Chester May Festival: Day 3 Tips | 11th May 2018

Racing tipster Graeme Johnston runs the rule over the best bets from Day 3 of Chester’s May Festival on Friday.  

1:50 Chester | ITV


A class two handicap over just short of a mile and this 16-runner affair looks wide open. Plenty of course form is on offer and I feel that’s all important in these races, so I’ve backed one that has a great record here.

Penwortham has run at Chester on six occasions and has only finished out of the places once. He seems to run his best races on tight tracks and the hussle and bussle of Chester seems to light him up.

He’s drawn slightly wider than ideal but he will be looking for a position in midfield anyway so I’m not overly concerned by this. He does tend to need a race to be seen at his best but the fact connections are sending him straight to his beloved Chester first time out tell me he’s ready to do himself justice and I think he will reward each-way backers.

2:25 Chester | ITV


The Huxley stakes is a very good race and sees the return of one of last year’s top three year-old in the form of Eminent. He looks sure to be one of the better older horses around this year and connections have been bullish, but I’ve taken him on first time out.

Forest Ranger is only rated 3lbs inferior to the favourite and when you look through his three year-old career, he’s kept good company throughout it. He only managed one win but on his return this year he took a decent looking Grade 3 in good style and he looks to have progressed over the winter.

While the favourite has better form in the book and his running style should suit the track, Forest Ranger has race fitness on his side and given Eminent is likely to have bigger targets than this through the year, he could be vunerable here and I’ve taken him on with the Richard Fahey inmate.

3:00 Chester | ITV


Another hugely competitive handicap, this time with a field of 12 going to post. Though it’s competitive not many of these have great recent form or are returning from absences so it’s hard to be entirely sure of what to expect.

Dark Red won this race two years ago and has steadily improved since then. He’s ran some good races since then and his third in the Balmoral Handicap at Ascot last October reads particularly well.

He has ran with enough promise in his two starts this year to believe he is ready to strike here and his previous course form offer encouragement. He’s well drawn and there is likely to be a strong pace for him to chase here.

Ryan Moore takes the ride here and I expect them to go close in this.

Recommended Bets

1:50 Chester – Penwortham each-way

2:25 Chester – Forest Ranger to win

3:00 Chester – Dark Red to win