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Chelmsford City Preview: Cadmium has right elements for success

Chelmsford City stage a competitive seven-race twilight card today and Cadmium looks decent value to land the 1m handicap (6.40).

The Harry Dunlop trained filly showed improved form back in October when landing back-to-back successes at Kempton in good style under 7lb claimer Leah-Anne Avery.

In the last of those the four-year-old travelled strongly in midfield before coming with a steady run from the three marker to take up the running a furlong from home and win by a cosy 1 3/4 lengths off a mark of 57.

The four-year-old only had to be pushed out with hands and heels to get the job done and scored with far more in hand than the winning margin suggests.

Things haven’t got right in two subsequent starts for Cadmium, with the daughter of Major Cadeaux running too freely when well beaten in the hat-trick bid at Kempton before being poorly placed last time out when a staying on never nearer fifth of nine to Sea Soldier at Lingfield.

However, the latter suggested the Cadmium remained in form and she now gets the professional services of David Probert in the saddle.

Cadmium also has a good draw in stall three, and off just 3lb higher than when last successful remains on a handy mark off a rating of 60.

Earlier on the card, Secret Asset can take advantage of a career-low mark to gain an overdue success in the 6f handicap (5.40).

The Jane Chapple-Hyam trained gelding is on a losing run of 12 having not scored since landing a class 2 handicap at York back in July 2013 off a mark of 96.

The 10-year-old was put up to 100 after that success, and is now able to race of just 80 in this lower grade class 4 affair.

That gives the veteran a massive chance from a handicapping perspective, especially after a returning to form last time out when third of 19 to Straegic Force at Kempton.

Secret Asset was held-up well off the pace and had a mountain to climb turning for home before staying on strongly to be beaten just 1 1/4 lengths.

To my eyes he was given too much to do and arguably would have gone very close if ridden a bit more positively, and in the circumstances it was a cracking effort and one which suggested the veteran’s time was near.

Selections:
4.40: Virtual Reality
5.10: Oratorio’s Joy
5.40: Secret Asset (NB)
6.10: It Must Be Faith
6.40: Cadmium (NAP)
7.10: Lamar
7.40: Valid Reason