14:40 Chester Sat 15 September 2018

  • 32Red Stand Cup Stakes (Listed) (Class 1)
  • 1m 4f 63y, Soft
  • 8 Runners
  • Winner£22,117.002nd£8,385.003rd£4,196.004th£2,090.005th£1,049.006th£526.007th£500.008th£500.00
  • Surface: Turf
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Winning time:2m 44.14sOff time:14:42:04
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1
(2)
59-3OR: 105CD
9/2

Midfield finish when favourite for the Chester Cup in May 2017, but has progressed since then and is a soft ground proven stayer; 6L fifth of 20 in the Ebor at York (1m6f) latest and that sets a fair standard; tongue-tie added to blinkers.

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2
(4)
99-3OR: 107C
12/1

Snapped a lengthy win-less sequence when edging out Dolphin Vista in a barging match at Epsom last month (1m2f, soft); back up in trip with relatively little in the way of proven form over 1m4f (albeit; fourth of seven in this race in 2014).

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3
(8)
49-3OR: 103CD
7/2

Hasn't managed to force his head to the front just yet in 2018 (4-20 career), but was beaten a mere neck by Duretto over 1m6½f here recently, Stamina plentiful, and as a two-time Chester winner (1m4½f-1m6½f) must make any shortlist.

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4
(1)
69-3OR: 106D
5/1

Delivered on a splendid day for the Goldie stable at Glorious Goodwood (1m6f, gd/firm), due reward for some sterling efforts at Royal Ascot (second) and in the Northumberland Plate (third); outclassed in a Group 2 latest after missing the Ebor cut.

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5
(7)
48-12OR: 92D
8/1

Won twice on good to soft in 2017 (1m4f-1m5½f), but has built up a portfolio of frustrating second placed handicap efforts this season; has plenty on her plate in this Listed contest on these terms.

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6
(6)
58-12OR: 100CD
5/1

Neck winner of this race on good to soft ground in 2016 (beat Desert Encounter), and hasn't seen a massive amount of racing since (just the eight starts); well beaten in the Ebor latest (17th of 20), but handles cut well and should be competitive.

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7
(5)
Zarrarb,t41
38-9OR: 54D
100/1

Just the sole win so far, over 1m4f on the AW at Lingfield in May (Class 6 handicap); has an official rating of 54, so holds no realistic chance whatsoever against these rivals and is firmly out of place in the line-up.

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8
(3)
38-4OR: 94
7/2

Most effective over 1m2f on the AW (1,2,1), and wasn't ever any match for the authoritative Glasgow Stakes winner Raymond Tusk at Hamilton (1m3f) in July (finished 4+L third); fourth of ten in the Cheshire Oaks (1m3f+) on sole other turf start.

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Last Year's Winner

DRAWHORSEAWGTSP
2Duretto59-311/10Full Result
T: A M BaldingJ: G Lee

Betting

Forecast

Hochfeld (7/2), Shailene (7/2), Blakeney Point (9/2), Mountain Bell (5/1), Sir Chauvelin (5/1), Mistress Quickly (8/1), Gabrial (12/1), Zarrar (100/1)

Verdict

A compact field. Blakeney Point has the tongue-tie added to the blinkers which he sported when finishing a close up fifth to Muntahaa in the Ebor at York. He has a previous Chester win on his CV, as does the mare Mountain Bell - a narrow winner of this race on similar ground in 2016. She's not seen masses of racing since, but should prove more competitive than in the Ebor (17th of 20) with the ground back in her favour. However, HOCHFELD is the tentative pick. Yet to score outside of handicap company and barren so far in 2018, but there can be no denying that his record at this track (1,1,2) stands up to close scrutiny, and that promises to count for plenty.
  1. Hochfeld
  2. Mountain Bell
  3. Blakeney Point

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