Bets Of The Day: Enthusiasm for Kirby at Chelmsford
With some decent handicap action at Chelmsford on Tuesday night, the only way is Essex for our man Alan Dudman; who picks out two horses with chances...
"The harder they go up top, the better it will suit the selection. Pace is everywhere here, with Baileys Mirage and Francisco known front-runners, although they'll do well to catch Monumental Man - who can go off like the clappers and is seriously fast."
18:50 Chelmsford - Mohammed's good form to continue
There are lots of threads to the selection of Mutamid here. His trainer Ismail Mohammed is in a decent run of form with three wins from nine days, whilst tonight's jockey Silvestre De Sousa has scored on both his rides when partnering the four-year-old
The son of Medicean suits synthetics better, and all-weather surfaces suit his yard too; with a 47% strike-rate in 2016 with seven winners from 15 runners.
On to the horse - who ran with credit at Newcastle last time finishing second, and the mile there takes a bit of getting on the all-weather track as it's been riding slow. He has made the running before to win at Kempton (with De Sousa on), and he is a model of consistency.
He'll be dangerous with an easy lead here, especially drawn in one dropping back to 7f from 1m. There are progressive horses with potential in opposition, but Mutamid is worth a punt around 4/1.
19:20 Chelmsford - Plenty of pace to suit Misterioso
Jamie Osborne's Misterioso got back to winning ways recently at Ascot, and he has strong claims to follow up that success with victory at Chelmsford on Tuesday, over 6f.
His last-time-out triumph came from a mark of 84, in a decent handicap run at a good gallop. Misterioso's style is to have plenty of pace to run at, and to be ridden confidently - both of which he had at the Berkshire venue.
The harder they go up top, the better it will suit the selection. Pace is everywhere here, with Baileys Mirage and Francisco known front-runners, although they'll do well to catch Monumental Man - who can go off like the clappers and is seriously fast. Last week's 5f Chelmsford 0-90 saw a hold-up horse win, in a race where they went hard.
Misterioso is another ex-Hannon horse, but he has been described as an individual with a bit of talent; after all he was fourth in a Royal Lodge. He's only had one start on the all-weather, but could still be well-treated despite rising to a mark of 89 (he was rated 10lb higher last season).
He has raced over further for much of his career, but he's unexposed as a sprinter and is a fascinating contender with Adam Kirby booked.
Tuesday's Recommended Bets (both half point)
Back Mutamid @ [5.0] in the 18:50 at Chelmsford
Back Misterioso at [3.20] in the 19:20 at Chelmsford
Weekly P/L: -0.80
Previous week: -7.80
2015 P/L: +20.14