Jason Weaver: Here’s four to follow on a fab Friday at Chester

Go big or go home! The Weaver Shark sinks his teeth into the final day's action on the tellybox...

Jason Weaver Flat Racing


13:50 Gabrial the Saint @ 15/2

Has been kept to sprint distances by trainer Richard Fahey and now makes the jump up to the extended 7.5 furlongs which looks sure to suit – judged on his last start. He was taken off his feet in the early stages and only started to make any real progress on the leaders from half way. He hit the line with plenty of venom but when it was all over and with a middle draw in stall seven, he can be a welcome success for his crazy, Chester-loving owner, Dr Marwan Koukash.

14:25 Addeybb @ 7/4

The 2018 Lincoln Handicap winner always threatened to be a very good horse, but has not had conditions to suit on a few occasions since and was a non-runner again last time, for his intended reappearance. The rain has arrived and he returns in what is a very winnable Group 2 contest that should be run to suit. Irish raider Success Days is guaranteed to set the pace in the race so Addeybb can sit and pounce in the straight.


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15:00 Finniston Farm @ 20/1

I feel a bit for Tom Dascombe’s runner. After winning on debut he was thrown in the deep end in some very hot Group and Listed races. Normally he’s ridden fairly aggressively and I’m hoping they take a patient approach with him this time, as his best form is when given a chance early in his races. He won’t mind the underfoot conditions as he is best with a bit of give in the ground.

Looks massively overpriced to me and is a big each-way player.

15:35 Austrian School @4/1

Listening to the trainer’s son after his bloodless victory in the Queens Cup at Musselburgh, he was infectious of his high hopes for this lad in the coming season. He said he retains all the natural pace of a miler, but stays particularly well, which is a very potent combination. He really does look the proverbial Group horse running in a handicap.

If you want to shy away from the top of the market, his stablemate Lucky Deal is no forlorn hope at 16/1 in a race where Paddy’s paying 5 places. He gets a massive jockey switch to John Egan from 5lb claimer Andrew Breslin last time and stamina is definitely his game.

When lots of these have cried enough he will be powering home for the places.

*Prices correct at publication but these markets are fluid 

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