From Johnnie Ray yesterday to Rapper Nelly today – are there no depths to which we will sink to compose a headline? Well, no.

Day 2 of the Chester May meeting is, perhaps, a slightly low key affair, with the two main races dominated by runners from the (surprise) Aiden O’Brien yard.

Circus Maximus is 8-11 for the Homeserve Dee Stakes at 2.25 while you can’t beat even money about Kew Gardens in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at 3.35. This makes betting advice somewhat problematic, especially when our selection for the Gateley PLC Handicap at 1.50 (Copper Knight) is no bigger than 6-4.

On paper, all three should win, but you and we know that the racing gods don’t always behave themselves, so, after much reflection, we are going to suggest 3 doubles and a treble on the three and hope for the best.

If there is to be a turn up in the 1.50, it could arrive in the shape of Fool For You, from the Richard Fahey yard and we put this forward as an each way ‘saver’ at 7-1.

The Deepbridge Capital is a much more open affair at 5-1 the field and we suggest an each way bet in this on Forseti, trained by Andrew Balding.

Only 1lb higher than when winning back in January, Forseti has the distinct look of an improver and could surprise at a generous looking 14-1.

Although not televised, we also put forward a bet in the Partner Tech Handicap at 5.05 – Crownthorpe at 9-4.

This 4-y-o put up a tremendous display on seasonal debut when an unlucky 5th in the Irish Lincoln and ran away with a Beverley handicap just 3 days ago. A small penalty is unlikely to prevent a double up.

Regular readers will know that this edition is unusually brief, but, simply put, the card is just not conducive for more.

We return tomorrow to get our gnashers into the Chester Cup and can promise you that Aiden O’Brien can’t win it, mainly because he doesn’t have a runner.


Copper Knight 1.50 Chester @ 6-4
Circus Maximus 2.25 Chester @ 8-11
Kew Gardens 3.35 Chester @ evens
3 2pt doubles, 1 2pt treble (Trixie) (8pts staked)
Fool For You 1.50 Chester 1pt e/w @ 7-1
Forseti 3.00 Chester 1pt e/w @ 14-1
Crownthorpe 5.05 Chester 3pts win @ 9-4

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