It's the final day of the May festival on the Roodee, but it's the first day back in the tipping chair for Alan Thompson and he is hoping to finish the Chester meeting in style with these two selections...
"Finished 4th in a Group 1 in France, if fit he has to go close"
The top rated horse in this race is Kachy, a horse I tipped up last time out (click here) at Lingfield on finals day she could only manage to finish second that day to City Light. Although Tom Dascombe's five-year-old wasn't beaten far that day and the yard tend to target this meeting, he does have to give weight away all round and he is drawn widest of all and that combination might just be too much to ask.
If something is to beat the favourite then the one I think who could take advantage is David Griffiths' charge Duke Of Firenze. He won a Class 2 handicap almost a year ago to the day at York and with seven wins on the turf and over £200,000 in win and place prize money. Despite being off the course for some time he was last seen running a superb race to finish fourth in the Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye at Chantilly. The main worry is he's had six months off since that run but I'm sure the Griffiths team will bring the old boy here in tip top condition and surely a repeat of that Chantilly run would make it hard for Kachy and the others to catch him.
Seventeen runners line up for the ultra competitive Chester Cup, but with four places available I am finding it hard not to get involved with Mark Johnston's Time to Study at an each way price. The four-year-old, out of Motivator, looks like an out and out galloper to me who will get this trip, he is a progressive colt who was perhaps a little unlucky not to make a winning return at Musselburgh but then ran a superb race to be second when upped in class in the Sagaro at Ascot chasing home the smart Torcedor and had Montaly (last year's Chester Cup winner) back in fifth.
The handicapper has reacted by raising Frannie Norton's mount by just 3lb, I don't see him having too many problems at the weights here. With only two of his 12 starts seen him finish outside the place money, I expect him to be very much there at the business end of this one.
2018 Overall (prior to this week): +10.75 pts
This week so far...
Staked: 0 pts
Returned: 0 pts
2017 P&L +53.30pts
2016 P&L +15.23pts