How important is the draw in 5f races at Chester's May meeting?
Whatever the trip, the draw at tight-turning Chester is an important factor to consider when studying a race. However, its relevance is exacerbated in 5f contests where horses and jockeys have less time to tactically manoeuvre before the final stages.
There has been 46 races run over the minimum trip at Chester's May festival in the last ten years, with 28 winners of those races coming from stall four or lower – representing 60.8 per cent.
In the 20 races with at least ten runners that rises to 70 per cent, with 14 winners coming from stall four or lower.
The average field size of all five furlong races at the May festival in the last decade is 9.3.
Of the five races run at this festival over five furlongs, four have confirmed declarations, with both the Lily Agnes Stakes (11) and Boodles Diamond Handicap (11) on day one of the meeting and the Gateley PLC Handicap (13) and the EBF maiden (13) on day two, set to contain more than ten runners.
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