Chester May Meeting Day 2 Tips: Dylan can leave favourite backers open mouthed

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Tony is looking for a winner or two on the second day of Chester's May Meeting
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We quickly move on to the second day of Chester's excellent May Meeting, and our big-price tipster Tony Calvin is here with his thoughts and selections on the competitive card...

"He put up an excellent time figure when winning a competitive 1m4f Haydock handicap on fast ground by 2¼ lengths off a mark of 104 last season, and the trip should be fine for him around here."

Dylan Mouth at [15.0] or bigger in 15:35

Dylan can put it up to Idaho

Thursday's Chester card is no easier trying to eke out possible bets than the opening day was, so let's ease into proceedings by first focusing on the claims of Idaho in the Ormonde Stakes at 15:35.

He is comfortably the shortest-priced runner of the four ITV races at around the 11/8 mark and little wonder as he is the clear form choice, some 7lb clear on official ratings, and the drying ground is very much in his favour.

He would win this comfortably if returning to his 2017 summer best of a Hardwicke win and a King George third, but there are reasons for shying away from him at the price.

He was highly-tried in Group 1s around the globe after those excellent Ascot efforts, none more so than when fifth in the Japan Cup (he didn't get the run of the race there, either), but I just wonder whether his travels could have left their mark.

He was a little bit underwhelming in the Sheema Classic in March, albeit that was obviously a much better race than this, and you could argue that he still has his stamina to prove, for all he was going rather well when unseating 3f out in the St Leger - I often forget he was a 4/6 poke to win that Classic - and he clearly sees out 1m4f very well.

I suspect he will outclass these but Dylan Mouth could give him a race and he is probably not a bad 14/1 chance. A decent 14/1 bet, in fact, as I will come to.

He put up an excellent time figure when winning a competitive 1m4f Haydock handicap on fast ground by 2¼ lengths off a mark of 104 last season, and the trip should be fine for him around here.

He goes really well when fresh - in fact, his reappearance runs read 11112 - but the problem I had initially with putting him up as a bet was the quiet form of the Marco Botti yard.

However, on balance, I will be backing him regardless, so I am happy to put this triple Group 1-winner up as a bet at [15.0] or bigger. At his 2015 peak, he was rated only 3lb shy of Idaho.

Veteran sprinter a big price to defy wide berth

It isn't hard to see A Momentofmadness jumping out of stall one and making all in the opener at 13:50 - he is good when he gets it right out of the gates - but the price has suckered me in on Sir Maximilian and I can't resist a nibble at [16.0] and bigger. We are getting the price primarily because he is drawn eight.

There are positives, though. He won this race when with Tim Pitt in 2014, beating Caspian Prince the thick end of three lengths, and he is treading the same path to this meeting as he did for the last two years, coming here via a spell in Meydan.

He won a conditions race by 4 lengths at this meeting in 2016, and was due to contest this race last year, only to be withdrawn with a vet's certificate.

So his trainer, Ian Williams, clearly primes him for this card after a spell in the sunshine, and a first-time visor is a very interesting angle for the 9yo. Let's hope you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Williams is 17 from 86 when initially using this headgear option since 2006, a very profitable angle indeed. The draw is the obvious negative, and a big one at that, but I will take my chances at the price. I wouldn't want too much rain for him in the next 24 hours or so, though - it has just started to spit at Chester as I write this - so keep a weather watch.

Decent runs expected from Swtan and Chief

The Dee Stakes at 14:25 looks very hard to call. Only 5lb covers six of the highest-rated horses, though Kenya does carry a 5lb penalty for his Group 3 win.

That is probably why Ryan Moore has been put on stablemate Rostropovich, but I can't get involved with so many improving and lightly-raced 3yos in opposition.

The only other race on ITV is the 7f127yd handicap at 15:00 and Porth Swtan makes the most appeal here.

He is fairly berthed in stall four, and broke his frustrating run of seconds when winning a 7f maiden at the Craven meeting, a victory his trainer attributed to the horse having grown up. And he certainly showed a good attitude there.

He also has experience of the track, just getting touched off here in August, and a mark of 86 looks fair enough (even though he is 3lb out of the handicap, which is clearly not ideal). He is an acceptable price at around 7/1 but, on balance, I can let him win unbacked and untipped. It's a competitive race and I expect Another Batt, on his inner in stall two, to grab the prime rail spot ahead of him.

I don't have much of a betting opinion on the RUK races at the tail end of the card, though Indian Chief could go well in the closing 1m2f handicap.


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