Channel 4 Racing at Chester: Best Betting Tips For Thursday


The feature race on Day 2 of the Chester May meeting is the Group 3 Chester Vase. Here we take a look at the live Channel 4 Races, and provide some best bets for the day.

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1.45 – Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer Handicap (Class 2) 1m2f75y

E/W Selection: ASSIZES @ 10/1 with Sky Bet

Been slightly disappointing on a number of occasions since winning on his debut, but he has contested some good contests at this sort of level. He struggled towards the end of last season but had earlier gone close at Goodwood off a mark of 84 before finishing a good third behind the re-opposing Sir John Hawkwood. He is 4lb better off with that rival here and has much the better draw, so whilst he has not progressed in the same way his best form puts him in the mix. He ran poorly on his seasonal reappearance at Wolverhampton weakening late on after racing up with the pace so this drop back in trip is of no surprise. He will appreciate this better ground and his running style should give him a chance of proving competitive from stall 1. Needs to bounce back to form but in with an each-way chance if putting his best foot forward


2.15 – Stella Artois Huxley Stakes (Group 3) 1m2f75y

Selection: GABRIAL @ 11/4 with Coral

A winner already at this track and a close 2nd in a handicap at last years meeting Gabrial has his quirks but seems to enjoy himself here. Progressed well last season winning a competitive Haydock handicap before two respectable efforts in Group 1 company. Stayed on well on his seasonal reappearance to the land the Doncaster Mile despite drifting right late on and on that evidence the step up to 10f should suit. Likely to need some luck in running given his hold up style but Spencer is booked and with his proven course form he should go well. Up against some smart types including the likes of Highland Knight who finished behind him in the Doncaster Mile but yard and owner enjoyed a good day yesterday and Gabrial can provide them with another winner here


2.45 – MBNA Chester Vase (Group 3) 1m4f66y

Selection: RULER OF THE WORLD @ 11/10 with Sky Bet

Aiden O’Brien has sent out three of the last six winners of the Chester Vase and he will be hoping the smartly bred Ruler Of The World can continue that good run. A winner on debut last month, the half brother to high class Duke Of Marmalade took a while to hit top gear but stayed on to good effect to win going away. Connections apply cheek-pieces which is an interesting move but they will be expecting a bold run form this Derby-entry. The trip should suit and although he is arguably a fairly short price based on what he has done in relation to some of his rivals, his potential makes him a big player in the race. Feel Like Dancing has a very similar profile with just the one successful start to date, wearing down a next time out winner late on. This trip should suit him too but he perhaps looked in need of the experience that day and this is a step into the unknown at this stage of his career. Havana Beat has the most solid form with a good 4th in a sales race last month behind Windhoek. He could well improve for the step up in trip and could be a big threat to all if he can see the trip out well


3.15 – Boodles Diamond Handicap (Class 2) 7f122y

E/W Selection: SORELLA BELLA @ 12/1 with Sky Bet

More exposed than most in the race after a long 2 year old campaign but was a Listed winner/Group 1 placed filly in Italy last season, and also ran well at Goodwood when third behind the smart Steeler in a Listed race. Found the Nell Gwyn too hot on her seasonal reappearance but didn’t run a bad race, setting an early pace before weakening in the final two furlongs. Drops into handicap company here off what looks a fair mark of 100 and a repeat of her Nell Gwyn performance even could see her competitive. Entitled to come on for that run and ought to be suited by this track given her prominent running style. Well drawn to attack and if she gets to the lead she might prove tough to pass


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