Race of the Day – 14 December 2017

Race of the Day – 19:15 Chelmsford

Calling Out makes it onto The Shortlist in a good looking one-mile handicap on the all-weather at Chelmsford. He has a score of nine, with three sections of green and one of amber, showing that he is well suited to conditions in this one.

When looking at the form on the racecard we can see that Calling Out was in good form at the start of the year, winning at Wolverhampton over nine furlongs and then finishing second at Lingfield. They were both conditions races, and prior to that, he was racing in Listed events. This is his first race in a handicap and it’s no surprise to see him sharing top weight.

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Trainer David Simcock has a useful long-term record here at Chelmsford. Over the past five years, he’s had 28 winners (20.44%) and 59 places (43.07%) from 137 runners, for level stakes profits of 19.67 and 4.71 respectively, and an Impact Value of 1.75.

He also has a reasonable record with his horses having their first run in a handicap. He has a strike rate of 15.79% from 76 runners which have produced an Impact Value of 1.57.

The Instant Expert report confirms the excellent showing of Calling Out and it looks as though he should be fine to cope with the top weight.

The other top weight, Certificate, comes out the best on this report with four sections of green and one of amber.

Chelmsford is a tough course to come from behind on and the Pace report shows that early leaders here over this distance have a good record, with 19.15% of them going on to win the race, for a level stakes profit of 35.70 and an Impact value of 1.66.

London and Calling Out have the highest pace scores in this field and look the most likely to be leading. Low drawn runners have a definite advantage so with Calling Out in stall one, he has the chance to grab the lead and dictate things from the front.

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