Lunar Shadow has form to be a player at Chelmsford on Thursday

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October 4

Here’s hoping some of you took my advice and had a small interest on Mayfair Gold (14-1 to 7-1) at Kempton this evening – well, they say it’s better to be born lucky than rich!

Alan will have a busy afternoon at Salisbury on Thursday with four runners, while we also have a couple going on the all-weather, one at Lingfield and the other at Chelmsford.

We start with Midnight Rumble, whose lack of experience was evident on his debut at Goodwood. He’ll hopefully have learned from that when he takes his chance in the first leg of the mile novice for two-year-olds.

One Cool Dreamer is our representative in the second division, and, being a May foal, there was a lot to like about his introduction at Leicester. It would come as no surprise if he built on that promising start and finished in the money here.

Alan then has a break before saddling Zodiac Star in the penultimate race, a mile and a quarter handicap. He might have needed his last run at Kempton as he had been off the track for two months, so we can forgive and forget that disappointment, and he showed enough promise at two to suggest he is worth keeping in mind here.

Our final Salisbury runner is Royal Deeside in the last race. He was staying on up the hill when finishing well in fourth at Sandown, so stamina won’t be a problem.

Another who will be doing his best work at the finish is Sword Beach, who runs at Lingfield. He plugged on well at the end when fifth over that course last time, and Hollie Doyle rides.

Cieran Fallon has been booked for our Chelmsford runner, the versatile Lunar Shadow in the staying handicap. She was only beaten a neck over this track in May and has since been placed at Lingfield and Epsom before winning at Bath. She ought to be in the mix judged on that overall form.