Race Time: 2.15pm Meeting: Chester Distance: 7f 122yds
Full Race Name: Better Odds With Betfair Handicap Class Three
Only five years of history to look at for this particular handicap but not a solitary three year old winner so far, which makes it a sensible move to at least start with the older horses for now. Dubai Dynamo (10/1) looks set to try and carry top weight of a massive nine stone eleven for trainer Ruth Carr which will take some doing for a ten year old. Perhaps better suited to veteran contests than Saturday handicaps these days, he made us eat our words last time out when winning for the seventeenth time at Ripon– on his one hundred and forty second outing! A higher than 10% strike rate is pretty impressive after so many runs, and as he has won off higher ratings in the past (all be it many years ago), his fans are not asking him to do anything he hasn’t already achieved, which is always a positive, while the fact that the yard won the race last year with Marcret is another tick in the box. Amusingly, Marcret (10/1) is in the field again this year, only now he is back in the care of James Unett as he looks to double up off a handicap mark just a solitary pound higher than last season. He hasn’t won since in ten attempts which is a worry, but he gradually slipped down the weights to a possible winning mark and has to be of interest once the draw is known. David O’Meara had five early entries , but has decided to rely on King Torus (10/1) alone so do we take that as a tip we wonder? This is a handicap so in theory every runner has an equal chance, but he was last seen losing in a claimer (OK he was second, but it was still a claimer) at Wolverhampton and looks to be going backwards. He has run and won off of ratings as high as 110, and even won this July off of 87 so the 85 he is set to carry today is no killer, but he is getting on a bit and may find one or two a bit too quick for him this afternoon from his mid field draw.
Two more worthy of a mention (actually, any of these could win but we need to stop somewhere), and Gabrial’s Kaka (10/1) could be worth some serious each way consideration for trainer Richard Fahey and owner Dr Marwan Koukash who loves nothing more than a winner round here. Well enough drawn in the four stall, he has got a course win (from eight attempts) and a distance win as well, and will have been laid out for this race if at all possible with the owner almost certainly in attendance, and with some solid form in Class Two handicaps and dropping to a class three today, he will do for us! Lastly, and despite the stats already mentioned, we note Luca Cumani puts blinkers on Spiriting (11/2) for the first time this afternoon, and as the son of Invincible Spirit has a low enough draw in the six stall he has to be of interest. Two races ago he hacked up at Leicester off a mark of 80 but was put up seven pounds for his sins and struggled next time out at Newmarket when upped to this class. Clearly they think blinkers will help him focus his attentions here, and as you never know what effect the headgear will have he could well run away with this given a clear run.