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Chelmsford best bet (2000): Market leaders should be wary of Brunel Charm

Chelmsford provides Saturday evening’s racing entertainment, and this one-mile handicap looks likely to produce a fascinating contest from the nine capable all-weather performers.

20:00 Chelmsford: Sudbury Sapphires Handicap (1 mile)

At the time of writing the bookies are unable to split Wadacre Grace and Smart Deal at the top of the betting market, and as the only course-and distance winners in the nine-runner field along with decent recent form, they clearly have all the credentials for a bold bid here.

While the others will have their work cut to finish ahead, or even split those two, there’s a few of less-fancied runners who bring the kind of form that could put them in the mix here, if only for the minor placings.

Got No Dollars has not finished outside the top four in ten outings since October, kickstarting 2024 with a win and a runner-up spot at Kempton, and a one-pound rise still sees Stuart Williams’ six-year-old carrying bottom weight under Grace McEntee’s additional three-pound claim.

Our final nod, however, goes to a seasoned all-weather campaigner  who is long overdue a first visit to the winner’s enclosure in 12 attempts stretching back to June 2022.

Brunel Charm has suffered more than his fair share of near misses in that time, the most recent of which saw him respond positively to the removal of long-time blinkers to finish as an 18/1 runner-up behind Ivasecret, with seven other rivals, including the short-priced favourite, strung out behind.

Suggested best bet: Brunel Charm each-way in the 20:00 at Chelmsford

The blinkers stay off here, and in the same capable hands of Saffie Osborne and off an unchanged mark, Lee Carter’s seven-year-old looks in good shape to make a bold bid here from a decent inside draw.




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