Betfair Ambassador Ryan Moore gives his verdict on his three rides on the opening day of the Chester May Meeting including Hunting Horn in the Chester Vase...
"Family Tree has the most to find form-wise but you would expect that after just the one win in a heavy-ground Gowran maiden, and the Galileo colt certainly doesn’t lack for pedigree."
Hopeful Aidan can weave his magic
14:25 Chester - Magic Wand
Aidan had five in here, and he relies on Dramatically, Forever Together and Magic Wand. All three have plenty to recommend them, perhaps most obviously Dramatically, who steps up in trip after contesting the Nell Gwyn.
She found it all happening a bit too quickly for her there - and it looks a better race now, too - and this longer trip really should suit her on pedigree, being a half-sister to a couple of 1m4f winners. The draw could have been kinder, though. Forever Together doesn't have her form claims, but she has only raced twice and is another filly who will be suited by the trip.
She is a full-sister to the Fillies' Mile winner Together Forever, and this Galileo filly is related to winners over further. You would expect her to come into her own this season, and on this better ground. I haven't ridden her or Magic Wand though, so I can't give you a first-hand opinion.
You would hope that Magic Wand would improve for the better ground, though, after shaping pretty well in heavy at Leopardstown on reappearance; her sister Chicquita won the Irish Oaks on fast ground and she is best drawn of the trio in one. She clearly has a lot to find form-wise, but these trials are just that; all about learning and improving.
Proschema looks the one to beat in Vase
15:35 Chester - Hunting Horn
We have been lucky enough to win the last five runnings of this race, and all three of ours in here have been given decent draws. It's a class renewal though, with perhaps a lot more depth than usual, and this will take a fair bit of winning.
Family Tree has the most to find form-wise but you would expect that after just the one win in a heavy-ground Gowran maiden, and the Galileo colt certainly doesn't lack for pedigree. I didn't sit on Flag Of Honour at two, but I rode him on his return at Longchamp last month and he shaped nicely enough on what was heavy ground there.
This better surface will suit him, and we also know that Hunting Horn is fit and well after two starts this season. He didn't get the run of the race when third to Sevenna Star and Ispolini, who re-opposes here, in the Classic Trial for me at Sandown last time, and that run suggested this step up in trip is well worth a go.
He has a fair enough shout but, as I said, this looks a competitive and open race with a few possible winners. You obviously have to respect Ispolini but it could be that Proschema is the one to beat; he looks a good colt.
Better ground will suit Baritone
16:05 Chester - Baritone
He is a Camelot half-brother to a couple of decent winners from the yard, and he also shaped well against a stablemate at Leicester on his reappearance. I thought he was coming to win his race at one point, but perhaps he just got tired in what was very deep ground.
The winner is okay, too, and we pulled well clear of the third. The better ground here should suit, and he looks to hold a decent winning chance in a maiden we have won in the past, notably with Harbinger, although the draw in 10 is an obvious negative and there are a few in here with a similar profile and form claims, notably Argentello.