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15:20 Chester

A tight knit mile and a half handicap.

Side Shot for the Gosden outfit looks to have a chance to get back on track here after floundering in the mud last time.

His conqueror Classic Lord re opposes today, but despite finishing a distance behind, Side Shot is taken to reverse that form on this quicker surface.

Mark Johnston surely holds the key to this race. It’s always a tactical affair around the turns of Chester and his trio of runners have the perfect run style that suits this unique test so well.

Jockey bookings can be misleading in these instances. Franny Norton who has such a terrific record round here rides Love Is Golden. Consistency is a slight issue with this runner and despite having the run of the race last time, he didn’t get the job done.

Military Two Step is the least exposed of the Johnston trio, but she looks a dour stayer and May be inconvenienced around the bends.

Glen Again is the selection. Arguably not the best handicapped horse in the contest, but the most likely to handle the conditions in my opinion. Versatile in run style, and his latest effort when runner up to a fast improving horse was a fine effort in the context of this race.


written by Matt Polley

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