Chester Tips: Knight In Shining Armour

Gaz gives his top tips for day two of the Boodles May Festival at Chester and is looking for a knight in shining armour.

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A White Knight

The Satchell Moran Solicitors Business Interruption Claims Handicap (13:45) kicks off the action on day two. This looks a hot contest and being over five furlongs is sure to be run at a blistering pace. Lord Ridderford is an interesting runner. His all-weather mark is 13lb higher so he looks well treated and has run well on turf previously. The worry is he’s drawn high in stall nine and that makes things difficult. The inside draw has a considerable advantage at Chester and that’s where I’m focusing. Lihou (Stall 4) makes lots of appeal given he’s never been out of the top two in his four runs at this venue (2 wins, 2 seconds). He needs a career best to win this off a mark of 91, and although that’s possible, I’ll reluctantly avoid.

The one I like is Copper Knight (Stall 3) who is another with a great record at this track, particularly at this Festival. He’s had three runs here in May, winning two and finishing second in the other. He’s dropped 20lbs in the handicap in less than 12 months and he looks very well treated. He does need to bounce back from some disappointing runs, but that’s a distinct possibility. This race will have been on the radar for some time and I expect a big run. Jabbarockie (Stall 1) rates as the main danger having beaten the selection last time out.

Yaz The Man

I’m really looking forward to the Deepbridge Estate Planning Service Handicap (14:45). It looks a great race and has a good mix of progressive horses, and runners on a retrieval mission. Aleas falls into the progressive category. He was second on debut and had none other than Mohaafeth behind him that day. He then went on to win his next two races, although by narrow margins. As a front runner he’s sure to give bettors a good run for their money.

My preference here is for Yazaman, who very much falls into the retrieval mission category. He started his two year old campaign in great form, running well in Listed and Group company. His form tailed off towards the end of the season and he hasn’t set the world alight this term either. At his peak he was rated 106 but runs here off a mark of 91. He showed signs of a spark last time out when finishing fourth in a decent handicap. Tom Marquand is back aboard and he gets on well with this horse. I have a slight reservation that he’ll need to deal with traffic issues, but at 6/1 I think he’s worth chancing here.

SRD Selections

13:45 Chester – Copper Knight (11/2) Win

14:45 Chester – Yazaman (6/1) Win