Surfing The Sand

Our All-Weather expert Simon Mapletoft previews the two features races at Chelmsford City on Saturday and turns the spotlight on three more eyecatchers for your tracker.

  • Friday 09 November
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John Gosden’s filly STREAM SONG can get her career back on track with victory in the feature race at Chelmsford City on Saturday, the £50,000 added Bet totetrifecta at Galleywood Handicap (6.00).

She makes a quick re-appearance after finishing a creditable fourth in the Listed River Eden Stakes at Lingfield Park last week, when the slightly shorter trip on a much sharper track proved an inadequate test.

Stepping up to 1m6f, and dropping in grade, the daughter of Mastercraftsman can regain the sort of form that put her in the frame as a possibly Oaks filly back in the spring.

Among those taking her on is the lightly raced Lissitzky, who scored impressively on only his second career start at Windsor in September and built on that when second under a penalty over 1m4f at Kempton Park last month.

His opening mark of 84 looks workable on this handicap debut, particularly off a featherweight of just 8st 2lb, and the additional 2f should play to his strengths on a galloping track. He lacks experience but shouldn’t be under-estimated.


SPANISH MISSION, who caught my eye on his debut at Chelmsford City last month, has the scope to make an impact in the Bet totequadpot at Conditions Stakes (5.30) at the Essex venue on Saturday.

David Simcock side-stepped a novice stakes at Chelmsford this week to pitch his colt into this much hotter race after the son of Noble Mission stayed on from a long way back to chase home two potentially smart types over 1m.

This step up in trip can bring about the necessary improvement to beat his two principal rivals Massam and Aspire Tower before he goes on to better things next year.

Mark Johnston’s Massam sets the standard with an official rating of 95. He has won nurseries on Tapeta and turf this year and drops in grade after failing to cut the mustard in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes.

Richard Hannon’s Aspire Tower has progressed nicely and looked impressive when taking a 9f nursery at Newmarket last week. His 8lb rise still leaves him plenty to find with Massam at the weights but he may prove the more progressive.


What a proud week it has been for the Tapeta tracks at Wolverhampton and Newcastle, following the victories of two of their highest profile graduates in big races worldwide.

Godolphin’s CROSS COUNTER became the first British-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, little more than nine months after dominating a Novice Stakes at Dunstall Park for trainer Charlie Appleby.

And last weekend, of course, ENABLE added the Breeders’ Cup Turf to her two Arc victories, having cut her teeth in a Newcastle maiden in November 2016.

Both horses further enhanced the growing reputation of the All-Weather as a launchpad for future stars - a roster that this time next year may include Roger Charlton’s HEADMAN.

Carrying the Enable silks of Prince Khalid Abdullah, he romped home with a Newcastle novice stakes last week to earn quotes for next spring’s QIPCO 2,000 Guineas. The son of Kingman will be trained with the Classic in mind and could re-appear at Gosforth Park in a few weeks’ time.



David O’Meara’s lightly raced four-year-old is unexposed on synthetics and enjoyed the test over the straight 7f at Newcastle last week, staying on nicely in fourth. He gets 1lb back from the handicapper for that run from Saturday but can improve upon it off the same mark when he heads back to Gosforth Park for a 1m handicap on Friday evening. Top jockey Danny Tudhope, who was on board for April’s win at Thirsk, resumes the partnership, too.


William Haggas likes to progress his young horses on the All-Weather and this son of Dandy Man has now posted promising efforts in both starts, most recently over the minimum trip at Wolverhampton on Tuesday. He got caught on heels turning for home and had a lot of ground to make up on the hot favourite as a result, but finished well to suggest he can get off the mark, possibly back over 6f.


This son of Mastercraftsman had shown little in a handful of starts before making a winning handicap debut over 1m3f at Kempton Park in October and looked a shade unlucky not to follow up off a 3lb higher mark over an additional furlong at Wolverhampton on Tuesday.

Wearing a tongue tie for the first time, Roger Charlton’s gelding was trapped behind a wall of horses when the pace lifted off a modest tempo turning in. Despite carrying his head a little awkwardly, he responded well when he saw daylight and finished strongly to be third. Compensation awaits off a modest mark.

Surfing The Sand

Chelmsford City 17:30, 10 November 2018

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