Chester Tips: Lion To Be King Of The Roodee

Gaz is back with his top Horse Racing tips for the third and final day of the Boodles May Festival at Chester.

Lion To Be King

The tote+ Chester Cup (14:45) is the highlight of the final day of the Chester May meeting and it looks a brilliant race on paper. You could make a valid argument for most of the field in this one, and there’s some good horses available at attractive each way prices. Not So Sleepy is the current favourite and it’s hard to argue with that. He’s proven at this venue having won the Dee Stakes on soft ground way back in 2015. He’s also proven in big field staying handicaps having run with distinction in the Cesarewitch. The 6/1 on offer doesn’t represent much value in my mind given the competitiveness of this field, so I’ll look elsewhere. Falcon Edge represents Moyglare Stud, Dermot Weld and Frankie Dettori. It doesn’t get much more powerful than that. He’s sure to be popular with punters, but again his price is a little on the skinny side for me.

Who Dares Wins has to be respected given his Chester record, finishing 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the last three running’s of this race. He’s classy on his day and is sure to give bettors a good run for their money. I think he’ll find one or two too good as has been the case historically. Instead I’ll be backing his stablemate Coeur De Lion who looks primed for this. He’ll love the slow ground and is another runner proven at this venue. He won the Chester Plate in 2019 off a mark of 91, and runs here off just 1lb higher. Jockey Thore Hammer Hanson rode him that day and is back in the plate for this race. He should be able to break well from stall 8 and get a good position and looks a great each way bet.

Redemption For Cleonte

The tote+ Chester Plate (16:20) is the consolation race to the Chester Cup, and it’s similarly competitive.  Postileo looks a progressive colt and could be hard to beat. He’s lightly raced but has improved with each of his five runs to date. This is his first try over this trip, and given that I’m going to take him on.

The one I like is Cleonte who represents the Andrew Balding stable. This horse has some decent back form and was competing at Group level not too long ago (2019). His form last season was terrible but that has seen his handicap mark slide from 105 last September, to a current mark of 90. He had a luckless run last time out when he was a distant fourth to Elysian Flame. He gets more weight from that rival in this race and with a clear run he can gain redemption.

SRD Selections

14:45 Chester – Coeur De Lion (12/1) Each Way*

16:20 Chester – Cleonte (8/1) Each Way

*William Hill Paying 6 Places