Chester May Festival: Day 1 Tips | 9th May 2018
Racing tipster Graeme Johnston runs the rule over the best bets from Day 1 of Chester’s May Festival.
1:50 Chester | ITV
The Lily Agnes Stakes kicks-off the Chester May Festival meeting and with very little in terms of racecourse form to go on, there is a little bit of guess work required.
It looks a decent little race but I’ve backed one each-way at a decent price who I think could run above her odds.
Jensue was fifth on debut a fortnight ago and others have better form in the book so far. However, she is clearly thought capable of better and it’s worth noting she was well backed in the market before the race.
Her yard does well here, but most importantly she has a fantastic draw. Drawn in stall two, she is in prime position to attack, and given she showed prominently last time, there is reason to believe she will be able to hold her position.
She is currently available at big prices and I think she looks a good each way-bet in the opener.
2:25 Chester | ITV
The Cheshire Oaks is usual a fairly good trial for the Epsom version and despite looking like it may lack a little bit of class at first glance, it’s more than likely to produce a fairly decent winner.
Aidan O’Brien does very well at this meeting and has three in this race with stable jockey Ryan Moore choosing to ride Magic Wand. She’s not done much on the track thus far, however she was a 1.4 million euros purchase and her breeding is fantastic being a full sister to the classic winner Chicquita.
She will relish the extra distance here and the better ground is sure to play to her strengths too. She was nibbled at in the betting before her seasonal debut and with the yards fillies normally improving with experience I make her my selection to win this.
3:00 Chester | ITV
A five furlong handicap with 10 lining up and as with all races, but especially sprints, the draw is absolutely crucial when making a selection. Races are generally won or lost in the first furlong in sprints here and connections drawn out wide will already be looking at future races for their horses.
The race itself isn’t a particularly high-class affair and I’ve come down on an unexposed Richard Fahey inmate. Showmethedough won over six furlongs last season on only his third start and returned with a solid fourth back over the minimum distance at Thirsk last time out.
He is likely to be fitter here and with a plum draw in he is drawn to attack. I imagine he will sit in behind the leader early and with his stamina to win over six an asset late on. I make him a confident selection here.
3:35 Chester | ITV
The Chester Vase is the highlight of the opening day and this looks like a strong renewal. Over the Derby trip this can be an informative trial, and though it’s unlikely to provide us with the winner of the Epsom race it’s going to throw up plenty of future winners.
Ispolini and Hunting Horn met each other last time in the Classic Trial at Sandown with Ispolini finishing ahead of him. Hunting Horn was getting the hang of things late on that day but I’m firmly in the Ispolini camp.
He’s a smaller more compact horse and he will be much better suited by the tight turns of Chester. He was also having his first start of the season and is open to a lot of improvement.
Both are drawn well but I expect Ispolini to confirm his superiority here and win this.
1:50 Chester – Jensue each-way
2:25 Chester – Magic Wand to win
3:00 Chester – Showmethedough to win
3:35 Chester – Ispolini to win