Today's racecards

Chester

  • 15:05 edwardshomes.co.uk E.B.F. Handicap5f 16y

  • Winner £14,177 2nd £4,244 3rd £2,122 4th £1,062
  • Going: Soft, Heavy in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 1m 6.00s
  • Off time: 15:08:51
15:05 Chester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Ballesteros 11/8
2nd Sonko (IRE) 7/1
3rd Church Music (IRE) 20/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
2 (3) 1118-01 Royal Blue, Yellow sash Ballesteros 14
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-2 B J Meehan R L Moore 99 11/82.38
3 (7) 153-01 Beige, light blue spots, beige sleeves and cap Dam Beautiful 5 (ex6)
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-0 K A Ryan Amy Ryan (3) 91 4/15.00
4 (4) 11625-5 DARK BLUE, YELLOW stars, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap Last Bid 20
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-11 T D Easterby D Allan 94 14/115.00
5 (2) 121446 Dark Blue, Red cross belts, White cap Pale Orchid (IRE) 9
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-8 P D Evans P B Beggy 91 7/18.00
7 (1) 01318-6 Red, Yellow diamond, Dark Blue sleeves, Yellow diamonds, Dark Blue cap, Yellow diamond Powerful Wind (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-3 R Harris Andrea Atzeni 86 14/115.00
8 (6) 7089-73 Dark Blue, Yellow inverted triangle, sleeves and cap Church Music (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-2 p1 M Scudamore M Demuro 85 20/121.00
9 (5) 43612-1 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Sonko (IRE) 125
Nag meDistance Winner
3 8-2 p T J Pitt F Norton 84 7/18.00
10 (11) 1436-46 Emerald green and purple (quartered), yellow sleeves and cap Bubbly Ballerina 2
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
3 8-2 A Bailey Natasha Eaton (7) 84 11/112.00
11 (10) 300-447 Turquoise, dark blue cap Electric Qatar 4
Nag me
3 8-2 Tom Dascombe D Fox (3) 80 33/134.00
Non runners
1 (8)16526-4Vocational (USA)39-7M JohnstonJ Fanning104
6 (9)218-9Top Cop38-7A M BaldingNon Runner90

Verdict

This is TOP COP's first try over the minimum trip but he could well improve for the drop in distance as his dam was very speedy. Andrew Balding's colt finished ahead of subsequent winners Dam Beautiful and Ballesteros on his reappearance over 6f at Newmarket and should confirm the form on better terms as, though stall nine probably isn't a perfect draw, it may not be too significant with only 11 runners. C&D winner Vocational, who was second in a Group 3 at Kempton last September, was behind Dam Beautiful at Hamilton last Sunday but should strip fitter here and Last Bid will be all the better for last month's fifth at Thirsk. Pale Orchid and Sonko were both all-weather winners over the winter but will find this surface a lot more testing.