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Major Jumbo is Nick Grant's best bet at Chester and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Nap: 300 Chester

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49-1OR: 103BFD
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Next best: 235 Market Rasen

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811-6OR: 114D
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Major Jumbo can take in his stride the step up to Listed level by winning the Caldwell Construction Queensferry Stakes at Chester.

Kevin Ryan's six-year-old sprinter has been a credit to connections this season, even though he has won just once from six starts.

The pacey son of Zebedee has, after all, finished in the money in big races like the Scottish Sprint Cup and the Wokingham, in which he was defeated by just three-quarters of a length.

Major Jumbo then continued the good work with an honourable third-place finished behind Spring Loaded in an ultra-valuable heritage handicap at Ascot last time.

And with a handicap mark of 103, it is little surprise that Ryan now goes for gold in this sort of company.

Chester has staged better renewals of this Listed heat, and Major Jumbo does not have a great deal to find with the major protagonists.

He is also one of the most unexposed contenders in this line-up and ought to go very close indeed - assuming he handles the track.

Finoah is without a win from five tries so far this season but has been knocking on the door and his turn can come in the Chesterbet/EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes .

Trainer Tom Dascombe loves a winner at his local track and his juvenile has bumped into a couple along the way.

His solid third at Haydock last time has taken on added credence as the second horse home, Leoube, subsequently hosed up at Bath.

This looks a hot little encounter, but Finoah is expected to rise to the occasion.

Indeed, Dascombe might be even more hopeful about the chance of Dragons Tail in the Britvic Handicap.

The three-year-old colt put the gloss on a decent season over this course and distance in July when he easily won an apprentice handicap over seven and a half furlongs.

Dragons Tail has speed and stamina in equal measure, and most be considered a danger to all back on the Roodee, even in spite of an elevated handicap mark.

Dan Skelton is carrying all before him at present, which makes Cafe Au Lait of particular interest in the Branston Handicap Chase at Market Rasen.

Having joined his new trainer with a lowly rating of 88 from Sophie Leech, he is now rated 114 after a couple of wins.

Last time out at Ffos Las he was a comfortable winner and the 5lb rise should not be enough to stop him going in again.

Skelton will also be looking to Longhouse Sale to continue winning ways in the Kids Anniversary Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

An Irish point-to-point scorer, he won a bumper at Market Rasen in June, before defying a penalty at Uttoxeter when taking victory by a yawning 17 lengths.

Bumper winners who overcome double penalties are rare, but this lad could be one of them.

Sporting Life tips:

CHESTER: 1.50 Quiet Endeavour, 2.25 The Trader, 3.00 MAJOR JUMBO (NAP), 3.30 Jabbaar, 4.05 Finoah, 4.40 Dragons Tail, 5.10 Rock N Rolla.

MARKET RASEN: 1.30 Parmenter, 2.00 Ezanak, 2.35 Cafe Au Lait, 3.10 Vendredi Trois, 3.40 Desert Retreat, 4.15 Sleep In First, 4.50 Premier Rose, 5.20 Longhouse Sale.

GALWAY: 2.15 Hearts Are Trumps, 2.45 Lareena, 3.25 Queen Mia, 3.55 Shared Equity, 4.30 Kalondra, 5.00 Woodland Opera, 5.30 Days Without End, 6.00 Dorrells Pierji.

DOUBLE: Moyassar and Cafe Au Lait.

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