Silver Concorde looks to have a serious chance in the Chester Cup. He’s a lightly raced, unexposed 8 year old stayer on the Flat and will likely get his ground. Steve Rogers is rightly favourite but short enough in a race like this and I fancy Dermot Weld’s charge has plenty in his favour this afternoon. He’s not badly drawn and a test like this should really suit. There was little gallop in the Iris Cesarewitch and he only just got there over a furling shorter at Leopardstown on his next start. 6lb higher here, this is the furthest he’s been on the level and it could well bring out the best in him.
I also think William Of Orange is worth support. He ran in the Doncaster Cup for Sir Mark Prescott, the race won by stable companion Pallasator, but his trainer said that day he was there in his own right and there was money for him on the day. Donald McCain had hoped for a big season for him and, whilst he hasn’t really lived up to expectation over hurdles, he has more to offer back in this sphere for a trainer that knows how to win this.
Silver Concorde - 1pt @ 8/1
William Of Orange - 1pt @ 24/1
The 5 furlong handicap sees last year's winner back off a lower mark and he does go well fresh. Lexi’s Hero isn’t quite so well drawn but is nonetheless very tempting. At the prices though I’m quite taken with Seve. Well drawn to attack, there's not bundles of pace on here, though they will go quick, and he will very likely sit handy. A course and distance winner on debut, he ran well here the last time at the track when caught a little wide throughout but has suffered from a mixture of poor fortune and plain inexperience subsequently. He has, however, always given the impression there’s more to come. He’s back on turf for the first time since mucking about at the start at Ascot in October and giving away all chance and has been freshened up with a 2 month break. That may or may not be a good thing but I’m not sure we’ve seen anything like the best of him and he’s worth chancing at the prices.