1.50 – Lihou
David Evans has a fine record in this race and can strike again with Lihou. Although the trainer is of the view 6fs will be his job in time, he showed a nice turn of foot to beat today’s rival Kinks at Kempton.
Clearly, he had the advantage of experience over the runner-up that day, but he has the advantage of the draw today, and should be able to clear at least two of those inside him to get on the rail.
No Lippy looked useful on his debut and should appreciate this better ground, but he’ll need to have come on mentally for that run to be as effective around Chester.
2.25 – Dramatically
Although Ryan Moore opts for her stablemate Magic Wand, the Seamie Heffernan ridden Dramatically may be a play at bigger odds. At double figures, she makes some appeal each way.
Unlike many of the field, she has already proven she can run to Listed level, has the best pedigree in the race, and should take a fairly big leap forward for the step up in trip. As a daughter of War Front, she should appreciate the drying ground.
3.00 – Formidable Kitt
This nicely-bred filly (out of the owner’s Queen Mary winner, Ceiling Kitty) is running in her first handicap, having been pretty highly tried as a two year old. She ran to a smart enough level in pattern company to think that a mark of 85 is fair and it may be significant that the stable Jockey rides her over two others from the Dascombe yard. She might be slightly better drawn, but 6 is not a disaster & that should be factored into the price.
3.35 – Proschema
This long striding colt is in much deeper waters today, but Derby entry Proschema really impressed me with his cruising speed and his relentlessness both at Doncaster and Haydock.
Whilst I’m shy of an entirely literal reading of his latest win, both his siblings are rated in the mid-110s & he looks every inch as talented.
Taking on Aidan O’Brien when he has three decent darts to throw is probably folly, but the selection will be primed for this and is a guaranteed strong stayer.
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