Finniston Farm

Deadly Dascombe can strike at Chester

CHESTER is unique. The “Roodee” is like no other course. The twists and turns make it tricky for horses drawn wide. In fact, in races up to a mile, you may as well put a line through horses drawn “out in the car park” especially in big fields. Day one was all about Classic trials. Magic Wand cast her spell on racegoers with a comfortable all-the-way victory in the Cheshire Oaks, while Young Rascal emerged as a genuine Epsom Derby hope for William Haggas. He got himself out of trouble to win the Chester Vase from Dee Ex Bee.

For the north, No Lippy was an excellent winner of the Lily Agnes Stakes for Mark Johnston and she will head to Royal Ascot for the Queen Mary Stakes with a genuine chance of victory.

Local trainer Tom Dascombe is a trainer who targets the Chester meeting and invariably has at least one winner across the week. His horses ran well without troubling the judge on day one and he has some interesting contenders on days two and three.

Finniston Farm goes for Dascombe in the the Dee Stakes and he is a seriously promising individual. He ran an excellent second in the Free Handicap at Newmarket when he stayed on well and the big issue for him today is whether he can handle the leap in trip from 7f to 1m 2f.

Reflektor (1.50) is another Dascombe candidate in the opening race and he does not have a bad draw in five. He will also like the drying ground.

The trainer’s two-year-olds are in great form and Finoah (4.05) also has a squeak from a moderate draw.

Elsewhere on day two Highland Reel’s younger brother Idaho is a fascinating runner in the Ormonde Stakes and will take all the beating. It is interesting that his form figures in Britain and Ireland are 123321U613 compared to 4568458 in the rest of the world. So he looks more of a homebird rather than a Highland Reel-style globetrotter.

The Chester Cup has moved to day three on the Friday and I strongly fancy Mark Johnston to keep the prize in the north with either the well-drawn Watersmeet or the progressive Time To Study. Ryan Moore is a notable jockey booking on Who Dares Wins who ran well last year and he looks a big danger.


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