Through The Card: Chelmsford, Thursday 20 September

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There's an eight race card at Chelmsford on Thursday evening

Timeform take you through the card at Chelmsford on Thursday...

"With further improvement in the offing, he can follow up with Shane Kelly again booked to ride."

Timeform on Prince of Rome

17:45 - The switch to handicap company did the trick with PRINCE OF ROME (2) and he made a winning nursery debut over C&D 23 days ago, travelling well and winning readily. With further improvement in the offing, he can follow up with Shane Kelly again booked to ride. Sandown scorer Elsaabiqaat and Thegreatestshowman back at the minimum trip are feared most.

18:15 - SPECIAL MISSION (6) is essentially proving expensive to follow, yet she undoubtedly caught the eye when runner-up at Newcastle 2 weeks ago, unlucky not to get closer to the winner having been stuck in a pocket for some time. She can come out on top, though Gripper is expected to give her plenty to think about.

18:45 - INDIAN PURSUIT (1) has been in fine fettle on turf in recent weeks, winning for the second time in three starts at Catterick in good style 9 days ago, and he is fancied to make a bold bid once more returned to an artificial surface. Monumental Man and Dollar Value are a couple of others to consider, along with Incentive.

19:15 - RUFUS KING (4) came close to adding a second decent pot here in 3 starts on Saturday, having every chance inside the final furlong before just being beaten into second, and he should go well again off the same mark. The progressive Restive Spirit is next best ahead of Very Talented, who was last seen when third in the Cambridgeshire 2 years ago.

19:45 - AUXERRE (1) confirmed debut promise when an easy winner at Haydock in July, taught something along the way, and the signs are that he could show a whole lot more in time. He's a smart prospect, and gets the vote to make it two wins from three starts. Gaudi built on debut when only just denied at Lingfield when last seen in November and can follow him home.

20:15 - It could be worth chancing MELGATE MELODY (8), who shaped as if needing the run after 17 months off at Newcastle 3 weeks ago and is on a good mark if building on that. Luxford is another who's sliding down the weights - she's 4 lb below her last winning mark - and heads the dangers, ahead of Herm.

20:45 - HENRY CROFT (1) turned in his best effort of year when second at Brighton 18 days ago and can finally open his account off a 7 lb lower mark. Gift From God and Galloping Hogan head the dangers.

21:15 - SPRYT (6) was a good second under this rider at Lingfield last time and tops the shortlist off 1 lb lower. Demophon and Arrowzone are others to consider.

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