Chester

  • 14:15 Stella Artois Huxley Stakes 1m 2f 75y

  • Winner £34,026 2nd £12,900 3rd £6,456 4th £3,216
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 11.61s
  • Off time: 14:16:35
14:15 Chester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Danadana (IRE) 10/3
2nd Highland Knight (IRE) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 13/166-3 Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap Bonfire 21
Distance Winner
4 9-0 A M Balding J Fortune 110 4/15.00
2 (3) 5/81191- Yellow, large Black spots and spots on cap Danadana (IRE) 260
Distance Winner
5 9-0 L M Cumani K Fallon 109 10/34.33
3 (2) 1/0001-5 Dark Blue, White sash and sleeves, quartered cap Dick Doughtywylie 12
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-0 J H M Gosden W Buick 100 8/19.00
4 (7) 15333-1 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Gabrial (IRE) 26
Course Winner
4 9-0 R A Fahey J P Spencer 111 7/24.50
5 (6) 1315-52 Purple, Light Blue chevron, Light Blue cap Highland Knight (IRE) 13
6 9-0 t A M Balding David Probert 113 4/15.00
6 (4) 7560-21 White, Red sash, Red and White striped cap Miblish 40
Distance Winner
4 9-0 t C E Brittain F Tylicki 103 8/19.00
7 (1) 143470- Pink, White hooped sleeves, White cap Rewarded 222
4 9-0 J A R Toller Kirsty Milczarek 99 16/117.00

Verdict

GABRIAL has only had one run at this trip and his form is over a mile but Richard Fahey appears confident of him staying and this is far from a stiff track so he's handed the vote. After last year's Dante success, Bonfire went to Epsom with what looked a good chance in the Derby but ran poorly, as he did in the Eclipse. He reappeared with a moderate effort at Newmarket and the jury is out on him. Andrew Balding also runs Highland Knight, who was over four lengths behind Gabrial at Doncaster last month but did much better when close-up behind Trumpet Major in the Group 2 bet365 Mile at Sandown. Danadana made good progress last season, winning a strong York handicap on his final start, and his stable have made a much quicker than normal start to the season.