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Bright Approach a Cheshire Oaks candidate

By Joseph Smyth
A tight one-mile circuit and short straight make Chester racecourse a difficult place to bet. The track that could be walked in less than 20 minutes, presents a unique test for racehorses, where the draw and luck in running, more than any other course, can be key to winning or losing a race.

One man that has seemingly found the vital components to winning at the track is trainer Aidan O’Brien. The Ballydoyle resident has been a dominant force in the Cheshire Oaks in recent years, with victories for Wonder of Wonders, Perfect Truth and Sail giving him a solid record of three wins in the race since 2008.

Represented this year by Terrific, the three-year-old comes into this year’s renewal on the back of a positive effort in a fillies Listed event at Navan. The daughter of Galileo finished just under two lengths behind stablemate Dazzling, keeping on well inside the final furlong which suggests that the extra distance she will get at Chester will suit.

That run at Navan was her first outing of the season and her first try beyond a mile on a racetrack, so you would have to expect her to improve a good deal from that effort. With the form of that race being franked kindly since – I’m Yours who finished fourth has since easily won a Listed event at Gowran Park – she looks sure to go well but for me there is a more likely candidate.

Brown Diamond for trainer Charlie Hills looks a real type to improve for the step up in trip, having run an encouraging race to finish third in a maiden at Newbury over a mile recently. The daughter of Fastnet Rock stayed on powerfully in the final furlong on that occasion, despite being slightly outpaced at the half way point. The step up to middle distances is sure to bring out the best in her and this Oaks and Ribblesdale possibility may be overpriced.
Pschyometry looks a real improver and given connections is sure to be fully wound up on her first start of the season and so is not one to take lightly.

The selection though is Bright Approach, who has only been to the racecourse once, but the form of her maiden win at Newbury last month looks to give her solid claims of winning this Listed event on just her second start.

John Gosden is no stranger to this race and followed his win with Gertrude Bell in 2010 with a good second by Gertrude Verse in last year’s renewal. The team would have been disappointed with the defeat of Kingman in the 2000 Guineas at the weekend but they have been in glittering form this season.

Her debut win at Newbury last month showcased her undoubted talent, plus six of the last 10 winners of this race had finished first or second last time out. It took her every inch of the 10 furlongs to get on top but she won a shade cozily in the end, so the extra furlong should defiantly suit. The runner-up that day, Be My Gal, has since come out to win a Listed race at Goodwood, while the third Talmada won by seven lengths at Haydock. The form looks solid and at 5/2 she looks like the most likely winner for me.



Bright Approach – 5/2 available with Paddy Power.



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