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Wednesday ITV Racing Tips: Best bets for Chester on May 8

Day one of Chester's May Festival on Wednesday, May 8 and the Planet Sport tipsters have a red-hot selection for all six races ITV have on offer.

There's five races from Chester, including the highlights the Cheshire Oaks (1505) and the Chester Vase (1540).

ITV had snuck in a cheeky race from Newton Abbot, but that meeting has since been abandoned.

We begin with a quick run through our ITV tips, with the reasons why we've picked them further down the page.

If you fancy a punt or two, check out the Planet Sport race centre which will show you all the live odds, racecards and results.

Good luck and please gamble responsibly.

(Please be aware selections could become non-runners after article's first publication)


Wednesday's quick tips:

13:30 (Chester) Stash The Cash

14:05 (Chester) Flicka’s Girl

14:35 (Chester) Kings Merchant

15:05 (Chester) Galileo Dame

15:40 (Chester) Grosvenor Square


13:30 (Chester) Stash The Cash

Stash The Cash is taken to kick off proceedings by prevailing in the CAA Stellar Handicap for Tim Easterby.

The Profitable gelding landed some nice bets when bolting home to break his duck at Catterick last month and has the scope to cope with an 8lb rise up the ratings after being unexposed as a two-year-old.


14:05 (Chester) Flicka’s Girl

A low draw is usually crucial in the CAA Stellar Lily Agnes EBF Conditions Stakes but it may be worth stretching out as far as stall four to side with Flicka’s Girl.

David Loughnane’s filly blitzed her rivals on debut at Wolverhampton and was then made favourite for what looked a hot contest at Bath.

The daughter of Sergei Prokofiev did not quite last home after leading early on there but the feeling is that she will have learned something in defeat and warrants another chance here.


14:35 (Chester) Kings Merchant

Kings Merchant has plenty going for him in the tote.co.uk Saddle-Up For More Than Racing Handicap, starting out from the inside berth and having Oisin Murphy on board.

Ed Bethell’s charge made amends for an odds-on loss at Newcastle when scoring with the minimum of fuss at Wolverhampton and we may still not have seen the best of this Bated Breath gelding.


15:05 (Chester) Galileo Dame

Aidan O’Brien will be looking to complete a hat-trick of Weatherbys E-Passport Cheshire Oaks victories but could be denied by his son Joseph in this Listed contest.

His Galileo Dame was given a confident ride by Dylan Browne McMonagle on her return to action in a Leopardstown maiden last month and fairly flew home once seeing daylight late on.

She pulled three and a half lengths clear of the reopposing Rubies Are Red over 10 furlongs on testing ground and raced as though this track and slightly longer trip will be right up her street.


15:40 (Chester) Grosvenor Square

O’Brien can enhance his Epsom Derby prospects via a Boodles Chester Vase success for Grosvenor Square.

The Ballydoyle maestro has picked up this Group Three prize a record 10 times, with the likes of Ruler Of The World, Soldier Of Fortune and Treasure Beach using the race as a stepping stone to Classic glory.

Grosvenor Square showed plenty of promise during his juvenile campaign, starting off with a Galway maiden win, despite showing clear signs of greenness.

The Beresford Stakes may have come just a little too soon in his development, but the son of Galileo caught the eye making late headway in finishing third behind Deepone.

Given almost another month to mature mentally, as well as physically, he justified favouritism in the Group Three Eyrefield Stakes over nine furlongs at Leopardstown, making all to score by more than four lengths in a most authoritative manner.

The omens are certainly good for Grosvenor Square training on and enjoying a stepping up in distance at three, as half-brother Santiago claimed the Queen’s Vase at Royal Ascot and the Irish Derby.


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