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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14:00 Boodles EBF Novice Auction Stakes (Plus 10)

(Class 4) (7f 1y)
Pea green, mauve cap (Chasemore Farm & Mr Kevin Costello)
  • Winner: Barristan The Bold
  • Jockey: Liam Jones
  • Trainer: Tom Dascombe
  • Owner: Chasemore Farm & Mr Kevin Costello

14:35 Mbna Handicap

(Class 4) (7f 1y)
Dark blue, maroon epaulets, striped sleeves (Fred Archer Racing - Energy)
  • Winner: Ptarmigan Ridge
  • Jockey: George Wood
  • Trainer: J R Fanshawe
  • Owner: Fred Archer Racing - Energy

15:10 Golden Square Shopping Centre Nursery

(Class 2) (6f 17y)
Dark green and pink (quartered), grey sleeves (Jcg Chua & Ck Ong)
  • Winner: Princes Des Sables
  • Jockey: S A Gray
  • Trainer: K A Ryan
  • Owner: Jcg Chua & Ck Ong

15:45 Peter Wilson Handicap

(Class 3) (1m 2f 70y)
White, brown braces, amber cap (Mr T A Scothern & Partner)
  • Winner: Mukhayyam
  • Jockey: Ben Robinson
  • Trainer: T D Easterby
  • Owner: Mr T A Scothern & Partner

16:20 ESL Group Novice Stakes

(Class 4) (7f 127y)
Dark blue, white seams, red and white diabolo on sleeves, red cap (Jamie Rocke)
  • Winner: Rockesbury
  • Jockey: T E Whelan
  • Trainer: David Loughnane
  • Owner: Jamie Rocke

16:55 Chesterbet Fillies' Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 2f 70y)
Black, orange striped sleeves (Mr James Unett)
  • Winner: Ebqaa
  • Jockey: Liam Jones
  • Trainer: J W Unett
  • Owner: Mr James Unett

17:30 1539 Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 6f 87y)
Black and yellow check, diabolo on sleeves (Macable Partnership)
  • Winner: Faithful Mount
  • Jockey: K T O'Neill
  • Trainer: Ian Williams
  • Owner: Macable Partnership

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Chester Race Company
The Racecourse
01244 304610

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