Jason Weaver: I’ll be over the Moon if this 9/2 shot wins at Chester

The Shark struck with a 16/1 winner last weekend and fancies Persian Moon (Chester 2.45pm) among others on Saturday.


Sandown 13:50 – Gracious John @ 14/1

Has been a wonderful servant down the years, winning 12 times. This is his second try for new trainer Ian Williams as strangely enough he has recently switch stables. He didn’t run badly up at Carlisle, is well drawn and dangerously well handicapped. Add that he gets a young lad on board in Angus Villers who is a massive advantage for his 7lbs claim.

I expect him to be played fast and late and Paddy’s paying four places.

Beverley 14:05 – Good Birthday @ 9/4

After winning at Doncaster, he chased home Headman at Newbury which is rock-solid form. He disappointed at Royal Ascot but bounced right back to form at the Newmarket July meeting on his last outing. He’s been given a little break to strengthen up and could be underestimated off a mark of 95.

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Sandown 2:25 – Solid Stone @ 9/2

Was put in his place last time over the mile at Yarmouth, but it took a former Royal Ascot winner, Bless Him, to do it. He looked set for fourth at Yarmouth but rallied late on to snatch second. The step up in trip is definitely going to suit. Country will be all the rage going for the four-timer – but he wasn’t that impressive last time at Redcar.

Chester 14:45 – Persian Moon @ 9/2

I keep looking back at his run behind South Pacific four runs back at Royal Ascot and that is as strong a form-line as anything in the line-up. He shouldn’t be underestimated after another solid effort, when beaten just over three lengths at York last time. Outbox is going to be punted off the boards and just may prove vulnerable to the selection who should appreciate the step up in distance.

Sandown 15.00 – Solar Gold @ 12/1

Is definitely flying under the radar here and Paddy could well get his legs slapped again at double-digit odds! She was flat out over 7f last time and only got going right on top of the line. The step up to the mile is clearly going to suit, but she has a bit of ground to find with the red-hot favourite Jubiloso.

Paddy’s money back as a free bet up to a tenner if Jubiloso wins – but Solar Gold can hit the board and reward each-way backers at least. Who knows – she may even cause an upset.


Beverley 15:15 – Judicial @ 6/1

Got put in his place by Battash last time at Goodwood but the form has been rubber-stamped at the highest level since. He has an enviable 100 per cent record at Beverly. Expect Ornate to go flat to the boards in the early stages and while he could prove tough to catch – I see him weakening late on.

Joe Fanning can then pounce late with this well-drawn selection.

Sandown 15:35 – Positive @ 11/8

Ran an absolute belter in the Vintage Stakes at Glorious Goodwood behind Pinatubo. A look back at the replay and he continued to gallop right through the line strongly. Al Suhail is going to make the market for us after impressing at Yarmouth, however before that he got very upset in the prelims and that may well prove his undoing here.

Positive could well stamp himself as a solid contender for next year’s 2,000 Guineas.

*Prices correct at time of publishing

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