Chester May Festival Thursday
CHESTER’S MAY FESTIVAL CONTINUES ON THURSDAY! Let’s hope we see some more explosive performances with the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes taking centre stage.
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ITV Racing Thursday Schedule
1.30 Chester CAA Stellar Handicap (Class 2) 5f
1.50 Southwell (AW) Unibet Horserace Betting Operator Of The Year Handicap (Class 4) 7f
2.05 Chester Deepbridge Capital Handicap (Class 2) 71/2f
2.40 Chester Boodles Dee Stakes (Listed Race) (Class 1) 1m21/2f
3.15 Chester tote.co.uk Bet £5 Get £20 Ormonde Stakes (Group 3) 1m51/2f
3.45 Chester TMT Group Handicap (Class 3) 1m21/2f
A fiercely competitive opener to kick off Day 2 on the Roodee but I do like the chances of LOOK OUT LOUIS for Julie Camacho. He has won 3 times at the track including twice over C&D which came last year. He is still 4lb above his last winning mark but he would have needed the run on return at Lingfield and should be spot on for this now. This track clearly suits and if he can get well positioned he will go close and at a decent price.
Lihou has been in terrific form with recent figures of 131131 and even 2lb out the weights he looks set to go off favourite for this so is definitely a danger. Nymphadora should leave that Bath run behind but I still feel she needs more to get seriously competitive. Night On Earth might go better than his odds suggest.
The improving YORKSHIRE could make a mark of just 83 look lenient on handicap debut. This Harry Angel colt has won 2 from 3 so far and quickened up like a good horse to narrowly prevail over 6f at this track last time. No surprise to see him up to 7f here given how he hit the line the last day and with more to come he could easily complete the hat-trick here under Callum Rodriquez.
A Taste Of Honey has also won her last two and impressed at Lingfield last time so could be the danger but will need to step forward again. Odin Owns You All is a work in progress and I wouldn’t judge him too harshly on that defeat at Wolverhampton last time. He is definitely a colt I have on my radar going forward so no surprise if he asks a few questions of the selection. Choisya didn’t do much wrong as a 2yo and is another to note in a good race.
This race has sprung a few surprises over the years and I do like one at a price in PROMOTER for Ralph Beckett. He failed to fire in the Horris Hill on final start as a 2yo but he just looked a bit tapped for toe and with further improvement to come as a 3yo I think 10/1 is a bit insulting. His win over Racingbreaks Ryder at Chepstow prior to that disappointment looks a strong piece of form and given time since that Newbury flop he could get back on track here now handicapping.
Vetiver made a winning return at Beverley last month and has won 2 from 3 so definitely looks to be going the right way. She has a good draw too so deserves to be favourite. Frankel colt Theoryofeverything is bred to be very useful and he acquitted himself well in defeat when third to Isaac Shelby in the Greenham last month so is another one with a bright future.
Some nice colts lining up for the Dee Stakes and it is usually won by a useful horse. ALDER could fit the bill this year for Joseph O’Brien. This son of Australia really came into his own upped to this trip at Cork last time where he hit the line hard to win with a bit to spare. He is improving all the time and while this is another step up contesting Listed company he is a colt I want to keep on side. He holds plenty of fancy entries including one in the Derby next month so connections will be hopeful of a big run here.
Local Dynasty won 3 from 4 as a 2yo and looked very classy over a mile. He steps up in trip now but needs to prove he can be as effective over it. He handles ground with cut in it though so has to be feared. Dubawi colt San Antonio impressed at Dundalk but he’ll need to leave that behind to win this. Passenger impressed at Newmarket and could emerge as the main danger for Stoute.
I’m really looking forward to the Ormonde Stakes on Thursday as it should be some sight seeing HAMISH and Changingoftheguard lock horns. I’m siding with the former who won this in good style last year pegging back Thunderous comfortably. He went on to chase Kyprios home in Ireland and then hack up at Ascot. He was beaten by Max Vega at Newbury but looked all over that rival for much of the race and there was only a head in it at the line. I’d be confident he can reverse that form here on return.
Changingoftheguard won the Chester Vase last year and was back to form winning at Royal Ascot so looks the obvious danger. Don’t rule out another youngster in Old Harrovian either though who looks tailor made for this track and could also enter calculations getting weight from the selection.
Another tricky race but BOX TO BOX makes appeal at around 9/1 at the time of writing. He won 3 times last year before his form tailed off. He was last seen running in Sakhir over the winter but given time since and down to a mark of 86 now he could have a big say here. He is actually unbeaten at this track having won 2-2 and given he has won fresh in the past two there is plenty going for him. He is probably the price he is due to his wide draw so the start will be the key to him as hopefully he breaks well and gets across.
Plenty of dangers probably headed by Thunder Max who has first-time blinkers and should come on fitness-wise from that Haydock reappearance run last month where he was a creditable fourth. City Streak is another one who looks likely to get competitive if building on that Chelmsford third where he went down less than a length.
There has been good word about for Blue Point colt BIG TIME RASCAL and with George Boughey going so well at the moment it would be no surprise to see him make a winning start. He cost 100,000 guineas as a yearling and hopes will be high that he is forward enough to score at the first time of asking. Buick is up and they have already teamed up for success yesterday on the Roodee.
Mehmas colt Hackman is well related and he has experience on side having finished a good third at Newmarket on debut. With natural improvement he will be a danger to all. Footstepsinthesand colt The Camden Colt is another debutant that is reportedly well touted and he should show up well too if the market is anything to go by.
Time Test filly CANTORA won really well at Beverley last month so no great surprise to see the handicapper raise her 11lb as she looked miles ahead of her mark. This is obviously tougher but with Ryan Moore in the saddle she could still follow up. There is tons of pace on so they will go hard and hopefully the selection is ridden with restraint and then gets the gaps where coming through up the straight.
Sovereign Spirit is going for a hat-trick but this won’t be easy carrying a penalty. He could go well but he’ll need to improve again. Nobody Told Me made the breakthrough at Doncaster last month and now the penny has dropped he could emerge as a greater danger to the selection.
I thought we was a bit unlucky with our Lucky 15 yesterday with just the 1 winner in the end but on another day it may well have been a lot better. I have another one on Thursday and this needs to be backed Each Way. Pays 2,700/1!