Chester May Festival 2018 – Day One – 09/05/2018
The Chester May Festival kicks off this Wednesday and it’s one of my personal favourite festivals of the season.
Three days of top quality of flat racing of which i’m thoroughly looking forward to attending. Here’s my views on Day One…
No Lippy (7/4) (Jockey: P J McDonald – Trainer: M Johnston)
(Won well the last day at Doncaster despite being green and is likely to bolt out of the stalls here from a decent draw. Could well be hard to peg back as many of Mark Johnston’s are.)
Award Winning (7/1) (E/W) (Jockey: L Dettori – Trainer: J H M Gosden)
(Great pedigree, and took a nice step up to win the last day following a mediocre debut run. Likely to improve again here for powerful connections, yard won this last year with Enable. The chief threat’s appear to be the O’Brien duo Magic Ward and Dramatically.)
Spoof (5/1) (E/W) (Jockey: C Shepherd – Trainer: C Hills)
(Got back on track the last day with a good third in a decent contest over at Sandown. Got a handy draw here and is still on the same mark from the run last time. Could well play a big part.)
3.35: Chester Vase (Class 1) (Group 3) (1m 4f)
The Chester Vase is the feature contest of Day One of the Chester May Festival which is a Group 3 contest that’s ridden over a mile and four furlongs.
It’s currently headed by Hunting Horn for AP O’Brien who’s likely to be a very warm order and give a bold showing as is Ispolini for the currently red hot Charlie Appleby yard.
I’m going to try and take them on though and to do this i’m going to side with YOUNG RASCAL for William Haggas and James Doyle. He was an expensive buy and won very well the last day at Newbury, he’s got a few big entries to his name and could go very well here.
Proschema for Tom Dascombe is a horse that’s in my tracker and has won very well in both starts this term, he could also feature.
Young Rascal – (4/1)
Argentello (7/4) (Jockey: L Dettori – Trainer: J H M Gosden)
(Slightly disappointing the last day when favourite over at Newmarket, decent draw here and still some fancy entries. Should well be involved once again here as the trip shouldn’t be an issue.)
Last Page (6/1) (E/W) (Jockey: J F Egan – Trainer: P D Evans)
(No I’m Easy looks the one to beat here for Tom Dascombe but I quite like Last Page. This return to six furlongs should be right up his street and could prove to be a big player from an inside draw.)
Sultan Baybars (7/1) (E/W) (Jockey: D Tudhope – Trainer: D O’Meara)
(Seemed to fall away last term when with Roger Varian and was pretty poor on reappearance run last month but expected to go better here from decent draw.)
NAP: No Lippy – 1.50
NB: Award Winning – 2.20