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At Market Rasen in the 14:25, Quid Pro Quo 2.35/4 is an interesting runner for Dan Skelton and JP McManus. Together the owner and trainer outfit have had a 45% strike rate in the last five years, and this is the trainer's only entry of the day and Harry Skelton's only ride of the day.
Chester's third and final day comes to a close. In the opening 13:30, Boosala 5.59/2 could potentially be a Group horse in a handicap today after shaping well on seasonal return at Newbury. He gets the services for Ryan Moore, who has an astonishing 75% strike rate (6-8) at Chester this week.
In the 15:15 Chester Cup, Frankie Dettori will look for back to back wins in this race on Falcon Eight 6.511/2 as the pair look to retain their title.
There's good flat action at Ascot today as they kick off their two day May meeting. In the 16:00, Thunder Legend 2.77/4 looks to have been handed a lenient opening handicap mark of 84 on the balance of his form. Trainer William Haggas has a 22% strike rate with handicap debutants.
In the 17:40 at Ascot, Atrium 5.59/2 represents trainer Charlie Fellowes and jockey Keiran Shoemark and together, they have a 21% strike rate and are profitable £16 to a £1 level stake.
When Sir Michael Stoute and jockey Richard Kingscote partner the pair have a 20% strike rate overall, and Sir Michael Stoute has a 21% strike rate at Nottingham. All roads lead to their potentially smart runner today Kirilenko 3.02/1 in the 19:10.
In the 18:15 at Ripon, Dapper Man 4.03/1 shaped as though his turn may be near when staying on well at Pontefract last time. Nine of his 12 turf wins have come between the months of April and July.
Horses for courses
This section highlights the best bets from horses that have won twice or more at today's tracks.
14:05 Chester - Baryshnikov - Has won here twice (67%)
17:26 Wolverhampton - Street Poet - Has won here ten times (23%)
18:45 Ripon - Mark's Choice - Has won here six times (43%)
Weighted to go well
"Weighted to go well" highlights horses running that are more than 10lbs below their last winning handicap mark.
18:26 Wolverhampton - Vivency - Has won off 70 runs off 58
19:40 Nottingham - Mustarrid - Has won off 82 runs off 72
Today's furthest traveller is trainer Lucinda Russel who makes the 275-mile journey from her base to Market Rasen with her runner Izzy's Champion 8.515/2 in the 16:10.
Race of the day
The 15:15 Chester Cup is the feature race of the day, and a strong field of 14 head to post in what looks like a belter of a race. A tricky affair for punters, and there's going to be plenty of luck in running needed for those that like a hold-up horse.
Last year's winner, Falcon Eight, attempts to land back to back wins in this race off of a lofty handicap mark of 109 (five pounds higher than last year). He arrives in fine fettle after a narrow defeat over hurdles in a Grade 2 contest and has valid claims under Frankie Dettori. Still, this looks like a deeper race than last year and how much improvement there is to come at the age of seven remains to be seen. He is passed over.
Course winner Solent Gateway made a promising return to action with an eye-catching effort at Epsom on his latest outing and is a potential improver back up in trip with that run under his belt and returned to a course he clearly thrives at.
He has obvious claims from a fair draw in stall seven.
Coltrane has left the impression that a switch back to turf after four runs on the all-weather would bring out further improvement and his lightly raced profile gives confidence there is more to come from him.
His latest effort at Kempton suggested he was building towards a bigger performance, and it's highly likely this contest has been the target. He had a handful of these behind when ninth in the 2020 Cesarewitch at Newmarket, but he is likely to see today's easier trip out far stronger. Very interesting.
Big race verdict
A cracking race with any amount laying valid claims to this thrown. Rajinsky, Arcadian Sunrise and Cleveland are all worthy of good mentions also, but the market looks to have this right, and from a good draw for a prominent position, it's hard to see Coltrane out of the frame. He has a bigger performance in him, and today's conditions will prove right up his street.
Ryan's back for Moore Chester success
Ryan Moore has had a sensational two days at Chester and has a further four rides on the final day of the May meeting, including one taking a huge step up in trip in the feature Chester Cup...
Read Ryan's thoughts here.
Hydroplane to fly past rivals in finale
In the 16:55 at Chester, Hydroplane 7.06/1 has surely had this as his flat target after finishing an excellent third in last year's deeper contest, and he has valid claims of going two better off one pound higher today.
Highlighted by the fact he carried 8st6lb in the race last year and today carries 9st5lb, this race is not as competitive as the one he faced last term, and a repeat run would see him go extremely close to scoring today. Last year's winner is now rated 12 pounds higher, and the runner-up is four pounds higher while the fourth is seven pounds higher.
This is the selection's first start on the flat since that day, and this is effectively a drop in grade into what is a 0-85 from 0-95. The favourite Bellatrixsa has the plum draw next to the selection and will try and make all of the running, but in the hope that Jim Crowley keeps tabs on that one, he should prove the stronger horse at the finish with a sharper turn of foot.
33/1 chance Orbaan leads Carter's Saturday hopes
At Lingfield in the 14:05, the Betfair odds compilers must be crazy to offer 13.012/1 about Ex Gratia, who was a huge eye-catcher on the all-weather at this venue last time when continuously denied a clear run. She can reverse the form with two that finished in front of her that day and prove that this opening handicap mark of 80 underestimates her ability.
At Ascot in the 14:20, I want to take on Al Aasy, who hasn't been at his best since having the cruellest chop of all, and Roger Varian's Third Realm can take advantage on seasonal return. He holds the strongest recent form in the race, has a good record fresh and is open to vast improvement after just seven starts, and the current 7/2 looks more than fair with the Betfair Sportsbook.
In the 16:05 Victoria Cup at Ascot, I have had two stabs at big prices. Orbaan 34.033/1 has been better than the bare result on both occasions this term and has fallen considerably in the handicap. He gets in here with next to no weight at all, but it's the drop to seven furlongs that makes him of considerable interest. He doesn't get the pace to aim at often enough over 1m, and that looks the limit of his stamina, but today's stiff seven with a strong pace and a big field looks right up his street.
Darkness 17.016/1 is another to consider in this contest. He has had to acclimatise to British racing and shaped as though his turn was near last time when worthy of an upgrade held up off of a steady pace behind a subsequent winner at Haydock. Both are drawn well.
Ah, that's what used to wind me up about the flat, and it's back in spades! Not every horse that wins a bloody race is a superstar! Is it not absolutely exhausting to see every horse that wins a race touted on social media as a potential Derby or Oaks contender?
Whenever this happens, there's usually little context behind the headline when clicking through other than he/she simply won by a distance and could "potentially" be a Derby/Oaks contender.
This is one of the things that really grinds my gears with social media. However, I have had to learn to simply smile when I see a performance raved about after comparing it to the class 5 on the card and seeing that it was potentially worthless. I think that's called growth?
Still, I don't know why it stressed me out so much? I think it was because I feel people are getting the wrong information a lot of the time about a big winning margin. It should be the job inside those headlines to try and educate people about the performance rather than trying to shove them to whichever betting company is sponsoring them this month to "get on".
Perhaps I should just let it go...
Until Monday, be lucky!
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