Chester Racecourse is a beautiful track but it is also unique. It can be a very harsh track if you do not get a favourable draw. Over sprint trips, if you are drawn on the wide outside, you may as well forget it.
Now, if you are a front runner and you have a low draw, then your chances increase dramatically. The ground a horse can save on the rail is enormous and if that horse can grab an early lead, it can prove difficult to catch it.
Below, we have picked out three runners on Thursday who are drawn low but also like to blast out and lead. This is the ultimate recipe for success at Chester.
Jabbarockie took full advantage of a good high draw at Musselburgh when making all over 5f there last month. The form of that race looks very strong and he has the dream draw again here in gate one. He is a horse that likes to go fresh, winning fresh last year too and he nearly followed up second time up. Everything looks set for him to win again.
There is no real trailblazer in the field here but Aquaman could be the one to take the race by the scruff of the neck. He led and tried to make all when runner-up at Yarmouth in October and was tracking the pace when successful at Catterick when last seen. Mark Johnston’s Bravado might try to take him on for the lead but Roger Varian’s runner ticks a lot of boxes.
Spirit Dancer couldn’t get his own way at Newbury when well down the field on his return but will strip much fitter now. The Frankel gelding virtually made all when successful at Ripon last August and again led when second at Ayr a month later. From stall two, Paul Hanagan will be eager to get a good early position and drive the advantage home.
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