Wednesday 6.10pm Chester looks wonderful in the sun. ITV going heavy on the draw and its effect. Methinks they may be setting themselves up for a fall? Thrilling stuff on the Roodeye and hopefully more of the same tomorrow!
Ascot Racecourse @Ascot 5.45pm Weds May Racing Weekend:
Going is Good to Firm, watering. Watering today: Straight 4mm, Round 3mm
The forecast is for a warm, drying day today.
Thursdays Lucky 15
Chester 1.50 GABRIALS KING 16/1 PP 14/1 Ladbrokes 12/1 general
Chester 3.00 AREEN HEART 5/1 PP 9/2 BetFred 7/2 general
Chester 3.35 THE ANVIL 15/2 PP 7/1 Coral+Ladbrokes
Chester 5.05 BANISH 3/1 Coral 11/4 general
and here’s why
Chester 1.50 GABRIALS KING He has course form, indeed he stole a Listed race here, he handles Good to Firm ground, Hanagan rides, drawn in stall 5 of 8, the small field should nullify the draw. Enough runners to get some pace but not enough to block his late surge. #FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com “He’s drawn five which is good – it’s a smaller field than I expected – and he’s fit and well. Ideally he’s better over further, we tried to get him in the Cup but he was balloted out, so ended up here. He’s in great order.” Amazed he’s a double figure price.
Chester 3.00 AREEN HEART I’m sticking with #FantasticMrFahey to get Thursday off to a flyer. Of the top three in the market Areen Heart has the strongest credentials. Won his 2yo maiden on his second run having been an encouraging second on debut. Opened his 3yo campaign just failing to catch Proud Archie at Beverley after a hold up ride. Sure to come on for the run and Hanagan will know what he’s got this time. Via Egnatia hasn’t settled in four races and the hood didn’t help last time! Neither is he too sharp at the boxes and round here I can see Frankie Dettori having a 7F wrestling match. No doubt Jim Crowley will be told to race Mutawatheb prominently but I think #FantasticMrFahey will know where he stands here as Mutawatheb beat his Society Red a neck having finished behind his Andok and The Wagon Wheel plus Areen Hearts jockey Paul Hanagan has ridden the horse in half of its races! #FantasticMrFahey told sportinglife.com “Areen Heart is one I really like and he was my horse to follow this year. He’s 2lb out of the handicap in the Boodles Diamond Handicap which isn’t something I normally do, but I think this track will suit him. They’ll go a good gallop and he’ll drop his head and race properly. I think he’ll run a big race.” The one I see as a danger is the handicap debutante Sharp Defence trained in Ireland but won well at Salisbury last time and starts off on a mark of OR89.
Chester 3.35 THE ANVIL Who am I to say Ryan Moore has got on the wrong one? Won’t be the first time and sure as eggs are eggs won’t be the last. I’ve liked The Anvil ever since his staying on debut as a 2yo when a strong finishing second to stable mate Utah. He then ran placed in what I saw as some strong 2yo races in the UK involving the likes of Glencadam Glory, Best of Days etc. and by the time he reached the G1 Racing Post Trophy he had had enough for the season and was a dismal tenth of ten behind Rivet. He opened his 3yo programme hacking up in an egg and spoon maiden on the sand at Dundalk and unsurprisingly as he’s owned by Coolmore and trained by A.P.O’Brien he is a son of Galileo. As his mums a daughter of Rainbow Quest this mile and a half trip on quick ground will be right up The Anvil’s street. He has entries in the English and Irish derbies but it’s the Queens Vase entry that takes the eye. Stamina will be his strong suit and he could even be a St.Leger horse.
Chester 5.05 BANISH C3 10F+ handicap which looks short of quality with horses towards the top of the handicap being dual purpose horses coming here off a jumping campaign. Lower down are 8yo’s, win in their turn types so it’s to the very top of the handicap I will go. Banish has been dropped a pound since his seasonal debut to OR90 and that gets him into this 76-90 handicap. Hugo Palmer has been ticking over with winners but nothing in the newsworthy big time, Ryan Moore takes over in the saddle and he’s 6 from 17 when doing so. Stall 5 of 11 is fine and hopefully the trip is far enough and Moore can find racing room on the run to the line.
Wednesdays Lucky 15
Plenty of market support for three of the selections but just the one winner. £7 back for our £15.
Chester 1.50 REQUINTO DAWN 7th 2/1Fav (10/3 Ladbrokes 3/1 general)
Out well but couldn’t get the rail. This was eyeballs out 5F 2yo sprinting!! 60.41 seconds. Disappointing, perhaps better in a straight line.
Chester 2.25 ENABLE 1st 2/1 (2/1 general)
First two probably earned a ticket to Epsom. Both should be Group 1 winners, Alluringly maybe in the May Hill over 1m 6f. Frankie Dettori reported afterwards “”She’s a very nice filly, who is improving all the time. She is beginning to know what she is doing. I liked the way that she quickened, she quickened really well and put the race to bed. She showed me a good turn of foot and she’s a very smart filly. She definitely stays, but she’s a stayer with a turn of foot.”
Lord Grimthorpe on Shutter Speed: “I think distance is going to be at least an issue with Shutter Speed. We’re pretty confident Enable will stay a mile and a half, but there is a question mark about Shutter Speed. Certainly on her pedigree there is some doubt, which is why she’s going to York (Musidora Stakes) next week. She will have the option of the Prix de Diane as well. The plan with Enable was to come here today and get her learning and educated on a track like this. For her to develop in the way she has is very pleasing.”
Chester 3.35 WHO DARES WINS 4th 5/1 (7/1 Coral 13/2 Ladbrokes+BetFred)
Every chance. Hanagans move of quick from stall 19, slow it down then kicking at 3F pole caught a few out but meant finish only involved front eight at 3F pole. Who Dares Wins could have won if Marquand had got the seam Murphy took on Montaly.
Chester 4.05 STRADIVARIUS 2nd Evs Fav (7/4 general)
Got out, box seat two wide, led 1½F out, always going a yard quicker than they wanted, chinned in last 50yds by Hanagan!