Racing UK's Tom Stanley gives us his picks from Friday's action at Chester.
I may regret not putting up course lover Sound Advice for the Chester opener but Glenalmond, a horse I backed a few times last season, is just too big to ignore. He’s very well treated on the basis of his run behind Muhaarar as a 2 year old but that was a long time ago. He found last year’s Guineas all too much but could have a profitable season back in handicap company. I’m inclined to forgive him his reappearance at Thirsk over a mile, which seems to stretch him, on ground perhaps softer than ideal. His best run last year came over course and distance on good ground off 5lb higher with today’s jockey on top and he could well be worth another go from a handy draw.
As far as another bet on the card goes, Fast Dancer looks a decent price back at a track he likes. Course form of 122, that last effort came at this trip on softer ground. His profile suggests a return to better ground will suit and he may well have more to offer as a 4 year old. He will need to have as he’s not ideally drawn but this is a drop in class and he’ll have the toe to get handy. Better can certainly be expected on his 2nd start of the campaign. He was last on return on the polytrack at a big price so he comes with risks attached but is worth a play at the prices now back here, for what will surely have been the first aim of the season.