Rapid rehoming of Classic trials divides opinion

Chelmsford City: has the approval of the top Newmarket trainers

Chelmsford: set to stage Newbury’s Classic trials card

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CHELMSFORD stepped into the breach on Friday to save Newbury’s Classic trials card, and while declarations were down for the hastily rearranged fixture, the trials themselves held up well.

Not all trainers were impressed by the quick turnaround, but 48 runners were declared across the seven-race card, compared to 70 at Newbury. The Spring Cup took the biggest hit, with only seven runners declared, compared to 17 for Newbury.

John Berry called the decision to move the meeting the “least unsatisfactory of all potential options”, on Twitter, but not all shared his view.

David Menuisier, who had leading hope Sinfonietta in at Newbury, but declined to declare for Chelmsford, said: “I’m not running and am not interested. Trainers should be consulted before decisions such as this are made. I think they’re taking people for a ride. They could have waited two days, let the ground dry, and run on raceable ground at Newbury on Tuesday, but they do what they want.”

Following Newbury’s cancellation, declarations for Chelmsford were due to be made by 3.30pm, but were pushed back to 4pm and then again to 4.15pm.

How the fields stack up

Original sponsors Dubai Duty Free and JLT opted not to take up their sponsorships for the revised card, with Betfred, owned by Chelmsford supremo Fred Done, now sponsoring the four main races.

Crazy Horse was the only omission from the Greenham, with four now going to post, while eight were declared for the Fred Darling.

Six were declared for the John Porter, which will be run over a furlong further at 1m5f, while a three-year-old maiden later on the card will be run over 1m2f instead of the originally advertised distance of 1m3f.

The fixture will now be broadcast on At The Races, rather than Racing UK, but the quartet of main races will still be screened on Channel 4.


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