Sir Dragonet brightened up a dark and damp day for us at Chester yesterday. Our 8/1 NAP destroyed some decent horses and he looks like a proper classic contender after that. Chasanda and Grace And Danger both ran creditably in 4th. However, Yolo Again was very disappointing behind the impressive Leodis Dream. Dave Stevos is back for more on Thursday, check his Chester Day 2 tips and preview below…
Chester Day 2 Tips: 1.50 Gateley PLC Handicap (Class 2)
The opening race on ladies day at Chester is a 5f handicap that has cut up quite considerably. Four horses have been taken out, presumably because of the rain, and nine remain. Tim Easterby has his horses in good shape right now and from the plum draw in stall 1, Copper Knight could be hard to beat. A winner at this festival in 2016 and 2017, he will make a bold bid for David Allan.
At the prices though, Camacho Chief could be worth chancing for Michael Dods and Paula Muir. This son of Camacho only has a length to find with the favourite on their meeting at Doncaster last year and he will get a bit more weight from him this time too. The softer the ground the better and if he can get away well from stall 6 he could go well at odds of 10/1.
CHESTER DAY 2 TIPS: CAMACHO CHIEF E/W @ 10/1 NB
Chester Day 2 Tips: 2.25 – Dee Stakes (Listed)
Aidan O’Brien unleashed a pretty promising 3yo yesterday in Sir Dragonet. He has another couple today that could go on to bigger things this summer. Circus Maximus looks the one on jockey bookings and market signals have reflected this. His 4th to Magna Grecia at Doncaster last year was well advertised in the 2000 Guineas and proven on easy ground, Circus Maximus looks a more than worthy favourite.
O’Brien also runs Mohawk but he showed up best on good to firm last year and his form on easier ground isn’t great. The one that could put it right up to the favourite is Fox Chairman. A son of Kingman, this fella bolted up on debut at Newbury over 8f on good to soft so today’s ground will hold no fears. He has half siblings that have won at up to 12f so stepping up in trip should suit. The fav will be hard to beat, but at the prices Fox Chairman looks worth taking him on with at odds of 7/2.
PUNCHESTOWN RACING TIP: FOX CHAIRMAN E/W @ 7/2
Chester Racing Tips: 3.00 – Deep Bridge Capital Handicap (Class 2)
The interesting one here is Lincoln Park from a good draw in stall 3. This 3yo son of Kyllachy is trained by Mick Appleby and Silvestre de Sousa rides. A two time easy ground winner last season, he looks sure to be suited by conditions at Chester. His first run this term was nothing to write home about, but he returned to form at Musselburgh last time out.
That good run at Musselburgh came at a mile and he went well for a long way before the tank emptied. The style and manner of that performance suggested he should be well suited by dropping back to 7f, which he does today. If he can break well and make use of his good draw he could take some pegging back. At odds of 5/1 Lincoln Park is our NAP of the day.
CHESTER TIPS: LINCOLN PARK @ 5/1 NAP
Chester Racing Tips: 3.35– Ormonde Stakes (Group 3)
On Day 2 at Chester the feature race is the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes. Run over 1m 5f, Aidan O’Brien looks to hold a strong hand with Kew Gardens. On all known form he is better than these, but his price of even money reflects that. The ground has to rate as a slight negative for him though. While he has won on soft, he has shown by far his best form on good or better.
The trip has to be a worry for Magic Circle as he has shown all his best form over further. One horse that should relish the distance and ground is Morando for Balding and De Sousa. A Group 3 winner over 12f last season, this son of Kendargent gets 4lb from the favourite and looks like he will be at home over this extra furlong. At odds of 4/1 he represents a bit of value in what looks a competitive race.