Chester

  • 17:10 Duval-Leroy Champagne Handicap1m 5f 89y

  • Winner £8,410 2nd £2,502 3rd £1,251 4th £625
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 54.37s
  • Off time: 17:10:28
17:10 Chester Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Star Commander 10/3
2nd Qahriman 5/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (3) 3-111 GREY, BEIGE star, GREY sleeves, BEIGE stars, DARK BLUE cap Chabada (JPN) 77
Nag me
4 9-7 Ian Williams S Donohoe 87 5/16.00
2 (8) 53123- Yellow, large Black spots and spots on cap Qahriman 243
Nag me
4 9-7 L M Cumani J-P Guillambert 87 5/16.00
3 (2) 511364/ RED, WHITE sleeves, BLUE and WHITE striped cap Cape Express (IRE) 11
Nag me
7 9-4 N J Henderson N Callan 84 3/14.00
4 (9) 56-3306 Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap English Summer 15
Nag meBeaten FavouriteCourse and Distance Winner
5 9-3 M Johnston J Fanning 83 6/17.00
5 (6) 21930-5 Light blue, dark blue spots Rosewin (IRE) 29
Nag me
6 9-0 Ollie Pears M O'connell 80 20/121.00
6 (4) 2417-31 Purple, Yellow star and armlets Star Commander 10
Nag meDistance Winner
4 8-12 M H Tompkins R Winston 78 10/34.33
9 (1) 47751/4 GREEN, GOLD sash, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Silk Drum (IRE) 23
Nag me
7 8-5 Mrs Dianne Sayer D Fentiman 71 13/27.50
Non runners
7 (5)144-030Pintrada48-8J D BethellNon Runner74
8 (7)11056-1Bradbury (IRE)48-5J D BethellLiam Jones71

Verdict

QAHRIMAN looks a typical Luca Cumani project and hopefully will be straight enough first time up to get the job done. The son of Tiger Hill has just five runs to his name, winning on quick ground at Ffos Las, and looks just the sort to improve with time. Chabada is an impressive performer on Polytrack but an unknown quantity on Turf and Cape Express could be a bigger danger for the Nicky Henderson team. He scored nicely at Southwell last time over timber and his trainer does well with his limited number of Flat runners. Silk Drum was noted as unlucky last time and is interesting off bottom weight while the Bethell pair of Bradbury and Pintrada are not discounted in an open contest.