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2021 Chester Cup: the runners, the odds, the verdict

The Chester Cup: Friday's big race often provides a tight finish, but who will win this year?
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Your guide to the tote+ Chester Cup Handicap (2.45), the highlight of the course's three-day May meeting on Friday.

2.45 Chester Friday: tote+ Chester Cup racecard and betting

1 Falcon Eight

Best effort in 2019; off since last June and has been gelded; needs to be nearer his best

Trainer:Dermot Weld
Jockey:Frankie Dettori

2 Who Dares Wins

4th, 3rd and 2nd (on soft) in last three Chester Cups, so has to be taken very seriously

Trainer:Alan King
Jockey:Tom Marquand

3 The Grand Visir

Two big runs at Royal Ascot over 2m4f and 2m5f; peak efforts on good or good to soft

Trainer:Ian Williams
Jockey:Richard Kingscote

4 Themaxwecan


5 Lucky Deal

Below form latest; stamina is probably not a problem but ground softer than good could be

Trainer:Mark Johnston
Jockey:Andrew Breslin (5)

6 Rare Groove

Missed 2020 but has returned better than ever over 2m on Newcastle AW; drawn wide

Trainer:Jedd O'Keeffe
Jockey:PJ McDonald

7 Not So Sleepy

4th in last two renewals of 2m2f Cesarewitch; in good form over hurdles last season

Trainer:Hughie Morrison
Jockey:Graham Lee

8 Cardano

Ran very well over 1m4f on AW before excellent second to Themaxwecan at Musselburgh (1m6f)

Trainer:Ian Williams
Jockey:Ryan Moore

9 Reshoun

Career-best form when winning at Newbury (2m) last July before three backward steps

Trainer:Ian Williams
Jockey:Andrea Atzeni

10 Hochfeld

Resurgent over 1m5f/1m6f (good and good to firm) this spring; bit more to prove at 2m+

Trainer:Mark Johnston
Jockey:Connor Beasley

11 Trumpet Man

First run here; very good chance he can resume improvement with this greater stamina test

Trainer:Mark Johnston
Jockey:Franny Norton

12 Nate The Great

Looked a non-stayer sole attempt beyond 2m; in good form on AW and turf lately; considered

Trainer:Andrew Balding
Jockey:David Probert

13 Future Investment

Won here (good to soft) in August on sole 2m run; significant potential if ground is okay

Trainer:Ralph Beckett
Jockey:Hector Crouch

14 Glencadam Glory

Close, front-running second in the Ebor at York (1m6f, soft); right out of form since

Trainer:Tim Easterby
Jockey:Jason Hart

15 Rochester House

Pick of his 2020 form puts him in the picture, including neck second over 2m4f at Goodwood

Trainer:Mark Johnston
Jockey:Joe Fanning

16 Blakeney Point

Mixed messages but his trainer has tasted notable success in this race

Trainer:Donald McCain
Jockey:Ella McCain (5)

17 Coeur De Lion

Won the consolation race for this in 2019 (heavy) and at Royal Ascot (2m4f) last June

Trainer:Alan King
Jockey:Thore Hammer Hansen (5)

The verdict

Who Dares Wins was placed in the last three renewals but Trumpet Man can prove well suited by venturing beyond 2m for the first time.
Richard Austen

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