Barbarian is best horse in Ladies Day Opener on the Roodee
A bold front-running performance by Barbarianatthegate paid off with a two and three quarter length victory for the 3/1 chance in the chesterBET Novice Auction Stakes. The other runners did not pick up sufficiently to close the margin the winner had opened up, with only the second horse home, Normandy Blue making some progress in front of the stands.
“I was on the best horse in the race and kept it simple. He jumped so good and he’s got plenty of speed, I was able to get a breather into him. Now he’s got his head in front he should progress,” was the summary provided by winning jockey, Paul Mulrennan.
Normal Equilibrium, ridden by David Probert and sent off at 5/1, redressed the balance of his Chester successes, after a wide draw on his last outing proved to be insurmountable. He led the field by one and a half lengths across the line in the #MBNATeam Handicap Stakes. Balllesteros challenged and made headway to finish in second place.
Winning trainer Ivan Furtado said: “He’s a lovely horse, very strong and tough. He’s a great servant for the owners and the yard. I bought him privately last year and he’s done the job. There are two options now for him; one is to come back here on 16 September if the handicapper lets him in!”
25/1 outsider Guishan landed the Liverpool Gin Handicap Stakes in a tight finish. Funbo Jumbo was in front of her rivals but lost her place to faster finishing rivals. Guishan got up by a neck in the final strides from Bossipop.
Successful jockey Alistair Rawlinson said: “She travelled well and it’s nearly impossible with such a wide draw so I kept her wide. I know how gritty she is and that she’d battle to the line. I know what a willing partner she is. She didn’t falter.”
Hats Off To Larry set the pace in the Flavour of the Season 1539 Restaurant Maiden Stakes, with the Donald McCain trained Clemency keeping him company. David Probert brought the 6/4 favourite Sable Island down the centre of the track and was able to accelerate clear to record a winning margin of two lengths.
“It was a good opportunity and he’s still learning; it should have given him some confidence and it was good to get that win under his belt. He wants a trip already,” explained David Probert, who was celebrating a double.
“I’m delighted. He’s a middle of the road horse but he keeps finding improvement and surprising me. We’ve been balloted out here before and got in at the bottom today. He had a great draw and took advantage of it; he keeps pulling it out of the bag. We thought this might be a step too far up the ladder, but’s it paid off. He jumped out quickly and travelled, that gives you a chance round here,” said Adrian Wintle, the trainer of Kenstone following success in the Boodles Roodee Challenge Cup Polo September Handicap Stakes.
The field followed Calder Prince as the race unfolded but the top weight was passed by other runners and jockey Finley Marsh was well placed aboard Kenstone, returned at 15/2, to score readily by three and a half lengths from Sun Lover.
Key Bid unlocked the A Guaranteed Winner The White Horse Handicap Stakes with a three and a half length victory over his rivals. Beach Break set the early pace but faded quickly and the 4/1 winner went on from the half mile post to win readily. “There was a strong pace and he got into a rhythm,” commented winning jockey Jack Mitchell.
Racing drew to a close with the Horseradish Catering and Event Creatives Apprentice Handicap Stakes and reinforced the ability of the winner, Alexander M to act on the course. Jockey Manuel Fernandes sent the 6/4 favourite on to dictate the pace and the partnership had opened up a six length margin as they crossed the winning line ahead of Berlusca.
Ladies Day attracted a crowd of 16,539 and the Corbettsports Chester Stakes Day on Saturday, 2 September is the next meeting at Chester Racecourse. Tickets and badges are available to purchase for this fixture and the 2018 fixture list for Chester Racecourse is now available to view on http://www.chester-races.co.uk/coming-soon