It’s the final day of the May Festival at Chester! That means four more action-packed races on ITV4, including the Group 2 Huxley Stakes and the ultra-competitive Chester Cup.
Magic Circle won the latter contest last year before going on to compete in the Melbourne Cup in Australia. Will we see another big race contender emerge this time around?
After providing two lovely winners yesterday, we’re back with another dose of our ITV Racing Tips.
We’ve had the winner and the runner-up in the first race so far this week. The progressive Ptarmigan Ridge is taken to complete the set for Richard Hughes and Shane Kelly.
The five-year-old won here last year and almost always gives a good account in these big-field handicaps. He’s hit the frame in six of his last seven appearances, including on reappearance at Haydock.
That run behind Listed contender Safe Voyage looks potentially smart, and with just a 3lb rise to contend with and a very handy draw, there’s every chance our tip can go one better on his second outing of the season.
Addeybb v Matterhorn v Forest Ranger; this is a right cracker. There’s a case to be made for each of the market principals, although it’s the latter that takes our fancy for Richard Fahey and jockey Tony Hamilton.
The son of Lawman took his contest 12 months ago off the back of victory in the Earl of Sefton Stakes at Newmarket. After finishing runner-up in the same race last month, he should be in fine fettle here.
Highly-rated gelding Zabeel Prince took the spoils ahead of our tip on the Rowley Mile. With Andrea Atzeni’s charge holding multiple Group 1 entries in the summer, Forest Ranger’s form looks very smart indeed.
Dr Marwan Koukash threatened to strip down to his underwear if his horse won this last year. Alan King isn’t making any such promises this time around, which is just as well given we’re tipping Who Dares Wins.
Tom Marquand will ride the horse, who is an old favourite of ours having won the Cesarewitch Handicap Trial in 2017. His recent form is good too, with an encouraging third on reappearance at Newbury in April.
He’s hit the frame in this race in each of the last two years, but will need to overcome a tough draw in stall 12 to do so again. We have every confidence that he can, with soft ground also not a problem for the seven-year-old.
ITV RACING TIPS:
1:50 Chester – Ptarmigan Ridge (NAP)
2:25 Chester – Forest Ranger (NB)
3:00 Chester – Aasheq
3:35 Chester – Who Dares Wins (Lively Longshot, each-way)
All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication