DUTCH DECOY is well treated for his return to the all-weather in the tote.co.uk Free Streaming Every UK Race Handicap (7.30) at Chelmsford City.

The Mark Johnston trainee arrives in Essex on the back of turf defeats on his last four starts.

But the last three have come in handicaps tougher than the one Dutch Decoy contests tonight, and his all-weather form from the start of 2021 gives him a strong chance.

Dutch Decoy lifted a course-and-distance handicap from a mark of 81 in January, and came within three-quarters of a length of the follow-up at Newcastle the following month after a 4lb rise.

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At Lingfield Park, MAAMORA looks a worthy favourite for the Listed Fleur de Lys Stakes (3.23).

Trained by Simon Crisford in partnership with his son Ed, the daughter of Dubawi proved herself at a higher level when capturing the Group 3 Atalanta Stakes at Sandown Park last August.

Maamora has taken home the silver medal from her last two starts, both Listed events, at Longchamp and Newmarket.

My selection was in front of three of this afternoon’s rivals when beaten a length and three-quarters in second behind Soft Whisper at Newmarket last month and her all-weather record - a win and a short-head defeat from two attempts - is hardly off-putting.

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Thursday tips

STRATFORD

12.25 AURELIA OR

12.55 ROB THE GETAWAY

1.30 SECRET SECRET

2.05 KAP AUTEUIL

2.40 CALL OF THE WILD

3.15 ZUCKERBERG

3.50 COSTLY DIAMOND

4.25 NORLEY

LINGFIELD PARK

1.03 ROGUE POWER

1.38 DOOLILY

2.13 BRUNNERA

2.48 MODERN NEWS

3.23 MAAMORA (NB)

3.58 NIGHT OF LUXURY

4.33 QUEEN OF BURGUNDY

FFOS LAS

1.20 GEORGE BANCROFT

1.55 PAY THE WOMAN

2.30 NOT LONG NOW

3.05 PIPESMOKER

3.40 BEMBRIDGE

4.15 WHATSDASTORY

4.50 COLORADO DOC

5.20 MANOTHEPEOPLE

CHELMSFORD CITY

5.30 DYNAMIC FORCE

6.00 LADY ELYSIA

6.30 STRONSAY

7.00 OLIVIA MARY

7.30 DUTCH DECOY (NAP)

8.00 LAKE SAND

8.30 MUTAFAAREQ

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