We had a decent afternoon on Day 2 at Chester with two winners to close the day. Camacho Chief ran a decent race but lost all chance with a slow start. Fox Champion also ran well in 3rd and he was denied a clear run at a crucial time. His performance can be marked up. Our 5/1 NAP Lincoln Park was given a peach from the front by SDS and held on well at the finish. Morando was the most impressive winner of the day, advised at 4/1. Dave Stevos is on the hunt for more winners on Friday, check out his Chester Day 3 tips below…
Chester Tips: 1.50 Earl Grosvenor Handicap (Class 2)
The opener on Day 3 at Chester is an extremely competitive looking 7.5f handicap. The ground is properly soft now and that will suit some a lot more than others. The clear favourite is the progressive Ptarmigan Ridge for Richard Hughes and Shane Kelly. He won around here last year over 7f off 80 and he has plenty of solid soft ground form in the book. His nice comeback run at Haydock when 2nd should put him spot on, but he was raised 3lb for that. That leaves him 11lb higher than he was for his win here. He has to it to prove off his new mark of 91.
Another previous course and distance winner who is well drawn and not handicapped out of it is Baraweez. He won this last year off a mark of 89 and won here again two runs later off 93. He was also only 4L behind Oh This Is Us here off 95 last September, so off 91 today with talented claimer Ben Robinson taking off 3lb, he looks weighted to run a big race. Baraweez handles soft, loves the track and at odds of 9/1 he can go well for each way players.
CHESTER TIPS: BARAWEEZ E/W @ 9/1
Chester Day 3 Tips: 2.25 – Huxley Stakes (Group 2)
The figures suggest that with a rating of 117, Addeybb is the one to beat here. The son of Pivotal loves to get his toe in and the rain has come at the right time for him. He showed some top class form over a mile on easy ground last season. His last run at Lingfield in November gave hope that today’s 10f trip will be within his compass. However, he didn’t exactly finish that race out strongly and his pedigree raises more questions than answers about whether he will stay, especially with Success Days in the field.
Ken Condon’s grey will ensure this is a proper stamina test and the booking of Ryan Moore suggests that a big run is expected. The son of Jeremy loves soft ground, loves to get on with things in front and Chester could really suit him. Ken Condon has had 20 runners in the UK in the last 5 seasons, with 4 winners and 6 places. Success Days could enhance that fine record at Chester and at odds of 11/1 he is the each way pick.
CHESTER RACING TIP: SUCCESS DAYS E/W @ 11/1 NAP
Chester Racing Tips: 3.00 – Boodles Diamond Handicap (Class 2)
This 10.5f handicap has attracted a field of 12 and even over this trip a low draw is preferable at Chester. Of the market leaders, Frankuus and Sputnik Planum have shown form on soft ground, unlike Epaulement. Aasheq is a previous course and distance winner and has placed from on heavy. His sire Dubawi had a nice winner here earlier this week, but the worry is that the handicapper may now have his measure off a mark of 96.
Franny Norton hasn’t yet had a winner this week, but he could break his duck on Aquarium. He has been on board for this son of Leroidesanimaux’s last three wins and soft ground will pose no problems. Aquarium has landed the plum draw in stall 1 but he can sometimes be tardy from the gates so hopefully he breaks well today. If he does he is only 1lb above his last winning mark and he could reward each way support at odds of 12/1.
CHESTER TIPS: AQUARIUM E/W @ 12/1 NB
Chester Racing Tips: 3.35– Chester Cup Handicap (Class 2)
A maximum field of 17 will go to post for the feature race of the week, The Chester Cup. Amazingly, even over 2m 2f the draw can be crucial and since 2008, 8 of the 11 winners were drawn 6 or lower. Cleonte has landed the plum draw in stall 1 and he ran a lovely prep race at Ascot. He is ahead of the handicapper but all his best recent form has come on good to firm and it will be very different conditions today.
One that has a low draw and that could go well at a monster price is Mirsaale. This son of Sir Percy has a hit and miss profile, and in recent times it has definitely been more miss than hit. However, his sole run at this track was a cracking effort in the consolation race for this last year. He finished 3rd off 91 that day, beaten 1.5L from stall 13 after a slow start and he will begin from stall 5 today. Mirsaale has plenty of form on soft and he is capable of going from the front if he breaks well. At odds of 66/1 he is a tentative each way selection, with 5 places available.