Free horse racing selections for Wednesday May 9

Trainer Charlie Appleby
Trainer Charlie Appleby

Anita Chambers has a selection for every race in Britain and Ireland on Wednesday, including the feature action at Chester.

Charlie Appleby can loosen Aidan O'Brien's stanglehold on the Centennial Celebration - MBNA Chester Vase Stakes with Ispolini.

O'Brien has won this Group Three contest for the last five years and while he fields three in the extended 12-furlong heat, it is Appleby's runner who can take centre stage on the first day of the Chester Cup meeting.

Ispolini has actually already beaten O'Brien's reopposing Hunting Horn once this term, with the pair finishing second and third in the Sandown Classic Trial last month.

Just a length and a quarter separated them at the line, but given Ispolini was making his seasonal bow that day and Hunting Horn had a previous run, you would expect the Godolphin runner to make greater strides for that outing.

Ispolini won one of his two juvenile outings last year, claiming a 10-furlong all-weather maiden in November, so clearly he is still a bit of a dark horse at present, despite his rating of 106.

Hailing from a family which includes the likes of Nathaniel and Great Heavens, it would be reasonable to expect this Dubawi colt to really come into his own over middle distances and his current odds for the Investec Derby would likely be slashed if he does the business here.

Dramatically should ensure O'Brien does not go home empty-handed by winning the Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks.

She takes a hike in trip after finishing ninth in the Nell Gwyn on her return, with eventual 1000 Guineas heroine Billesdon Brook one of those to come home in front of her.

Dramatically's pedigree suggests she might appreciate more of a test, though, with her dam Wonder Of Wonders actually winning this race back in 2011 before going on to be second in the Oaks at Epsom.

She will have to improve, but this Listed heat could be within her compass.

Tom Dascombe likes nothing more than a winner at Chester, so Dark Thunder can send him home happy by lifting the Stellar Group Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes.

He was beaten into third on his initial run at Windsor last month but should be far sharper for the experience and can put that knowledge to good use.

Showmethedough made a satisfactory return for Richard Fahey and can kick on again in the Boodles Diamond Handicap.

Fourth in a competitive little heat at Thirsk, that outing should have knocked off any cobwebs and he can oblige owner Dr Marwan Koukash, who is another who loves a winner on the Roodee.

Slightly less exciting competition at Wolverhampton, but Percy Prosecco can prevail in the HellermannTyton Insulation Handicap.

Making his handicap debut at Kempton last month, he finished a fair third and the handicapper's decision to drop him 2lb for that run makes him an attractive prospect.

Sporting Life tips:

CHESTER: 1.50 Dark Thunder, 2.25 Dramatically, 3.00 Showmethedough, 3.35 ISPOLINI (NAP), 4.05 Argentello, 4.35 Requinto Dawn, 5.05 Storm Ahead.

FONTWELL: 5.10 Snazz Man, 5.45 In The Hold, 6.15 Don Lami, 6.45 Zillion, 7.15 Tara Mac, 7.45 Ramore Will, 8.15 Go Forrit.

GOWRAN PARK: 5.35 Chilterns, 6.05 Premier League, 6.35 Bloomfield, 7.05 Bated Beauty, 7.35 Irish Minister, 8.05 Knowing You, 8.35 Camile.

KELSO: 2.00 High Jinx, 2.35 Always Tipsy, 3.10 Elmono, 3.45 Pretty Miss Mahler, 4.15 Chain Of Beacons, 4.45 Eco Warrior, 5.15 Bally Conor.

NEWTON ABBOT: 2.10 Audora, 2.45 Overland Flyer, 3.20 Higgs, 3.55 Alcala, 4.25 Cleni Wells, 4.55 Dell' Arca, 5.25 Udogo.

WOLVERHAMPTON: 5.55 Full Suit, 6.25 Percy Prosecco, 6.55 French Mix, 7.25 Adjutant, 7.55 Hipz, 8.25 Alqalsar, 8.55 Revenge.

DOUBLE: Ispolini and Dramatically.

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