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Run the rule over Kingdom in Chelmsford bid to keep unbeaten run going

By Ashley Iveson

Middle Kingdom can keep his unbeaten record intact with victory in the Bet toteexacta At Handicap at Chelmsford today.

John Gosden's colt has already shown a liking for a synthetic surface, having impressed on his racecourse debut at Newcastle 12 months ago, before making a successful reappearance in a handicap at Newmarket's Craven meeting in April.

The War Front colt - who cost an eye-watering 775,000 guineas as a yearling - has presumably had his issues since, as he not made a competitive appearance in the subsequent seven months.

However, the form of his Newmarket triumph is seriously impressive, with the runner-up, Euginio, and the third, Bin Battuta, both now rated in excess of 100.

Gosden would not be bringing Middle Kingdom out at this stage of the year half-cooked and running off a mark of 94 with his three-year-old allowance, he looks an attractive betting proposition.

Procedure is not difficult to recommend in the Betfred-sponsored nursery.

The Cheveley Park-owned grey has shaped with genuine promise on each of her three starts to date, particularly when mowed down late on her second visit to Kempton a couple of weeks ago.

She only ran out of gas in the dying strides on that occasion, having pulled for her head in the early stages, and there is definitely improvement in the tank.

If some of that power can be harnessed on her handicap debut, an opening perch of 72 could look very generous.


CHELMSFORD: 5.15 Brigand, 5.45 Procedure, 6.15 Big Kitten, 6.45 Making Miracles, 7.15 MIDDLE KINGDOM (NAP), 7.45 Miracle Garden, 8.15 Domitilla.

LUDLOW: 1.20 Dandy Dan, 1.50 New Agenda, 2.20 Muthabir, 2.55 Orbasa, 3.30 Bollin Line, 4.05 Craigmor.

MARKET RASEN: 1.00 Ortenzia, 1.30 Raised On Grazeon, 2.00 Desert Queen, 2.35 Ultimatum Du Roy, 3.10 Pretty Reckless, 3.45 Shrubland.

NEWBURY: 12.40 Lostintranslation, 1.10 Tobefair, 1.40 Colin's Brother, 2.10 Cap Soleil, 2.45 Strong Pursuit, 3.20 Sea Wall, 3.55 Du Destin.

THURLES: 12.55 Mill Quest, 1.25 Asitsohappens, 1.55 True Self, 2.25 The Kings Baby, 3.00 Three Kings, 3.35 Brahma Bull, 4.10 The Big Lense.

DOUBLE: Procedure and Middle Kingdom.

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