Who Dares Wins was a film about the Iranian Embassy siege of 1980, however the horse of the same name could hold Paddy hostage in the Chester Stakes at 2.10pm.
Alan King’s charge is one of the toughest horses around, having run well in three successive high-end handicaps at Cheltenham and Chester, before his fine third at Ascot last time.
The drop in trip here will suit and he gets the nod ahead of the in-form pair of Cape Coast and Graceland, as well as Goodwood flop Shraaoh – who is best judged on his earlier efforts.
Rod Laver, Rod Steiger, Rod Hull. The third race on the Roodee at 2.45pm could be another success for a famous Rod, with the Rod Millman-trained Sir Roderic looking worth a punt.
He produced one of this season’s better efforts when third at Newbury last time, and has plenty of form on tracks where getting a good early position is crucial. The same applies to Chester and though Sir Roderic doesn’t have a good draw, his mark has dropped to such an attractive one that he might have enough in hand to see off the likes of Love Dreams and War Glory regardless.
Chester’s third ITV race on Saturday is the MBNA handicap going to post at 3.20pm, and it could be dominated by Tim Easterby. Confessional won at the track last month and has kept his form well since.
However, East Street Revue tops Timeform ratings and he has been given a nice break since running at York in mid-July. His mark has dropped as a result of some modest efforts, but he gets into this easier race as a result.
So, coupled with a good draw, a big run is expected. Of the rest, the return to this course will suit Spring Loaded, while Powerallied looked unlucky last time and rates a big danger.
Over at Beverley, the Bullet Sprint Stakes takes place at 3.15pm and features plenty of big guns, including Take Cover, Final Venture and Alpha Delphini.
All of whom were last seen finishing down the field in the Nunthorpe Stakes last week.
Kimberella, who beat Judicial at the course earlier this month is also respected, however, Go On Go On Go On looks capable of outrunning her big price. Mrs Doyle could have run better than Clive Cox’s filly did on her seasonal reappearance at Haydock in May, but Go On Go On Go On has been given a break since and the return to five furlongs is also in her favour here.
* All odds correct at time of posting