With three-days of top class racing this week, Chester Racecourse launches it’s 2017 season with the Boodles May Meeting on Wednesday, May 10th, which centres around the historic 188Bet Chester Cup on day one.
Currently heading the 188Bet Chester Cup betting is Golden Spear, an Irish challenger, the six-year-old will be ridden by Ryan Moore. There is a form line between Golden Spear and the top weight, Nakeeti, who opposed each other at Leopardstown in October 2016, when Nakeeta, set to carry top weight, finished half a length in arrears of Golden Spear but gave the winner over a stone in weight. Magic Circle, representing Ralph Beckett was further back in the field. Golden Spear is fit from an outing over hurdles last month. Local trainer Donald McCain has been successful in the Chester Cup with Overturn and will be represented by William of Orange and Good Tradition. Both horses will be fit from a winter campaign and will attract local money. A race where, theoretically, every horse has an equal chance will provide another entry in the Chester Cup archives on Wednesday afternoon.
There will be a loud cheer from the crowd when the stalls open for the first race on the card, at 1.50pm, the Stellar Group Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes, run over the minimum trip of five furlongs. Dave Evans is responsible for the horse deemed to be the speediest at this early stage in the season. She is Yogi’s Girl who made all for jockey John Egan to win at Windsor two weeks ago by half a length. The filly has a favourable low draw of stall three. Requinto Dawn, trained by Richard Fahey, was successful on his debut appearance at Doncaster and subsequently stepped up in class to finish second, beaten three quarters of a length when giving the winner four pounds in weight.
Following a weekend of success in the first classic races of 2017, trainer Aidan O’Brien seeks to land the Arkle Finance Cheshire Oaks (For the Robert Sangster Memorial Cup) with his filly Alluringly. Losing her maiden tag comfortably at Tipperary last month, Alluringly has demonstrated that she has trained on and is sure to be well supported to maintain the trainer’s superb strike rate on the Roodee. Enable, hails from the in-form yard of trainer John Gosden and will be ridden by Frankie Dettori. The well-bred filly was successful on her debut at Newcastle and raced keenly to finish a close-up third at Newbury on her first outing of 2017. This looks a competitive renewal of the fillies’ classic trial.
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