Through The Card: Chelmsford, Thursday 4 October

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"...there is reason to think she is capable of better looking at her pedigree..."

Timeform on Chilton Foliat

17:45 - WINDY GUEST (7) had suggested in minor events she had a bigger performance in the locker, and duly left previous efforts well behind when runner-up on nursery debut at Kempton 30 days ago, travelling well and produced to lead over a furlong out until heading in the final 100 yards. He looks up to winning a similar event with further progress on the cards. Kermouster has a similar profile to the selection and is feared most ahead of Sybil Grand.

18:15 - ACCOMMODATE (1) is a sister to the smart Daban (won over 7f as a two-year-old) and has shown enough herself in two starts so far to suggest she is up to winning races. She shaped as though she'd be sharper for the run on debut at Lingfield in July and, though she only shaped similarly at Leicester last time, she again shaped with promise, leaving the impression that run would further aid her development. This is perhaps not as strong as the race she contested last time, and given Sir Michael Stoute does well with his runners here, she is worth chancing. Dubai Sunset makes plenty of appeal on paper and could prove the biggest danger on debut.

18:45 - ALLMANKIND (2) won't get a better opportunity to open his account after another promising third at Goodwood last time. Both the first and second in that race have subsequently won (the Group 3 Prix de Conde for Line of Duty on Monday) and Allmankind should prove a tough nut to crack. Andrew Balding's Le Don de Vie is the main danger.

19:15 - MARTINEO (6) landed the odds in good style to get off the mark at the second attempt in a maiden at Wolverhampton earlier this season, and he didn't fare too badly on his next two starts, latest when hitting the frame on handicap debut at Yarmouth in June. He has since left William Haggas, but has joined a yard who are adept with new recruits, and it is interesting that he is attracting support in the market this morning. The booking of James Doyle adds further intrigue and Martineo could yet have more to offer on just his fifth career start. Fortune And Glory wasn't seen to best effect at Lingfield last time, and is worth another chance from this mark at a track that should suit better.

19:45 - INTERMODAL (2) hasn't been seen since finishing fifth at Kempton in April, and has now slipped to a career-low mark, so could be worth chancing on his return from a break. He has proved competitive from higher marks in the past and is used to contesting much more competitive handicaps than this, so is preferred to Molten Lava, who looks as though he is working his way back into form.

20:15 - SPICED (2) again ran well when third over shorter at Wolverhampton 26 days ago, and she can come out on top upped in trip in a race that won't take a whole lot of winning. C&D winner New Street and Squire rate likely dangers, whilst the lightly-raced Sheila Rose is also worth keeping an eye on.

20:45 - On the basis of what CHILTON FOLIAT (9) achieved in four starts for Willie McCreery in Ireland, a mark of 67 is no gift now making her debut for a new yard, but there is reason to think she is capable of better looking at her pedigree. She is related to numerous winners - including smart winner up to 7f Do The Honours - and it is interesting that new connections are starting her off over 6f, given she raced at a mile and further in Ireland. The better surface will also likely suit Chilton Foliat and there is seemingly enough in her favour to make her of interest at the prices. Compas Scoobie looks on a handy mark returned to the all-weather and looks an obvious danger.

21:15 - SPIRIT OF ZEBEDEE (6) hasn't won for over a year, but he is now 9 lb below that winning mark, and he left the impression he is ready to strike when only narrowly denied at Redcar last time. He has winning form on the all-weather and is fancied to resume winning ways, likely at the main expense of Ace Master, who is also starting to look well treated.

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