SportPesa Chester Cup Odds and Preview – Horse Racing Betting May 10

Cleonte has the class and draw to land Chester Cup

Horse Racing Betting

Jockeys and their mounts could be excused for feeling more than a little dizzy at the end of the 2m2f SportPesa Chester Cup. Chester’s almost circular course measures less than a mile so runners half to complete more than two circuit on the turn but clear heads are needed throughout in a race in which position is important as pace – it’s fair to say more than one renewal of the Chester Cup has been lost because fancied horses were in the wrong place at the wrong time when push came to shove.

Chester Cup History and Trends

The Chester Cup is a handicap run at Chester over 2m2f and 97 yards and is open to horses aged four years or older.

2001 Rainbow High 6 9-13 Richard Hughes Barry Hills 9/2 4:01.23
2002 Fantasy Hill 6 8-09 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 8/1 4:00.20
2003 Hugs Dancer 6 8-11 Dean McKeown James Given 9/1 4:04.89
2004 Anak Pekan 4 8-02 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 2/1 4:10.90
2005 Anak Pekan 5 9-06 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 16/1 4:14.60
2006 Admiral 5 8-01 John Egan Tim Pitt 28/1 4:03.34
2007 Greenwich Meantime 7 9-02 Paul Hanagan Richard Fahey 14/1 3:58.89
2008 Bulwark 6 9-04 Jim Crowley Ian Williams 33/1 4:06.57
2009 Daraahem 4 9-00 Richard Hills Barry Hills 7/1 4:04.01
2010 Mamlook 6 8-12 Richard Hughes David Pipe 7/1 4:03.74
2011 Overturn 7 8-13 Eddie Ahern Donald McCain 11/2 3:59.39
2012 Ile de Re 6 8-11 Jim Crowley Donald McCain 10/1 4:10.20
2013 Address Unknown 6 9-00 Jamie Spencer Richard Fahey 12/1 4:05.31
2014 Suegioo 5 9-04 Ryan Moore Marco Botti 10/1 4:07.85
2015 Trip To Paris 4 8-09 Graham Lee Ed Dunlop 10/1 4:12.87
2016 No Heretic 8 8-13 Jamie Spencer Nicky Henderson 11/1 4:10.48
2017 Montaly 6 9-06 Oisin Murphy Andrew Balding 16/1 4:03.37
2018 Magic Circle 6 9-03 Fran Berry Ian Williams 8/1 4:02.90

Established in 1824, it is one of the oldest races in the UK racing calendar. Though a flat race, smart hurdlers have been successful including Overturn and Sea Pigeon and runners from National Hunt or dual purpose yards are always worth a second look. Top Cees won the race in 1995 and 1997 and Anak Pekan won consecutive contests in 2004 and 2005.

  • There has only been one winner aged eight or older in the last 17 years.
  • Whatever the distance at Chester, the draw is a huge factor. Since 2001, 12 of the Chester Cup winners have been drawn seven or lower.
  • Runners officially rated between 93 and 100 have an impressive recent strike-rate.
  • No winners has carried more than 9st6lb since 2001.
  • Six winners have all started at double-figure odds.

ChesterMark Johnston has four runners entered. Watersmeet won a valuable race at Lingfield on All-Weather Championship day but was only ninth last year, behind the likes of Fun Mac, Who Dares Wins and Time To Study having finished sixth the year before when Montaly won with Fun Mac and Who Dares Wins again placed with Magic Circle fifth. The latter, of course, was an easy winner of the Chester Cup last year but was due to run in Thursday’s Ormonde Stakes.

Given their liking for the track, Fun Mac (a general 16/1) and Who Dares Wins (a general 10/1) are certain to appeal to each-way backers again with Alan King’s stayer running well on his reappearance at Newbury. Johnston also runs Making Miracles (a general 10/1) and Lucky Deal (20/1 with Betvictor) who finished 1-2 at Ripon but it’s no surprise that Austrian School (available at 9/2 with most layers) is that being favoured by bookmakers and bettors alike as he won decisively at Musselburgh over a trip that was arguably short of his best. He won over 1m4f at Chester’s May meeting last year and there are no concerns over easy going so the four-year-old shouldn’t be far away, despite a small penalty.

CLEONTE could hold all the aces, however, running for in-form Andrew Balding. The six-year-old has the plum draw and the champion jockey in the saddle. He wasn’t far behind Low Sun (a general 9/1) in last year’s Cesarewitch and is much better drawn here than his old adversary as well as being better off at the weights. In addition, he made a cracking return to action in the Group 3 Sagaro Stakes at Ascot and, on that evidence, is ahead of the handicapper. He handled easy conditions when trained in France and may well start favourite on the day so it’s probably worth backing him now at the widely-available 6/1.

Chester Cup 2019 Latest Odds

Austrian School 9/2, Cleonte 6/1, Low Sun and Shabeeb 9/1, Who Dares Wins and Making Miracles 10/1, Whiskey Sour 14/1, Speedo Boy, Fun Mac and Magic Circle 16/1, Cliffs Of Dooneen, Lucky Deal and Time To Study 20/1, Watersmeet 25/1, Montaly 33/1, Busy Street and Mirsaale 40/1

(Odds correct at 1.15pm May 9)


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