Not a bad day one of the Boodles May Festival up on the Roodee Chester racecourse with two winners from three bets but there is no rest for the wicked as they say and on to Thursday we go. I start Thursday all about Aiden O’Brien and those famous Michael Tabor silks before taking a well-trodden path this season and taking a punt on a Charlie Appleby inmate.
Some nice three-year-old colts face the starter for the Listed Dee Stakes over 1m2f at 2.25. A number of these have quite a bit of form in the book not least Fortune's Pearl who is officially top rated. My Lord And Master is open to improvement and is feared but Rostropovich intrigues me stepping-up in trip. The son of Frankel won a G.2 at the Curragh over seven before finishing third back over that C&D in the G.1 National Stakes at the end of his 2yo campaign. He was fourth in a G.3 at Longchamp in the heavy last month the form of which can be ignored over what is likely to be to short a trip for him this season and in poor conditions but it will have blown away the cobwebs. I have the 4-1.
The Group Three Ormonde Stakes over the 1m5f would appear to be at the mercy of Idaho. The five-year-old is 7lb clear of his rivals on official ratings and used to mixing it with better types than these with all due respect. I took the standout 11-8 with Paddy Power on Wednesday.
At 4.35 eight line-up for the English Fine Cottons Handicap over the trip of one-mile-four-furlongs Charlie Appleby sends Ghostwatch a 2,100,000 Guineas yearling colt by Dubawi and the 2nd foal of Nature Spirits making him a half-brother to French 1m4f winner Nature's Order; the dam was a French 1m2f-1m4f winner (including Listed). Won a maiden as he liked at Wolverhampton last month and it will certainly be hoped should prove better than this level. Grab a bit of the 4-1 with Coral as I think he will be winning bigger prizes than this as the summer goes by.