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Gabrial set to Star from good draw in Chester Cup

05 May | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Gabrial set to Star from good draw in Chester Cup

Unfancied Dr Marwan Koukash runner can land hat trick for owner

The Chester Cup is undoubtedly the highlight of the first day of Chester’s May meeting and with the going likely to be on the soft side of good, the draw might not be quite as important as it would be on lightning fast ground.

That being said, a low draw is still an advantage and one at a very big price from stall 2 that could go well is Richard Fahey’s Gabrial Star at 20/1. He’s owned by Dr Marwan Koukash, who loves having winners at Chester and it’s worth remembering last year’s first and second both ran in his colours, whilst Fahey and Koukash teamed up for the 2013 winner; Address Unknown. Gabrial’s Star has clearly been saved for this, having not run since the beginning of February. That in itself is a bit of a tip, but his form is what really makes him a standout bet at the price.

He may have only filled the runners-up spot on the last two occasions, but in his last race he bumped into John Reel who re-opposes here off 13lbs worse terms, showing how well handicapped he was when just touching off the selection here in February. On Gabrial’s Star’s previous start he finished a narrow second to Luv U Whatever, who has subsequently risen 12lbs in the handicap. Gabrial’s Star keeps bumping into very well handicapped horses and as a previous winner at Chester and a three time winner in soft ground, conditions will hold no fears for him here.

Those at the head of the market all look to have chances, but don’t offer the same level of value as the selection. One to take on may be Trip To Paris, who could have done without the rain.

All about speed in the Lily Agnes

The meeting gets underway with the Lily Agnes Stakes and this usually goes to a well-drawn front runner. Mukhmal may have won from stall 10 last year but he still made all, as have five of the last six winners of this race. Not only does Silver Wings have stall 1 here to aid his bid to make all, he was also notably fast away on his debut, which will be key here in enabling him to take advantage of his good draw. If he can lead after a furlong, he is very likely to hold on.

B Fifty Two unlikely to bomb at Chester

In the 5f handicap at 3:45, the draw will also be important and it could be worth chancing B Fifty Two. He finished last season with a below par effort and although finishing last on his seasonal debut, he was a 25/1 shot in a listed contest and was beaten so far that it would be a worry. He’s well drawn in 3 here and is unbeaten in two starts at this course, making all on both occasions. He’s only 4lbs higher than his last win here where he beat Dungannon by almost four lengths and Dungannon then went on to win his next two starts showing the strength of that form. Both of B Fifty Two’s wins here have been on good to soft ground. Blithe Spirit may give him most to do but stall 6 won’t make life easy for that runner.