Today’s Info 7th May
Grove Field showed promise on better ground yesterday at Fairyhouse and will be one to keep on side if getting similar opportunities. Sam Twiston-Davies did little wrong on Jump City but was outclassed by Karinga Dancer at Exeter and will need an easier chance to get back in the winners enclosure, chasing that one cost him second in the end and it was an honest run.
Chester’s May meeting kicks off today and will be an excellent few days.
The Cup itself is competitive without having a perhaps the classiest entry. The jumps boys have often had the ace here but no such candidates on show this time around, Mawaqeet has joined Donald McCain’s ranks and he obviously has the formula for a winner here having landed the two of the last three renewals and it’s worth noting the 5 year old’s credentials. Came to life for his former trainer when applied with a visor but that was left off for his last two starts in 2013 but McCain has opted for blinkers for this. The yard do very well with that aid especially when used for a first time, but this is a first run too and the tricky customer will also need to play the game with the start and prelims, a notoriously tricky customer it will be interesting to see him in the preambles. Not one to wade in on but certainly has the profile of one that will go close if fancying the gig today.
Mubaraza sets the bar with the layers, as short as 9/2 in places this morning and well touted this week in the build up his form is solid and his jockey Paul Hanagan gets on really well with Ed Dunlop’s charge. Form in all the top staying events and now returned this year gelded and in good form based on the run at Ripon at the end of last month. Should step up from that and obvious chance if taking to this track from a good draw.
Communicator has to be on the short list for Oisin Murphy and Andrew Balding, good draw in stall 2 although he will likely be steadied back from there and has been busy enough on the all weather so fitness assured. If not giving up the advantage early on could play a role at a track that he enjoys. I am concerned about the win ratio and might just be grabbing place money once again.
The good Dr Marwan Koukash is often only concerned with having his horses target the meetings here and he lines up plenty of ammo once again. Angel Gabrial looks the pick of them this time having picked off Mubaraza at Ripon and Jamie Spencer will need to be in control of his sat nav to negotiate similar tactics here, draw 11 is not too bad and things will need to drop nicely for them of course. Trainer Richard Fahey was in a rush to get him in the race but will be delighted to have done so and he has run here once before acting well on the unique course.
You may need to throw a few darts to eliminate the luck often needed in winning the race but I am only taking one against the field with classy Shwaiman for James Fanshawe. Only nine starts but highly tried and caught the eye once more on his most recent run at Kempton last month from a slow start finishing well and hinting at plenty more to come. The draw is a concern out with the washing in box 18 of course but he could have been drawn 1 and not made use of it so I’m hoping he can tag in and get involved later on when it matters. Highly strung but has reportedly settled more now and I feel of the field this is the one with the most potential to progress plenty and quickly this term. At the odds you get some relief from the draw and a rare runner from the trainer at Chester is going there with an interesting chance in my book.
The rest of the card is filed mostly under a watching brief but the 4.25 is a little more interesting. Swan Song would have solid claims from the draw and ran a good race last time at Bath where backed at prices and not getting the ideal run of the race. More money about today and although it would be great to see Borderlescott win at 12 years old this 5 year old is improving and is the call.
At Worcester I am intrigued to see Lemon’s Gent go over a shorter trip in the opener at 5.30. Paul Webber has always loved the horse but hasn’t always had him right and he does need the quicker ground. It will need to be a bold ride from O’Regan to have him up top and try to use his stamina but the horse is quick enough to do it and the price tempts me enough to take a chance. Regular readers of my daily write ups will know the patience I have shown with the lovely looking son of Generous but two wins to date will also show it hasn’t been the greatest love affair to date. I’m glutton for more punishment so fingers tightly crossed.
Have a good day and enjoy the racing.
2.45 – Shwaiman 1pt e/w – 16/1 General, 4 places and 1/4 odds
4.25 – Swan Song 1pt Win – 5/1 General
5.30 – Lemon’s Gent 1pt Win – 4/1 General, 9/2 in places
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