HORSE RACING: Chelmsford tips from Starform

6.40 This course seems to bring out the best in ZAC BROWN (treble) and he showed bags of pace to make all over six furlongs here last month. He is up 4lb but still 6lb lower than when scoring over track and trip last year. Bosham is another with plenty of early pace but is a tad inconsistent. If he were to get an uncontested lead then he may prove difficult to pass. Volatile has a good all-weather record but over further and this drop to the minimum trip may fi nd him out. Unlike Poyle Vinnie, who is best at this distance and ran a cracker here last month when second and now 3lb lower.

7.10 This is a cracking renewal with plenty of money on offer. The unbeaten Codicil won all her races by narrow margins when running up a four-timer last season. There is every reason to believe that she will improve again but the progressive LUNA ECLIPSE (nb) may just edge it tonight. His trainer took advantage of a lenient handicap mark to rack up a hat-trick and, though this is tougher, there is probably more to come off his present rating. Vale Of Kent makes a quick reappearance after his cracking third in a valuable Goodwood handicap on Saturday. He won his maiden over seven furlongs here and the step up to this trip should play to his strengths.

7.40 Another valuable prize and hat-trick seeking MESQUITE (nap) seems to have improved for a wind operation and has won her last two races, beating the useful Fountain Of Time over course and distance. She is up 5lb but she continues on the upgrade. The handicapper has not been so kind with Hateya, who has been hit with an 11lb hike for her easy Lingfield success. This is a great deal tougher but she may have further improvement. This is a big drop in grade for Vitamin, who beat just one home in the 1,000 Guineas. The form of her Newmarket maiden victory from Soliloquy suggests she may have got in here on a fair mark for her handicap debut. Both Zest and Awesometank have bits of form to suggest they could take a hand if at their best.


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