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Chelmsford best bet: Lunarscape bidding to convert near misses into overdue win

After an afternoon of jumps racing, Chelmsford’s all-weather track takes centre stage on Thursday night, with this one-mile handicap offering one of the most intriguing races on the card.

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Early market leader  Ivasecret took advantage of the handicapper’s leniency at Kempton eight days ago, and while looking worth every bit of his one-and-three-quarter-length victory, he might be posed more questions now with his five-pound hike taking him back to his previous more challenging mark.

Should the favourite fail to deliver, then Monkmoor is poised to strike under Oisin Murphy after a near-miss third of eight at Wolverhampton 23 days ago, while all-weather specialist Rossa Ryan is more capable than most of bringing the best out of Roscioli, who has enjoyed a seven-week break since finishing a creditable third in an eight-runner handicap at Wolverhampton in early January.

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Catching the collective eye of a host of pundits in the Tipstrr camp, however, is the Mark Loughnane-trained four-year-old Lunarscape, who is looking to snap w 12-race winless streak that stretches back to a six-furlong turf success at Goodwood in August 2022.

That’s not so say there haven’t been a fair few near misses along the way, with his four runner-up spots including his last-time-out effort over this course and distance three weeks ago, when he ran on well to come within a length and a half of serial winner Wadacre Grace.

Billy Loughnane has not always been in Lunarscape’s saddle, but he returns here in good heart after landing a couple of wins and a runner-up spot from his last seven rides, and with the help of re-applied cheekpieces he maybe well be about to guide another into the winner’s circle here.

Suggested best bet: Lunarscape in the 19:00 at Chelmsford



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