Spellmaker has the magic touch to triumpoh at Chelmsford
Spellmaker can find the necessary magic to win the Visit mytotepool.com at Chelmsford.
Tony Newcombe's sprinter often needs fortune in running as he is usually best when delivered from off the pace.
But things came together quite nicely at Lingfield on January 10, when Eoin Walsh brought the six-year-year with a perfect late run which produced a two-and-a-quarter-length victory in a six-furlong handicap.
The gelded son of Kheleyf subsequently finished fourth under a 6lb penalty over course and distance, but that was a better performance than the result suggested. Spellmaker again came late and fast, but the protagonists at the head of affairs set a rare old gallop from the outset and, perhaps surprisingly, they refused to buckle.
Even so, Newcombe must still have been happy enough as his representative was only beaten a length. He has also been left alone by the assessor on a mark of 76.
Consistent is also one of Spellmaker's biggest assets - a crucial trait in these trappy all-weather sprints - while Walsh knows him better than anyone and again receives the leg-up.
He was well backed when winning at Lingfield, too, so any market move would be of obvious significance back at the Essex circuit.
The return to six furlongs might do for Wedgewood Estates in the 32RedSport.com Handicap at Kempton. Tony Carroll's filly does not have a great win-to-run ratio, but her sole victory, at Wolverhampton in October, came at this trip.
Her chances of adding to that tally were badly compromised back at Dunstall Park in February as Wedgewood Estates was shuffled out wide around the bend. She made up quite a bit of ground late on, though, and ended up finishing sixth from a relatively awkward position.
The horse now 1lb lower than when she won at Wolves, which adds further gloss to her already strong claims.
Charlie Longsdon's A Vos Gardes can continue to impress over hurdles when he runs at Haydock.
SELECTIONS: CHELMSFORD: 2.20 Sail Home, 2.55 The Third Man, 3.25 Excellent George, 4.00 Flying Bear, 4.35 SPELLMAKER (NAP), 5.10 Ruban.
HAYDOCK: 2.10 Satanic Beat, 2.45 Swing Hard, 3.15 Lightentertainment, 3.50 Ambion Wood, 4.25 A Vos Gardes, 5.00 Board Of Trade.
KEMPTON: 5.45 Warbond, 6.15 Go Packing Go, 6.45 Soul Searcher, 7.15 Kolonel Kirkup, 7.45 Charlies Mate, 8.15 Hollie Point, 8.45 Drive On, 9.15 Wedgewood Estates.
WARWICK: 2.00 Just Skittles, 2.30 Slowfoot, 3.05 Dixie Bull, 3.35 Bravo Bravo, 4.10 Iron Butterfly, 4.45 Flaming Charmer, 5.20 Go Long.
DOUBLE: Spellmaker,Wedgewood Estates