May 5 Racing Tips: Chester Vase in Frankie Dettori's sights

It's the first day of the May Festival at Chester, but there's also racing at Fontwell, Kelso, Newton Abbot and Kempton for our Planet Sport tipsters to dig out some hot selections on Wednesday May 5.

Ah...Chester in early May, there's no better time to take the bookies to the cleaners.

3.15 - Chester

Frankie Dettori arrives in Chester fresh from his 20th Classic on Mother Earth in the 1000 Guineas, and Law Of The Sea should be the horse to bring him more success in the Chester Vase.

Dettori represents Godolphin, as well as old allies John and Thady Gosden, in Chester's Epsom Derby trial.

Law Of The Sea has already advanced his Epsom claims with two highly encouraging victories, albeit in low-profile surroundings, on Kempton's Polytrack in January and then on his turf debut at Leicester last month.

There was a dramatic improvement at Kempton, from an underwhelming debut, when moving up to a mile and a half for the first time - and then three months later at Leicester, he was a class apart.

The form of both races leaves Law Of The Sea well below several rivals here on ratings - including Godolphin's own better-fancied Wirko - but his rate of improvement is eye-catching, and he may be the surprise package.

2.15 - Chester

In the Weatherbys ePassport Cheshire Oaks, Zeyaadah is another with obvious potential and a big date at Epsom next month hinging on her performance here.

Roger Varian's Shadwell filly is unbeaten after three increasingly promising victories last year.

Zeyaadah must bridge a clear ratings gap with the much more experienced Dubai Fountain - but it will be surprising if she cannot climb higher on the evidence of her own juvenile campaign.

1.45 - Chester

Lucy Lulu will sport the familiar Mystery Angel colours in the opening ICM Stellar Sports Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes.

She therefore hails from a prolific ownership production line which provided the winner of this race in 2019 and has a constant eye on the big prizes.

Lucy Lulu made the ideal start with a narrow debut victory at Doncaster on Saturday, and may be about to double up quickly.

Other chances at Chester include: 2.45 Showalong, 3.45 Uncle Jumbo, 4.15 Immelmann, 4.45 National League.

7.10 - Kempton

Kempton stages an evening Flat card, and the improving Sky Commander is of interest off top weight in the Unibet 3 Uniboosts A Day Handicap.

The four-year-old's Chelmsford victory last month was far from unexpected, after he had clearly returned in good heart as runner-up at Lingfield three weeks earlier.

He must contend with a 4lb rise, but his unexposed all-weather profile suggests there is almost certainly plenty more to come.

Other Kempton selections: 5.10 Thunder Love, 5.40 Thousand Oaks, 6.10 George Scott, 6.40 Risaalaat, 7.40 Single, 8.10 The Nosey Parker.

3.05 - Newton Abbot

Highest Sun heads to Devon for the Handicap Chase and really ought to be able to make his presence felt from a rating which is 12lb lower than early last year.

He has not always helped himself with clumsy jumping, and it is well-documented that his yard endured a dip in form through the winter months.

Nonetheless, Highest Sun largely performed with credit - and after staying on well at Ascot despite often jumping left last time, this move up in trip and change of direction puts him in the reckoning.

Keep an eye on these selections at Newton Abbot: 1.00 Southfield Harvest, 1.30 Dragon Bones, 2.00 Tulin, 2.30 Eritage, 3.35 Heross Du Seuil, 4.07 Undisputed, 4.40 Poet's Reflection.

2.25 - Kelso

Lesser could prove to be more at Kelso, in the BoscaSports Racing Digital Display Novices' Hurdle.

Richard Phillips' lightly-raced seven-year-old is unbeaten in just three career starts, over a variety of trips and disciplines, and may prove the class act again.

Kelso selections include: 1.20 The Blame Game, 1.55 Millarville, 2.55 Chanting Hill, 3.25 Mint Gold, 4.00 Dolphin Square, 4.35 Ned Tanner.


Fontwell fancies include: 4.50 Belle Jour, 5.20 The Wire Flyer, 5.50 Mercian Knight, 6.20 Thunderstruck, 6.50 Mystic Court, 7.20 Eyes Right, 7.50 Credo.

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