Through The Card: Chester, Thursday May 5

It's day two of Chester's May meeting on Thursday
It's day two of Chester's May meeting on Thursday

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

"The speedy Reflektor looks an ideal Chester type and he's got a fair draw in stall 6, so looks a sound bet..."

14:10 - Darshini didn't have to improve on his best three-year-old form to make a winning reappearance at Chelmsford last month, but he strikes as the type who can progress again this season, so gets the vote with his yard (Sir Michael Stoute) going so well. What About Carlo and American Artist both have something to recommend them, the latter particularly consistent, while Sennockian Star could be danger to all if putting everything together.

14:40 - This isn't a race which makes much appeal from a betting point of view. Western Hymn isn't the sort of horse to be piling in on at short odds, but he is the form choice at the weights (receives 7 lb from Grade 1 winner Cannock Chase, who is actually rated 2 lb lower than Western Hymn on Timeform master ratings) and pretty consistent, so is probably a safe enough banker in the Placepot.

15:10 - Ante-post Derby favourite US Army Ranger looked potentially smart when making a winning debut at the Curragh last month and it looks significant that he follows the same path to Epsom as Ruler of The World, who won the same maiden and this race before completing the hat-trick in the Derby in 2013. Chances are US Army Ranger will provide Aidan O'Brien with his seventh win in this contest since 2007, but he cannot be recommended as a bet given he will find this test completely different to his debut and is currently 1.4640/85. For Placepot purposes it's probably best to take Biodynamic (should be second favourite) and Ormito and hope for a result.

15:45 - Arcanada showed a good attitude when winning at Doncaster recently but he's been done no favours by the draw here (9 of 9), especially as he's now a front runner, and the better bet looks to be his stablemate Above N Beyond who wasn't disgraced in a seven-furlong listed race on his reappearance in March, when he hinted that a stiffer test (like this) would suit. He's also landed the plum draw in stall 1. Storm Rising is interesting on his return for Richard Hannon and could provide the stiffest opposition to Above N Beyond.

16:20 - A tricky leg for the Placepot and potentially a race that will blow it wide open, given the most interesting horses of those that have run, Havelock and Full Intention, are draw 10 and 12 (widest of all) respectively. There's a good chance that one of them will be sharp enough from the gates to get over and still manage to win, especially as those drawn in the lowest four stalls aren't particularly easy to fancy, but it's hard to be confident. Lostock and Mehmas look the most interesting of the newcomers.

16:55 - The Thirsk handicap in which Reflektor and Celebration occupied the first two positions last month looks the key piece of form (race backed up by the clock) for this handicap, and the former just gets the nod for all the latter was making his reappearance that day and enjoys a 4 lb pull. The speedy Reflektor looks an ideal Chester type and he's got a fair draw in stall 6, so looks a sound bet at around 5.24/1. Alsaaden may well resume his progress this year and may prove best of the rest.

17:25 - Emirates Airline got his short career back on track when fourth in a handicap at Newmarket on his final start last term and can pick up where he left off in this similar race. Granted he does have to prove himself over 10 furlongs but this is clearly a sharp test at the trip, he remains low-mileage now embarking on his four-year-old year and has landed a good draw here in stall 4. The opposition is headed by the Tom Dascombe trained-pair The Character and Newera, though money for Mustaqqil on his debut for David O'Meara would look significant.

Recommendations:

Back Above N Beyond in the 15:45
Back Reflektor in the 16:55

Placepot permutation:
14:10 - 6
14:40 - 7
15:10 - 2, 5
15:45 - 3
16:20 - 2, 3
16:55 - 1, 11

= 8 lines

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