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13:30 Chester

The opening contest on ITV this Friday kicks off the final day of the three day May Meeting from Chester.

The man of the week has been by far Ryan Moore who's bagged a plethora of winners in the first two days. Jumping aboard the current race favourite Boosala he aims to add to his tally for the week. William Haggas' five year old finished 3rd in a listed race last time out but that was only a four runner race and although this is now down in handicap company there's an argument to say that this is a more competitive race. Do I expect Boosala to go close? Yes I do but I'm in no rush to be backing him heavily for victory.

Former course and distance winner Boardman aims to make it back to back victories after claiming success at Haydock in his most recent performance. With just a 2lb rise in weight the handicapper hasn't crippled him for his recent victory and I'm convinced he'll finish in the money however there's another course and distance winner that peaks my interest.

Being given stall one is a dream here at Chester and Revich has been blessed with that gift. With both a jockey and trainer in form and a 7lb allowance taken off his back thanks to the young rider Harry Davies claim he's weighted to go well. He should come on for his run at Doncaster and strip much fitter so I'll take his al an each way alternative.

Of the remainder Fools Rush In and shouldn't be ignored either.


written by Rory Paddock

14:05 Chester

An intriguing mile and a quarter handicap, where none of the nine runners can be entirely ruled out.

Brentford Hope carries top weight. The ground has come in his favour, however it’s fair to say he hasn’t really fulfilled his potential and is a nearly horse.

Mujtaba was sent of favourite for the Lincoln on seasonal debut. You could argue he was a little disappointing, but there’s no doubt he still has plenty of potential and this step up in trip could help.

Skycutter is the call. He had some decent flat form before being sent hurdling, where he also performed with credit. He won last month when switching codes back to the flat, comfortably winning at Ripon. He’ll enjoy the ground and the idiosyncratic nature of the track. Hopefully will offer some value as well.


written by Matt Polley

14:40 Chester

Just the four runners go to post for the Huxley Stakes over the extended mile and a quarter.

There’s nothing that separates Megallan and Solid Stone on official ratings however the former made a more pleasing return to action when second to the extremely talented Master Of The Seas at Newmarket.

Solid Stone made his seasonal debut out in Riyadh in January and I’m willing to excuse him that run as when he was last seen in Britain towards the back end of last season, he had some pretty strong form over this sort of distance.

Majestic Dawn is a likely pace angle for this race and is by no means out of this contest, though this is his first run of the campaign and he would have made more appeal with a run behind him.

Certain Lad looks to have it all to do on paper returning from an even longer lay off and will have to run right up to his best form to be competitive here.

I’m siding with Megallan to wear down the likely leader Majestic Dawn and to give Frankie Dettori a winner on the card.


written by Tom Bates

15:15 Chester

15 runners involved in this Chester cup at the long distance in terms of the trip for a flat race being 2 miles and 2 and a half furlongs.

At time of writing Falcon Eight is the current market favourite having won this race last year. He is 5 pounds higher for this race than last year and does have Frankie on board which will attract punters. But you have to be concerned about trainer Dermot Weld form it's been over 30 days without a winner for his yard which has to be a concern. The 5-pound rise doesn't help matters as well.

Solent Gateway should get the trip and the run at Epsom last time out will hopefully strip him fit for this and the drying ground providing its dry overnight will only help. Cleveland given the form Ryan Moore has been in at Chester this week can't be dismissed even though there would be question marks about his stamina. Be interesting to see if the money comes in for him.

Coltrane never really stayed at the trip in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket a couple years ago which is difficult to suggest he will today. Whereas Arcadian Sunrise seemed to enjoy the 2-mile trip at York and maybe will enjoy the slightly further trip.

My first selection is Rajinsky .In form conditional Harry Davies takes 7 pounds as a claimer which will be really useful in this race. Won well at Ripon in his reappearance and although he is up 3 pounds for winning at Ripon and has never raced round Chester before. At a double figure price, I think holds a lot of each way value. especially if you can find a bookie paying 5 places. Weighted to go well and is usually a consistent sort of type.

My other selection is the runner up in this race last year The Grand Visir he was behind Falcon Eight in this race last year however Falcon Eight has gone up in the weights whereas The Grand Visir has come down 2 pounds for this race compared to last year which will help him get closer in theory.

The Grand Visir had a run at Wolverhampton last month and although finished last, I think trainer Ian Williams has targeted this race and that run was just to get him race fit for this. At the time of writing, he was around 20/1 for this race which seems a huge price for a runner up of this race last year with very similar conditions. But at a lower weight and again if you can get extra places, I think you're getting good value.



written by Luke Tucker

15:45 Chester

Flaming Rib finished last season with a flourish, notching an impressive four-timer over six furlongs which included a victory on his only prior visit to the Roodee. He wasn’t seen to best effect over a longer trip on re-appearance at Newbury last month but that should have blown away any cobwebs and he has both the speed and winning form over this minimum trip so should be able to take advantage of a favourable draw and gain victory today.

Night On Earth has been kept busy over the winter but arrives here in top form having won his last two when racing on the all-weather before a solid third when switched back to turf at Newmarket last month. There is a chance he won’t be risked today as he finished third in the opener yesterday but if he does take his place he will be partnered with in-form jockey Harry Davies who claims 7lbs and was a course and distance winner when trained by Nigel Tinkler so could make his presence felt once again despite being the lowest rated in the field.

Others to note include Blue De Vega who arrives here on the back of a win at Newbury on return last month but is now nine years old and has never won off a mark this high, while Kings Lynn is prominent in the early markets and was a solid second in this race last season however had the benefit of a prior run last season and in my opinion is arguably better over six furlongs so looks a little vulnerable having to give weight away to all rivals.


written by Dean Kilbryde


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