Trainer Dave Evans has a good record at Chester Racecourse and he added another winner to his tally when 10/1 chance Carry On Deryck saw off his rivals to land the Boodles Diamond Handicap Stakes by three–quarters of a length for jockey Jamie Spencer.
Successful owner Dai Walters said: “Chester racecourse is fantastic. I’ve got four flat horses and they’ve all won. I’ll leave the plans up to the trainer, credit to Dave he wins with cheap horses!
“Chester is a great place to educate horses,” explained trainer Richard Fahey in the winners’ enclosure following success with the 2/1 favourite Young John, ridden by Paul Hanagan, in the T&L Leasing EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.
High Speed was living up to his name in the early part of the race with challengers close on his heels. Rogues’ Gallery and Young John, who came on the inside, passed the leader and three quarters of a length separated the two horses on the line.
“He’s a grand horse but I wondered about the ground. We’ll see how this races wakes him up; he’s such a laid back horse and he’ll get further,” added Fahey.
Navigate chartered a winning route to be first across the line in the six furlong Betway Handicap Stakes for jockey Fergus Sweeney. A furious early pace was set by Cartmell Cleave and Edgar Balthazar but they were unable to retain their advantage as the 2/1 favourite Northgate Land and Navigate galloped clear with a length separating them at the post.
“It’s wonderful we’re pleased with the way he coped with the track. The race played into his hands as they went off quickly. There were some doubts because he didn’t have a very good draw but he won at Windsor on soft ground; he coped with that.
“He’s going the right way, he settled, he produced and stayed on. For now we’ll stick with six furlongs,” was how winning trainer Martyn Meade summarized the win.
Boodles Ladies Day concluded with the Investec Asset Finance Handicap Stakes and a double for the successful combination of trainer Richard Fahey and jockey Paul Hanagan. Mica Mika overhauled his opponents inside the final furlong to record a half-length victory from Ardmay.
Fahey said: “It’s unbelievable; I was going to retire him if he didn’t win today.”
Attendance on day two of the meeting was 16,805.