I couldn’t tip a wheelbarrow at the moment, another second and a third from my two bets Thursday to add to the collection; so far this month more places than an A-Z map!
I wouldn’t blame you dear reader for moving on to another site post-haste.
The Chester Cup is as ever a punting minefield and though for many the race of the day I am steering well clear; in fact, I am avoiding all the handicaps on Friday. I will though be having a bet on Friday, you may wish to back it as well or possibly with my current form put a line straight through the horse in your racecard!
The Group Two Huxley Stakes at 2.25 sees Matterhorn looking to continue his fine form from the All-Weather on Turf. The Easter Classic winner had a long winter campaign and rose from a rating of 80 in December to 117 following that win in April. Surely he has peaked and to be honest he is unproven on turf (one run on debut at Pontefract in October 2018) so a slight preference for me is Addeybb. The chestnut gelding is a proven performer on soft ground and he was tried at Group One level last year having won the Lincoln and the G.2 Bet365 Mile last season and is probably a level above this line-up. Went well enough in the 1m2f Listed Churchill Stakes over the winter and there is every chance he will improve for a little further this season as a 5YO. I took 9-4 early with Coral.
Kachy showed just how good he is over the winter on the All-Weather and he starts his Turf campaign in the 5f White Oak UK Conditions Stakes at 4.10. Unsurprisingly he has top weight but the Tom Dascombe-trained six-year-old was electric in his last three all-weather starts and to my eye looks to have too much for this line-up. No problem going around a bend the biggest concern is he is drawn 8 of 8 but he should be out and gone on the B of the Bang and at the pointed end in the blink of an eye. He is too short to back at 4-11 overnight, but if you are honest with yourself you wouldn't want to be offering 2-1 would you?