Chester Boodles May Festival Day Two Betting Preview

By Conor PhillipsRyan Air Chase Cheltenham 2014

The Boodles Festival will continue on Thursday with the MBNA Chester Vase the feature of what is shaped up to be a fine Boodles Ladies Day meeting.

Ruler Of The World will go into the feature race as hot favourite (11/8 with Paddy Power) for A P O’Brien, on the back of a fine debut display at Curragh in April. O Brien has won this race three times in recent years; however Richard Fahey will be hoping for back-to-back wins following Mickdaam’s victory for him here last year. Gabrial’s Kaka represents him here and he could find the distance too much, as well as being rated 9lbs below Havana Beat. Feel Like Dancing was another who won well on his debut, but Ruler Of The World will take some beating, with Havana Beat the most likely to do so if he improves as expected.

Gabrial is another of Richard Fahey’s entries who looks to have a bold bid for success in the Stella Artois Huxley Stakes. He ran fantastically at Doncaster in April after being gelded during the winter and although he steps up in trip, Fahey is hopeful that he can secure a double. Bonfire is likely to lead the betting, although he was disappointing in both the Derby and the Eclipse and may be worth taking on. Highland Knight and Miblish look appealing but Gabrial is better than ever right now and symbolises good value at 3/1 with Boylesports.

Graham Lee will be hopeful of a similar display to last year in the opener aboard Voodoo Prince. He led Absinthe to victory in this race last year and with two wins to their partnership already, a third could well be achievable on the back of a stylish win at Ripon last month. He does face a tough challenge though, with Beaumont’s Party in excellent form since joining Brian Ellison and Sir John Hawkwood also likely to be suited here. Area Fifty One represents value on the back of a decent win at Epsom and can feature here if improving once more.

Here Comes When and Ribaat will battle again in the Class 2 Boodles Diamond Handicap after finishing second and fourth respectively last time out at Newbury behind Baltic Knight. They are likely to lead the betting, but Breton Rock poses a threat as does Sorella Bella if she can find the form that led her to a Group 1 second in Italy.

Tom Dascombe will saddle leading contender Fine ‘n Dandy and the unraced Quincel in the Class 3 Maiden Stakes which he won last year, with the former likely to improve on his previous second. Inciting Incident finished well last time out on his debut second and could prove good enough to win this. Fahey’s Salford Red Devil is said to look sharp and could prove the best each way bet, despite the worrying draw.

Fahey also saddles Rene Mathis and Tatlisu in the penultimate race, but they will have to be at their best to feature here. Moviesta scored well at Doncaster in a decent race last time out and the 4lb rise for that win may not stop him from repeating that victory, although market leading rival Mayaasem also represents good value if he can follow up his emphatic Pontefract win.

The Merseyrail Day Saver Ticket Handicap presents a wide open race with thirteen runners set too feature. Haylaman is one to watch out for with the trip expected to suit, as is Spirit Of The Law who is sure to be in contention again under George Chaloner despite a 4lb rise and may be the best bet in this tricky contest.


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