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Grace A Vous Enki to top a splendid season at Chaddesley on Monday

22-May-2024 18:21
in General
by Andrew King

Chaddesley Corbett plays host to the West Mercian area's final meeting of the current season on Bank Holiday Monday (May 27) and racegoers can look forward to an engaging afternoon's racing with a first-race scheduled off-time of 1pm.

The seven race card has attracted a bumper entry of 137 horses and clerk of the course Jim Squires is confident that underfoot conditions will be perfect given the time of year. (Video on Chaddesley Races Facebook page).

He said: "The course is in great shape and I expect we shall be racing on good ground come next Monday. We are where we want to be at present and the anticipated rain mid-week should ensure we do not need to resort to any watering."


The Men's Open takes centre stage on the card and if connections choose to run the prolific Grace A Vous Enki he will take all the beating, despite not appearing to perform up to his best at the course last month. If he is an absentee then the way should be open for One For Rosie to build on his recent victory at Garthorpe where he comfortably accounted  for the opposition in the hands of novice rider Ryan Alderman.

Unfortunately, Alderman is sidelined with a back injury following a fall while riding out at present so trainer Jason Maguire has called in the services of the experienced Tommie O'Brien to partner the 11-year-old.

Maguire said:" The horse is in great form and, as things stand, he will definitely take his chance in the race. I am sure the ground will be okay for him as they always do a great job at Chaddesley Corbett."


The Ladies Open centres around whether Ihandaya or Macklin take up the engagement and if that pair bypass the contest then it could boil down to a fascinating duel between Captain Biggles and I K Brunel. The former only holds this one entry this weekend while I K Brunel has other choices and as their respective riders - Gina Andrews and Izzie Marshall - are locked in a head to head for the Ladies riding title then the result here could be instrumental in the outcome. It's a tricky shout but Captain Biggles just gets the nod as he has run with distinction at the course in the past and can end a frustrating run of seconditis as he has been runner-up on his last three outings.


The opening Conditions contest For Novice Riders is tight on paper and so it should prove in the race itself but Ocean Drifter made a favourable impression when winning at Holnicote recently and there should be more to come. Trained and ridden by Cameron Johnstone-Baker, the nine-year-old was always travelling well within himself on that occasion and should be up to going close again.


There are 25 entries for the Restricted so there must be a chance it will be divided come the day but one who should be kept on the right side is Yellow Car, who showed an impressive turn of foot to score well at Kingston Blount earlier this month. He had earlier gone into a few notebooks when performing with credit at Larkhill earlier in the season and readily built on his pointing debut to land some good bets last time. Tabley winner Ffree Pedro is also worth keeping an eye on if the race is split.


Mini Fortune has notched five consecutive victories since being switched to the care of Luke Price and she has a definite chance of extending that sequence in the Jockey Club Mares' Maiden Final. Her latest success came at Trecoed last weekend but she is much better going left-handed and, as long as that victory in West Wales has not left its mark, she looks capable of scoring again. Bushtucker Park may give her most to think about.


With 39 horses entered, the Maiden also looks a short price to be divided and the pair that catch the eye if that happens are Pethers Run and The Butcher's Boy.


The concluding JRL Flat Race is a guessing game with so many unknowns in the line-up. The betting will tell its own tale here but two against the field are Cornerstone and Escape The Glory.



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