Latest news and punting pointers for day two of Chester's May meeting
It's ladies' day at Chester's May meeting and globetrotting Idaho bids to sparkle as much as the jewellery off the track in the Group 3 Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes.
As well as holding strong claims with the brother to money-spinning Highland Reel, Aidan O'Brien will be targeting more Classic trial success on the Roodee with Rostropovich and Kenya in the Homeserve Dee Stakes.
Two competitive handicaps complete the ITV4 action at Chester and there is plenty of excitement in the evening with Chelmsford staging a card featuring three £25,000 contests.
Four jumps meetings complete the line-up with Worcester and Huntingdon in the afternoon, followed by Wincanton and Tipperary in the evening.
Worcester (first race 1.40)
Good (watered) (GoingStick: 6.4 at 6am on Thursday)
Good (GoingStick: 6.9 at 10am on Thursday)
Good (watered) (GoingStick: Hurdle 7.4, Chase 7.3 at 6am on Thursday)
Good, good to firm in places (watering to maintain) (GoingStick: Hurdle 7.2, Chase 7.3 at 6.45am on Thursday)
Soft, yielding in places (NH) and soft (Flat) - (from yielding to soft)
Chester 1.50 1 Doctor Sardonicus (going), 2 Gracious John (stiff)
Chester 2.25 3 Fortune's Pearl (going)
Chester 1.50 11 Powerallied 11-2 (from 10)
Chester 3.00 1 Another Batt 11-2 (from 15-2)
Worcester 3.20 2 Cease To Surrender 14-1 (from 50)
Huntingdon 5.15 12 Nanny Pats 6-1 (from 10)
Chelmsford 6.40 5 War Glory 6-1 (from 10)
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There will be expectation of Ormonde Stakes favourite Idaho picking up the baton from older brother Highland Reel and become a money-spinning globe-trotter for Ballydoyle. However, he just might be a home bird as his form figures in Britain and Ireland read 123321U613 compared to 4568458 in the rest of the world.
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