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King's Knight
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Another Batt and Azano finished first and second in a Thirsk event last term so have to be respected, but neither are particularly reliable. That could be said for a host of these, while Charlie Hills’ King’s Knight has held his form well in a short, but progressive career so far. He was chinned on the line when upped to a Class 2 event at Goodwood last time out, but had maintained winning ways on seasonal debut at Lingfield. That form looks good, with three of the four behind him to have run since, winning on their next starts. This career high mark of 90 asks for more, but he’s going in the right direction.


Cuban Breeze
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Tom Dascombe’s charge paid for her own fast pace when finding two had reserved too much of a finishing kick for her at the May meeting, finishing in third over 5f. Nevertheless, that run was a step back in the right direction. For all that it was encouraging, the handicapper has taken another 2lb off her back ahead of this step up in trip. Richard Kingscote, one of the best in the business on front-runners, gets the leg up this time, and it’ll be down to him to keep enough in the tank for the final furlong. The filly has run three times at the trip previously, for a win and two places, so there’s every reason to think she’ll be as effective going further.


Dreamweaver
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Ed Walker’s gelding has found himself staying on at the end of his last few races, picking up places without getting his head in front. This step up in distance will give him that bit longer to get into full flow and perhaps win here. He was narrowly denied at Salisbury on return which was an excellent seasonal debut, and with victories on his second start in each of the last three campaigns, you’d expect him to step up from it. Walker is operating at a 25% strike-rate in the last fortnight, so the yard are clearly going well. The hat-trick seeking Blow Your Horn looks the big threat, for all that he needs to confirm he’s as good on turf as the all-weather.


Rickenbacker
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Requinto is a sire to follow at Chester, especially with his 2yos. An overall strike-rate of 42% is excellent in itself, but the former Flying Childers winner has seen half of his juvenile progeny score on the Roodee. Rickenbacker is a full-brother to two other juvenile winners, and in the hands of Tom Dascombe couldn’t be in the care of anyone better for a Chester success. He’ll have to be decent with the likes of Al Shibli and I’m A Gambler showing plenty of promise on debut, but with the record of his sire, he might be worth chancing Win and Place.


About Chester Racecourse

Perhaps the most idiosyncratic track in the British fixture list, a high draw can spell the end of any real chances in sprint races around Chester. The tight, tuning course has held racing since the mid 16th century, when then mayor of Chester, Henry Gee introduced an annual meeting on the Roodee.

May’s five day meeting sees thousands descending on the Roman course. Subsequent Derby and Oaks winners have made the step up to Group company at the meeting, while the ultra-competitive Chester Cup has seen future Ascot Gold Cup and even Fighting Fifth Hurdle winners land the spoils this century.


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