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Temp: 1.8° - 7.3°
Wind: 12.3 mph W
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 16y Olivia Fallow (Good to Firm) 13 Jun 2015 59.46s 6f 17y Boundsy (Good) 15 Jul 2017 1m 5.87s 7f 2y Enlace (Good to Firm) 27 Jun 2015 1m 24.29s 7f 127y Dragons Tail (Good to Firm) 28 Jul 2018 1m 4.14s 1m 2f 75y Sennockian Star (Good to Firm) 13 Jun 2015 2m 7.67s 1m 3f 75y Enable (Good) 10 May 2017 2m 23.8s 1m 4f 66y Leaderene (Good) 10 Jul 2015 2m 35.22s 1m 5f 89y Gabrial's King (Good) 22 Aug 2015 2m 50.2s 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 331 41 £518,674 12.39% -£35.80 A M Balding 133 28 £380,966 21.05% £13.26 M Johnston 142 24 £344,457 16.9% -£11.39 Tom Dascombe 210 23 £201,220 10.95% -£138.04 T D Easterby 103 14 £130,289 13.59% -£3.25 Ian Williams 95 11 £177,636 11.58% -£39.75 R Hannon 46 10 £144,808 21.74% -£7.59 R M Beckett 43 8 £79,786 18.6% -£13.55 A P O'Brien 26 8 £368,612 30.77% -£0.22 W J Haggas 22 7 £137,218 31.82% -£2.56
Jockey Runners Wins Prize Money Strike-Rate P/L F Norton 179 25 £346,199 13.97% -£63.39 R Kingscote 119 17 £160,926 14.29% -£53.24 David Probert 81 14 £107,492 17.28% -£29.03 P Hanagan 93 11 £113,370 11.83% -£29.70 Connor Murtagh 73 8 £77,549 10.96% -£12.75 P J McDonald 36 7 £57,003 19.44% -£19.51 R L Moore 25 7 £311,902 28% -£5.72 Jack Mitchell 25 7 £43,437 28% £10.50 Harry Bentley 26 7 £87,485 26.92% £19.25 S A Gray 40 6 £42,377 15% £3.50
Forecast: Heavy sleet shower
Forecast: Light showers
Temp: 1.4° - 7.1°
Wind: 12.4 mph W
Last Update: 25/02/2020 12:00
13:35 Boodles EBF Novice Auction Stakes
- Winner: Strait Of Hormuz 13/8 Fav
- Jockey: David Probert Trainer: A M Balding
- Owner: M M Stables
14:10 Mr & Mrs Wilson Handicap
- Winner: Confrontational 11/2 J2Fav
- Jockey: S A Gray Trainer: J Candlish
- Owner: Mr Brian Verinder
14:45 Incom-CNS Group 30th Anniversary Nursery
- Winner: Stone Soldier 7/1
- Jockey: T Eaves Trainer: J G Given
- Owner: The Cool Silk Partnership
15:20 Raymond & Kathleen Corbett Memorial Handicap
- Winner: Gossip Column 9/2
- Jockey: Thomas Greatrex Trainer: Ian Williams
- Owner: Dr Marwan Koukash
15:55 ESL Group Novice Stakes
- Winner: James Park Woods 2/1 2Fav
- Jockey: S M Levey Trainer: R M Beckett
- Owner: Quantum Leap Racing Iv
16:30 GT Radial Tyre Fillies' Handicap
- Winner: Fannie By Gaslight 13/8 Fav
- Jockey: G Mosse Trainer: M R Channon
- Owner: Aston Bloodstock
17:05 MBNA Handicap
- Winner: Well Funded 6/1
- Jockey: Jane Elliott Trainer: J D Bethell
- Owner: Clarendon Thoroughbred Racing
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Chester Race Company
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