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Chelmsford Racing Tips: Alfred looks a big improver for Boughey

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Adam Houghton outlines the Timeform view on Thursday's card at Chelmsford

"Alfred still looks one step ahead of the handicapper from a BHA mark of 84, most progressive all of a sudden and sure to take plenty of beating in his hat-trick bid."

Timeform's Adam Houghton highlights a Nap, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Chelmsford on Thursday.


Chelmsford NAP - 18:00 - Back Alfred

Alfred has made significant progress to win both his starts since joining the George Boughey yard (formerly trained by Peter Chapple-Hyam), first scoring in good style at Newcastle and then defying a penalty to follow up at Wolverhampton four days later.

He scored with seemingly any amount in hand on the last occasion, hitting the front over a furlong out and quickly forging clear from there to win easily by two and a half lengths.

That was a career-best effort by some way and Alfred still looks one step ahead of the handicapper from a BHA mark of 84, most progressive all of a sudden and sure to take plenty of beating in his hat-trick bid.

Back Alfred @ 3.259/4 on Betfair Exchange

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Chelmsford Next Best - 19:00 - Back Penzance

Penzance showed improved form to get off the mark over this course and distance last week, thrashing some well-handicapped ones and looking one that his new connections will have some fun with this winter.

The most impressive aspect of his performance was the way he sprinted clear after moving to the lead inside the final two furlongs, ultimately landing the spoils by four lengths in totally dominant fashion.

This will be a quicker-than-ideal turnaround, but it goes without saying that Penzance is potentially well treated under a 6 lb penalty if arriving in the same sort of form, with further progress also not out of the question after just two starts for Mick Appleby (five-race maiden when trained by Simon and Ed Crisford).

Back Penzance @ 2.01/1 on Betfair Exchange

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Chelmsford Each-Way - 20:00 - Back Fantastic Fox

Fantastic Fox ended his long losing run with a comfortable win over this course and distance in October, capitalising on the drop in grade to score by three quarters of a length, and he again had a bit up his sleeve when defying a 2 lb higher mark to follow up at Newcastle last time.

He's clearly back thriving again and a further 4 lb rise in the weights might not be enough to prevent him from completing the hat-trick.

After all, Fantastic Fox remains potentially well treated judged on the pick of his form, lining up here from a BHA mark of 92 having won off 94 when reaching a useful level in his three-year-old days.

Back Fantastic Fox @ 5.59/2 on Betfair Exchange

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