Tuesday's Chelmsford best bets and racing tips: Band of Steel and Secret Army have potential

Tuesday's evening racing comes from Chelmsford on August 16, and the Planet Sport tipsters have a few hot fancies to sink your teeth into.

You can see all the latest racecards and results from Chelmsford by using the Planet Sport live centre, but first let's have a quick look at Tuesday's selections.


5.10 Band Of Steel

5.45 Secret Army

6.20 Miss Bella Brand


7.30 Sooghan

8.05 Boasty

5.10 (CHELMSFORD) Band of Steel

Band Of Steel is an interesting newcomer in the Ire-Incentive, It Pays To Buy Irish Novice Stakes.

Owned by Saeed Suhail and trained by Sean Woods, the Golden Horn colt is related to the likes of Walk In The Park and Soon, which marks him as a runner of potential.

5.45 (CHELMSFORD) Secret Army

Secret Army should relish his return to an artificial surface in the Ministry Of Sound Disco 20th August Handicap.

He has finished third on each of his two all-weather starts to date, but he really did not seem to enjoy a soft surface when tried for a second time on turf at Goodwood in May.

The form of that seventh place has not worked out too badly at all though, with four of the six who finished in front of him subsequently striking gold, including Wednesday's Salisbury Listed winner Rousay.

Secret Army might not be of that calibre, but David Menuisier has seemingly found him a nice slot here.


Aphelios can make a winning start for Mick Appleby in the Betsi Handicap at Chelmsford.

Winner of one of his five previous outings for Roger and Harry Charlton, Aphelios was bought by the shrewd Horse Watchers team at Tattersalls last month for the not inconsiderable amount of 70,000 guineas.

That could still prove money well spent on this Kodiac gelding though, who has a mark of 75 after triumphing on his first turf start at Windsor in May, having shown ability in three previous all-weather spins through the winter.

His latest effort when second at Nottingham as favourite was perhaps a shade disappointing, but he looks the kind of horse who will improve as he matures and this six-furlong heat in Essex looks a perfect opportunity for his new team.

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