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Thursday 14 December 2017

Speedy Wentworth Falls can soar beyond 100 at Chelmsford

Wentworth Falls has been on a steep upward curve since dropping back to sprint trips and he can send his rating soaring over 100 with another win in the totepool Conditions Stakes at Chelmsford City.

A one-time Derby entry, Charlie Appleby's charge remains a rapidly-improving prospect who seems to have found his forte switched back to sprint trips.

The three-year-old certainly boasts an excellent pedigree as a full brother to the classy Strawberrydaiquiri but while his sibling excelled over mile, he failed strike over seven furlongs when pitched in at that distance on his first couple of completed starts.

A step up to a mile may have appeared a logical move but he had no answer in the finish as he came home fifth and Appleby must have been scratching his head over what to do next.

The application of blinkers and a switch back to six furlongs provided the solution though as ran away with a maiden at Kempton last November before following up back over the course and distance a month later.

The four-length win saw him shoot up to mark of 98 but there is still plenty of potential for him to go on again and hit a triple-digit rating.

The five-furlong trip is a slight question mark here, but given the turn of foot Wentworth Falls possesses and the way he comes with a late dash, he should be able to shine over the minimum distance too.

Plaisir's rating of 70 gives her every chance of making a winning start out of maiden company in the Bet On totequadpot Handicap.

The three-year-old fell just a little short in maidens but the move across to handicapping could prove the making of her as she is clearly not devoid of talent.

She was most recently seen when beaten three-quarters of a length in second at Lingfield on New Year's Eve, travelling well before getting slightly outpaced and staying on at the business end.

Marco Botti has evidently realised the extent of her ability and the handicapper has given her a chance.

Nancy Astor has failed to strike in four starts to date but her time can come in the 32Red On The App Store Maiden Fillies' Stakes at Kempton.

She was all at sea on turf on her debut at Newmarket last May with John Gosden subsequently giving her plenty of time to get over those exertions as she was not seen again until tried on the all weather at Lingfield in October.

Nancy Astor is clearly not a star performer, but should be good enough for what is an average event.

Exceedingly has edged down the ratings a bit of late and that factor combined with lesser company in the 32Red.com Handicap can see her score a first win since October.

tomorrow's selections

CHELMSFORD: 2.00 Rockfast, 2.30 Pirate Cove, 3.05 Plaisir, 3.40 WENTWORTH FALLS (NAP), 4.10 Black Iceman, 4.40 Oratorio's Joy.

KEMPTON: 2.05 Studfarmer, 2.35 Focail Mear, 3.10 Exceedingly, 3.45 Nancy Astor, 4.15 Naval Action, 4.45 Rakaan, 5.15 Galago.

DOUBLE: Wentworth Falls and Plaisir.

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