It felt like an eternity since our last big priced winner, although we have had some close calls in the past couple of months. Thankfully, good old Harry The Viking ended the drought on Sunday advised at 28/1 and what a performance it was. To see off a horse as good as Calett Mad in the closing stages was some feat for a 13yo and hopefully he stays sound and is back for another crack next year.
|Rae Guest has been amongst the winners.|
On Thursday there is plenty of jumps action to get stuck into, but my only bet of the day goes in the opening 7f Nursery Handicap at Chelmsford. Rae Guest is a trainer I have massive respect for and his string has shown definite signs of hitting form in the last couple of weeks. He has had two winners from seven runners in the past fortnight and I think Feel The Noize could outrun her odds for him at Chelmsford on Thursday.
This well named daughter of Slade Power has displayed glimmers of ability on more than one occasion and I thought she was a big eye catcher at Lingfield in a seller last time. She pulled very hard early and was denied a clear run up the inner, but when switched wide she picked up well and I think more use will be made of her in this race.
She has been held up for the most part on her seven career starts so far and on a couple of occasions she has stayed on well, including here, over 5f and 6f. She kept on well over the minimum trip in a Novice heat back in September and while she was over 7L behind the winner in a handicap here over 6f off 58, she did finish just under 1L in front of a next time out winner in Dancing Jo.
Feel The Noize is now rated 50, 8lb lower than for that mildly promising run here over 6f and 5lb lower than when beaten 4L at Kempton when she didn’t enjoy the clearest of passages. Robert Havlin rides and while he has yet to ride a winner for Rae Guest, he has finished in the first four on four occasions from eight rides.
This filly has a nice draw in stall 3 and I am hoping she is ridden a bit more positively after she proved she stayed a mile last time. If she breaks well and settles I think a big run could be on the cards and at odds of 22/1 (4 places 1/4 odds available) Feel The Noize is worth chancing each way for small stakes in what looks a wide open race.
STEVOS’ SELECTION: 5.15 CHELMSFORD-FEEL THE NOIZE E/W @ 22/1 4 PLACES