May 29 Racing Tips: Military Mission to march home at Chester

After another wet week of racing, Planet Sport tipster Ross Brierley shakes off his umbrella and give us his thoughts about meetings at Chester and Salisbury on Saturday May 29.

Get your weekend off to the perfect start by finding some winners at Chester and Salisbury.

5.00 Chester - Military Mission

Brierley says: "On the face of it, this is quite a competitive three-year-old handicap at Chester for the five o'clock.

"But Hugo Palmer had a wildly impressive winner at Sandown in the National Stakes, and he could have another progressive horse here in the shape of the three-year-old gelding, Military Mission.

"Who was frustrating last season, albeit running in some very, very warm races, but he got off the mark in fantastic style last time out over at Salisbury.

"He won by eight-and-a-half lengths, which is a fair old whack, but the handicapper's only put him up a pound, but I think he could be a little bit better than that.

"And, since being gelded over the winter, he's clearly got his mind on the job.

"This track should suit. He dominated from the front at Salisbury last time out. He's got a fantastic jockey in the shape of James Doyle, and as I said, the yard are in very good form as well.

"So Military Mission into handicap company here for the first time can continue that winning run."

5.35 Chester - Soapy Stevens

Brierley says: "Mark Johnston's horses aren't exactly in red hot form here, but fingers crossed things can start to turn around as the ground dries up again, and Soapy Stevens can get off the mark here for the yard in a handicap over a mile-and-a-half here at Chester.

"He was a big, big second on his penultimate start behind Valparaiso at Doncaster - a track which does not suit front runners.

"But, this horse gunned it from the outset, and only got done [by] a head on the line by Valparaiso.

"That horse was beaten the other day, but that was a step up in grade, and on soft ground which didn't seem to suit.

"Soapy Stevens ran at Salisbury in a race that's thrown up a winner. The second - who was sent off 100/1 - bolted up at Haydock the other day.

"Soapy Stevens could never get a decent position. [He] was ducking and weaving, wide and on the rail, never particularly looked comfortable on the track, and finished - actually - quite a credible fourth.

"I thought that was a good race, and a run which showed Soapy Stevens is still off a winnable handicap mark, and he's got a reasonable draw here in box six, and a jockey who rides this track to perfection in the shape of Franny Norton."

6.15 Salisbury - Colombe

Brierley says: "No prizes for originality in the shape of Colombe here for Henry Candy, but this three-year-old filly looked a handicapper to follow when bolting up in a novice event at Windsor last time out over five furlongs on good-to-soft ground.

"Very similar conditions to what she's going to get at Salisbury this evening.

"She ran in some half decent races as a juvenile, but it looked a really impressive and improving performance last time out for this daughter of Mehmas.

"She set a very strong speed figure for the grade, and this race looks pretty weak if we're going to be honest.

" Amor De Mi Vida should set a nice toe out in front, and Toptime comes from a yard who are having winners and a jockey who's in good nick.

"But, there's a lot to like about Colombe, and if she doesn't progress through the handicap ranks over this trip and at this level, I'll be very surprised indeed.

"So, Colombe to follow up at Salisbury in this sprint handicap."