Kinks sets the standard on Quickened Clear’s ratings but he is drawn out in the car park in stall eleven and though it can be done, he has a huge task to overcome it. No Lippy won what looked a good maiden at Doncaster and should improve plenty having ran green but would not want to hang right at Chester as she did on her debut. The value may lie with Lihou @ 9/2 who defeated Kinks on his second start at Kempton and can keep tabs on No Lippy from stall five for last year’s winning trainer David Evans.
Lightly raced fillies who are likely to make up into three year olds rather than the established two year old form is the order of the day here which just tempers enthusiasm for Roger Varian’s Shaherezada. As ever the Ballydoyle Bridgade have to be respected though Dramatically needs to show more than she has on her last two starts and it may be that the well bred Forever Together fares better and is not just making up the numbers @ 14/1. Ryan Moore rides Magic Wand and she is a sister to Irish Oaks winner Chicquita so ticks all the right boxes @ 4/1. Not happy with three entries from Aiden O’Brien the Coolmore team also have John Gosden’s Award Winning who won nicely at Wetherby and is unsurprisingly a well bred sort, being a half-sister to Irish Derby third, Memphis Tennessee. Another master trainer with the fairer sex is Ralph Beckett and his Kinaesthesia, a Nottingham maiden winner last backend, could be anything and has to be on the shortlist @ 9/2.
This could well be run at a breakneck pace with Global Acadamy, Angel Force, Joegogo and Big Time Maybe in the field and it could well set it up for those who track the pace. Obviously been drawn relatively low is key in sprints and the ones to concentrate on are Showmethedough, Looks A Million, Formaidable Kit and Spoof. Spoof is not the easiest of rides and will need to find more to win this though the tight turns of Chester may keep him interested. He would not want too much rain and can take a keen hold so would not want to be lit up by the likely strong pace. Similarly Formidable Kitt can pull hard and would not want softer ground but she is open to improvement and an interesting contender from stall six. Showmethedough is also looks to have more to offer having had only four runs to date and made a taking seasonal debut at Thirsk. His best form is at Pontefract over five furlongs and over six at Ripon so it may well be that he wants further than this but the strong pace should play to his strengths and he should be finishing well. Looks A Million’s best form is on soft ground so trainer Joseph Tuite may well be praying for rain and she is more than capable of winning this @ 9/1 having performed well in listed company last season.
Aiden O’Brien has won The Chester Vase seven times in the last ten years including the last five renewals and he enters Hunting Horn, who stayed on well behind Ispolini at Sandown. They both set a fair standard on that running and should be involved again with Hunting Horn likely to overhaul Ispolini at this trip but there are definitely two others to consider. William Haggas’ Young Rascal is an intriguing runner, owned by the co-founder of Derby sponsor Investec, Bernard Kantor, he has plenty of potential following a comfortable maiden win at Newbury and has to come into calculations. Proschema has done nothing wrong for Tom Dascombe, winning both starts well this season and should not be underestimated @ 7/1. Dee Ex Bee, though a little exposed, was finishing well behind Crossed Baton at Epsom and should enjoy the step up in trip @ 8/1 while Family Tree has an interesting pedigree being a half-brother to group one winning two year old Reckless Abandon and could go well @ 14/1.
Quickened Clear’s Best Bets:
Lihou – 1.50 Chester – 1pt win @ 9/2
With Kinks drawn in stall eleven this looks a two horse race between Lihou and No Lippy with Lihou ahead by two pounds on Quickened Clear’s figures. No Lippy won well at Doncaster but hung right which she cannot afford to do here and on that basis along with Mark Johnston’s horses not firing on all cylinders it is worth backing Lihou @ 9/2. He won a shade cosily from Kinks at Kempton, that form was franked when Kinks won very well at Ripon and he hails from a stable that won this race last year so Lihou looks a value bet.
Proschema – 3.35 Chester – 1pt win @ 15/2
The Classic Trial at Sandown looked nothing out of the ordinary with three horses finishing in a heap and though Aiden O’Brien has to be respected, both Hunting Horn and Ispolini are worth taking on. Young Rascal could be anything for William Haggas but Proschema is also potentially very smart and an interesting runner for local trainer Tom Dascombe. He was fancied on his debut at Newmarket last year only going down by five lengths to the top class Ghaiyyath before shaping as in need of a trip when third on his second start. This season he won his maiden at Doncaster from a couple of nice types before an easy, eleven length demolition of Lisheen Castle, who had some good form last season. He may well have been overpriced due to the presence of the big stables and is worth backing @ 15/2.