Friday marks the final day of Chester’s May Festival, with the feature contest being the always-competitive Chester Cup. Raced over the 2m 2f distance, a maximum field of 17 will head to post and it’s sure to be an exciting contest.
We’ll have horse racing tips for the action, including the six races live on ITV4. As always, I’ve gone hunting for some big prices in the ITV action for this Saturday. With several competitive handicaps at Chester and Market Rasen, I’ve found three horses at prices that are far too big. You can find all the details below!
2.00 Market Rasen – Fingerontheswitch (14-1)
He’s been disappointing this season, but Fingerontheswitch sits on a dangerous mark and will look to capitalise on the good recent form of Neil Muholland. You have to go back to January 2020 for his best recent effort, finishing a close second in a major Doncaster handicap off a mark of 132.
Racing off just 127 on Friday, he’s on an exploitable rating if he can get back to anywhere near his best. All four of his starts this season have seen him contest higher grades, including her two most recent starts in Grade 3 handicaps.
He’s been dropped five pounds since his most recent run and this is a big ease in class too. Luca Morgan takes off a handy five pounds and at this easier level, he can surely play a big role.
2.45 Chester – Rochester House (20-1)
Mark Johnston won the last renewal of the Chester Cup and has an excellent chance to go back to back with Rochester House. Johnston has four chances, but Joe Fanning’s mount should relish this stamina test. He’s raced over 2m 4f on a pair of occasions, finishing fifth in the 2020 Ascot Stakes and second in a Glorious Goodwood handicap off two pounds lower.
He clearly loves a stern test and returned to the turf on his most recent start, he shaped very promisingly at Newbury over two miles. He travelled powerfully into that contest and a lack of fitness perhaps told in the closing stages. The handicapper has left his mark unchanged and stepping up in trip here is an obvious positive.
A prominent racer, he’ll be in the perfect position in a race where plenty will endure traffic problems. Fanning should keep it simple and if he’s in the vanguard turning for home, he’ll be tough to keep out of the frame at big odds.
3.45 Chester – Lawn Ranger (10-1)
Chester is a track that Lawn Ranger clearly excels out. He raced twice at the venue last summer, winning off today’s rating over course and distance back in August. He reappeared over the same course and distance a month later, beaten just a short-head off two pounds higher.
A front-running type, it’s obvious why he performs so well here and he’s not been drawn badly for his return to the venue in stall six. He made his seasonal reappearance on the All-Weather back in March and given the way he weakened, it’s safe to assume he would have needed the outing.
Off the same rating as his course and distance success last summer, I’m struggling to understand why he’s out the back of the market at such tempting odds.
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