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Considered to be the oldest racing venue in England; racing around Chester’s tight ‘Roodee’ track has taken place since 1539 and some 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 means that it races exclusively on the Flat and Chester’s May Festival 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 Festival are Enable, Light Shift, Noble Mission, Shergar, Old Vic, Ruler Of The World, Teenoso, Harbinger, St Nicholas Abbey, Pentire, Oath and Kris Kin.
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.
Distance Horse (Going) Date Winning time 5f 15y El Astronaute (Good) 10 May 2017 59.17s 6f 17y Boundsy (Good) 15 Jul 2017 1m 5.87s 7f 2y Above The Rest (Good to Soft) 24 Sep 2016 1m 24.52s 7f 127y Dragons Tail (Good to Firm) 28 Jul 2018 1m 4.14s 1m 2f 70y Forest Ranger (Good) 11 May 2018 2m 8.39s 1m 3f 75y Enable (Good) 10 May 2017 2m 23.8s 1m 4f 63y Here And Now (Good) 10 May 2017 2m 35.05s 1m 5f 89y Muntahaa (Good) 20 Aug 2016 2m 50.89s 1m 6f 87y Duretto (Good) 01 Sep 2018 3m 2.84s 1m 7f 196y Nafaayes (Good) 12 Jul 2019 1m 43.81s 2m 2f 140y Magic Circle (Good) 11 May 2018 4m 2.9s
Trainer Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L R A Fahey 278 32 £390,048 11.51% -£51.09 A M Balding 114 23 £265,808 20.18% -£29.68 Tom Dascombe 178 21 £171,626 11.8% -£83.05 M Johnston 108 16 £256,374 14.81% -£11.27 Ian Williams 101 14 £204,703 13.86% -£19.00 R M Beckett 42 11 £95,897 26.19% -£6.80 T D Easterby 92 10 £69,848 10.87% -£19.63 R Hannon 31 9 £126,200 29.03% £3.41 P D Evans 27 6 £50,954 22.22% £8.50 W J Haggas 19 5 £94,671 26.32% -£2.56
Jockey Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L R Kingscote 122 20 £181,483 16.39% -£15.32 F Norton 116 13 £222,750 11.21% -£47.28 Harry Bentley 42 13 £127,010 30.95% £19.50 P Hanagan 76 11 £96,659 14.47% -£12.08 David Probert 68 11 £91,551 16.18% -£25.78 S De Sousa 36 8 £148,266 22.22% £0.19 Liam Jones 29 6 £37,187 20.69% £49.63 Kevin Stott 26 5 £54,238 19.23% £4.13 B A Curtis 29 5 £30,822 17.24% -£5.25 Jack Mitchell 23 5 £30,987 21.74% £4.00
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Last Update: 20/01/2021 12:00
13:15 Thyme People EBF Novice Auction Stakes
- Winner: Mere Green 5/4 Fav
- Jockey: B A Curtis Trainer: R A Fahey
- Owner: Nick Bradley Racing 9, K Sohi & Partne
13:50 Horseradish At Home Novice Stakes
- Winner: Cape Palace 5/4 Fav
- Jockey: James Doyle Trainer: J H M Gosden
- Owner: Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
14:25 White Horse Fillies' Handicap
- Winner: Lady Sansa 11/8 Fav
- Jockey: Harry Bentley Trainer: R M Beckett
- Owner: Ballylinch Stud
15:00 Restaurant 1539 Nursery
- Winner: Harmony Lil 6/1
- Jockey: R Kingscote Trainer: Tom Dascombe
- Owner: Sue Cronshaw & Karen Bennett
15:35 Commonhall Street Social Handicap
- Winner: Wild Edric 16/1
- Jockey: R Kingscote Trainer: Tom Dascombe
- Owner: Mr D R Passant
16:10 Chester Racecourse, Racing Since 1539 Handicap
- Winner: Snow Ocean 9/4 Fav
- Jockey: Harry Bentley Trainer: P D Evans
- Owner: Shropshire Wolves 3
16:45 Horseradish Handicap
- Winner: Buriram 13/2
- Jockey: S De Sousa Trainer: R M Beckett
- Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd
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