Picture Poet declared at Chelmsford

Picture Poet has been declared in the novice auction stakes at Chelmsford on Thursday evening (6.10pm).

There are 12 runners in the 6f contest and Fran Berry, who has ridden him in his work, is booked to ride.  We have been allotted stall 1, which is a big plus, though he will need to break sharply to get a good early position.  Thankfully, his stalls work has been very good so we can be optimistic!

If you are a member of the Picture Poet syndicate and would like a badge for Chelmsford, please let me know and I will arrange.

Please see below the exclusive SRC form guide for the race.

Shares are still available in Picture Poet, so if you are interested in getting involved, please give me a call on 07890 672435 or send an email to nathaniel.barnett@select-racing-club.co.uk.



1.  Buckingham – Very promising start when third of 14 in a novice auction contest at Newmarket a fortnight ago, though runner-up has let the form down since and likely that wasn’t a strong race. Still, he showed plenty of ability there and, out of a stakes winner in the US, looks the one to beat here.

2.  Cobweb Catcher – Unraced.  Third foal, half-brother to two fillies, one a minor winner at three.  Dam progressed into a useful sprinter, is from a fair family and yard can ready one first time, but wide draw no help.

3.  Mohogany – Limited appeal on pedigree and, though he looked in need of the experience on debut at Newmarket, he has plenty of work to do to overturn the form with Buckingham.  Yard in form, but drawn wide and disconcerting to see blinkers fitted.


5.  Alban’s Dream – First foal of a modest half-sister to a very useful 7f/1m performer.  Yard not known for debut winners and has had a quiet year so far.

6.  Associate Rock – Failed to sell as a yearling and at the breeze-ups and only a modicum of promise on debut at Leicester ten days ago.  Others preferred.

7.  Castelo – Sent off at 100-1 on debut at Windsor ten days ago, but showed a little promise, keeping on late from off the pace in what looked a competitive fillies’ maiden. Yard just 1-44 with 2yos on the AW in the past five seasons, but this has minor claims.

8.  Freed From Desire – Unraced.  Others make more appeal on pedigree, while yard’s juveniles tend to improve with experience.

9. Pass The Gin – Retained cheaply as a yearling.  Sire’s progeny tend to improve with age and others look stronger.

10.  Probability – Limited appeal on pedigree and, though yard’s 21% strike-rate with two year olds on the AW is impressive, all five to run this year have finished unplaced.  Market should point the way.

11.  Um Shama – Similar level of form both starts to date, runner-up on debut at Kempton at the beginning of May (those in behind have let down the form since) before finishing third at Leicester three weeks later (again, not strong form).  Will need to improve to take this, but experience a big plus and promising apprentice takes off 5lbs.

12.  Where’s Perle – Supported at long odds before finishing second on debut at Wolverhampton, though no match for an easy winner (beaten since).  Entitled to come on for that and she is well-drawn, so looks one of the leading contenders.

VERDICT: Buckingham‘s Newmarket third is the strongest piece of form here and he is the one to beat.  Where’s Perle makes some appeal, whilst Castelo made late gains last time and could run into a place.

RECOMMENDED BET: Picture Poet has done everything right at home; his work is good, he looks a straightforward type and he has been sharp from the stalls, which is a big help around here.  Stage fright is always a concern for those backing two year olds first time, but he looks streetwise enough and hopefully will be able to go very close on debut.

1pt each-way Picture Poet

0.5pts reverse exacta 1-4

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