Unfortunately, from my point of view, Ryan Moore gave Shane Crosse a rising lesson yesterday nicking the Cheshire Oaks on Above The Curve by slipping off the front whilst his opponent sat at the back with a double handful. Mr Moore also nicked the Chester Vase turning over odds-on shot New London in the process – the old boy has still got it. Luckily Secret State got the job done and saved my day; at least I nicked a couple of bob with one winner from two bets on the Roodee.
Best bet day two of the Chester Boodles May Festival
The Listed Homeserve Dee Stakes over 1m2f at 2.40 is of interest to me as for one my Derby each-way ante-post punt and member of the Dirty Dozen this year Sonny Liston runs again and he will surely improve for this step-up in trip. It wasn’t a bad effort in the 1m1f Feilden Stakes at HQ last month on the seasonal bow, it looked a slowly run race that turned into a sprint and that didn’t help his chances as one that will surely want this far and more this season. The winner of the Feilden Eydon went on to be fourth in the 2,000 Guineas so it might be better form than it looked. I have a bit of the 15-2 early in the hope he can get back into the Derby reckoning here. Star Of India is over from Ballydoyle again having been fifth in the Craven Stakes last time he and that looks above average form so is naturally feared for a stable that like a winner at this meeting. Harrow will win races this season but looks likely to ne running for minor places again here.
Best bet for the horse racing at Chelmsford City
The lucky last of the day is the 8.00 at Chelmsford City the EBF Restricted Novice Stakes over 1m2f. One from my notebook runs in the shape of the Andrew Balding trained Qatar Racing owned Upton Park. The colt had fair form at two finishing third on debut before just holding on at Wolverhampton over a mile to end his two-year-old season with a win. The son of Elm Park is a big scopey sort that should improve as he matures at three and I have a bit of the 5-2 early about him for this as I think he might turn out above average and despite the 7lb he has to give the others of his age group here he can w