For any readers new to the wonderful world of horse racing Chester is a special meeting each and every time, one of the more charismatic tracks with an atmosphere all it’s own, and some decent horses invariably in action as well – what more could any fan ask for? Sadly, I suspect the answer being shouted around the Country (and even abroad) may well be “winners please”, and although I will try my best, it is called gambling for a very good reason.
I have two bets for you this afternoon and evening, starting at Chester with their Oaks at 2.05pm, a recognised trial for the Group One at Epsom next month, and won by some very decent sorts over the years including Light Shift who went on to take then fillies classic in 2007. Whether we have anything of that calibre this Wednesday is a question that will need answering later on but with the Aiden O’Brien yard in silly form (taking then 1000 and 2000 Guineas last weekend), anything could happen. For those who follow the breeding industry I would be hard to buy a filly better bred than Betterbetterbetter, a daughter of Galileo out of top broodmare Jude. What that means to punters like us is that she is a half sister to Irish 1000 Guineas winner and Oaks runner up Yesterday, English and Irish Oaks runner up Quarter Moon, Park Hill Stakes runner up All My Loving, and numerous other winners. The fact is, she is bred to be pretty special and looked like a filly with enormous potential when taking her maiden by close to three lengths on the all weather at Dundalk three weeks ago. Clearly backward, she needed the race when runner up at Leopardstown over ten furlongs when running on without threatening, but upped in trip and with stamina at a premium, she is the stable’s selection from any number of talented three year olds, which is a hint in itself as far as I am concerned.
At Kempton tonight I do like the look of the Sir Michael Stoute trained Savida in the maiden at 6.55pm, though I would be a lot happier if he was banging in as few more winners. Once raced, she only managed fourth place at Windsor when showing all the dreaded signs of inexperience, but with that run under her belt, we have every chance of seeing the real deal tonight with David Probert an interesting jockey booking. Her relatives have all gone on to achieve decent ratings, and include Arc runner up Youmzain (runner up three times to be precise), so if she inherits any of their abilities, a maiden like this will be easily within her reach.
Sensible bets for Punters
2pts Win BETTERBETTERBETTER 2.05pm Chester @ 3.75 with Bet365 200£ Free bets!
Silly Bet for fun
1pt Win SAVIDA 6.55pm Kempton
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