Soft-ground lovers: three horses who could thrive in the mud at Chester today
With the ground continuing to ease following plenty of inclement weather at Chester's May meeting, we focus on the day three runners who will be unfazed by testing conditions . . .
Those involved with Addeybb will be rubbing their hands at the prospects of the rain arriving at Chester, as soft ground has always been considered the key to the William Haggas-trained five-year-old.
He missed multiple engagements last summer on account of quick going and it appears the stars have finally aligned for the 117-rated son of Pivotal.
Addeybb was sent off just 15-2 for the Group 1 QEII Stakes on Champions Day at Ascot last autumn and will undoubtedly find this assignment easier. He has yet to run this season, but proved his ability to go well fresh when scooping the 2018 Lincoln in impressive fashion off a 176-day break.
The four Group victories Success Days has claimed have each been on a slow surface and Irish Classic-winning trainer Ken Condon constantly cherry-picks such opportunities for his stable stalwart.
The seven-year-old was sent off just 12-1 for a good to firm running of the 2015 Derby, but he trailed home last of the 12 runners after winning a couple of recognised Derby trials at Leopardstown in testing conditions.
The booking of Ryan Moore here catches the eye and, although coming into this off the back of an underwhelming display at Naas on his comeback last month, the grey son of Jeremy would be dangerous to underestimate if given a soft lead in front.
Passing an examination like the Chester Cup requires a blend of dour stamina along with early tactical speed to gain a favourable track position, and Who Dares Wins appeals as a type well suited to such demands.
Soft going will be no hindrance to the Alan King-trained dual purpose performer. Plenty of his best jumps form has come with cut in the ground, including when fifth to Delta Work in the 2018 Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival and when landing a Doncaster Grade 2 juvenile hurdle on heavy back in 2015.
The seven-year-old was third to Magic Circle in this race last year and should have blown away any cobwebs in his bid to go two better after a promising third off the same mark on an easy surface at Newbury last month.
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