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Friday 15 December 2017

Sea Soldier ready to bear arms

Trainer Andrew Balding
Trainer Andrew Balding

Sea Soldier is one to be with in the totepool We Love Winners Handicap at Chelmsford.

The Andrew Balding-runner sets a high standard, still looking well handicapped and arriving in search of a hat-trick following wins here and at Lingfield.

Rated in the mid-80s in his pomp, it will be disappointing if he is not firmly in the shake-up once more.

Balding can bag a double with Rizal Park in the totepool Handicap to make up for the disappointment of his last runs. Sent off joint-favourite at Kempton last time, Rizal Park was short of room at a crucial stage and could only finish a one-paced sixth to Presumido.

He was market leader to win at the first ever meeting on this course but ran too free in a steadily-run race and was unplaced behind Until Midnight. He had won his previous starts at Kempton in December and is worth another chance.

Ridgeway Storm can recoup losses for an expensive defeat at Wolverhampton six weeks ago by taking the Visit chelmsfordcityracecourse.com Handicap. Alan King’s five-year-old was only beaten a length by Purple Spectrum that day, having beaten that horse three weeks earlier at Kempton. He can have his day again.

Studfarmer should appreciate the step back up to six furlongs in the Bet On totequadpot Handicap. The Polly Gundry-trained five-year-old was putting in his best work in the closing stages when third to Quantum Dot at Kempton over the minimum trip. He had won his previous race over this trip on that course.

Holywell can get his season back on track and book his Cheltenham ticket with victory in the Ivan Straker Memorial Chase at Kelso. He looked a possible star when shaking off his jumping gremlins to notch a four-timer at the end of last year, culminating in Grade One success at Aintree.

It is no surprise that Holywell was well fancied when he reappeared at Carlisle last November. However, he proved no match for leading Gold Cup hope Many Clouds while at Aintree the following month his previous fencing issues come to the fore again as he unshipped Richie McLernon. He has been given plenty of time to get over that.

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