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Godolphin’s multiple Group 1 winner Avilius has opened post-acceptance favourite in 2020 Chelmsford Stakes betting to kick off his spring with a win despite drawing the outside alley.
This season’s Group 2 $250,000 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) field features a capacity line-up of 16 hopefuls and gate 16 is where the James Cummings-trained favourite will start from.
Kerrin McEvoy chases his first win in the weight-for-age event partnering the Pivotal seven-year-old with Avilius looking to add to his strong record at the Randwick track (6:3-1-0) that includes his Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) victory by 2.3 lengths last September.
The classy galloper races for the first time since his back-to-back Group 1 thirds at Rosehill in the Ranvet (2000m) and Tancred Stakes (2400m) over the autumn.
First-up the mile looks to suit, the horse looking to improve on his second to Samadoubt in the Chelmsford Stakes results last year.
Avilius was scratched form a first-up run in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) due to the state of the track, an event he ran fourth when resuming last spring, but looks fit and ready to fire on the weekend.
Tommy Berry retains the ride on the five-year-old second-up having ridden him for a close first-up second to Man Of Peace at the track over 1400m on August 15 when the course was rated a Heavy (10).
Sure to improve off that and relish the step-up in distance, Angel Of Truth is out to break a notable winning drought not having saluted since his ATC Derby success in April last year.
A further two runners are also under double-figures for the win in Chelmsford Stakes betting this year with the also Hawkes-trained Zebrowski ($6.50) and the Chris Waller-trained Mister Sea Wolf ($8).
Zebrowski could be the improver in the mix, the Savabeel four-year-old having run a luckless eighth first-up when mid-field behind Verry Elleegant in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) on August 22.
He went around at big odds there and will be fitter second-up getting out over a mile.
While yet to win over further than 1550m, the honest staying type was runner-up behind Quick Thinker in both the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) and Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) last prep so has plenty of potential this campaign.
Waller has dominated this race in recent history preparing five of the past eight Chelmsford Stakes winners including Winx (2017) and Unforgotten (2018).
The master horseman saddles-up more than half the runners in the Chelmsford Stakes field this weekend with his nine runners led in betting by Mister Sea Wolf in barrier five.
The veteran nine-year-old has his 50th career start on Saturday and has only once finished in the money from seven previous Randwick runs.
Still, he is being kept at a conservative price having won the $1 million The Gong over the mile at Kembla Grange last November and he was eye-catching when fifth in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill a month ago.
2020 Chelmsford Stakes Field
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||147x54533x||AVILIUS (GB)||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||16||59kg||114|
|2||x34x51257x||FINCHE (GB)||Chris Waller||Ms Kathy O’Hara||8||59kg||110|
|3||6101x300x5||MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||5||59kg||110|
|4||97730x117x||WU GOK||Chris Waller||Adam Hyeronimus||11||59kg||108|
|5||374x66461x||LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||13||59kg||107|
|6||1x7207523x||YULONG PRINCE (SAF)||Chris Waller||Sam Clipperton||2||59kg||105|
|7||1902x7691x||BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB)||Chris Waller||Ms Rachel King||9||59kg||103|
|8||111x3103x0||SHARED AMBITION (IRE)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||15||59kg||103|
|9||222x0352x6||CARIF||Peter & Paul Snowden||Joshua Parr||7||59kg||101|
|10||0x895756x2||ANGEL OF TRUTH||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||3||59kg||99|
|11||48126789×5||MORTON’S FORK||Richard Litt||Robbie Dolan||14||59kg||90|
|12||4248x600x9||CUTADEEL||Richard Litt||Ms Louise Day (a)||4||59kg||85|
|13||26x1122x8||ZEBROWSKI (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Brenton Avdulla||12||58.5kg||96|
|14||6190x1410x||NETTOYER||Wendy Roche||James Innes Jnr||1||57kg||110|
|15||955x5663x9||DANZDANZDANCE||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||10||57kg||103|
|16||x70504150x||MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tim Clark||6||57kg||100|
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