minimum trip, and wasn't beaten too far into fourth when last running here in March. She was back from a break when down the field at Wolverhampton 26 days ago but should be sharper for that outing and, in first time tongue-tie, finds herself in a very winnable contest.

Sky Blue Thinking

Ex-Clive Cox inmate Sky Blue Thinking bolted up on debut for Adam West this week at Wolverhampton, taking up the running at the furlong marker and putting the best part of four lengths between herself the remainder. That came in an apprentice contest and so she escapes a penalty here. With Georgia Dobie booked to claim 5lb in the saddle too, a repeat effort six days on will be good enough to get the double up.

Star Jewel

The best race on this afternoon's card at the Essex venue. Godolphin inmate Tomouh certainly isn't ruled out despite going up 6lb for a win at Lingfield in June, while Sir Michael Stoute's Star Seeking is a Gleneagles filly with plenty of scope for better going into handicaps after two starts. They may both find that Star Jewel has them covered today for Simon & Ed Crisford, however. A winner at Kempton in November on debut, she blitzed her rivals at Redcar (7f, good) last month on seasonal bow and looks a useful sort in the making. A winning handicap bow awaits.

Violette Szabo

Recent Lingfield winner Miss Sligo has fair claims once more but Nigel Tinkler's Violette Szabo arrives here in good tune and should be a big player in this grade. She won at Beverley in June and has twice gone close of late at the same venue, looking rather unlucky when short-headed into second spot there 19 days ago. The Excelebration filly only has four starts on the all-weather previously, showing she can handle an artificial surface at Newcastle last year with a pair of placed efforts, and has pressing claims under Faye McManoman now.

About Chelmsford Racecourse

Chelmsford City Racecourse is Britain’s youngest and provides flat racing. It was developed to tackle the largest unserved market in British Racing. Prior to its existence, there was no racecourse in Essex, East London or Hertfordshire. In fact the closest racecourse, Newmarket, is over 50 miles away.

The anti-clockwise track wraps itself around the grandstand, parade ring, betting ring and restaurants as all facilities are on the inside of the track. Chelmsford is the home to three exciting races, the Cardinal Stakes in April, the Chelmer Fillies’ Stakes and the Queen Charlotte Fillies’ Stakes, which was won last year by the 2018, 1,000 Guineas winner, Billesdon Brook.

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