Chester is the main attraction on Saturday on Sky Sports Racing with a stylish card featuring the Listed Chester Stakes, while there is also action from Deauville, Lingfield, Newton Abbot, Saratoga, Del Mar and Woodbine.
3.05 Chester – The Weiss star has big ambitions
This years Chester Stakes (3.05) has an international flair with the german raider Loft the one to beat after taking the Grade Two Belmont Gold Cup over two miles last time.
Trainer Marcel Weiss has enlisted the services of top rider Ben Curtis, who has three winners from 11 races at Chester this year.
He will lose weight to five rivals, including the local favorite Rajinsky for Hugo Palmer and Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables.
The six-year-old, winner at Ripon in April, has made two big efforts in his most recent outings, finishing third in the Chester Cup and fourth in the Northumberland Plate.
Reshounof the Ian Williams team, has already had a busy campaign, riding twice in one week at Royal Ascot, fifth in the Ascot Stakes and second in the Queen Alexandra Stakes, before winning at Newbury last month.
Three-year challengers river of stars Y Typewriter are light-running and could show improvement, while 84 qualifiers vindolanda complete the lineup.
6.50 Lingfield – Natasha and Washraa clash in competitive handicap
John and Thady Gosden Natasha he was leaning towards great things as a youth and was sent off 6/1 by Group One Marcel Boussac, where things did not go as planned, finishing bottom of the eight.
As a result, Frankel’s daughter has looked down on the handicapping company in two races so far this season, not appearing until mid-July and racing with the promise of third at Newmarket.
It turned out quickly just 12 days later at Goodwood in a class two contest, Natasha struggled to make a slam into sixth but has since had a more substantial break and faces just five rivals in the British EBF Premier Fillies Handicap (6.50) at Linfield.
The main challenge seems to come from William Haggas’ morgan fairywho finished 11th at Sandringham at Royal Ascot before victory at Newbury last month.
A three-rider contest at Yarmouth may not have suited her tactically, but the 4/11 favourite’s loss was disappointing nonetheless.
The Owen Burrows Trained Washara he finished ahead of Morgan Fairy (8th) at Sandringham and rode another crack at Ascot last month when he was third behind Random Harvest.
2.52 Newton Abbot: O’Brien’s hat-trick seeker Bathiva faces four
Leading jumps coach Fergal O’Brien sends a team of five to Newton Abbot on Saturday, including hat-trick seeker Banava in the William Hill Betting TV Handicap Chase (2.52).
The eight-year-old is clearly enjoying his current summer campaign, scoring in fine style over hurdles at Southwell, before returning to his familiar role as chaser at Worcester two weeks later.
Although probably the favorite, Bathiva faces two other rivals in form, including the one trained by Evan Williams. peterboroughwhich turns very quickly after the victory in Worcester on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Amy Murphy ships the 11-year-old legend Prince of Mercia heading south after two promising hurdle races in France in June, winning at Clairefontaine before finishing second in Dieppe on the valued Grande Course De Haies De Dieppe Handicap Hurdle.
Philip Hobbs’ jump and the Seamus Mullins-trained Roman complete the field.
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Watch all the races from Chester, Deauville, Lingfield, Newton Abbot, Saratoga, Del Mar and Woodbine live on Sky Sports Racing on Saturday 20th August