Chester

  • 13:35 M&S Money Handicap1m 2f 75y

  • Winner £14,177 2nd £4,244 3rd £2,122 4th £1,062
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 19.09s
  • Off time: 13:42:16
13:35 Chester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Absinthe (IRE) 10/3
2nd King's Warrior (FR) 5/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
4 (10) 170-300 DARK GREEN, RED cap, DARK GREEN diamond Oceanway (USA) 15
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 8-13 M Johnston J Fanning 93 16/117.00
6 (1) 25/213-2 Purple, Royal Blue sleeves King's Warrior (FR) 12
Distance Winner
5 8-12 P W Chapple-Hyam R L Moore 92 5/23.50
7 (6) 703222- Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves Absinthe (IRE) 41
Distance Winner
6 8-11 t D McCain Jnr G Lee 91 10/34.33
8 (3) 19226-5 Emerald Green, Black chevrons on sleeves Robemaker 29
Beaten Favourite
4 8-11 J H M Gosden W Buick 91 5/23.50
10 (9) 138-309 White, dark blue and red chevrons on sleeves, red cap The Bells O Peover 26
4 8-6 b M Johnston F Norton 86 11/112.00
11 (8) 280-310 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Call To Reason (IRE) 29
5 8-6 Ian Williams M Barzalona 86 13/27.50
Non runners
1 (2)532146-Opera Gal (IRE)59-7A M BaldingJ Fortune101
2 (5)0/15180-Cry Fury49-3R CharltonNon Runner97
3 (7)211/32-Flag Officer49-1Saeed bin SuroorL Dettori95
5 (11)41/1060-Pekan Star58-12R VarianNon Runner92
9 (4)512221-Area Fifty One48-7R A FaheyJ P Spencer87

Verdict

FLAG OFFICER, a dual Polytrack winner in 2010, ran only twice last season with his second to Sea Moon at York in June an outstanding effort as the winner won a Group 2 and was placed twice at Group 1 level subsequently. The Godolphin colt is thrown in here despite a 9lb rise and if fit after a long break should take this. The consistent Absinthe has been in fine form over hurdles and has improved since missing the break and finishing well beaten in this a year ago. King's Warrior, a winner on soft ground in France, made a bright start for Peter Chapple-Hyam at Doncaster and it will be a surprise if he's not in the shake-up and though Robemaker was a little disappointing at Nottingham he didn't get the clearest of runs and today's longer trip will suit. Area Fifty One was in very good form throughout the last campaign, though at a lower level, and Cry Fury also warrants a second look.