2.10 Chester

Like most of Tom Dascombe’s two-year-old’s, FIERY CHARACTER (best price 11/8) certainly knew her job when making a pleasing winning debut at Newmarket’s Craven meeting and from a decent low draw close to the favoured inside fence, she’s fancied to follow up that initial success. Quick away and soon in command on the Rowley course, the daughter of Dragon Pulse maintained a solid gallop throughout the five-furlong trip and coming away nicely in the closing stages to score with a little bit in hand, she rubber-stamped herself as one of the best juveniles seen out so far this season. On top of the visual impression she created, the time figure backed up the view she could be very smart, and if she can break cleanly and bag the early lead, it’s difficult to see any of her rivals having the necessary qualities to run her down.
FIERY CHARACTER - 2pt @ 11/8Lost -2pt

3.10 Chester

Form around this track – preferably in this race before – are qualities normally associated with previous winners of this prestigious contest and JOHN REEL (best price 16/1), fifth from a bad draw in last year’s renewal, makes plenty of appeal at his early quotes. Although he’s prone to throw in the odd poor run every now and then, some of his performances during the all-weather campaign have been some of his best throughout his career and a repeat of any of those efforts should be enough to see David Evan’s charge outrun his odds from his favoured inside draw.
Although his odds have shortened dramatically since the ante-post books opened, there still appears plenty of mileage left in playing STEVE RODGERS (best price 9/2) at 9/2 given he has so much in his favour. First and foremost, Roger Varian’s inmate proved he handles this track well when landing his penultimate race last season and secondly, his opening gambit to this year’s campaign suggested there may be more to come from the lightly-raced five-year-old. Well drawn in stall 3, the son of Montjeu is a must for any shortlist.
JOHN REEL - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1Lost -1pt
STEVE ROGERS - 1pt @ 9/2Lost -1pt

3.45 Chester

ROUDEE has so much in his favour it almost seems inexplicable that he can be best price 6/1, so the best policy is to get stuck in to Tom Dascombe’s charge and hit bookmakers where it hurts the most. A proper course specialist at a track he was named after, the son of Kodiac arrives here in excellent shape following two solid performances so far this season and if it wasn’t for a poor draw at Epsom last time out, he would have probably followed up his previous victory at Doncaster. Although he doesn’t have to lead to be at his best, it would be sacrilegious to squander his perfect inside draw with an unforceful ride from box 1, and if he does manage to break on terms, it’s hard to see the four-year-old not being heavily involved in the outcome.
ROUDEE - 1pt e/w @ 6/1Placed 0.2pt

6.15 Chelmsford

CRAFTSMANSHIP (best price 16/1) clearly comes with risks attached based on his recent profile but given how impressive he was over tonight’s C&D three starts ago, he has to be worth a small nibble to find out whether he can bounce back returning to the scene of that scintillating victory. Coming from a good way back that day, Robert Eddery’s inmate posted rapid overall and sectional times in scoring by an impressive-looking four lengths and it’s that form which points towards him being way overpriced at 16/1 rather than his two tepid subsequent performances when switched to turf.
CRAFTSMANSHIP - 0.5pt e/w @ 16/1Non Runner