Through The Card: Chester, Friday May 6

It's day three of Chester's May meeting on Friday
It's day three of Chester's May meeting on Friday

Timeform take you through the card on the final day of Chester's May meeting.

"...she is the one to beat on the form of her debut third at Lingfield last December and is worth another chance to confirm that promise..."

14:10 - A low draw and a relatively patient ride could be the crucial factor here, with front runners Hillbilly Boy and Bold Prediction in the line-up, and Archie and Gabrial's Kaka top the shortlist. Archie is lightly raced for a four-year-old (five starts) and caught the eye on his first outing for Clive Cox/return when fourth of 10 to Crazy Chic in a handicap at Kempton last month, and he gets the nod. Arnold Lane could also run a big race from stall 1.

14:40 - It's unlikely that any of these are going to emulate Kris Kin, the last horse to win this Dee Stakes and follow up in the Derby (in 2003), but Linguistic looked a smart prospect when making a winning return in a valuable sales event over this trip at Newmarket and is capable of taking this listed prize. Cook Islands would appear to be the pick of the Ballydoyle duo given he's ridden by Ryan Moore, though it would be unwise to ignore Housesofparliament given what (nearly) happened yesterday!

15:10 - Dartmouth took the step up to pattern company in his stride at Chelmsford on his return and looks the most interesting runner in this Group 3 Ormonde Stakes despite his penalty, especially as Sir Michael Stoute has already won this race five times, but there's not much juice in his price around 2.568/5. Wicklow Brave could be a threat if reacting positively to a first-time hood, while Cymro is the other improver in the field.

15:45 - C&D winner El Astronaute (drawn 1 under champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa) can be expected to be close up travelling well at halfway, which is half the battle at this track, so he looks like the safest play in a tricky contest. The classy Molecomb winner Kachy will give him plenty to think about if over his disappointing reappearance, when he probably failed to stay seven furlongs in the Free Handicap. Mont Kiara, gelded since last season, completes the shortlist.

16:20 - A competitive race on the face of it, despite two non runners, but it could pay to concentrate on Fingal's Cave and The Hooded Claw. The former has quickly made up for a light season in 2015 by winning two of his four starts this time around and could have more to offer, while the latter won at this meeting in 2014 and arrives on the back of a promising reappearance back for Tim Easterby at Pontefract three weeks ago. It's also interesting that The Hooded Claw was purchased by one of Chester's biggest fans Dr Marwan Koukash before that run.

16:50 - Five of the eight runners in this seven-furlong fillies' maiden have their Timeform ratings adorned with a 'p' (capable of better), so it may not be straightforward for Dufay, but she is the one to beat on the form of her debut third at Lingfield last December and is worth another chance to confirm that promise having been too keen over a mile on her return last month. Angelic Guest and Golden Glimmer both arrive on the back of encouraging first runs and are others to consider.

17:20 - Gabrial The Duke is untrustworthy as a rule, but it wouldn't be the biggest surprise to see him put up a big effort here after an eye-catching Southwell run last month. What's more, this is an apprentice event and he's ridden by the very promising Adam McNamara, who partnered him to success in March. Graceland and The Character are both respected also, though the latter might have done better here on Thursday.


Back El Astronaute in the 15:45
Back Dufay in the 16:50

Placepot permutation:
14:10 - 8, 11
14:40 - 6
15:10 - 1
15:45 - 7
16:20 - 2, 13
16:55 - 4

= 4 lines

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