Happy to report that yesterday’s effort brought us two welcome winners from our three selections, so we’re in ‘nick.’ Ish. Like the weather, we’re improving, day to day.
Same drill then, as we reach the last day of Chester’s splendid May meeting with the centrepiece, the Chester Cup (3.15). Three horses to play in a Patent; so that’s 3 singles, 3 doubles, and a treble – 7 bets in all.
Here we go then – let’s hope to finish with a flourish.
A decent 5f conditions sprint for the flying machines. The market says it’s likely to rest between Flaming Rib and Her Majesty’s King’s Lynn, with the former having won here on the Roodee impressively last autumn.
That was over 6f, but he’s equally proficient over the minimum. King’s Lynn was runner-up in this very race last term when ridden by Ryan Moore, but David Probert gets the leg up today.
Flaming Rib had a pipe-opener for this at Newbury a few weeks ago, whereas the Queen’s gelding hasn’t been seen since November last year.
The ‘Rib’ gets nine pounds from his rival under the conditions of the race, despite both horses having an official BHA rating at present of 108. He’ll do nicely for me.
An apprentice handicap over 1m 4.5f. The ‘find’ of the moment in the apprentice ranks has to be the much-hyped Harry Davies, already down to claiming 5lbs, and in much demand.
Trainer Andrew Balding (above) has booked him for his 4-yr-old Scampi, a recent all-weather scorer, and particularly on one piece of Goodwood form last summer can be given an outstanding chance here today.
The May meeting curtain falls courtesy of this 2m 2.5f marathon, the Chester Plate – a consolation for those who didn’t quite make the cut for the big one.
Franny Norton (above) has few peers when it comes to riding this unique track, and jumps trainer Venetia Williams has booked him to ride her 5-yr-old mare Bellatrixsa. She was a decent stayer on the Flat for Michael Dods before joining Williams, and has subsequently won races over hurdles for her.
Now ‘Bella’ looks to revert back to the level and claim the £25,000 prize. The booking of Norton looks like the final piece of the jigsaw, and we’re happy to row in with the plan.
Thanks for keeping us company on the Roodee these past few days – it’s on to York for their Dante meet next week, and as I’ll be lucky enough to be there, my colleague Owen will be marking your cards for the three days. Oh – and he’s mustard.
Good luck, always bet to your pocket, and above all, have fun.
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