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Chester May Meeting Day Three Tips: Mark Milligan has another trio of selections for Friday

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Mark Milligan is targeting a trio to back at Chester on Friday

Mark Milligan has taken a look at the third and final day of Chester's May meeting and has three selections to go at...

  • Buick to land the opener

  • Mr Hamspstead can strike in for in-form yard

  • Stoute's Passenger to reappear in style


13:30 Chester - Back Dancing Magic

Fourth to Auguste Rodin in the Group 1 Futurity at Doncaster on his final two-year-old start in 2022, Dancing Magic was highly tried in his subsequent three-year-old season and he makes plenty of appeal in this opening handicap.

The pick of those efforts last year probably came on his seasonal debut when third in the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, though he did post several decent efforts after that too.

Despite having a pedigree that has plenty of stamina in it, Dancing Magic does look best at around 1m and shouldn't have any issue with this 7.5f trip.

Some may be put off by the fact he remains a maiden after 12 starts, but most of those have come against much stronger company than he faces here and he won't get many better chances of getting off the mark.

Dancing Magic shaped well on seasonal debut at Newbury last time and has a good draw in stall three. Throw in the attractive jockey booking of William Buick and everything looks set for a big run from Roger Teal's charge.


14:05 Chester - Back Mr Hampstead @ 9/43.25

This is an interesting maiden that could well develop between a pair of well-bred Galileo colts, Roger Varian's Mr Hampstead and Aidan O'Brien's Ephesus.

The latter is favourite at time of writing and is clearly open to improvement having made just the one start, that coming when finishing third at Dundalk.

However, I prefer the claims of the former, who has a cracking pedigree and should be suited by stepping up to 1m 4f for the first time.

Mr Hampstead shaped well when runner-up on debut at Newcastle in November before finishing fourth on his seasonal return in a high-value novice contest at Newbury.

That race has already thrown up a subsequent winner, with Sam Hawkens (one place behind Mr Hampstead) going in at Salisbury a couple of days ago.

There are others in this contest who are open to progression, notably Ancient Myth and Mina Rashid, but I'm sweet on the claims of Mr Hampstead, who holds some fancy entries and represents a bang-in-form yard.

15:05 Chester - Back Passenger @ 11/43.75

Passenger looks a typical Sir Michael Stoute older-horse project and this unexposed sort can kick off his season in style by taking the Group 2 Huxley Stakes.

The son of Ulysses made a striking debut on the all-weather at Newcastle last April before being thrown straight into the deep end in the Dante, where he looked a touch unfortunate not to finish closer than third.

He was given a tilt at the Derby off the back of that but appeared to be found out by his lack of experience there and didn't cut much ice, finishing well beaten.

On the back of a 12-week break, he reappeared in Group 3 company at Windsor in August (a race his sire took before becoming a Group 1 winner the following season) and came home in front narrowly from solid yardstick West Wind Blows.

Passenger retains plenty of scope to do even better at four, as his sire did quite markedly, and he's certainly in the right hands to carry on progressing.

This looks a good starting point for the Flaxman Stables-owned gelding, who I'm sure connections will be looking to target at all the big middle-distance events through the summer.


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