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188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog – 9th May 2017
After last weekend’s Guineas meeting, the Flat season really starts to kick-off now and it’s time for Chester’s May meeting.  It’s often described as the ‘Ascot of the North’ and as there is such a great atmosphere you can see why.


The track itself is unlike any other in the UK with its tight turns and you certainly need plenty of luck. So much is said and written about the importance of the draw, and as anyone who has ridden around here will tell you, you need the gaps to open at the right time too.
I now only have three rides on the opening day of the meeting as my intended mount in the 188BET Chester Cup just missed out on getting a run by one. It would have been nice to carry my sponsor’s logo in an historic race that carries their name for the first time, but never mind.

First, my thoughts on my three booked rides…


Floss The Hoss – Chester 13:50

Blink and you’ll miss them! Five furlongs for two-year-olds on quick ground around Chester is not for the faint-hearted.

Let’s start with the positives. My filly Floss The Hoss is drawn really well in stall two and has had a couple of runs already which will stand her in good stead.

The concern is whether she is speedy enough to stay in contention around here, but you never say never here at Chester.

You always have to respect the Tom Dascombe team at this meeting and even though Big Time Maybe isn’t drawn well, he looked good at Bath on his debut and is the one to beat.

Powerallied – Chester 15:00

Another Chester sprint over five furlongs, but this time it’s a handicap and I haven’t been so lucky with the draw as Powerallied has landed stall 11. Even so, it’s great to pick up a ride for Richard Fahey and wear those famous Koukash colours around Chester.

Powerallied knows his way around the Roudee having won here twice before and this will be his ninth visit to the track in 16 career starts. His recent run will have put him spot on for this, although he wouldn’t want the ground to get too quick.

Global Revival – Chester 16:05

My best chance of a winner is definitely Global Revival for Ed Dunlop. He has been really busy since January so fitness certainly won’t be an excuse.

He’s won nicely on his last two starts and can hopefully go well again even though he’s stepped up dramatically in class. The biggest danger on paper looks to be John Gosden’s Stradivarius who was a really good winner. However, with nearly a stone less in the saddle we have a squeak.

Here are my thoughts on the other four races…

Chester 14:25

No ride for me in the Cheshire Oaks where it is pretty hard to see beyond Aidan O’Brien’s Alluringly with Ryan Moore in the saddle.  On the back of a Guineas double at Newmarket, the Ballydoyle team will be hard to stop again.

She looked a different proposition on her seasonal reappearance at Tipperary last month, where the step up in trip looked just what she wanted.

Chester 15:35 (188BET Chester Cup)

As always, a fiercely competitive-looking renewal of the 188BET Chester Cup and frustratingly my intended mount Isharah has just missed out by one. Mark Johnston still looks to hold some nice chances, though, and I certainly wouldn’t rule out his Watersmeet (stall six) and Yorkidding (stall three).

However, if I had to pick one it would be Sea Of Heaven, even from a poor draw in 14. If he can get out and get an okay position, he may just prove too good for these. He was a good third when last seen in the Cesarewitch and may still be ahead of the handicapper.

Chester 16:35

A decent-looking maiden where I’d opt for Mutarabby if given the choice. He stayed on well at Leicester last time and will be tough to beat if handling the track.

Chester 17:05

Finally, if you’ve not backed a winner all day, the last may not be the place to get out of trouble. It looks really open, although Gin In The Inn is a progressive type for his in-form trainer and may well land the hat-trick.