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Chelmsford Horse Racing tips for Friday

Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway has picked out his three fancies for Chelmsford's Good Friday fixture, with six of the seven races sponsored by bet365.

Graeme Rodway's tips

2.50 Chelmsford - Miners Gamble @ 16/1
4.00 Chelmsford - Highfield Viking @ 8/1
5.10 Chelmsford - Keady Town @ 3/1

Horse Racing

2.50 Chelmsford - Miners Gamble @ 16/1

The bet365 Bet Boost Handicap (2.50) is a superb race, featuring several promising three-year-olds, and the one to be on here is the Brian Ellison-trained MINERS GAMBLE.

The lightly raced son of Tamayuz showed promise when fourth in a Redcar novice on the second of three outings last season and was an eyecatcher on his seasonal reappearance at Newcastle 11 days ago, when beaten only half a length into third behind winner Arlington.

Miners Gamble made a mess of the start that day and got behind in an unpromising position. That wasn’t the place to be as the pace held up and the first two were in the first two places throughout. It was a good effort from the selection, who did best of those from off the pace.

A sharper break will be needed if he is to get competitive from stall 12 here, but that run should have brought him on both physically and mentally, and he is going off the same mark.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Miners Gamble @ SP - 1pt win

4.00 Chelmsford - Highfield Viking @ 8/1

The Download The bet365 App Handicap (4.00) could go to another northern stable because John and Sean Quinn appear to have a superb chance with the promising HIGHFIELD VIKING.

The four-year-old is a half-brother to top-class sprinter Highfield Princess, who won at this course, and that gives encouragement that Highfield Viking will take to the Polytrack surface on his first outing on the all-weather. He also won first time out last season, so is best fresh.

He can therefore be expected to be fully wound up on this first run for 190 days and John Quinn had a 28 per cent strike-rate at Chelmsford before joining forces with his son Sean.

Highfield Viking was steadily progressive last season, winding up with a career-best effort when beaten a nose into second at Ayr in September, and a 2lb rise might not stop him from going one better. He has a good draw too and will come from stall five in this 16-runner field.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Highfield Viking @ SP - 1pt win

5.10 Chelmsford - Keady Town @ 3/1

The best bet at the Essex venue on Good Friday comes in the Watch Live Racing At bet365 Handicap (5.10), where KEADY TOWN is a strong fancy to strike for in-form Richard Hughes.

The Lambourn trainer has a 20 per cent strike-rate at Chelmsford in the last five seasons and should have Keady Town in peak condition following a good run at Wolverhampton last time.

Keady Town has improved with each of his four starts on Racing Post Ratings and caught the eye doing good late work when second in that Wolverhampton contest two weeks ago. Jockey Finley Marsh was only hands and heels to the line and the selection will improve for that run.

That was Keady Town’s first run for five months and since being gelded, but he shaped like he would improve significantly for further and now steps up a furlong-and-a-half in distance.

He has been nudged up 2lb in the weights, but has the potential to prove a lot better than his current mark of 74 and it will be disappointing if he can’t go one better than last time here.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Keady Town @ SP - 1pt win

This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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