Through The Card: Chelmsford, Thursday 21 November

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

"...with a record of five wins from seven starts over 2m+, this looks a good opportunity for him to get back to winning ways..."

Timeform on Noble Behest

16:25 - PLATH (15) made an encouraging start to her career when fourth at Kempton last month, running to a fair level despite looking as if she'd come on for the run, notably showing her greenness at the start (slowly into the stride). That form is as good as any in this line-up have achieved, and, given the likelihood of even better to come with that experience under her belt, she is fancied to take plenty of beating and can see off a whole host of interesting newcomers to make it second time lucky for the Sir Michael Stoute yard that does well with its runners here (24% strike rate). Due Care also offered plenty to work on when third on his Kempton debut and looks best of the rest.

17:00 - UNFORGIVING MINUTE (1) was well below form in this grade when last seen five months ago, but he is a solid operator at this level on his day and could be worth chancing on his first start for a new yard. He is certainly weighted to go well, behind only Shady McCoy on Timeform's weight-adjusted ratings, and this looks a good chance for him to record an eleventh career success, especially now reunited with Adam Kirby, who has been in the saddle for eight of those wins. Shady McCoy has been operating below his best of late but looks a player if bouncing back, while Azzeccagarbugli is another to note in this grade for the first time.

17:30 - Ian Williams has established himself as another trainer to follow at Chelmsford in recent years, with 24 winners (from 116 runners) at the venue since 2015, and the one who appeals as the best of his four runners on this evening's card is NOBLE BEHEST (1). The five-year-old ran his best race for a while when second at Wolverhampton last time, keeping on well to be beaten a little over two lengths by a progressive sort. He remains potentially well treated judged on the pick of his form, and, with a record of five wins from seven starts over 2m+, this looks a good opportunity for him to get back to winning ways. Land of Winter and Lyford are feared most of the remainder.

18:00 - HEATH CHARNOCK (5) lost little caste in defeat when chasing home Intuitive (winner again since) off this mark over C&D in September and, the least exposed of these, Michael Dods's charge may find the necessary improvement to bag this prize. Gracious John makes just his fourth start for the aforementioned Ian Williams and cannot be totally discounted if back to something like his best, while Moon Trouble, who possibly needed the run after four months off when sixth over C&D last time, and Mokaatil both make each-way appeal.

18:30 - KINGSLEY KLARION (8) isn't the easiest to predict nowadays, but there was plenty to like about the way he did the job over C&D last time, hitting the front a furlong out and quickly forging clear. John Butler's charge remains with handicapping scope judged on old form, even with an 8 lb rise taken into account, and he looks sure to mount a bold follow-up bid if arriving in the same sort of form. Broughton Excels was touched off by Split Down South over C&D recently, but is taken to reverse the placings this time and emerge as the main danger.

19:00 - This looks wide open to conclude proceedings in the Placepot, with TEBAY (6) just about making most appeal if building on an encouraging stable debut here two weeks ago. The four-year-old wasn't unduly punished on that occasion, never nearer than at the finish after being left with too much to do, and he looks to hold sound claims from the same mark now back up in trip. Both the selection and Warning Light have been done by no favours by the draw, and, if that proves problematic in the run, Red Gunner could be the one emerge as the chief threat after ending his long losing run at Wolverhampton last time.

19:30 - Having shaped with plenty of promise on his first start at Newmarket in April, MONS STAR (6) was a shade disappointing at Chester the following month. However, he may have been unsuited by the soft going on that occasion and this well-bred colt is well worth another chance now wearing first-time cheekpieces in a race lacking strength in depth. Fields of Dreams is preferred to likely improver Engrave for forecast purposes.

20:00 - NAMPARA (1) made a highly positive reappearance when runner-up over C&D a fortnight ago, so a reproduction of that performance may well be enough for her to go one better in an uncompetitive finale. Lalania is the clear danger.

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