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Tuesday 6 May 2014

On the banks of the River Dee

Chester racecourse sits on the banks of the River Dee and all racing eyes will be on it tomorrow as its the start of the May meeting.
It goes without saying that you need a low draw in all events her  - even the Chester Cup invariably goes to a low drawn horse and with that in mind we look at the 5f sprint at 3.15.
On draw then the main players would appear to be Caspian Prince (1), Top Boy (2) and Go Nani Go (3) and as all three have had the benefit of a run already this season its difficult to see any of those who are drawn higher, who don't have the benefit of having a previous run, causing them too much trouble.
Caspian Prince in the plum rail draw is all speed as he showed when winning recently at Epsom, over the fastest 5f in the country, despite having an awkward start and hopefully James Doyle wont have those problems here. The only downside is that the horse has not run here before which also applies for Go Nani Go although he has the benefit of the course experienced Franny Norton aboard. Top Boy on the other hand has run here twice but not been placed.
Ballista is certainly another to consider as he has won twice here before so has no problems with the track and he will be bang there from the off and may be able to grab the rail if Caspian Prince and Top Boy have any problems getting going at the start, which is not unknown.
If Caspian Prince starts well then the rail draw should prove decisive as he won with a bit in hand at Epsom, however any chinks may be found out by Ballista who could be EW material.