Chester

  • 15:15 Stellar Group Handicap5f 16y

  • Winner £15,752 2nd £4,715 3rd £2,358 4th £1,180
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 1.13s
  • Off time: 15:23:05
15:15 Chester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sir Maximilian (IRE) 7/1
2nd Caspian Prince (IRE) 4/1
3rd Ballista (IRE) 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (15) 071400- Emerald green, brown stars, emerald green cap, brown star Free Zone 179
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-7 B Smart P Mulrennan 102 40/141.00
3 (7) 71-3836 White, Dark Green star, Dark Green sleeves, White armlets Ballista (IRE) 19
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 9-6 p1 Tom Dascombe R Kingscote 101 5/16.00
5 (8) 430130- Black and White (quartered), Emerald Green collar and sleeves, White cap Noble Storm (USA) 214
Nag meDistance Winner
8 9-5 E S McMahon G Lee 100 20/121.00
7 (9) 104050- White, dark blue epaulets, dark blue and white halved sleeves, quartered cap Confessional 193
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
7 9-2 e T D Easterby D Allan 97 20/121.00
8 (1) 106413 Light blue, brown epaulets, brown sleeves, light blue armlets, striped cap Caspian Prince (IRE) 11
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 9-2 ht A W Carroll James Doyle 97 4/15.00
9 (4) 742583- Red, white spots, white sleeves, red spots, red cap Sir Maximilian (IRE) 249
Nag meDistance Winner
5 8-7 T J Pitt S Donohoe 88 7/18.00
10 (3) 1517-21 Light Blue, White hoops, White sleeves, Light Blue stars, Black cap Go Nani Go 19
Nag meDistance Winner
8 8-6 E De Giles F Norton 87 9/25.50
11 (2) 90-3132 Black, large light blue spots and sleeves Top Boy 11
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-5 v D Shaw J Fanning 86 5/16.00
12 (12) 33200-0 Black and White stripes, checked sleeves, White cap Fitz Flyer (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
8 8-5 v D Nicholls Adrian Nicholls 86 40/141.00
13 (5) 211967- Dark green, white stars, orange sleeves, dark green cap, white star Swendab (IRE) 225
Nag meDistance Winner
6 8-5 v J G M O'Shea David Probert 86 25/126.00
14 (6) 00-5210 Red, Beige sash, Emerald Green sleeves, Beige and Emerald Green quartered cap Red Baron (IRE) 4
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
5 8-4 p E J Alston Neil Farley (3) 85 9/110.00
15 (11) 091-024 Red and White diamonds, Red sleeves, White armlets, Red cap Rusty Rocket (IRE) 11
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 8-4 Paul Green Martin Lane 85 20/121.00
Non runners
2 (13)0/50185-Magical Macey (USA)79-6T D BarronGraham Gibbons101
4 (14)05980-5Ballesteros59-6R A FaheyJ P Spencer101
6 (10)301000-Secret Asset (IRE)99-3Jane Chapple-HyamDavid Kenny98

Verdict

A burn-up for sure with a rapid exit from the gate essential in a field of this size. Noble Storm, a confirmed trailblazer, remains a useful sort but will have to trap quickly from the eight stall whereas Caspian Prince has bagged the rails draw and has already displayed his ability to handle a fast 5f when always in command in a decent Epsom sprint on his penultimate start. Not overly consistent, he's very useful at his best and is definite shortlist material. GO NANI GO has also found himself well drawn and is partnered by one of the best jockeys around this idiosyncratic venue in Franny Norton. He's much more of a hold-up merchant who needs the cards to fall just right in a large field such as this but looks a strong each-way option at the very least if things go his way. Rusty Rocket and Top Boy are also noted in a typically competitive Chester sprint.