Racing Report - Day Three of the Boodles May Festival | Chester Racecourse

Racing Report - Day Three of the Boodles May Festival

Boodles City Day is crowd pleaser on Roodee Racecourse

A cheering crowd joined in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes celebrations as jockey Frankie Dettori executed a flying dismount in the winners’ enclosure from Western Hymn.  There was a battle to the line between the favourite, US Army Ranger and the winner.  Dettori maintained his challenge to win the Group 3 race by a short head. “He’s a very hard horse to gauge and he hit a flat spot.  He’s a character and I’m pleased,” said Dettori.  Western Hymn is available at 12/1, from 16/1 for the Hardwicke Stakes.

Cliffs Of Moher justified being sent off the 4/5 favourite when landing the Homeserve Dee Stakes for jockey Ryan Moore.  Taking the final bend wide provided the winner with a clear run and he gradually closed the gap to overtake the leader Max Zorin and pull clear by one and a half lengths.  Bay Of Poets ran on to occupy second place.  Major bookmakers shorted Cliffs Of Moher in from 6/1 to 4/1 for the Investec Epsom Derby next month.

“We were very happy with him, he was just ready to start today, he’ll improve and will have learned a lot running here.  Ryan was delighted with him actually.  The boys will sit down next week and make a plan to decide which horse will run where,” explained Paul Smith representing winning connections.

To open the card, runners went to post for the Crabbie’s Earl Grosvenor Handicap and Hillbilly Boy set the early pace before the field fanned out across the course entering the straight and six horses were in a line.  Sound Advice had the pace to go on and score by one and a quarter lengths.  Jockey Dougie Costello said: “Everything else was stopping and I came up the middle of the track,” Sound Advice did drift towards the rail in the closing stages of the race.

 “We were very happy with him, he was just ready to start today, he’ll improve and will have learned a lot running here.  Ryan was delighted with him actually.  The boys will sit down next week and make a plan to decide which horse will run where,” explained Paul Smith representing winning connections.

Pace setter Copper Knight maintained his gallop to the line and win the Sustainable Group (UK) Ltd Handicap for Yorkshire based trainer Tim Easterby at 7/1.  Jockey David Allan said: “He was at full speed in less than a stride,” and the other runners came no closer than two and a quarter lengths.

The TMT Group Maiden Fillies’ Stakes provided Frankie Dettori with a quick double.  Gymnaste, the 11/8 favourite pricked her ears and had galloped two and a quarter lengths clear of her field when crossing the line.

“He seems a different horse this year, he’s tricky, that’s why he wears a pacifier.  But they seem to have the key to him at the yard; we have to keep him cool.  He’s in great order and could win a listed race this year,” explained jockey Joe Doyle after success in the LDF Conditions Stakes aboard the 6/4 favourite Judicial who ran in the colours of the popular Elite Racing Club.

St Mary’s ridden by William Cox won the DW Sports Apprentice Handicap by one and three quarter lengths to conclude the festival.

Attendance at Boodles City Day was 22,161 and totalled 56,272 overall for the three-day Boodles May Festival, up by 1% on the 2016 fixture which indicates the continued popularity of Chester.

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