Sea Moon: declared a non-runner for Friday's Ormonde StakesPICTURE: Martin Lynch
Bonfire set for Chester despite ground concerns
TRAINER Andrew Balding will run Bonfire in Friday's Stobart Barristers Dee Stakes despite the soft groundbeing far from ideal for the leading Investec Derby contender.
Although the Highclere-owned colt, who is a general 10-1 for Epsom, experienced testing conditions in his last outing in France, Balding would have preferred better going at Chester for the three-year-old's seasonal debut.
"The ground is a concern but we are left with little alternative," said Balding on At The Races.
"There's the prospect of softground at York as well and there's only two and half weeks between the Dante and the Derby.
"We'll give it [Chester] a go and he's very well but it's not ideal."
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Sea Moon has been taken out of Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes on the same card due to the ground.