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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
Odds:7-1

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
Odds:12-1

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
Odds:16-1

4 Themaxwecan

Non-runner

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)
Odds:40-1

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
Odds:16-1

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
Odds:7-1

8 Cardano

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

Trainer:Ian Williams
Jockey:Ryan Moore
Odds:15-2

9 Reshoun

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

Trainer:Ian Williams
Jockey:Andrea Atzeni
Odds:22-1

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
Odds:11-1

11 Trumpet Man

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

Trainer:Mark Johnston
Jockey:Franny Norton
Odds:8-1

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
Odds:10-1

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
Odds:15-2

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
Odds:14-1

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
Odds:18-1

16 Blakeney Point

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

Trainer:Donald McCain
Jockey:Ella McCain (5)
Odds:50-1

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)
Odds:9-1


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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