Teaplanter looks at the Wednesday horse racing at the first day of the Chester meeting with each way bets advised in the Cheshire Oaks and concluding handicap.
Diamondsandrubies is the hot favourite for this, with confidence seemingly increased now that the rain seems to have got into the ground at Chester. She was impressive when winning on soft at Tipperary at the start of last month and then took a small step forward when beaten in a listed contest at Navan next time. The ground might have been a bit livelier at Navan, but it was still on the yielding side and the manner in which she changed her legs and flashed her tail when asked for her effort was a little discouraging. She stayed on quite well to the line, but we are looking for something else in this contest.
Banzari fits the bill after a 2 year old campaign that promised plenty for the future. She is stoutly bred, being by Motivator out of a daughter of Irish Oaks winner Lailani. Therefore we would expect that she will handle easy ground and that she should relish middle distances. Everything she did as a juvenile illustrated this as well, as she stayed on very nicely to finish 5th in the May Hill at Doncaster last September and then easily justified 1/3 odds at Nottingham on soft ground on her final start.
This is a step back up in class for her but both those efforts suggest that she is a filly well worth her place in Listed company at least and this 1m3f trip could see her take a big step forward. She looks worth an interest each way at 6/1 with Bet365, who are offering 1/4 the odds and will also provide a free €50 bet on the following race if she wins and stays about 4/1 at the off.
All the money in this contest seems to be seems to be focused on Secateur and Hernandoshideway and it is easy to be taken by both. This is especially true of the latter who won well on his debut at Aye last August over 7 furlongs and is bred to be much more effective over middle distances. However both look short enough now and we will oppose them with the Lady Cecil trained Recently Acquired.
This is a bit of a guess in terms of whether the son of Beat Hollow is well handicapped as a mark of 90 for winning a Southwell maiden looks harsh. However he showed promise last season over 7 furlongs, was ultra impressive in that Southwell maiden and the fact that he handled that surface should mean that any softening of the ground here will not be a problem. He is also from a stout staying family and the step up to 1.5 miles could bring about a huge amount of improvement, with something like the Queens Vase likely to be considered if he can defy this mark.
Despite the unknown as to his rating, he has the pedigree to be a pattern performer and suggested last time that he could indeed be that. At 12/1 he is worth chancing each way as this morning drift has meant he is a much bigger price than we expected.