Today's racecards

Chester

  • 15:05 Winter Wonderland Queensferry Stakes 6f 18y

  • Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 16.20s
  • Off time: 15:05:35
15:05 Chester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Hitchens (IRE) 17/2
2nd Intransigent 8/1
3rd Ballista (IRE) 9/4

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (5) 643710 White, Emerald Green Cross of Lorraine, Emerald Green and White chevrons on sleeves, Pink cap Hitchens (IRE) 43
Nag meDistance Winner
8 9-7 T D Barron G Gibbons 108 17/29.50
2 (2) 702010 White, Dark Green star, Dark Green sleeves, White armlets Ballista (IRE) 71
Nag meCourse WinnerDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-4 Tom Dascombe R Kingscote 110 9/43.25
3 (9) 803140 Pink, black sleeves, pink diamonds Al's Memory (IRE) 8
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
4 9-0 P D Evans N Callan 90 25/126.00
5 (4) 792663 Black, Gold Cross and stripe on cap Intransigent 22
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 A M Balding F Norton 90 8/19.00
6 (8) 206143 Dark blue, white chevron, red sleeves, white stars and stars on cap Khubala (IRE) 8
Nag meDistance Winner
4 9-0 b H Palmer Martin Dwyer 99 7/24.50
7 (12) 41682-0 Royal blue Soul (AUS) 43
Nag meDistance Winner
6 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor K Fallon 113 11/26.50
8 (7) 0110-2 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Intibaah 95
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-10 B J Meehan P Hanagan 101 6/17.00
9 (6) 117111 Red, Pink star and sleeves, Orange cap Cincinnati Kit 15
Nag me
4 8-9 t S C Williams A Mullen 81 25/126.00
11 (1) 17-8563 WHITE, ROYAL BLUE hollow box, RED cap Perfect Blossom 13
Nag me
6 8-9 A Berry P Mulrennan 80 66/167.00
12 (3) 119315 Black, pink triple diamond and sleeves Sylvia Pankhurst (IRE) 10
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
3 8-5 p D C Griffiths Harry Bentley 78 40/141.00
Non runners
4 (11)764015Forest Edge (IRE)49-0P D EvansD Allan95
10 (10)34-4743Excelette (IRE)48-9B SmartR Ffrench102

Verdict

SOUL arrived from Australia with a big reputation and though he's no Group 1 sprinter he's done well enough to suggest this should be well within his compass. A Group 3 winner on heavy ground at Newbury a year ago, he'll be better for a recent run and though having the worst of the draw Kieren Fallon, a rare booking for Godolphin, will be keen to get him home. Excelette has been going well in this sort of grade but hasn't won as often as she should have but the veteran Hitchens can never be discounted and gained the 10th victory of his career at the Curragh in May. Ballista loves this track and with a low draw could provide the main threat.