We had four winners from four selections yesterday, and we have gone for a few more on a bumper Friday’s racing. Chester’s card looks good again, whilst the flat elsewhere has caught our attention.
1:40 Lingfield – Kullu NAP
This lightly raced four-year-old has looked like one who has shaped with plenty of promise. Charlie Fellowes’ chance was last seen finishing fourth in a competitive Newbury handicap, and if he’s back in good shape should have a good chance once again. He’s got loads of potential, and if he lives up to it he should win.
1:50 Chester – El Hayem
A worthy favourite, and hard to look past for Sir Michael Stoute. The four-year-old was last seen finishing sixth in Newbury’s Spring Cup, which is very strong form in this contest. The conditions should suit him well, and he will relish the quick ground. Hardly the most appealing price, but certainly value.
2:25 Chester – Mirage Dancer, Star Of Rory e/w
Although Cliffs Of Moher was exceptional last time out, I really think Mirage Dancer has to have a big chance. The three-year-old is very well bred, and was impressive winning in his only start beating an experienced rival. He’s certainly appealing on paper, but will need to progress to play a leading role.
Star Of Rory could be worth an each-way gamble. The three-year-old was impressive as a juvenile, winning a maiden and finishing second in a listed contest. Last time out he didn’t beat a rival at Epsom, but that was on soft ground and he could be better this time around. With optimum conditions he can certainly make the frame.
3:00 Chester – Tomily
Tomily is one I’ve been keeping a close eye on for Richard Hannon. The three-year-old had been running well on the all-weather surfaces, but I feel he could be better now switching back to turf. He’s drawn well, and brings consistent form to the race too. The booking of Ryan Moore only increases his chances.
3:35 Chester – US Army Ranger, Wall Of Fire e/w
US Army Ranger is a horse held in the highest regard. He hasn’t been running at his best ever since winning the Chester Vase and finishing second in the Derby. He takes a big step up in trip as the Ballydoyle team hope to get him back to form. If he runs his race he should be very hard to beat.
As an each way shout one horse who will stay the trip and run his race is Wall Of Fire for Hugo Palmer. The four-year-old was narrowly beaten in a weak listed contest at Nottingham last season, but the pace of the race didn’t really suit him. He’ll like the conditions, and is good enough to place.
4:35 Chester – Double Up
Roger Varian’s experienced six-year-old has been handed a lovely draw, and has to be fancied on his lowest mark in two years. This mark looks winnable, and Chester should suit him. I’m expecting a big run with Harry Bentley on board.
7:15 Ascot – Khafoo Shememi
This three-year-old carries top weight but I think he has the makings of a very good horse. He ran well in plenty of good races last year, placing at listed level most notably. On return he won at Kempton and returns back to the turf. Follow this one, he could be very good.