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Chester Festival tips: Point Lonsdale to dominate Ormonde Stakes with Enemy lurking under radar

Only seven runners line up to contest the Ormonde Stakes, but they will all fancy their chances of coming away with the biggest prize on the second day of the Chester May Festival.

15:40 Chester: tote.co.uk Supporting Racing Ormonde Stakes ( 1 mile 5 furlongs 84 yards)

Point Lonsdale is looking to replicate his early-season form of 2023, when he hit the ground running with a tidy win at the Curragh, and quickly backed that up by landing the Huxley Stakes at this meeting this time last year.

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He was pitched largely into Grade 1 company for the remainder of his 2023 campaign, and was by no means disgraced last time out in March when he finished sixth of 12 in the Dubai Sheema Classic at Meydan.

Now dropping significantly in class, Aidan O’Brien’s five-year-old should relish the step in trip here, and with jockey Ryan Moore boasts in 39% win rate and an 75% place rate from his last 44 rides around the Chester circuit, it will be no surprise to see the pairing land the odds again here.

Suggested best bet: Point Lonsdale in the 15:40 at Chester


Of the others, Arrest and Deauville Legend are priced to lead the challenge, but most intriguing as a potential each-way option is Ian Williams’ capable seven-year-old, Enemy, who looks capable of outracing his double-digit price in this small field.

He kicked off the year with a couple of close-up near misses (a neck and a head) either side of an equally narrow victory on Southwell’s all-weather track in late January.

Enemy was last seen at Meydan 40 days, when his Dubai Gold Cup bid can probably be excused as he was left poorly placed on the run-in and had to settle for a mid-division spot.

If that run can be forgiven, then Richard Kingscote can hope for a better ride here, especially if able to hug the rail from his potentially favourable inside draw.

Each-way punt: Enemy in the 15:40 at Chester




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