Chester Races: The Inside Story

It was another near miss at Chester for us yesterday as the low drawn 14/1 recommendation Masham Star kicked 3 lengths clear at the furlong pole, but was reeled in, albeit landing the each way portion.

We will stick to a policy of inside berths with a Chester double on today’s card.

The opening race (1350 BST) is usually a competitive affair, this year though it could be at the mercy of favourite El Hayem. He has a dream draw in stall 2, and is in the care of a master, and in-form trainer in Sir Michael Stoute.

His seasonal debut was a cracking sixth in the Newbury Spring Cup, a race which we expect to be a strong source of early and mid season form. Drawn to attack here, he looks likely to be very hard to beat.

The same can be said of Judicial in the 5f sprint at 1635. This horse has already started this season in flying form at Pontefract, won his only previous run at this course, and is well berthed in stall 3. Another who can justify favouritism.

You can back them at 5/2 and 2/1 respectively. We like the speculative approach of doubling them up at an effective 9.5/1.

We’ll be moving on to Ascot for some evening fare, and we are immediately intrigued by the booking of Ryan Moore for the David O’Meara trained Watchable in the sprint handicap (1950). This horse has slipped a stone in the weights in the last 12 months, but has a great record here, is fit from a spell in Dubai and was a class apart from these at his best.

He could burst back to form reunited with a course that suits and looks a backable price.

Recommendations:

El Hayem (1350 Chester) & Judicial (1635 Chester) win double, 9.5/1 generally available.

Watchable (1950 Ascot) 8/1, generally available.

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