Thursday 24th January

 There are a pair I fancy tonight at Chelmsford both for in-form Trainers and at nicer odds than you might imagine. In the 5.55 I am intrigued that Stuart Williams drops the head-strong SWIFT APPROVAL back down to 6 furlongs, the horse has a tendency to either go off too fast and then have to be retrained to come from the back over 7 furlongs, or when not pulling, comes late but with too much to do. I think they will just let it run here, without restraint and take on the field off the front. IF they get the break the handicap mark looks very interesting and Williams and David Probert in fine form.
 
Another man in form here and generally is Archie Watson and i give the gradually improving FAVORI ROYAL a decent each way chance in the 6.55. The most recent run at Lingfield was full of promise, needs this race to get a handicap mark but I don't think he will be held back on account of that. Nicely bred and cost a few quid and I think a place is the least of our expectations here. One I will TRACK if there are any indications that they have angled for a lower handicap mark after the run tonight, so we can play a medium term strategy with this type of horse!