Today's racecards

Chester

  • 14:40 Minstrell Recruitment Stand Cup 1m 4f 66y

  • Winner £19,536 2nd £7,389 3rd £3,693 4th £1,845
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 (4) 821556 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars, royal blue cap Area Fifty One 14
Nag me
4 9-1 R A Fahey Jim Crowley 99 1001
2 (6) 652460 Red, White braces, White sleeves, Red stars, White cap, Red star Glen's Diamond 21
Nag meCourse Winner
4 9-1 R A Fahey T Hamilton 109 1001
3 (5) 10-4633 Royal blue Modun (IRE) 7
Nag meDistance Winner
5 9-1 Saeed bin Suroor S De Sousa 110 1001
4 (7) 561526 White, Black stars, Black and White diabolo on sleeves, White cap, Black star Amoya (GER) 13
Nag me
5 8-10 P J McBride R Winston 82 1001
5 (3) 216622 White, Emerald Green hoops, Dark Blue sleeves and cap Goldoni (IRE) 21
Nag me
3 8-6 A M Balding David Probert 99 1001
6 (2) 169635 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap Good Morning Star (IRE) 44
Nag meCourse Winner
3 8-6 M Johnston F Norton 97 1001
7 (1) 412459 Royal Blue, White striped sleeves, White cap Naseem Alyasmeen (IRE) 14
Nag meDistance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
3 8-1 M R Channon James P Sullivan 92 1001

Verdict

Godolphin won this last year and MODUN, who has raced in Group company on his last six starts without being disgraced, is taken to continue the sequence. Richard Fahey runs both Area Fifty One and Glen's Diamond and preference has to be for the latter who is rated 10lb higher. He hasn't progressed as expected after landing the Dee Stakes here last year but has generally performed at a higher level and should go well. Goldoni won the Derby Trial at Epsom but hasn't been successful subsequently including twice at this level and though Naseem Alyasmeen won over the C&D in June that was a handicap from a lowly mark of 75 and this is very much tougher. Good Morning Star was the shock winner of the Cheshire Oaks in May and though showing little since she obviously likes it around these tight turns.