Bets of the Day: King Ottokar can confirm his place in the Derby lineup

The stand at Chester
The opening day of the Chester meeting is packed with quality

Alan was just a neck away from landing the double yesterday but thanks to Ballard Down, still produced a profit on the day. Today is the start of the three-day Chester meeting and Alan has two selections to consider...

"Charlie Fellowes has been quoted as saying that the son of 2005 Derby winner Motivator is the best horse he has ever trained"

Back King Ottokar @ 5/2 in the Chester 15:35

King Ottokar can rule the Roodee

Chester 15:35

The Chester Vase is a renowned Derby trial, the likes of Shergar and Ruler Of The World, and despite finishing second here, Wings Of Eagles used it on their way to claiming the classic. Charlie Fellowes trains King Ottokar in this and has been quoted as saying that the €280,000 son of 2005 Derby winner Motivator, is the best horse he has ever trained. If his sole three-year-old start to date at Newbury is anything to go by he can confirm the trainer's comments by winning this.

He will have gone in plenty people's notebooks after that win at Newbury last month as he dented the hopes of a number of unbeaten rivals when taking the step up to a mile and a quarter in his stride. The colt finished ahead of Dashing Willoughby and Kaloor, who he meets again this afternoon and I can't see any reason why they would reverse that form.

As soon as he won at Newbury this was immediately confirmed as his next target and if the anticipated rainfall arrives that will only assist his cause. Confidence is obviously high in the Fellowes camp and you get the feeling this has been a well planned schedule, should he win this, it will surely be full steam ahead to Epson in a month's time and the 34.033/1 currently available on the Exchange for him to win the Derby will be snapped up.

Great Dame can make the most of a good draw

Chester 13:50

The opening race of the three day meeting is a a tricky puzzle to solve, but David O'Meara's runner Great Dame could get the festival off to a "great" start. Together with Beverley, Chester over five Furlongs has the most well known draw bias in the country. Obviously you need to be drawn low but you also need a horse with early speed to make use of a good draw and Great Dame certainly possesses that early pace. She made almost all the running when she won at Ripon last time out, and she looks more than capable if deploying similar tactics here coming out of a handy low draw (stall 3), especially when her main market rivals have not been as fortunate with their starting positions.

Not only is the Brocklesby winner Show Me Show Me going to have to do it from a wide draw (stall 8), but the young colt also has to concede weight to the remainder of the field today and that just looks too much to ask for the current market leader for me. Another on form that holds every chance is the unbeaten Electric Ladyland, both her successes have come over this trip on Polytrack. However, she is drawn 10, it's her debut on turf and the form of her latest victory doesn't look that special.

2019 Overall: +10.3pts

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