Chester Tips and Racecourse Guide
There has been racing at Chester since 1539, making it the oldest racecourse still in operation anywhere in the world.
The Roodee plays host to highly competitive racing throughout the summer, in front of packed crowds.
Chester remains one of the most popular racecourses in the country with racegoers and the May meeting, which is a three-day affair, features the prestigious Chester Cup, a handicap run over 2m2f. There are also two notable Classic trials; the Chester Vase and the Cheshire Oaks, the latter proving the springboard to greatness for Enable, who went on to win the Oaks at Epsom on her next outing in 2017.
Hugo Palmer has a winner to his name at Chester already this week and he can win the big one today, the Chester Cup (3.15pm), with the improving Solent Gateway.
The son of Awtaad took 10 starts to get off the mark, which came at Epsom on Derby Day last year, but he continued to progress and landed a 2m handicap here in August with plenty in hand.
He ran a lovely prep for this when third at Epsom in April, the extra distance should see him to excellent effect, and bang in-form rider Ben Curtis is booked. Stall 7 is a good draw and though he heads the market today at 9/2, he is very much the one to beat.
RECOMMENDED BET: 3.15pm Chester – Solent Gateway win @ 9/2 (Fitzdares, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Bet365, Coral, Boylesports,
The apprentice handicap (4.20pm) looks really competitive, but this trip could be just the job for Irish raider Kalaroun.
He won on his final start for Mick Halford, at Dundalk in October, prior to being purchased for €36,000 at the sales the following month.
He finished off his race really well over 1m2f at Leopardstown in early April, and ran very creditably back at a mile at Limerick a fortnight ago.
He has a decent draw today, an in-form apprentice and should run a big race.
RECOMMENDED BET: 4.20pm Chester – Kalaroun each-way @ 7-1 (various)
Chester Top Trainers (2020)
1. Tom Dascombe 5 winners (19%)
2. Richard Fahey 5 winners (9%)
3. Ralph Beckett 4 winners (31%)
4. Andrew Balding 4 winners (20%)
5. Ian Williams 4 winners (17%)
Chester Top Jockeys (2021)
1. Harry Bentley 6 winners (33%)
2. Richard Kingscote 6 winners (23%)
3. Ben Curtis 3 winners (27%)
3. Callum Rodriguez 3 winners (27%)
5. David Probert 3 winners (19%)
How to get there
A taxi from Chester station to the racecourse costs around £8.
Chester station is just over two hours from London Euston. It is a 20-minute walk from the station to Chester racecourse.
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is 25 miles away and the journey to Chester racecourse takes around 35-40 minutes. A taxi is around £65-75.
Chester Top Races
G2 Huxley Stakes
G3 Chester Vase
G3 Ormonde Stakes
Listed Cheshire Oaks
Listed Dee Stakes
Listed City Plate
Listed Queensferry Stakes
Listed Chester Stakes
Listed Stand Cup
Chester Cup Handicap
Chester Tips Archives
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