Galway-bound Baraweez blows away Chester rivals

Brian Ellison hits the target on the Roodee

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Baraweez enjoyed a charmed run down the outside to run out a ready winner of the Crabbie’s Earl Grosvenor Handicap at Chester.

Brian Ellison’s eight-year-old may have had a plum draw in stall one but came from way off the pace to land the spoils.

Apprentice Phil Dennis chose to bide his time before weaving him through the field early in the straight to challenge in the centre of the course.

Baraweez (7-1) mowed the leaders in the closing stages to score by a length and a quarter from Gossiping, with Above The Rest three-quarters of a length away in third.

Owner Andrew Barnes said: “I was worried when he missed the break. When he got stall one we were overjoyed, but when you miss it you are probably better off being drawn high.

“Thankfully, when he did get out he did his job. Chester has been a lucky place for us and we love coming here.

“Galway will be the plan again, he runs twice there every year. He’s won there and been placed a few times but it’s so competitive.”

Restorer won at the first attempt since joining Ian Williams’ stable when making all the running in the Boodles Diamond Handicap.

A shrewd purchase by renowned Chester supporter Marwan Koukash for just 33,000 guineas in the autumn, Restorer soon grabbed the rail which enabled Richard Kingscote to dictate the pace.

He was shadowed all the way by fellow grey Dark Red, but Restorer (7-2 favourite) was always going best and kept up the gallop to score by a length and three-quarters.

Koukash said: “I picked him out at the sales. Ian mentioned running in the Ormonde but I thought he’d be better off dropping in trip.

“I thought he was too keen to win but when he kicked on the bend it was amazing. Richard gave him a great ride.

“I think his stamina won it at the end of the day but he was well handicapped on his best form.”

Star Of The East (10-1) put up a gutsy performance to hold off all-comers in the YCO Apprentice Handicap.

Jane Elliott produced the Mark Johnston-trained four-year-old to head long-time leader Faithful Mount at the top of the straight and the combination stuck on stoutly to score from late finishers Gabrial’s King and Jabbaar.

Johnston said: “Jane is now two out of two on him. We’ve got some good apprentices this year but as she had already won on him I offered her the ride again.

“She said that as she was getting hassled by the other one she had to use up a bit more than she would have liked early, and that just meant he was running on empty at the end.”

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