Friday Yankee: It’s a School Day…

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NAP OF THE DAY:  Austrian School, (1535 Chester), 2pts win, 4/1 generally available 

We love the Chester Cup, in particular for a long distance race it has a dominant draw bias with only two of the last 10 winners drawn wide range than box 6.  So with 17 runners that’s an immediate chance to narrow the field, and this year it narrows to two, Cleonte from stall 1 and Austrian School in 5.  We picked Austrian School when he romped home in his reappearance at Musselburgh, rightly thinking he could be a big improver as a 4yo.  He gets just a modest 3lb penalty which leaves him 7lbs well in on official figures. He won at this meeting last year, likes to race prominently, has a win on soft and has every box ticked.

Ptarmigan Ridge, (1350 Chester), 3/1:  likes soft ground and was a winner over this course and distance late last year.  Reappeared with an excellent effort at Haydock and has been fortunate with the draw.  Tactically versatile he could go forward from his draw or just sit in the box waiting to pounce.

Habub, (1545 Ascot), 9/2:  an unknown quantity after two easy all weather wins, but bred to be a cracking sprinter and connections have him entered in some top Group 1 races in future.  He would need to be winning this off a mark of 93 to justify those entries and is worth a punt.

Coeur De Lion, (1705 Chester), 4/1:  was a good runner up in this race off a mark of 88 last year having come from running second at Newbury of the same mark.  Has dropped back to 88, and was again second in that same Newbury race.  Maybe he’ll be second again here, but it’s not a great race and with smaller field size than the main Chester Cup, his draw of 9 is unlikely to carry the same burden and he should clearly go close.

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