Timeform bring you their comprehensive runner-by-runner guide to Friday's Chester Cup, and pick out their 1-2-3...
"...has shown that his ability remains very much intact with a couple of solid efforts on the AW in March..."
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1. NAKEETA (Iain Jardine/Callum Rodriguez (3))
Better than ever in 2017, winning 19-runner Ebor at York (by head from Flymetothestars), weaving through, leading last 100 yards and holding on gamely. Did best of those held up/drawn high when creditable 6½ lengths fifth of 23 to Rekindling in Melbourne Cup (Handicap) at Flemington last time.
2. PRINCE OF ARRAN (Charlie Fellowes/Stevie Donohoe)
Won handicap at Meydan in February and ran up to form when 5½ lengths eighth of 16 to Vazirabad in Dubai Gold Cup there last time, though no real threat.
3. TIME TO STUDY (FR) (Mark Johnston/Franny Norton)
Successful three times in 2017, including Mallard Stakes at Doncaster. Creditable 5 lengths second of 6 to Torcedor in Sagaro Stakes at Ascot last time. Front runner/races prominently.
4. SHADOW SADNESS (GER) (Oliver Greenall/Paul Hanagan)
Best efforts in 2017 when second in listed race at Hamburg on third outing and fifth in Deutsches St Leger at Dortmund (beaten 2¾ lengths by Oriental Eagle. Sold to new connections since landing odds in 5-runner minor event at Zweibrucken last time by 5 lengths from Theo Danon.
5. SAIGON CITY (Declan Carroll/Ger O'Neill (5))
Won minor event at Doncaster (by 5 lengths from Across The Stars) in March and possibly amiss when 12¼ lengths ninth of 11 to Mount Moriah in listed race at Nottingham last time. Usually races prominently.
6. MAGIC CIRCLE (IRE) (Ian Williams/Fran Berry)
Won at York (by length from My Reward) in 2017. Rare poor effort when 19 lengths thirteenth of 34 to Withhold in Cesarewitch Handicap at Newmarket last time. Sold from Ralph Beckett for 70,000 guineas in November and likely aimed at this race, though may have preferred some rain.
7. FUN MAC (GER) (Hughie Morrison/Oisin Murphy)
Won listed race at Maisons-Laffitte (by nose from Vent de Force) in 2017, but best effort last season came when third in this race (length behind Montaly). Respectable 6 lengths ninth of 23 to Saunter in November Handicap at Doncaster final outing, needing stiffer test.
8. MY REWARD (Tim Easterby/David Allan)
Won at Ripon and Chester (listed event, by ¾ length from Cape Coast) in 2017. Creditable 3¾ lengths third of 8 to Mirsaale at Ripon last time. Front runner.
9. WHO DARES WINS (IRE) (Alan King/Ryan Moore)
Won at Newmarket (by 1¾ lengths from Coeur de Lion) in 2017, but below form when 14¼ lengths tenth of 34 to Withhold in Cesarewitch Handicap there on final Flat outing. Good third in Grade 3 hurdle last time and booking of Ryan Moore looks significant.
10.VENT DE FORCE (Michael Mullineaux/Phil Dennis (3))
Nose second to Fun Mac in listed race at Maisons-Laffitte in 2017 for Hughie Morrison. Well held in listed race at Nottingham last time, folding late on.
11.STARGAZER (IRE) (Philip Kirby/Kevin Stott)
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute (won at Sandown) and off 19 months prior to return this year where he was first past post in 14-runner event at Newcastle last time by nose from Island Brave, leading final 1f but demoted to second place after rider deemed guilty of careless riding in latter stages. Leading contender on that performance.
12. WATERSMEET (Mark Johnston/Joe Fanning)
Completed hat-trick in minor events at Wolverhampton in January, and Lingfield and Kempton (by neck from Curbyourenthusiasm) in February, and respectable neck third of 9 to Funny Kid in All-Weather Marathon Championships at Lingfield last time, dictating and kicking on 2f out. Strong traveller.
13.GRANDEE (IRE) (David O'Meara/Daniel Tudhope)
Won listed race at Leopardstown (by 2¼ lengths from Eziyra) in 2017 for Jessica Harrington. Better than ever when 1½ lengths second of 6 to Great Hall in handicap at Ripon last time, having to wait for gap over 2f out. Something to prove over this new trip.
14.CAYIRLI (FR) (Seamus Durack/Shane Kelly)
Bounced back to best when landing 11-runner event at Kempton last time readily by 2 lengths from Curbyourenthusiasm, but was better placed than most.
15.DUBAWI FIFTY (Karen McLintock/Silvestre De Sousa)
Won at Newcastle in January and Wolverhampton (by length from Gwafa) in February and shaped as if still in good form when ½-length third of 6 to American Gigolo at former course last time, unsuited by emphasis on speed. Often races prominently.
16.SILVER CONCORDE (Keith Dalgleish/Graham Lee)
Third in this race (1¼ lengths behind No Heretic) in 2016, but below form when 4½ lengths third of 6 to Max Dynamite in minor event at Killarney sole Flat start in 2017, finding little after very slow start. Won 3 times over hurdles at Musselburgh most recent jumps season, but pulled up last time.
17.JUKEBOX JIVE (FR) (Anthony Honeyball/John Egan)
Won maiden at Wolverhampton and handicaps at Sandown and Newbury (by short head from Aurora Gray) in 2017. Good 2¾ lengths fourth of 10 to Medburn Cutler at last-named course last time. Front runner/races prominently.
Timeform Chester Cup 1-2-3
2. Dubawi Fifty
3. Magic Circle
Timeform Chester Cup Analyst's Verdict
This marathon trip could unlock improvement in STARGAZER, who was progressive for Sir Michael Stoute in 2016 and has shown that his ability remains very much intact with a couple of solid efforts on the AW in March. Dubawi Fifty also has low mileage and is a big danger, along with the consistent Magic Circle. Had he been better drawn, Who Dares Wins would've been very high on the shortlist, too.