Tuesday’s Race of the Day: 19:15 Chatham Green Handicap at Chelmsford
The Only Way is Essex on Tuesday with the 19:15 Chatham Green Handicap at Chelmsford our Race of the Day.
There’s little to choose in the market between the nine runners, although all-weather specialist Clap Your Hands is one who catches the eye for David Simcock.
The four-year-old continues to make mincemeat of the handicapper’s assessment and is looking for a five-timer back down in trip after scoring over 2m ½f last time out at Wolverhampton.
He takes another 5lb hike here but after progressing so readily through the winter it’s difficult to dismiss his chances in the highest calibre race of his career so far.
Opposition comes in the form of Collide, who ran well in some hot contests last term, including the Jorvik Trophy at York and the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Hugo Palmer’s inmate also landed the odds in a French Listed contest in February, and while his last try over the 1m 6f distance didn’t go to plan, he’s certainly not one to rule out here.
Nor too is Land of Oz, who improved to the tune of 29lb last season, winning six of his nine races before finding the Cesarewitch at Newmarket not to his liking.
He also has form on the all-weather, and while his optimum trip is probably over a longer distance, the four-year-old is a previous winner under these conditions.
Calling The Wind is another who’s taken a step up since switching to Richard Hughes, winning at Southwell before finding one too good at Kempton in a better race.
This is of a higher quality still, and while Shane Kelly’s mount may be a dual-course winner over 1m 4f, he’s untried over 1m 6f, even if his recent outings do suggest he’ll stay.
Pianissimo, meanwhile, can lay claim to being something of a course specialist. Anthony Carson’s runner has won twice around Chelmsford, staying on well to get to the judge first over C&D in November.
The trainer must take enormous credit for eking improvement out of the horse since his switch from John Gosden, and after a game second at Kempton last time, is certainly one to watch here.
Elsewhere, John Ryan saddles Battle of Marathon, who usually runs a solid race for apprentice jockey Darragh Keenan, although more will be required here in a tougher race away from his favoured Lingfield.
Cosmelli got on the board for the first time since 2018 at Chelmsford in February and has the benefit of having had a run since racing’s resumption.
Kitaabaat and Mondain round out the contenders, with the latter of note thanks to Mark Johnston’s current impressive strike-rate.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.