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19:30 Chelmsford City

Merry Christmas To All Our Customers Handicap (Class 4)

  • 9 Runners
  • Distance: 5f
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
  • £10,150 added
  • Winner: £5,531
  • 2nd: £1,646
  • 3rd: £823
  • 4th: £411
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 0m 58.74s
  • Off Time: 19:32:00
  • 9 Ran
1(6)
Silk - Maroon, yellow star, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap

Verne Castle

22 h DCD
7/1
  • Form 573999
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-9
  • Official Rating 87

held up towards rear, brief effort over 1f out, never on terms

2(9)
Silk - Black, Yellow sash, Yellow cap
8/1
  • Form 052634
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-7
  • Official Rating 85

outpaced and always towards rear

3(5)
Silk - Light Blue, White hollow box, check cap
  • Form 203434
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-6
  • Official Rating 84

quickly away, made all, ridden over 1f out, held on gamely, all out

4(2)
Silk - Yellow, Black chevron, Black sleeves, Yellow stars, Black cap, Yellow star
3/1
  • Form 205055
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-6
  • Official Rating 84

slowly into stride, outpaced in last pair, headway on outside over 1f out, driven and strong run inside final furlong, just held

5(1)
Silk - Light blue, purple spots, purple sleeves, light blue spots, light blue and purple striped cap

Helvetian

24 D
4/1
  • Form 568415
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-6
  • Official Rating 84

mid-division on inside, pushed along before halfway, some headway on inside over 1f out, soon beaten

6(8)
Silk - Beige, maroon sash, maroon and beige halved sleeves, maroon cap

Machree (IRE)

36 DCD
14/1
  • Form 057806
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 78

chased winner, ridden over 1f out, lost 2nd inside final 110 yards, no extra

7(7)
Silk - Light green, red disc, red cap

Enthaar

46 pt D
7/1
  • Form 616414
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-12
  • Official Rating 76

mid-division, pushed along on outside halfway, ridden over 1f out, no extra inside final furlong

8(4)
Silk - ORANGE and PURPLE (quartered), EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap
11/1
  • Form 273112
  • Age 3
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 73

chased leaders, ridden and hung left over 1f out, kept on same pace final furlong

9(3)
Silk - Yellow, Light Green epaulets and sleeves
25/1
  • Form 800876
  • Age 8
  • Weight 8-7
  • Official Rating 70

chased leaders on inside, ridden over 1f out, kept on same pace inside final furlong

In depth

Verdict

Grisons has been in good form over longer trips though hasn’t raced since September, along with Acclaim The Nation. The latter has been threatening over the minimum trip but JUST THAT LORD faced a stiffer task in Class 2 company last time having been beaten less than a length in this grade at Lingfield before that. Mike Attwater’s charge may be the one to side with today though Savalas is also at home at this level if rediscovering his best. Helvetian failed to cope with a 4lb rise last month having won at Wolverhampton earlier and Enthaar’s win at Sandown came in a lower grade.

Formwatch

Verne Castle 50-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders on inside, effort to challenge over 1f out, soon ridden, outpaced inside final furlong, 9th of 13, 5 1/4l behind Lady Dancealot (8-6) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (2) pol in Nov.

Just That Lord 11-2 (8-3) Raced wide prominent, led 2f out, headed inside final furlong, no extra, 4th of 7, 3l behind Watchable (8-13) at Lingfield 5f hcp (2) pol in Dec.

Acclaim The Nation (IRE) 5-2fav (9-6) Soon led, ridden over 1f out, headed and no extra towards finish, 4th of 10, 1 1/4l behind The Daley Express (9-7) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (4) pol in Sep.

Savalas (IRE) 33-1 (8-12) In touch, pushed along halfway, headway over 1f out, ridden and no impression final furlong, 5th of 11, 2 3/4l behind Watchable (9-4) at Newcastle 5f hcp (3) pol in Nov.

Helvetian 14-1 (9-7) Dwelt raced wide close up, ridden over 1f out, keeping on when switched right inside final furlong, 5th of 10, 3 1/2l behind Ginger Fox (8-12) at Kempton 6f hcp (4) pol in Nov.

Machree (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) Prominent, led over 3f out, headed over 1f out, weakened final 75 yards, 6th of 8, 4 3/4l behind Hareem Queen (9-0) at Southwell 5f hcp (4) pol in Nov.

Enthaar 6-1 (9-2) Towards rear, ridden and headway approaching final furlong, stayed on, nearest finish, 4th of 10, 4 1/4l behind Mercenary Rose (9-3) at Kempton 5f hcp (4) pol in Oct.

Grisons (FR) 4-1 (9-5) Taken to post early, keen in touch, ridden and headway over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 11, 1/2l behind Fantastic Flyer (9-7) at Chelmsford City 6f hcp (5) pol in Sep.

Dynamo Walt (IRE) 25-1 (9-4) In touch on inside, ridden over 1f out, driven and outpaced inside final furlong, 6th of 11, 4 1/4l behind Big Les (9-12) at Wolverhampton 5f hcp (5) pol in Nov.