Chester

  • 17:10 Irish Champions Weekend Handicap1m 2f 75y

  • Winner £6,469 2nd £1,925 3rd £962 4th £481
  • Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 13.57s
  • Off time: 17:13:09
17:10 Chester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Spanish Plume 8/1
2nd Al Mukhdam 7/1
3rd The Firm (IRE) 8/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (7) 953858 Royal Blue, Light Green epaulets Skytrain 14
Nag me
4 9-7 M Johnston R Ffrench 80 12/113.00
3 (5) 257142 YELLOW, ROYAL BLUE disc and sleeves, hooped cap Swift Cedar (IRE) 15
Nag meBeaten Favourite
4 9-5 P D Evans D J Bates (3) 78 4/15.00
4 (4) 3-50093 Light Blue, White hoops, White sleeves, Light Blue stars, Black cap Al Mukhdam 23
Nag me
4 9-3 E De Giles Oisin Murphy 76 7/18.00
5 (1) 782223 Royal blue, light blue stars on sleeves Ocean Applause 9
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-2 t J Ryan Joe Doyle (7) 75 11/43.75
6 (6) 515512 Light Green and Mauve stripes, White sleeves, Mauve cap Spanish Plume 18
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
6 8-13 A Hollinshead Kevin Stott (5) 72 8/19.00
7 (3) 565013 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Gabrial The Terror (IRE) 10
Nag meBeaten FavouriteDistance Winner
4 8-9 D M Simcock S Donohoe 68 11/26.50
8 (2) 443354 Red, yellow striped sleeves The Firm (IRE) 28
Nag meBeaten Favourite
5 8-7 D M Loughnane J F McDonald 66 8/19.00
9 (9) 7-46310 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars, royal blue cap Gabrial The Thug (FR) 4
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-2 t R A Fahey Sammy Jo Bell (5) 61 8/19.00
Non runners
2 (8)18229-0Topamichi49-5M H TompkinsAshley Morgan78

Verdict

SWIFT CEDAR hasn't been far away in two recent visits to the Roodee and if he can stay the extra distance, he should have too much class for these rivals. Ocean Applause has placed regularly in recent months and Joe Doyle gets another chance to ride before his claim reduces to 5lb. Skytrain is best watched at present while previous course and distance winner, Topamichi may need a little more give underfoot to be seen at his best. Gabrial The Terror was unable to follow up his victory in a weak event at Brighton while Spanish Plume has raced predominantly on Polytrack of late though the six-year-old ran on well to be second at Beverley last month and has solid place claims.