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Chelmsford racing preview: A first for British racing as Saturday’s seven-race card gets underway at 10am 

Sport / Fri 12th Apr 2024 at 08:27am

IT’S an early start for punters heading to Chelmsford on Saturday with racing getting underway at 10am on the weekend morning – one of the earliest start times ever to a meeting in Britain. 

The seven-race card in Essex will be under starters orders at 10am on Saturday morning, with the racing rounding off at the early time of 1.05 on Grand National day. 

Up first is the maiden filies’ stakes at 10am and six runners are set to be the first off. The pick of them is Danielle, for trainer John Gosden, a solid third on course debut over a much shorter trip and is stepped up here for the first time. The chief threat is likely to come from Winter Snowfall, the Charlie Appleby-trained three-year-old Godolphin runner who was second on debut at Kempton earlier this month. 

Race two on the card (10.30) is the class six handicap and a large field of 15 are set to head to post for the 1m2f trip around Chelmsford. Course and distance winner Marions Boy is the one to watch in this one, following up his Essex win with a fifth at Lingfield but is back down in a more comfortable sphere this weekend. 

The third race of the morning (11.00) is a ten-runner maiden stakes that could go the way of Blake, trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam, who has a couple of thirds under his belt heading to Chelmsford. The main competition could come from Pentacle, who has finished second three times over this 7f distance. 

The midway point of the card arrives at 11.30 and 16 runners will head to post for the feature race of the card, the 7f class three handicap. Benavente, for trainer Kevin Coleman, has been very consistent on the all-weather having finished in the places in five of his last runs and is expected to go one better and grab the win. 

Race five (12.00) sees another course winner in Merjig head back to the scene of his last victory back on March 29 and is expected to go well once again in the 1m6f handicap, while race six (12.30) could go the way of New Hope Bullet for trainer Alice Haynes, dropping down in class.

Finally, the card comes to a close in the early afternoon (1.05) with the class six handicap over the 1m trip. Local Music makes the trip to Chelmsford having performed consistently at Wolverhampton on the all-weather and Roscioli, a previous course and distance winner on his last run, is taken to get his head in front.

Chelmsford selections – Saturday (via Betfair)

10.00 – Winter Snowfall

10.30 – Marions Boy

11.00 – Blake

11.30 – Benavente

12.00 – Merjig

12.30 – New Hope Bullett

1.05 – Roscioli

Fore more details, click below

https://www.betfair.com/betting/horse-racing/s-7

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