Matt Chapman: I hope this strong-staying course winner Rogers Paddy in the Chester Cup

While the in-form Hugo Palmer's Copper Knight can get us off to a flyer on day one of the May meeting

Last weekend’s Classic proved good news for this blog, with Massaat running second in the 2000 Guineas at 9/1 and Minding banging in for us having been flagged up as a good thing in Sunday’s 1,000 Guineas. Happy days.

This week I’m concentrating on Chester’s May meeting to throw up some Classic clues as the Epsom Derby in particular looks wide open.

Let’s start with Wednesday though and I’m kicking off with COPPER KNIGHT in the Lily Agnes for juveniles over 5f at 2.10pm. As always the draw will play a big part, but he’s in box 5 and I like his chance for the in-form Hugo Palmer stable.

I was at Windsor when this colt was second last time. He should have won but hung left in the closing stages. Hanging left won’t matter here and James Doyle is a good jockey booking.


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It’s the Cheshire Oaks over an extended 1m 3f at 2.40pm and I like SOMEHOW for Aidan O’Brien. The selection was a decent maiden winner at Leopardstown last time, and the horse she beat, Shamreen, has hacked up since. O’Brien has so many to chose from that he should have the winner.

It’s the big betting race of the week, the Chester Cup, at 3.10pm over a testing extended 2m 2f. I like the improving market leader STEVE ROGERS for classy Roger Varian. Although likely to start favourite he was a good winner at Kempton last month and was staying on strongly from well off the pace in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket last Autumn.

He’s a previous course winner over 2m and Andrea Atzeni should get a great position from stall three. He looks like he’ll take all the beating.


The CH4 action wraps with the 5f handicap at 3.40pm. Again the draw is key, so have a few quid each-way on GROWL who has gotten a good draw in stall four for Richard Fahey and Paul Hanagan.

He was  closing in nicely on seasonal debut behind Avon Breeze at Ripon last time and should improve for that run.

So best of luck over the next few days. Let’s hope Paddy’s in bits by the end of the week. Yeeehaaa!

What do you think?