Chester Course Guide

Considered to be the oldest racing venue in England; racing around Chester’s tight ‘Roodee’ track has taken place since 1539 and 500 years on the track itself has changed very little – the city walls and banks of the River Dee shaping two thirds of the circuit.

The sharp nature of the course mean that it races exclusively on the Flat and Chester’s May meeting is now considered to be one of the highlights of the Flat racing year. Highlight of the three-day Festival is the historic Chester Cup, a two and a quarter mile handicap, but the fixture also boasts Classic trials in the shape of the Chester Vase, Dee Stakes and Cheshire Oaks, plus valuable races for older horses in the Huxley Stakes and Ormonde Stakes.

Among the top-class horses to have been successful at the course’s May fixture are Light Shift, Noble Mission, Shergar, Old Vic, Ruler Of The World, Teenoso, Harbinger, St Nicholas Abbey, Pentire, Oath and Kris Kin.

Flat Racing

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Left handed, very sharp. A circular course that's only just over a mile round, it's on the turn almost throughout and has a run-in of under two furlongs, heavily favoring those that race to the fore as it's easy to find trouble with little time to recover. A low draw at Chester is a huge advantage, even in middle-distance races, and particularly so in large fields.

At Chester, for most of any race, your horse will be leading with its near-fore, the one closer to the inside rail. And you have only two chances to change that: in the short home straight, or after the winning post in contests longer than a full circuit. You need to maximise those if you want to make ground or get a breather into one, because it’s not natural for a horse to lead on its near-fore all the way. It can pay to be brave in sprints. The straight may be short, but there’s still time to ride a finish.

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14:30 Instarmac Novice Auction Stakes (Plus 10)

(Class 4) (7f 1y)
Dark green and pink (quartered), grey sleeves (Jcg Chua & Ck Ong 1)
  • Winner: Ayutthaya
  • Jockey: T Eaves
  • Trainer: K A Ryan
  • Owner: Jcg Chua & Ck Ong 1

15:05 thembnateam Handicap

(Class 4) (7f 1y)
Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap (Dr Marwan Koukash)
  • Winner: Gabrial The Tiger
  • Jockey: Connor Murtagh
  • Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Owner: Dr Marwan Koukash

15:40 Handicap

(Class 3) (1m 2f 70y)
Dark blue, maroon sash, dark green sleeves, maroon cap (Christinee Budden,m Budden,matthewbudd)
  • Winner: Alexander M
  • Jockey: F Norton
  • Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Christinee Budden,m Budden,matthewbudd

16:15 Nursery

(Class 2) (6f 17y)
White, purple stars, diabolo on sleeves, purple cap (The BGW Partnership & Partner)
  • Winner: Ginbar
  • Jockey: N Mackay
  • Trainer: Tom Dascombe
  • Owner: The BGW Partnership & Partner

16:50 Boodles Maiden Stakes

(Class 4) (7f 127y)
White, maroon disc (Mr M H Al Attiya)
  • Winner: Tamih
  • Jockey: Jack Mitchell
  • Trainer: R Varian
  • Owner: Mr M H Al Attiya

17:25 Minstrell Recruitment Fillies' Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 2f 70y)
White, maroon and purple striped sleeves (Mr John Dance)
  • Winner: Marsh Pride
  • Jockey: P McDonald
  • Trainer: K R Burke
  • Owner: Mr John Dance

17:55 iCompile Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 6f 87y)
Dark blue, large white spots, dark blue and white chevrons on sleeves, dark blue and white striped cap (Mr C R Hirst)
  • Winner: Brandon Castle
  • Jockey: A Mullen
  • Trainer: Archie Watson
  • Owner: Mr C R Hirst

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Chester Race Company
The Racecourse
01244 304610

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