Horse racing betting tips for each race shown live on Channel 4 from Chester on Friday.
Channel 4 coverage of Chester May Festival concludes with the another four races on Friday. The card includes the 1m2f Dee Stakes for 3yo’s and the 1m5f Ormonde Stakes for horses aged 4yo and above. These races are supported by a few Class 2 handicaps and overall the card is a fitting conclusion to the 3 day Festival.
The opening contest is the 7f Sportingbet.com Earl Grosvenor Handicap, a race which is normally quite fast and furious. As usual the draw will play a big part and potential favourite Abseil (9/2 Ladbrokes) finds himself on the wrong side in stall 13. He won a maiden at Yarmouth in fine style but the form doesn’t look up to much as no horse has come out of that race and gone on to win. HERE COMES WHEN (4/1 Coral) has the plum draw in stall 1 and already has the advantage of a C&D win beating a horse that is now rated 107. If returning to that form he should go close but hasn’t run for 324 days and may well need this first outing.
Tom Dascombe saddles two with Capo Rosso (9/1 SkyBet) the first string on jockey bookings after two decent victories on the polytrack at Wolverhampton. The horse will be primed for this but he doesn’t look particularly weep-handicapped on previous form. Horses drawn low normally run big races and those include Big Johnny D (15/2 William Hill) who needs to overcome some poor form recently, Frontier Fighter (16/1 Coral) who ran a big race in the All-Weather Championship and has some decent form, and Set The Trend (25/1 bet365) who also needs to improve after a poor run latest.
Another to note is Pintura (12/1 William Hill) who loves the track and is a previous winner of this race. Apostle (16/1 Coral) is sure to run a big race in the Marwan Koukash colours but the horses form at Chester leaves a lot to be desired.
It looks a tough handicap but Andrew Balding is in form and HERE COMES WHEN has been campaigned in much better races than this and the horse should show his class.
1.45pm Tip – HERE COMES WHEN (WIN) (4/1 Coral)
Following on from the first is the Dee Stakes which is a recognised Derby trial for 3yo colts. Kris Kin was the last Derby winner to win this and last year the race produced Breeders Cup Turf winner Magician. Aidan O’Brien has had four winners to date and is represented by two runners in this year’s renewal – Century and Kingfisher. CENTURY (10/3 Betfred) won an ok maiden before blowing up in the Racing Post Trophy but promises to be a decent type. Kingfisher (7/2 SkyBet) has some good form in the book in Group races on both sides of the Irish Sea but hasn’t threatened the judge yet in similar contests. His fifth place finish behind Fascinating Rock puts him behind Century on form.
Bow Creek (7/1 Coral) wasn’t able to land a blow in the Musselburgh Royal Mile and will really need to improve to figure here. Mark Johnston also saddles Somewhat (11/4 Ladbrokes), a horse who looks the better betting prospect of the two but still needs to improve after a below average run in the Fielden Stakes. Drummore Road (66/1 Ladbrokes) is quite a bit inferior to Century on form and Randwick (20/1 bet365) would have to improve on his eight place finish in the Wood Ditton. Zampa Manos (10/1 Betfred) won a reasonable handicap but again this is a big step up.
This looks to be a below par renewal of the Dee Stakes and I wouldn’t be surprised if CENTURY bounced right back and took this race with ease. Kingfisher would be a tentative selection for second but for me, at the prices, Century looks a steal.
2.15pm Tip – CENTURY (WIN)(NAP) (10/3 Betfred)
The Ormonde Stakes has attracted of six runners and promises to be a cracking contest with three horses rated over 113. Brown Panther (11/4 Coral) will be an extremely popular winner for local connections Tom Dascombe, Richard Kingscote and the owner Michael Owen and if the horse runs to form he’ll have a live chance. His best form came when winning the Goodwood Cup in sublime fashion but his worst form came in this race last season. Despite that he has won here before and might be worth another chance.
Jathabah (33/1 Coral) and Banoffee (14/1 SkyBet) must improve to take a hand in the race but, with the defection of Ernest Hemmingway, there chances are boosted. To too are the chances of HILLSTAR (7/4 William Hill) and Mount Athos (2/1 Betfred) who look to be lively conteders. Mount Athos will be popular for connections and he duly obliged last year winning this race by nine lengths and the conditions here will be very similar. Since then the horse has gone on too much bigger things and would have every chance here.
HILLSTAR will have some work to do beating Brown Panther and Mount Athos but he’s a horse I’ve followed with interest and he could potentially be the high class horse in the race. He won the King Edward Stakes at Royal Ascot before running big races in three top Group 1’s throughout the season. The horse did disappoint in the Dubai World Cup but should come on for the run.
2.45pm Tip – HILLSTAR (WIN) (7/4 William Hill)
The last race broadcast on Channel 4 is the Crabbie’s EBF Stallions Handicap. The plum draw in stall one is handed to Viva Verglas (7/1 bet365) who had a good 3yo season but disappointed on return at Hamilton. Its likely the horse will come on for the run but for today is best watched. Drawn next to him is Captain Myles (33/1 bet365) who steps down in trip after a foray over further on the All-Weather. The horse has been on the go throughout most of the winter and this is probably above his level.
Ventura Mist (14/1 Betfred) finds himself in stall three and won a big pot in the Redcar 2yo trophy. She looked to be a decent horse in the making but her last two runs have been below par and she has to give weight away all round. Fine And Dandy (8/1 Coral) will be primed for this and did win here as a 2yo before being beaten by a lot of high class horses at Nottingham. That form gives him a chance here but others are preferred. See The Sun (10/3 SkyBet) has been improving nicely but still has to turn form around with Ventura Mist and has a poor draw to contend with.
Blythe Spirit (10/3 bet365) won nicely here at the end of last season before producing a reasonable run at Thirsk when finishing second. It looks like there may be a bit of improvement to come but she’ll have her work cut out to beat FINE CUT (10/3 Ladbrokes). It’s not often Tommy Stack sends a horse over the Irish Sea so it is definitely worth taking note of this horse. Two wins at Dundalk have pushed him up in the handicap but the trainer must have his reasons for making the trip over to Chester.
3.15pm Tip – FINE CUT (WIN) (10/3 Ladbrokes)