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Four horses who could take the Roodee by storm at Chester's May festival

King Ottokar: puts his Derby credentials on the line at Chester
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The May meeting at Chester is one of the highlights of the Flat season, with three days of high-quality action at the unique track. We select four horses to watch at this year's meeting.

King Ottokar

The Chester Vase (3.35) is a renowned Derby trial, and King Ottokar can advertise himself as a legitimate contender for the Classic on Wednesday.

Charlie Fellowes has not shied away from calling the son of 2005 Derby winner Motivator the best horse he has ever trained, and if his sole three-year-old start to date at Newbury is anything to go by he could prove something of a landmark horse for connections.

With rain forecast for Chester, he may well prove difficult to stop despite the presence of talented pair Technician, trained by Martyn Meade, and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Norway in the field.

Should he win on the Roodee, expect his current price of 33-1 for the Derby to shorten considerably.

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens: could reappear at Chester

Last season's St Leger winner looks set to be Aidan O'Brien's top Cup horse in 2019, and will likely get his bid for the WH Stayers' Million underway in the Group 3 Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (3.35) on Thursday.

The four-year-old proved himself to be a top-class performer last season, with victories in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Paris and the Group 2 Queen's Vase supplementing his Classic success.

His trainer has won the race on four occasions, including with the excellent St Nicholas Abbey in 2011, and Kew Gardens will prove very difficult to beat should he be primed on his reappearance.

Fox Chairman

Silvestre de Sousa and King Power Racing have enjoyed a sensational start to the new season and could have another exciting three-year-old prospect on their hands in Fox Chairman, who runs in the Listed Homeserve Dee Stakes (2.25) on Thursday.

The son of Kingman, who cost 450,000gns from Tattersalls in 2017, caught the eye with a four-length victory at Newbury last month. He steps up in class on Thursday and will face the Aidan O'Brien pair of Mohawk and Circus Maximus, but is clearly highly regarded by connections.

Trainer Andrew Balding also has Bangkok in his yard, who heads to the Derby next month, but a convincing success at Chester could see Fox Chairman emerge as another candidate for Group 1 honours.


One of the stars of the all-weather championships last month, Kachy could hardly be starting his turf campaign in better form and returns to the track where he produced a near career-best display in the same 5f conditions stakes (4.10) last year.

The Tom Dascombe-trained six-year-old has looked simply unassailable on his last three all-weather starts, and looks to have plenty in hand of his rivals. 

Kachy: a star of the all-weather championships last month

He's fast, uncomplicated and, if given an easy lead with Richard Kingscote in the saddle, will be difficult to peg back. A victory here could set up tilts at this season's top sprint prizes including the King's Stand and the Nunthorpe.

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Should he win on the Roodee, expect his current price of 33-1 for the Derby to shorten considerably
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