Chester Cup Day Preview

Chester Cup Day Preview

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It’s the final day of the May Festival at Chester and we’ve got a tip for each race on the card…

Heading to Chester this Friday or watching it on the tele? It is of course the last day of Chesters’ May Festival with the Group 2 Homeserve Huxley Stakes and the Class 2 handicap Chester Cup headlining what looks like a top quality day of competitive racing. Have a read through our tips for each race below and tweet us in your thoughts to @TWEnclosure.


13:50 – Crabbies Earl Grosvenor Handicap

The opening race of the day and the opening handicap of the day sees a field of 16 go to post and we’ve gone for the Gary Moore trained GOSSIPING. The 6-year-old has had a turbulent year not placing in any of his eight races since he completed back to back wins at Goodwood last May. Those two victories saw him pushed up to a mark of 96 but due to his poor form, it’s seen him drop back down to a mark of 90 for this race. That will be the lowest mark he’s run off since his two wins at Goodwood last year and despite finishing 9th at Newmarket, he finished very impressively and drawn nicely in stall 5, we think he’s got a great chance of at least getting in the places.


14:25 – Homeserve Huxley Stakes

Now for the only Group 2 of the festival, the Huxley Stakes and for it, we can’t look past the ever improving EMINENT. Son of Frankel, he was 4th in last years Derby and then followed that up with victory across the Channel in the G. D’ornano Group 2 Stakes at Deauville along with a third in the Coral Eclipse at Leopardstown. Now well rested having not been seen on a racecourse for over eight months and with entries held for the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh and the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot, Martyn Meade is clearly expecting a big summer for this horse and victory here will set him up perfectly for just that against a far from competitive field.


15:00 – Boodles Diamond Handicap

Our first 10f contest of the day and that is the Boodles Diamond Handicap. With 12 set to go to post, we’re going for the Ed Dunlop trained 6-year-old DARK RED. Winner of this race back in 2016 in his only run over course and distance, he had a fairly consistent 2017 winning a Class 2 handicap at York in October off a rating of 96. A nine lengths 7th in the Lincoln at Doncaster at the end of March, he’s now back up in trip and back to a mark of 101 along with his draw in stall 5, we believe he could make it two victories of this race in three years.


15:35 – 188bet Chester Cup

The showcase race of the festival, the 188bet Chester Cup. In a field that looks packed with value, we’re backing a 25/1 shot in the shape of the Keith Dalgleish trained SILVER CONCORDE. After a busy winter hurdling in the UK and Ireland which saw him finish with a record of three victories from seven races, he’s back on the flat and looking to make a statement before he’s put away for the summer. He hasn’t been seen under rules on the flat in England since June 2016 but a month prior to that, he was sent off second favourite in this race and finished a hard fought third. Now back at Chester off the same mark and drawn in the same stall, at odds of around 25/1 he is hard to write him off of at least getting in the mix for a place.


16:05 – Ldf Conditions Stakes

For this race, we really cannot look past the Tom Dascombe/Richard Kingscote combination with KACHY. Winner of this race off the same mark in 2016, he had an impressive winter campaigning over six furlongs claiming two victories from three runs. Now back to his favoured five furlongs at one of his favourite courses, the only slight concern we have is his wide draw however he should be more than capable of combating that disadvantage with his turn of foot.


16:40 – YCO Apprentice Handicap

It’s the apprentices time to shine in the penultimate race of the festival with 11 going to post in the YCO Apprentice Handicap. With a 17.31% strike rate at Chester in the last 12 months, Mark Johnston is certainly a trainer who loves this track and we’ve gone for his 5-year-old Gelding RAINBOW REBEL. Having run over a mile and a half on turf just once in his career, that been in a third in a handicap at Doncaster last year, he’s ran consistently well on the all weather over the past six months and showed plenty of potential. Dropped back down to a mark of 83 on his first run at Chester with a 7lbs claimer on board in Andrew Breslin along with a generous draw in stall 2, it won’t be a surprise to see him claim victory here.


17:15 – 188bet Chester Plate Handicap

The final race of the festival and one of the longest, the Chester Plate always throws up a few surprises. In a field packed with talent, we’ve gone for the big outsider ZAFAYAN. Formerly of Dermot Weld in Ireland, he was third in the Chester Cup as a 4-year-old in 2015. Since then he has picked up two victories in 15 races after a stint in Ireland running on the flat and over hurdles. He was an immensely disappointing 15th of 16 at Thirsk over a mile and a half last month but now back up to a distance he seemingly quite enjoys and with the best possible draw in stall 1 to get as much of an advantage as he can, he is definitely worth an e/w shout at around 33/1.

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