15:30 Chester

Friday 13 September 2019

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ESL Group Handicap

Class 3  |   7f 1y  |   Good (Good to Soft in places)  |   12 Runners  |   Turf
Off time: 15:33  |   Winning time: 1m 25.38s
Weighed In
1
(3)
Age: 10|  Weight: 9-12  |  J: B A Curtis |  T: Ian Williams|  OR: 91|  C
8/1

Back from a near year long break when surprising to take a 6f Doncaster handicap in May he faltered after that in three starts before returning to form last time. Twice a 5f winner here, this will be his first try at 7f, draw a positive though.

2
(5)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: P Hanagan |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 87|  BF|  C
6/1

5f course winner off this mark back in June (appreciated the drop in class) but has failed to match that performance since. Could be excused his run here last time out over shorter (met interference); back to 7f, 0-4 at the trip (placed twice).

3
(10)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-8  |  J: Charlie Bennett |  T: R Varian|  OR: 91|  D
14/1

Twice a winner this year his best performance came over this trip last time (beat subsequent dual winner) at Sandown. Not himself last at Newmarket (eased when held); overall, he remains one to be positive about; could have done with a better draw.

4
(2)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-7  |  J: R Kingscote |  T: Tom Dascombe|  OR: 86|  CD
9/2

Took advantage of a much-reduced mark when taking a 1m handicap at Haydock (overcame an unfavourable scenario). Hit-and-miss in three starts since, should be excused effort here last time (hampered); well berthed to bounce back.

5
(4)
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: Megan Nicholls |  T: Richard Spencer|  OR: 88|  CD
8/1

Found out last time in a stronger handicap than he was used to, resumed winning ways the time before over this trip at Epsom (made all). Appears best when ridden prominently, well drawn to execute those tactics here; 4lb above last winning mark.

7
(12)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-5  |  J: David Probert |  T: A M Balding|  OR: 84
7/1

Shown that she retains her ability this year having had to pick her way through twice in handicaps this year at Goodwood and Haydock (7f both times). Yet to win a handicap she's edged down to a good mark, needs some luck in-running; poorly drawn.

8
(9)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-4  |  J: T Hamilton |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 83|  CD
7/1

Last four wins have come here (won this in 2016); shaped much better than his finishing position last time in a superior race to this. Always looks capable of scoring off this mark but given his run style (held-up) needs the gaps to open for him.

9
(8)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-3  |  J: K Shoemark |  T: C Hills|  OR: 82|  D
12/1

Hard to fault on his return to action as a 4yo (first run post wind op; still not the finished article) at Goodwood over 7f in May (finished runner-up). Gone backwards since then in two subsequent starts (looks quirky under pressure); best watched.

10
(6)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-1  |  J: Jane Elliott |  T: Tom Dascombe|  OR: 80|  C
14/1

Almost cashed-in on a reduced mark making his AW debut at Wolverhampton over an extended 1m before tacking an even longer trip at the same venue last time. That increased distance not to his liking; turf/7f should suit better, on a decent mark.

11
(1)
Age: 4|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: S P Davis |  T: R A Fahey|  OR: 79|  D
6/1

Appears to have been perked up by a set of blinkers winning at Catterick (helped by a falling mark) and Carlisle off a 4lb higher mark over 7f and 1m. Well drawn but has never won off a mark this high which means doubts creep in about his chance.

12
(11)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: S H James |  T: G A Harker|  OR: 79
25/1

Returned to form with his best performance of the year at Redcar last time when well positioned over 1m. Gradually slipping back down to near his last winning mark he'll have to be at his best to overcome a wide/poor draw.

13
(13)
Age: 6|  Weight: 9-0  |  J: Thomas Greatrex |  T: David Loughnane|  OR: 79|  D
16/1

Now drawn widest of all he was a winner earlier in the season (first run back from a wind op) over 7f. Consistent since then for the most part without winning he never landed a blow last time (reported to have finished lame); mark a challenging one.

Non-Runners

6
(14)
Blonde Warrior41
Weight: 9-5|  Age: 3
T: H Palmer  J: Non Runner
14
(7)
Molivaliente65
Weight: 8-8|  Age: 3
T: J R Best  J: Kieren Fox

Betting

Forecast

Arcanada (9/2), Gabrial The Saint (6/1), International Man (6/1), Molivaliente (6/1), Penwortham (7/1), Whitefountainfairy (7/1), Sir Maximilian (8/1), Revich (8/1), Wufud (12/1), Moraawed (14/1), Dragons Tail (14/1), Candelisa (16/1), Blonde Warrior (20/1), Scottish Summit (25/1)

Verdict

The draw always plays a part in the make and shape of a race like this and International Man who is in a rich vein of form and Arcanada must be respected although the former of that duo has never won off a mark this high from their low draws. The two 3yo’s in the race are both of interest although one – Molivaliente – arrives in better form that the other – Moraawed – although both have questions to answer with the former needing to show he acts on turf and the latter needing to bounce back from a poor run. PENWORTHAM a former winner of this race is always of interest here; he’ll need some luck but the race scenario could suit him ideally with Whitefountainfairy also respected.
  1. Penwortham
  2. Molivaliente
  3. Arcanada

Previous Winners

2018
Intransigent
Weight: 8-12  |Age: 9
Weight: 8-12  |  
Age: 9  |  
J: David Probert
  |  
T: A M Balding
13/2

Prize Money

1st: £7,470.002nd: £2,237.003rd: £1,118.004th: £559.005th: £500.006th: £500.007th: £500.008th: £500.00

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