17:15 Chester Fri 14 September 2018
- Racegoers Club 50th Anniversary Handicap (Gentleman Amateur Riders) (Class 4)
- 7f 127y, Soft (Good to Soft in places)
- 12 Runners
- Surface: Turf
No problem operating in this class and trip is fine, but has a few negatives against him, not least the fact that as a hold-up horse that's poorly drawn, he'll have to pick his way through late. Could do with it drying up a little too.
Yet to win in this grade, although did go quite close to defying that stat at Thirsk two starts ago, finding one too good in a big field. Ground probably fine and well drawn if able to take a decent position early.
Better known for his exploits on the sand, where he's a three-time winner and in truth his form on the turf doesn't match it, as yet. Trip fine but yet to race on ground this slow, which will ask a new question of him.
Comes here off the back of a good effort, having finished second at Carlisle (on good to soft) and of those drawn low, he looks most likely to try and lead. Overall strike rate is very moderate but pilot has ridden winners, and can't be ruled out.
Four times a winner around here, stays 7f fine but yet to win at this trip and for a front runner, he could have fared an awful lot better with the draw. Likely to find himself vulnerable in the closing stages.
Twice a winner and placed five other occasions here, won a lady amateur riders' event over C&D in July and only 3lb higher today, so conditions fine, but another that's drawn wide and that will mean getting lucky late on with his run.
Handles these tricky tracks well, and wasn't far behind Gabriel's Kaka here in July (4lb better off for 1½l) but the main concern is the ground, with all his best form coming on quicker. Needs the rain to keep off to hold best chance.
On a very good mark on the best of his form but that mark has fallen due to some very moderate efforts. Yet to trouble the judge this season and despite top jockey booking, will surely find this trip on the short side. Blinkered today.
Winner over 9f at Newbury in August but couldn't follow that up at Salisbury the week after, the race possibly coming too soon. New mark has kicked in now, so needs more, and this front-runner will need to be alert from stall 8 too.
Came good in the autumn last year, and that off the back of some very moderate efforts, so despite some poor looking for figures can't be ruled out on that alone. Very well handicapped now too, so if cheating a moderate draw, could surprise.
Well beaten most starts lately but is a course winner under this pilot last year, so has some plus points, and will handle the ground however deep it gets. Has the plot draw in stall 1 and a better effort would not be the biggest shock.
Has had a few tries around here and although she seems to act on the track, she only has one placing from eight starts to show for her efforts. Good jockey booked though, and tends to run her race more often than not, so holds place chances.
Last Year's Winner
|11||Dark Devil||4||11-7||9/2||Full Result|
|T: R A FaheyJ: Mr Billy Garritty|
Intense Style (5/2), Storm Ahead (4/1), Fire Tree (6/1), Bell Heather (13/2), Gabrial's Kaka (12/1), Gabrial The Tiger (12/1), Misu Pete (14/1), Baltic Prince (14/1), Espresso Freddo (25/1), Boots And Spurs (25/1), Mr Red Clubs (25/1), Magic City (33/1)
- Intense Style
- Mr Red Clubs
- Boots And Spurs
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