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£600,000 potential superstar heads to Chelmsford for opener to seven-race all-weather Thursday card

Sport / Wed 1st May 2024 at 10:23am

A £600,000 star has the potential to light up Chelmsford Racecourse on Thursday evening for the first race on a competitive seven-race card at the track. 

Racing gets underway at 5.50 in Essex with an eight-runner novice stakes before rounding off at 9.00 with a seven furlong handicap. 

Punters heading to Chelmsford won’t have to wait long to see the more than half a million pounds buy on the track as Lautrec is a very heavy favourite in the opener (5.50). Trained by the high-profile John and Thady Gosden, Lautrec is a Kingman colt, closely related to 2019 2000 Guineas winner Magna Grecia and is a half-brother to the top-class dual Classic winner St Mark’s Basilica. Lautrec made a winning debut at Newcastle in November and is superbly bred, holds an entry for the Dante at York this year, and could be a potential superstar in the making. 

Things will calm down a bit for the second race on the card (6.25) but it is no less competitive, with preference in race two heading to Nikovo, who made a winning start for trainer David O’Meara at Newcastle and shouldn’t be troubled by a 5lb rise in the weights here. Course and distance winner Wadacre Grace can run him close, a solid second of seven in a Kempton handicap 17 days ago. 

Race three (7.00) can go the way of Pfingstberg, who should appreciate the stiffer test over the 1m6f trip around Chelmsford for trainer David Simcock. Course winner Foinix was a respectable third in a Southwell handicap last month and can go well if wearing blinkers for the first time has the right effect on the four-year-old. 

The fourth race on the card (7.30) sees 12 runners head to the stalls for the six furlong sprint and the promising Pandora’s Sprint is taken to make it four all-weather wins on the spin on her second second handicap start, while race five (8.00) can go to Laoisman, another who is aiming for four wins in a row and can defy a 3lb penalty after his last success. 

The penultimate race of the evening is the six furlong handicap in class six (8.30) and preference is for course and distance winner Lilkian, who’s fifth-place finish of eight at Lingfield can be disregarded and is now back on a very attractive mark. Daytona Lady, another C&D winner, can give a good account as well having also fallen to a workable mark. 

Finally, the card comes to a close with an 11-runner class six handicap over the seven furlong trip (9.00) and the selection here is for Amroon, who is taken to improve on his second when runner up at this distance at Wolverhampton last time out. 

Chelmsford selections – Thursday (via Grosvenor Sport)

5.50 – Lautrec

6.25 – Nikovo

7.00 – Pfingstberg

7.30 – Pandora’s Sprint

8.00 – Laoisman

8.30 – Lilkian

9.00 – Amroon

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