Chelmsford Stakes Tips - Don’t forget about Waller’s mare

  • Strong second-up effort expected.
  • Fitness won't be a problem with most at the same stage of their campaigns. 
Hugh Bowman on Unforgotten

Chris Waller will certainly make his presence felt in Saturday’s Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick as he potentially saddles up seven runners in the field of 15. 

The stable has accepted with a host of genuine staying types including: One Foot In Heaven, Libran and Patrick Erin, while Religify, Satono Rasen, Single Gaze and Unforgotten strengthen their hand in the $250,000 event. 

Of Waller’s chances, four-year-old mare Unforgotten looms as a serious contender following an encouraging first-up effort in the Winx Stakes (1400m) where she finished resolutely to be beaten 3.8 lengths by the wonder mare Winx.

In assessing her chances first-up, Unforgotten had barely received a pass mark in her barrier trial, while her first-up run last campaign resulted in a last placing of 11 in the Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) behind Shoals.

However, with another barrier trial under her belt following her first-up disappointment last campaign, the daughter of Fastnet Rock scored an impressive victory over the in-form Holy Snow in the Phar Lap Stakes (1500m) where she charged home out wide to prevail on the line. 

Her first-up effort this time rates far better to her previous fresh run, and if she takes similar improvement into Saturday’s contest, she’ll prove extremely hard to hold out. 

The step up to 1600m is ideal, and her second-up record reads two wins and a 2nd placing from three attempts. 

From barrier 5, jockey Hugh Bowman will be looking to let Unforgotten settle toward the rear with a soft run in transit before angling clear in the straight and letting her use her brilliant turn of foot to overpower her rivals. 

Apart from Religify who is fourth-up and yet to find form this campaign, all other runners are first or second-up so there is no real fitness advantage to any of her main rivals. 

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Chelmsford Stakes Tips - Don’t forget about Waller’s mare

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