Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 08:19 08/05/2014
The MBNA Chester Vase and the Betfair Price Rush Huxley Stakes provide the quality on Chester's Thursday card but as a betting medium it is the opening IG Handicap at 1.45 that make more appeal and the extended 1m 2f contest can go the way of top weight Wigmore Hall for trainer Michael Bell and jockey Jamie Spencer. The last time the 7-year-old was seen in a handicap was at York in July 2010 when running out a short head winner of the valuable 52st John Smith's Cup off a mark of 101 and since then the High Chaparral gelding has competed mainly in Group company with mixed success.
Dual winner of the Northern Dancer Stakes at Woodbine in Canada ( 2011 and 2012 ) Wigmore Hall has found it hard to get his head in front over the last year and a half but will appreciate the drop in class tomorrow and off a mark of 105 ( 12lb less than highest ever rating ) looks decent value to get back into the winners enclosure at the guaranteed 12-1 available with William Hill. Jamie Spencer's mount ended last season with a respectable length second to Renew off a three pound higher mark in Newmarket's Listed Mawatheek Godolphin Stakes last September and a reproduction of that run should see the horse go close on the Roodee.
The Mark Johnson-trained Sennockian Star could pose a tough rival after his victory in Epsom's City And Suburban on his last start but may struggle off a 5lb higher mark making the chief danger Yeager, the mount of William Buick. The lightly-raced son of Medaglia d'Oro is possibly well treated and is sure to build on his close second to So Beloved on Lingfield's all-weather last month.