Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 16:43 07/05/2015
Friday sees the final day of Chester's May meeting featuring the Group 3 Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at 3.10 in which the talented stayer Tac de Boistron is fancied to give weight to his seven rivals in the one mile five and a half furlong contest due to be run on the eight-year-old's favoured soft ground, and despite having the worst of the draw in stall 8 the mount of Martin Harley should outclass the opposition prior to a possible attempt at next month's Ascot Gold Cup for which the son of Take Risks can be backed at a standout 14-1 with Paddy Power.
The 5-2 available with bet365 and William Hill makes plenty of appeal for tomorrow's main event but it is the opening Betfair Earl Grosvenor Handicap at 2.10 which could provide a better value selection in the shape of the Mick Channon-trained bottom weight Arnold Lane at the 16-1 quoted by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power. The six-year-old has been campaigned over six furlongs in ten attempts since January 2014 and could benefit by stepping up an extra furlong and a half on the Roodee, especially racing off his lowest mark since finishing a creditable fourth in a valuable Ascot 7f handicap back in October 2013.
The son of Footstepsinthesand was racing off 108 at the royal venue ( 18lb less than his current rating ) and with the ground and draw ( 7 ) likely to prove ideal the mount of Sam Hitchcott looks overpriced against some pretty exposed rivals. The horse made a good start to the present campaign finishing seventh ( beaten 3 lengths ) in a Doncaster big field handicap when finding little room inside the closing stages and on his most recent start at Ripon possibly found the ground too lively, and is surely better than that below-par effort would suggest.
Course specialist Marcret and Newstead Abbey are two rivals capable of causing plenty of problems for the selection but the biggest danger may come from the David O'Meara-trained Alejandro who should strip fitter following his seasonal reappearance at Haydock last month and could take some pegging back if getting an easy lead up front.
1 Point each-way Arnold Lane 16-1 Paddy Power