Through The Card: Chelmsford, Thursday 21 February
Timeform take you through the card at Chelmsford on Thursday...
"...he looks one to keep on side now moving into handicaps..."
Timeform on Albert Finney
17:50 - It may pay to take a chance on BIG TIME MAYBE (1) who ran creditably when third over six furlongs at Wolverhampton three weeks ago, the emphasis on speed suiting him but still shaping as though ready for a drop back to the minimum trip. He gets that here and is worth siding with ahead of Time To Reason, who can pose the chief threat.
18:25 - WAR NO MORE (4) cost $510,000 as a yearling and, though she is yet to show anything more than modest form, there is reason to think she is capable of much better. Her best effort came over the extended mile at Wolverhampton in December, and it is best not to judge her too harshly on her latest run at Kempton last month when she was trying to give weight to some unexposed three-year-olds. She has since switched hands for 60,000 guineas and new connections interestingly drop her to sprinting trips. War No More is bred to be much better than her opening mark and looks worth chancing on first start for Roger Varian. Last-time-out winner Always A Dram looks the biggest danger.
18:55 - FORBIDDEN PLANET (2) and Executive Force both arrive on the up and separating them isn't straightforward, but the former is lightly raced for his age and hasn't reached his ceiling yet. He has shown much improved form since switching to the Roger Charlton yard and, judged on his latest win over this trip at Lingfield last time, there should be even more to come. The booking of Ryan Moore further strengthens his claims.
19:25 - ALBERT FINNEY (3) has perhaps taken longer than expected to come good but judged on his latest effort at Wolverhampton, when winning with any amount in hand, he looks one to keep on side now moving into handicaps. His pedigree is an ongoing recommendation, too, by Kingman and out of the same connections' Lancashire Oaks winner Gertrude Bell, so there could be even more improvement in him now stepping up to a mile and a quarter for the first time. Admittedly, Albert Finney was beaten from this mark the last time he contested a handicap, but he shaped better than the bare result that day and, though this looks a warm race for the grade, he is expected to improve again and come out on top once more under Ryan Moore.
19:55 - KINVER EDGE (6) made an encouraging debut at this course last month and, though he failed to land the odds on his latest start at Wolverhampton, he bumped into an above-average sort that day and he isn't one to give up on just yet. This looks a match between himself and White Coat, but Kinver Edge is well worth a try at this trip, having been ridden prominently on both of his starts so far over further. Trainer Charlie Appleby does well with his runners here and Shane Kelly is an interesting jockey booking.
20:25 - CASHEL (3) has improved since joining this yard, building on some promising efforts when winning a handicap over this trip at Kempton last time, and may still have more to offer. Mick Appleby has his string in great order at present and Cashel is fancied to follow up at the main expense of Classic Charm and The King's Steed.
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