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19:15 Chester

Ernst & Young Handicap (Class 4)

  • 8 Runners
  • Distance: 1m 2f 75y
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
  • £8,500 added
Weighed In
  • Winning Time: 2m 10.30s
  • Off Time: 19:17:07
  • 8 Ran
1st
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2nd
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1(8)
Silk - White, Orange cross belts
11/4
  • Form 1/4222-3
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-7
  • Official Rating 81

led, ridden and headed over 1f out, soon weakened

2(1)
Silk - Light Blue, White hoops, White sleeves, Light Blue stars, Black cap

Red Lancer

11 C
3/1
  • Form 00-0956
  • Age 6
  • Weight 9-3
  • Official Rating 77

chased leaders, ridden to challenged over 1f out, every chance inside final furlong, just held close home

3(5)
Silk - Royal Blue, Silver striped sleeves, Blue and Red hooped cap
13/2
  • Form 231307-
  • Age 4
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 74

chased leaders, effort over 2f out, weakened final furlong

4(6)
Silk - Red, Grey stars, diabolo on sleeves

Torrens (IRE)

21 CDD
11/4
  • Form 453126
  • Age 5
  • Weight 9-0
  • Official Rating 74

held up in touch, ridden to lead over 1f out, soon ridden and under pressure, just held on

5(4)
Silk - White, Dark Green and Light Green striped sleeves and cap
16/1
  • Form 3260-86
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-9
  • Official Rating 69

slowly away, in rear, effort 3f out, never dangerous

6(7)
Silk - Dark Green, White seams, White sleeves, Dark Green armlets, White cap
8/1
  • Form 133-305
  • Age 5
  • Weight 8-8
  • Official Rating 68

slowly into stride, towards rear, ridden and headway over 2f out, stayed on

7(2)
Silk - Purple, Yellow stars, chevrons on sleeves, Yellow cap
20/1
  • Form 29856-0
  • Age 6
  • Weight 8-2
  • Official Rating 62

held up towards rear, ridden over 3f out, never dangerous

8(3)
Silk - Yellow, Dark Green seams, striped sleeves, Yellow cap

Canina

155
66/1
  • Form 87600-9
  • Age 4
  • Weight 8-2
  • Official Rating 55

chased leader and keen, ridden and lost place over 2f out

In depth

Verdict

Pirouetting is given a narrow vote in a wide open handicap, Whatizzit and Torrens could provide most danger. Barry Hills has an excellent record at this unique track and Pirouetting is now down to a very handy mark. She finished a close up third in a decent race at Sandown back in October, over this trip and on similar ground. She is two punds lower today and so a repeat effort should be good enough. Whatizzit doesn't know how to run a bad race and her recent third behind Nosferatu has been given a tremendous boost with the winner going in again. The draw is a slight concern with Ed Dunlop's charge but she should still be in the shake up. Torrens has gone well here in the past and although a little high in the weights he could still make the frame. Latif is well treated at present and there were signs of a form revival last time, but Pirouetting does look the pick of the weights today and she gets our vote.

Formwatch

Whatizzit 5-1 (9-0) Held up in touch, headway to chase winner from 3f out until over 1f out, one pace under pressure final furlong, 3rd of 10, 2 1/2l behind Nosferatu (9-3) at Windsor 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in May.

Red Lancer 8-1 (8-3) In touch, driven along in centre over 2f out, stayed on same pace after, 6th of 12, 6l behind Lake Poet (9-5) at Epsom 1m 2f hcap (2) gs.

Pirouetting 16-1 (8-4) Held up, switch right 2f out, kept on, not pace to challenge, 7th of 10, 4 1/2l behind Dubai On (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f 3yo fll hcp (3) pol in Nov.

Torrens (IRE) 8-1 (8-6) Slowly into stride, held up, headway over 2f out, soon ridden and kept on one pace, 6th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Sound of Nature (9-4) at Leicester 1m 2f hcap (4) gf in May.

Latif (USA) 40-1 (9-0) Held up towards rear, ridden and headway on outer over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 6th of 12, 9l behind Wasalat (9-5) at Ripon 1m 2f hcap (5) gf.

Inside Story (IRE) 20-1 (9-6) Towards rear, ridden over 2f out, kept on same pace, 5th of 12, 3 1/2l behind Wasalat (9-5) at Ripon 1m 2f hcap (5) gf.

Top Seed (IRE) 25-1 (9-6) In touch, chased leader over 3f out, hampered and carried wide on bend over 2f out, soon beaten, 12th of 14, 13l behind Street Life (9-4) at Kempton 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.

Canina 50-1 (8-4) Chased leaders, ridden and weakened over 2f out, 9th of 10, 12l behind Millfields Dreams (8-10) at W'hampton 6f hcp 0-65 (6) pol in Jan.