Now if I’m being honest before the betting was released I imagined this selection being a relatively hefty price but I seems I’ve potentially unearthed something that the bookies are clued up on. Despite the telephone number style form figures FOR THE TREES returns to a venue she finished third at when she was last here. She followed that run with a win at Naas off a decent mark. She’s been competing in good level handicaps of late and now takes a marked drop down to claiming company. She represents a top yard and looks primed to go close.
FOR THE TREES
Despite not tasting success since their debut SENDMYLOVETOYOU has produced two very credible efforts at both The Curragh and Naas this term. She drops back down to the weight she carried when second earlier in the year and with this race looking slightly less competitive and with fewer runners it’s hard to see her out of the frame.
The third race on the card at Chelmsford sees a strong looking maiden contest where powerhouse owners Godolphin hold a strong hand. Although they have two runners it’s the Charlie Appleby trained SYMBOLIC POWER that looks the one to be on. The Kingman colt was third on debut when well backed at Sandown. The form of that only run looks very very strong with six of his seven rivals subsequently going on to either win or place since then. Even the horse that finished last that day has gone on to win. The form looks very good indeed and bigger things are expected for a yard who are operating at a 40% strike rate.
John Gosden’s Top Brass deserves respect and seems best of the rest.
We end the day with an outsider who looks capable of outrunning their current big odds. He may be one of the oldest horses in the lineup but ALSVINDER has great course form with three places and a win from six course and distance starts. The booking of De Sousa has to be a positive and with the jumps season approaching I’m sure trainer Philip Kirby will start to get his horses into fine fettle. The seven year old hasn’t tackled the all-weather since February when third over course and distance in a Class 3 handicap off a mark of 90. He returns in a Class 4 race with 10lbs less weight on his back and at 22/1 looks worth an outside punt.
written by Rory Paddock