Baraweez ran in a very hot handicap last time at Doncaster when not beating far in a blanket finish. Phil Dennis takes off a valuable 3 pounds which drags rating down to a very competitive 86. As we know the draw at Chester is vital and he has the perfect position in stall one – he also won’t mind if there is more rain about as he seems effective on any turf conditions.
Eminent ran in every big race there was last season, starting off winning the Craven then running in the 2000 Guineas, the Derby, the Eclipse, a group 2 in France and the Irish champion. He has been found a perfect starting point and on official ratings he’s going to be very tough to beat. Forest Ranger and War Decree look like the two who will challenge in the market.
Restorer could well end up being a very shrewd purchase for the Ian Williams stable. Bought for 33,000 at the horses-in-training sale by the Chester specialist owner Dr Masan Koukash, who has already been amongst the winners at this meeting. Sometimes horses step up for a change in stable and an early market check will tell us the story
Stargazer was very unlucky to lose his last victory in the Steward’s Room up at Newcastle. Unlike most of the runners in this years Chester Cup we don’t know everything about him as he’s not had too much racing. Bought out of the Sir Michael Stoute stable for a mere 8,000 Guineas he could look an absolute steal were he to win running for a first place prize of over £92,000. Trip, track, ground and draw all a positive.