Timeform: Four to follow closely on Thursday at Chester

Our racing boffins are back to cast their eyes over a massive day of racing at the Chester festival and as always, they’ve got some tips for us…


Kicking a traffic cone on the way home from the pub without realising it’s covering a bollard.

Boasting to your best friends about Meatloaf about how you can get a signed picture even though you only stood next to him in the toilets once. Backing Pleasant Company win only in the Grand National.

As Mark Williams must have thought when baring all in the press conference after winning the snooker the other day, we’ve all had A Momentofmadness before, and the in-form sprinter looks to have leading claims in the opening handicap at 13:50.

He was unable to dominate when well below form last time but is a tough nut to pass when able to get on the lead and he looks the one to be with from stall one on the rail. His main rival for the pace could be Reflektor, though he also needs to bounce back from a poor run last time out.

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Donnacha O’Brien emulated big brother Joseph when winning the 2000 Guineas on papa’s Saxon Warrior at the weekend, though like all good Manchester United fans brought himself down to earth in the post-race interview when describing the football as “obviously a little demoralising at the moment!”

He can cheer himself up though with a win on Kenya in the Dee Stakes at 14:25.

Fortune’s Pearl sets the standard on form, but he may find several improving past him, including Kenya who shared a similarity with Arsene Wenger (wasn’t right in his coat) when only third to Gustav Klimt in the Leopardstown 2000 Guineas Trial last time.

He remains open to improvement with this longer trip set to suit on running style, if not totally guaranteed on breeding (dam a sprint winner).

Like Prince Charles on his son’s stag do, Idaho is used to keeping much better company than he faces in the Ormonde Stakes (15:35) and he will prove difficult to beat if anywhere near his best.

He’s drawn higher than Donald Trump’s IQ in stall five, but it’s only a small field and Ryan Moore should be able to hold a prominent position throughout – something which could prove crucial in a race which appears to lack an obvious frontrunner.

Elidor goes well fresh (third in this on 2016 return) and may be the one for the forecast with his yard bang in form.

Rather than an infants in Vienna, Austrian School is named after ‘a school of economic thought that is based on methodological individualism’ (no, me neither).

Though he had a little fella on his back at Chelmsford last time, the individual effort from Mark Johnston’s colt was pretty impressive, and it was another step forward in a young career that has already yielded three wins from five starts.

That’s a 60% strike-rate, or, as they probably don’t call it in Austria, “ein 60% Trefferquote”.

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