Hill can star in Ormonde
Man On The Spot previews every race on the final day of Chester's May meeting.
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Abseil is certain to come in for support after an impressive maiden success at Yarmouth and he looks capable of much better, though he's drawn 13 which just tempers enthusiasm. Pintura is a class act and won this in 2012. He wouldn't want the ground to dry out but on the forecast going must have a fine chance of a repeat. Cappo Rosso could hardly have won any more easily when completing a Wolverhampton double though he's another with a high draw to contend with. Big Johnny D would have an outstanding chance on last summer's form but he was soon done with when strongly fancied on his reappearance. Here Comes When won a handicap at this meeting a year ago and took on stronger company in his two subsequent starts, though he has a long absence to overcome. Balty Boys was well beaten in this a year ago but ran very well at Haydock last time but it's his stablemate PACIFIC HEIGHTS, three times a winner last term when he continued to improve, who is handed the vote.
Aidan O'Brien has won the last two and is double-handed this time. Century looked a nice prospect when landing his maiden at the Curragh but was all at sea in the soft ground in the Racing Post Trophy and finished tailed off. Joseph deserts him here for Kingfisher, who was highly tried after landing a Killarney maiden but hasn't really impressed. Somewhat was only narrowly beaten in the Royal Lodge but was expected to run better than he did in the Racing Post Trophy and he wasn't exactly in top form on his return to action at Newmarket. SLOANE AVENUE is the least exposed of these having run just once in a Lingfield maiden where he came home virtually alone. He's the sixth foal of a mare who has produced all of them to win races and a chance is taken that he's improved enough to take this.
The bottom pair look outclassed and Ernest Hemingway has been declared doubtful as has Mount Athos, who won this a year ago. This leaves HILLSTAR, who beat Battle Of Marengo to land the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot before running exclusively at Group 1 level, with little left to beat. He went to Dubai earlier this season where he ran poorly in the World Cup but he is smart and should win good races this season. His main rival is Brown Panther, who runs in the colours of Michael Owen and is smart on his day.
Fine Cut was heavily supported to land a Dundalk handicap off a mark of 64 and duly obliged. He was raised a massive 16lb for his next start there but managed to complete the double, though this is very much tougher. See The Sun has returned to action in good form and the fact that he was a long way behind stablemate VENTURA MIST in Redcar's Two-Year-Old Trophy shouldn't be held against him. The winner had the cobwebs blown off at Newmarket last month and looks ready to score again. Viva Verglas was also a long way behind at Redcar while Blithe Spirit, who has won her last two starts on the track, is starting to look high in the ratings though Jason Hart's claim will help. Fine 'n Dandy may be best watched for the moment as he's been gelded and ran poorly on his reappearance.
Dr Red Eye won this for Scott Dixon a year ago then followed up on the track a couple of weeks later. He's been in nowhere near that kind of form recently but has slipped back to a fair mark. Richard Fahey scored in 2012 and is represented by Gabrial's Bounty, having his first start for almost two years, and Gatepost who has a touch of quality but has never really run well on the track. Jubilee Brig has been in tremendous form on the all-weather though has never won on Turf but Verse Of Love is only 2lb higher than when successful here last summer. Pat Shanahan's Dancing Cosmos has only ever won on Polytrack but KING OF EDEN is going for his 10th victory overall and has won from higher marks so is handed the verdict in a tricky event. Related has only won once but is relatively lightly raced and is well drawn.
Joseph O'Brien is an interesting booking for the newcomer Tohaveandtohold, a half-sister to three winners up to a mile and out of a winning sprinter. SIGHORA showed massive improvement from her juvenile runs to finish a close third in what looked a very smart maiden at Newmarket. She led over a furlong out until caught close home and should have come on enough to take this. Polar Eyes made a promising reappearance at Leicester and went to Catterick as a long odds-on chance but failed to cope with Little Shambles, who may well turn out to be quite decent. Destiny's Kitten showed real promise on her debut at Haydock in September and her pedigree suggests she should do well at this trip while Enliven will have benefited from her run on ground with some give at Newbury when Scillonian Sunset was behind.
Innsbruck had a couple of moderate runs over hurdles last year after making a winning racecourse debut at Pontefract in October. Gabrial's Star isn't exactly consistent and appears to do better with some give while stablemate Nashville scored over 2m here in August and will probably find this on the short side. RUNNING DEER has won two of her last three, both under Louis Steward. She has a 6lb penalty for last week's Windsor victory but had a bit in hand and can complete a quick double. Licence To Till and Spanish Plume are also penalised for recent victories with the former making his debut for Tom Dascombe after being claimed after his success at Wolverhampton. Megan Carberry has been riding winners for Brian Ellison and the very versatile Ultimate is no forlorn hope, despite being better known as a jumper these days, as his last outing on the Flat resulted in an easy victory over this trip at Catterick.