Despite the rather incomparable nature of the tracks, recent Chester runners have fared well at this meeting so far and Shawaamekh looks to have solid claims of improving upon what I could only describe as an odd trend. Poorly drawn and slowly away when making his seasonal bow on the Roodee, he fairly rattled home to finish a never nearer and eye catching 4th. Formerly a course and distance winner and having undergone a wind op during the off season, he looks well handicapped and will surely go close here if getting the gaps and providing the race doesn't come too soon.
Boardman had shown precious little for Tim Easterby before bolting up at Haydock last week, the manner of that victory strongly suggested a follow up was on the cards although the drying ground could be a potential negative (Did win on it in France) his 9lbs for that demolition job wouldn't overly concern me and the yards form is a major positive.
Fortamour is one pound below his last winning mark and could go well at rewarding odds, the drying ground would appear a positive for him and though his yard have been quiet, he could well reward each way players.
Get Knotted showed very little last season though hinted at retaining ability when last of four at Ayr on his comeback (Beaten just over 5Ls) he looks dangerously well handicapped now and we know he absolutely loves York. Granted a decent pace to aim at, he too could reward the place players although his yards form is slightly concerning.
Star Shield, Muntadab and Molls Memory are others with claims although a chance will be taken on Shawaamekh finally getting his head back in front whilst Fortamour is suggested as an Each Way alternative, with 6 places being offered.
written Chris Connolly