El Astronaute is extremely quick form the stalls and has to be respected even from his high draw but along with A Momentofmadness and Reflektor they will set a very strong pace and with rain softened ground, could set things up for a closer. Powerallied would be the obvious contender but he does not have the greatest record fresh and with possible cut in the ground, may just find things tough. Mayleaf Shine also make her seasonal debut but if fit, is interesting from stall seven while Bossipop ran well in this last year from stall thirteen and should go well again from a much more competitive draw.
William Haggas, following The Young Rascal’s victory in the Chester Vase seems to have an embarrassment of riches in the middle distance department as My Lord And Master looks to have a strong chance of adding the Dee Stakes to Haggas’ Chester Vase victory. Just held by Crossed Baton at Epsom with Dee Ex Bee back in third, this rates as good form for the grade and having beaten The Young Rascal last season at Nottingham, is the one to beat @ 3/1. Rastrelli progressed throughout his two year old career and proved his well being at Newbury on his reappearance and he should be thereabouts @ 11/2. Aidan O’Brien has two entered in Kenya and Rostropovich, but both need to improve markedly on their seasonal debuts though you rule them out at your peril. Finniston Farm found the European Free Handicap at Newmarket on the sharp side but was staying on strongly and is interesting stepped up to ten furlongs @ 7/1 while King’s Proctor could bag a place @ 20/1.
There is plenty of pace on in this seven and a half furlong handicap which has quite an open feel to it. Another Batt likes to go forward and if building on his Newmarket run, will be a tough nut to crack. The improving Vale Of Kent is a contender if transferring his all weather from to turf and is a bit of an unknown quantity, Dragons Tail is well handicapped but has yet to truly convince over seven furlongs while another who likes to be up with the pace is Port Swtan, who finally got his head in front at Newmarket and needs to improve again to be competitive here. Though stall nine is a tricky draw Being There was talked of as a possible for the Vintage Stakes last season but has not been seen since July. If he is a group horse then his mark of 91 could be lenient and he would be capable of defying his high draw @ 5/1.
The class act in the field is Idaho who has shaped on all his starts in group one company since winning the Hardwick at Royal Ascot as though staying trips will suit and this really should be a confidence boosting victory for Aidan O’Brien’s five year old. Duretto goes well at Chester and presuming the rain forecast overnight has turned up, is the most likely to chase him home. Danehill Kodiac will attempt to steal it from the front while Dylan Mouth and Muntahaa have been inconsistent but have the ability to challenge Idaho if on a going day.
Quickened Clear’s Best Bets:
Bossipop – 1.50 Chester – 1pt win @ 16/1
Mayleaf Shine – 1.50 Chester – 1pt win @ 16/1
Plenty of rain is forecast for the Roodee overnight so with the ground only just becoming good on Wednesday, conditions could easily be soft on Thursday. El Astronaute and A Momentofmadness will not want the ground too testing and along with Reflektor, will likely set a strong pace. The race should set up for a closer like the improving Mayleaf Shine, who ran well here on her seasonal debut last year and she will enjoy conditions so is worth a bet @ 16/1. Bossipop ran well in this race from stall thirteen on fast ground last year, eventually finishing fifth and again with plenty of pace and likely softer ground, is also worth a punt @ 16/1.