She's Ideel. Photo By Steve Hart.

2021 Chelmsford Stakes Day Tips & Preview

We head back to Royal Randwick this Saturday afternoon with four Group races on the cards to sink our teeth into.

We see the return of champion sprinter Nature Strip as well as a host of other quality gallopers for the first time.

Our full 2021 Chelmsford Stakes Day Tips & Preview can be found below.

Race 1: Highway Handicap (1200m) 11:40am
No. 2 Parksville

These Highway races are often won by a lightly raced and progressive type of horse and Parksville profiles as the perfect horse in the opening race of the afternoon.

He won three of his four starts during his debut campaign and resumed with a close third on the Kensington track early last month.

It looks like he will take plenty of benefit from the run and is the one to beat.

Race 2: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1100m) 12:15pm
No. 6 Spiranac

We last saw Spiranac when finishing seventh in the Country Championship Final at Randwick back in April where I’m not sure she ran out a strong 1400m.

The lightly raced five year old mare has won five of 12 overall races and looked good in a solid trial leading into this first up assignment.

Barrier five and Glen Boss are both positives.

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Race 3: Benchmark 72 Handicap (1800m) 12:50pm
No. 15 Chateaux Park

These Midway Handicap seem perfect for a trainer like Jason Coyle and he saddles up five year old Chateaux Park in the race here.

He has been racing well in recent times without winning, placing in his last four in a row and will take in a fitness edge over a few of his rivals in this event.

The $26 seems very juicy.

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Race 4: Benchmark 72 Handicap (1300m) 1:25pm
No. 7 Construct

Construct is a colt that is racing in career best form right at the minute and is going from strength to strength each time he is seen at the races.

He broke his maiden at Kembla Grange two back and was flashing home late when just missing behind Tiger Of Malay and Coastwatch last start.

Coastwatch has since come out and won at Group 3 level last weekend and this I Am Invincible colt represents good value at his current price.

Race 5: Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) 2:00pm
Trifecta 1/3/4,9

Nature Strip looked really good in a recent trial and should really be too good for them first up but there’s no way I’ll be taking the $1.45 straight out in the Concorde Stakes.

He has been beaten in this race in the past two years as the $2.30 favourite and $1.45 favourite.

Let’s stand him out in a trifecta.

Wild Ruler will plant himself right behind the superstar and can battle home for second.

And for third chuck in Standout who is capable on his day first up and Adelong who comes into this race in good form with back to back wins.

Race 6: Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m)
No. 3 Jamaea & No. 7 Najmaty

The Silver Shadow is the main point of reference for the Group 2 Furious Stakes and the best run out of that race for mine was Jamaea who ran into all sorts of trouble late int he race.

Tommy Berry went for an inside gap which closed on him at a crucial stage which cost this filly momentum and any chance of winning the race but she will be fitter for the run and we are getting nice each way odds.

Najmaty was excellent without winning when she resumed in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield behind Gimme Par.

She was a long way back when turning for home but she was doing her best work late and will take a heap of improvement out of the run.

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Race 7: Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) 3:10pm
No. 8 Prime Star

Zaaki looks a really promising horse who can take the spring carnival by storm but the lightly raced seven year old only just went around in a recent trial and I’m not sure if he will be fully wound up for the Tramway Stakes.

I have a bit of time for the four year old chestnut gelding Prime Star and his run first up at Group 3 level was full of merit, in fact he recorded the best 800-400m race sectional of the day at the distance.

He wasn’t beaten far in the Group 2 Hobartville and Group 1 Randwick Guineas in the autumn and the step up in distance suits second up.

He’s a bigger and stronger individual this time in and he represents good each way value if you are looking to bet around the favourite.

Race 8: Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) 3:50pm
No. 13 She's Ideel

The Group 1 Winx Stakes looks the right form for the Chelmsford Stakes and It’s no surprise that the top few in betting come through that race.

I’m worried about Cascadian’s second up record otherwise I’d have him on top but She’s Ideel is a mare that has been racing really well in recent times.

Despite being by Dundeel, she is proficient over the shorter distances and she showed her turn of foot late in the Winx Stakes to almost storm over the top of Mo’unga and Verry Elleegant.

She’s been placed three out of four when second up and has drawn the inside barrier.

Race 9: Benchmark 78 Handicap (1200m) 4:30pm
No. 17 Saquon

Saquon is a lightly raced four year old gelding with a big amount of upside who has three wins from seven career starts and been unplaced just once.

He won a class 1 at Wyong by 4.6 lengths during his last prep, putting together back to back wins to close out the campaign.

He’s had two nice trials leading into this first up assignment, will carry just 55.5kg and has drawn perfectly in barrier five with Glen Boss steering.

Race 10: Benchmark 94 Handicap (1500m) 5:10pm
Boxed Trifecta 5/6/12/13 *Sub 11*

Let’s see if we can finish the day with a big win by winning a trifecta in the last!