BIG COUNTRY (7.00) may not be the serious force of old but he retains enough ability to land the Class 4 handicap at Chelmsford City.
The seven-year-old went close here in August when trained by Jamie Osborne and has since re-joined previous trainer Mick Appleby. Connections would have been happy with Big Country's first run for the yard at Kempton when finding 1m 3f exposing his stamina limitations under the burden of 10-stone. He was still bang there over a furlong out before fading into a close-up fourth to No Nay Bella.
Favourite Power Of States has reeled off three straight course and distance victories (dead-heat on last occasion) but it is only a matter of time before he is nailed by the handicapper. Meantime, he should remain competitive under a 5lb penalty.
Dense fog deprived KYLLA LOOKS (5.00) of a winning opportunity on her last intended start here but quick compensation awaits. Mike Murphy’s decision to fit cheek-pieces at Wolverhampton ten days ago was rewarded with a wide-margin victory and the filly can defy a penalty.
Alezan, a Bath winner in the summer, ran Fly The Nest close at Kempton over a mile eight days ago and should handle the drop in trip under Georgia Dobie.
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