The Chester Boodles May Festival draws to a close on Friday with the grand finale due to go off at 5pm, however Ascot’s only evening meeting, The Race, Rattle ‘n’ Roll gets underway half an hour later in what is lined up to be a superb two days of action there.
The Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes is the second of the two main races and is sure to provide a high quality encounter, with last year’s winner Memphis Tennessee bidding for a second consecutive win here. He faces tougher opponents here though, with the highly regarded Mount Athos likely to lead the betting.
Mad Moose won surprisingly at Doncaster last month, defying odds of 28/1 in his first race on the flat, but will have to improve massively to feature, as will the rest of the field. Communicator looks to have the best chance of the rest.
The other main race is the 2.15 BetVictor.com Dee Stakes. Aidan O’Brien will be hoping Magician can perform as well as Astrology did last time round to give him consecutive victories in the renewal of this contest. Contributer is progressing well and looks as though he may have enough to fend off Magician in this tricky betting contest. The other in strong contention is Willie The Whipper, who has leading form claims here and may well feature.
Gandalak is currently 4/1 with BetVictor to win the opener, which represents good value as he is constantly improving and looked in control when winning at Musselburgh last time out. He faces Chosen Character who has a chance if he can find his best form, having won here in October. He has a good draw, running from stall one and may feature.
The 3.15 provides an open renewal of the Sustainable Group (UK) Ltd E.B.F Handicap and Ryan Moore will hope Dutch Masterpiece can return to 5f in style to give him back-to-back wins in this race. Stall ten is a worry for the 3-year-old, but he has claims if finding his best form. Storm Moon and Bispham Green should both run well and if All Ablaze can break quickly, he may play a part, symbolising good value at 10/1 with Paddy Power.
Richard Fahey’s Personal Touch will look to build on his latest win at Doncaster, whilst Dr Red Eye and Cash or Casualty may find this difficult. Polar Kite represents value at 8/1 with Bet365 having won four of her last six races and off this mark.
Arbeel looks the one to beat in the Maiden Fillies’ Stakes, dropping considerably in grade for this contest. She could not compete with the Grade 3 quality at Goodwood last time, but this is much easier and she should be hard to beat. Callmeakhab looks next best, but will need to improve on her recent outings to trouble the favourite.
The final race looks interesting, with a quality field which should make for a competitive race. Gabrial’s Wawa and Café Society are the likely market leaders with the latter set to improve on his second behind rival Red Runaway. Good Evans ran well over this trip on Wednesday but will have to improve again.
The main race at Ascot is the Ascot Racecourse Handicap and Secret Talent looks a good bet under Ryan Moore after winning impressively at Kempton last month. Emilio Largo and Democretes both represent good value for the wide open 19.05 contest, as do Gworn and Ajmany in the last.
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