Scampi and Tart look tasty bets on a Sunday menu!

Freyabella looks a gilt-edged each-way opportunity, price-wise, to supplement recent course and distance gains in the Novice Stakes over five furlongs of Chelmsford polytrack this afternoon when there are also three turf-flat fixtures which should yield profit in set-weight races

Experience is key for juveniles and Freyabella was successful, at the fourth attempt, in a nursery handicap under Robert Tart, riding this Kodiac filly for the first time; a young, hard-working lad who deserves to get a break.

In simple language Freyabella bolted up five weeks ago for ‘new’ owner/trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam who has wrought tremendous improvement since acquiring what had seemed a lost cause in June.

Progressive White Jasmine can’t be discounted and comes out similarly to penalised Freyabella with a ‘built-up’ time-figure on my analysis; over the minimum trip, on a pristine all-weather surface, 7lbs should be a matter of indifference and Robert, significantly, retains the ride.

Another seven-race card kicks off on ‘good to soft’ Musselburgh with a four-runner Fillies’ Conditions Stakes over five furlongs which looks well within capabilities of Karl Burke-trained Sophie’s Star, back from a seven weeks break following a busy spell which included two successes from six outings.

Often a ‘holiday’ is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ and with talented 5lbs apprentice Pierre Louis-Jasmin offsetting penalties Sophie’s Star is ‘best-in’ and preferred to consistent Anadora.

Should be a good ‘dash’ and at Bath on a ‘good to firm’ surface Scampi looks a tasty proposition in the five-runner Maiden Stakes over twelve furlongs under stable jockey Rob Hornby whose fierce determination to succeed is a plus for punters.

Scampi is a long time winning but this consistent, hitherto luckless Nayef gelding rates a ‘professional special’ to finally get off the mark; he’s been ‘in the frame’ five times from seven outings and is worth following. Could be a cracking three-year-old hurdler when, presumably, sold out of Andrew Balding’s yard. Don’t oppose.

Premiership football is back in earnest and I’ll continue to ‘lay’ all odds-on favourites, on Betfair, in Premier and Championship matches; saves working out the form and there has never been a better, more consistent, betting system.  

Selections, Chelmsford, 1.00 Freyabella (e.w); Musselburgh, 1.55 Sophie’s Star; Bath, 2.45 Scampi.

 Jeffrey Ross, horse-racing correspondent for WMN since 1983 when winning the most prestigious racing journalist award, Sporting Life Naps Table, before winning it a record number of six times collectively in the Racing Post, the current ‘trade’ paper, including 2019