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Chester best bets: Teraabb to exploit inside draw, Sailtheshipalone interesting on season debut

There’s a cracking meeting at Chester on Saturday afternoon, and this extended seven-furlong sprint promises to be the pick of the bunch, with 13 runners contesting the biggest prize on the card.

15:20 Chester: Horseradish Catering and Events Roodee Handicap  (7½ furlongs)

At the top of the betting, Monfrid and Brunel Nation are looking to bounce back from last-time-out setbacks, having both won their penultimate outings, with the former hoping to take advantage of a favourable low draw.

Their short prices are unappealing, however, which suggests better value might be found elsewhere, with the improving Witness Stand expected to go well under Hollie Doyle, if able to overcome top weight and an outside draw.

Eleven stalls inside them, Callum Shepherd will be looking to coax a sharp break from Teraabb in order to get first dibs on the rail, and Charlie Fellowes’ gelding appears to be trending towards a successful three-year-old campaign.

Suggested best bet: Teraabb each-way in the 15:20 at Chester

An encouraging four-race juvenile season was rounded off nicely by a couple of frame finishes, and he wasted no time converting that promise into a maiden victory in April, when he saw off seven useful rivals over this distance at Newbury.

He failed to land the odds on his only subsequent outing at Ascot five weeks ago, but excuses could be made for his first attempt over a mile, when he was slowly away and left poorly placed as the race took shape ahead of him, and he can be expected to be more prominent if he gets away quickly enough. 


With four places available pretty much across the board, a race of this nature gives plenty of scope for some outsider involvement. 

The hefty odds carried by Purefoy and Princess Alex look tempting after both have put in some decent early-season performances, but our each-way nod goes to the only runner yet to have raced so far this year.

It might appear a big ask to expect Sailthishipalone to hit the ground running on season debut after eight months off, but Richard Fahey’s string has been in great nick lately (four winner and eight places from his last 21 runners), and there’s no reason to suggest this three-year-old won’t line up in similar good shape.

He took three attempts to land his first success as a juvenile colt last summer, winning gamely by a neck, and he was last seen finishing just a neck behind Apiarist (both priced 28/1) in a valuable minor race at York in October.

He has since been gelded, and if he has trained on as hoped then he could well give the capable Ryan Sexton a prominent ride to defy his odds again.

Outsider punt: Sailthisshipalone each-way in the 15:20 at Chester



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