Wednesday is a special occasion, as we head to Chester for the first time this season! The venue hosts its May Festival, headlined by the the Chester Vase, Ormonde Stakes and the Chester Cup. We’ll have horse racing tips for all the action on the Roodee, including a NAP of the Day!
The ITV cameras on Wednesday are at both Chester and Newton Abbot, and I’ve focused on horses who are making long journeys to take up their engagements. Both a time-consuming and costly exercise, trainers don’t sent their horses on faraway excursions for the fun of it!
I’ve found three to focus on for the ITV action, with the treble paying 225-1 at the time of writing. Please note, there may be horses making longer journeys, but these are the ones identified to have the best chances!
2.15 Chester – Nicest (390 miles)
Donnacha O’Brien sends just one runner over to Chester on Wednesday and it’s the promising filly Nicest. A daughter of American Pharoah, her Dam was Irish Oaks winner Chicquita and she’s bred to relish stepping up in distance this season.
She ran twice as a juvenile, winning her debut comfortably at Leopardstown. Heavy ground is likely to blame for a subsequent defeat at the Curragh, where she travelled well before finding little under pressure. Both those runs were over the mile and she can only improve for the extra two furlongs in trip.
Gavin Ryan said she was a “big scopey filly” after her debut victory and she’s a fascinating runner in the Cheshire Oaks.
2.30 Newton Abbot – Huntsman Son (358 miles)
Alex Hales sends a pair of runners on the 358-mile round trip from his Northamptonshire base down to Newton Abbot. Perhaps the most interesting is Huntsman Son, who will grace the ITV cameras in the sole race from Newton Abbot.
He was a winner on return from a huge absence at Wetherby in October, given three tough engagements since. Pulled-up in the Caspian Caviar Gold Cup, he ran a huge race to finish sixth in the Plate Handicap at the Festival prior to an unseat in the Topham a few weeks later.
His run at the Festival proved he was still on a workable rating and he’ll have no problem with this 2m 5f distance. Any further rain wouldn’t inconvenience him either and there’s plenty to like about his chances.
3.15 Chester – Law Of The Sea (364 miles)
John & Thady Gosden have hit a purple patch of late, with 11 of their last 46 runners returning as winners. That makes the claims of Law Of The Sea all the more interesting, as he makes the 364-mile round trip from Newmarket.
Costing 100,000gns as a yearling, this son of Golden Horn is a half-brother to Listed winner Le Don De Vie. There’s plenty of stamina in his pedigree and he’s won both his starts since debut over the twelve-furlong distance. He looked like the finished article on return at Leicester, cruising into contention before bursting clear when asked to extend.
There should be far more to come from him and he’s totally unexposed for powerful connections. Frankie Dettori takes over in the saddle and he’s a horse who’s been well backed in the last few days too.
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