Elkstone to Towcest rivals

Chris Wilson is happy to give Elkstone a second chance at Towcester on Thursday. He has a tip for every UK and Irish race.

Caroline Bailey: Trains Elkstone

CHELMSFORD: 4.25 Cadland Lad, 4.55 Oxford Blu, 5.25 Angel Of Darkness, 5.55 Solent Meads, 6.25 Outrage, 6.55 Cavalieri, 7.25 Rattle On, 7.55 Pacific Salt.


TAUNTON: 12.45 Misterton, 1.15 Lost In Lecce, 1.45 Relentless Dreamer, 2.20 Coeur Tantre, 2.55 Carobello, 3.25 Fraser Canyon.

THURLES: 12.30 Jimmy Two Times, 1.00 Champagne Fever, 1.30 Bobarlee, 2.00 Augusta Kate, 2.35 Wild Sam, 3.10 Mossy Island, 3.40 Woods Well.

TOWCESTER: 12.35 Kaspian Tern, 1.05 ELKSTONE (NAP), 1.35 Verygoodverygood, 2.10 Buffalo Sabre, 2.45 Lyme Park, 3.15 Signed Request, 3.45 Dentley De Mee.

DOUBLE: Elkstone and Rattle On

Elkstone rates a solid shout in the Weatherbys Novices' Handicap Chase at Towcester on Thursday.

The Caroline Bailey-trained five-year-old was no great shakes over hurdles, but he is clearly capable of much better over fences.

Despite having fallen three out on his chasing debut at Huntingdon earlier this month, Bailey must have been heartened by the assured manner in which he jumped throughout a three-mile handicap chase for novices.

That he was also backed off the boards before the race also tends to suggest he has been doing everything right at home.

Those prepared to forgive him for that momentary lapse in concentration can be rewarded in spades as Elkstone takes an intriguing drop back to two miles.

Relentless Dreamer appeals in the Falcon Vehicle Solutions Chase at Taunton.

He really started to find his feet over fences at the start of the summer, winning a Ffos Las handicap in June before adding another triumph at Newton Abbot the following month.

He found Set List a shade too good at Stratford on his next start and Rebecca Curtis has since given him a break through the high summer months before returning here.

Relentless Dreamer has to contend with a career-high mark of 128 this time but he should be nicely refreshed for this assignment.

Rattle On can be followed with a degree of optimism when he lines up beneath the Chelmsford floodlights.

Trained in Epsom by Jim Boyle, the three-year-old has yet to win a race in five starts to date.

But he got jolly close over this course and distance in October, and must have every chance of going one place better in division one of the Follow Us On Twitter At Chelmsfordcrc Handicap.

The gelded son of Pivotal did not appear to get home over a mile and a quarter on his first four racecourse appearances, in which he looked distinctly moderate at best.

Boyle's decision to step back to a mile nearly worked a treat last month as he surged home for second place, beaten two lengths by Little Choosey.

Liam Keniry's companion had to sit and suffer for a long way in the straight before he was given the office, but by that time it was too late.

Be that as it may, Rattle On was still a mile clear of the third horse home and is clearly capable enough to win a small race like this.

Division two can belong to the Pam Sly-trained Pacific Salt.

The three-year-old grey found an extended mile and a quarter too demanding at Kempton last time – especially as he was too keen for his own good – but should be much more at home in Essex.

Pacific Salt was a big eyecatcher on his penultimate start over this course and distance, when he came with a rare rattle from a troublesome draw to finish fourth behind Celtic Artisan.

The gelded son of Zebedee races at Chelmsford off the same mark of 65, which is certainly appealing.

As, too, is the fact that 3lb claimer Callum Shepherd is back on board.

It is worth remembering that Shepherd was at the helm when Pacific Salt won by a neck at Leicester during the summer.

Posted at 1445 GMT on 23/11/16.

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