TEMPLEGATE aims to kick start another weekend of winners with some big Friday picks – and has singled out Frankie Dettori as his ride of the day.
Read on to find out who our man thinks can land the spoils at Chester and elsewhere.
FALCON EIGHT (2.45 Chester, nap)
He represents a world-class team in Dermot Weld and Frankie Dettori. He has few miles on the clock in recent years but has shown his best over marathon trips.
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He was a good fifth in the Group 1 Cadran at Longchamp and has a Sandown Listed win on his CV. Weld will have him ready after a long break and he can go close.
ARMORY (2.15 Chester, nb)
He held his own in Group 1 company last season with a good third in the Irish Champion Stakes before going close in the Cox Plate in Australia. This trip is ideal, he’ll like the ground and has scope to improve.
RESTORER (3.45 Chester, treble)
He ended last season with a head-bobbing win here ahead of Lawn Ranger. He can confirm that form but they both have a live chance.
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Saves best for this track and has ideal draw today.
2.15 Armory (nb)
Has gone close in Group 1s and should be too good.
2.45 FALCON EIGHT (NAP)
This trip should be ideal and comes from top connections.
3.15 Brian The Snail
In solid form and likes this distance.
3.45 Restorer (treble)
Won this in 2018 and scored again on last Chester visit.
4.20 Elysian Flame
Good win last time and big chance under 3lb penalty.
4.50 Heart Of Soul
Ran well over course and distance last season.
Did well last season and takes drop in class today.
1.55 El Hadeeyah
Good third on debut in a Newmarket maiden that looked good.
Solid Haydock second on debut and more to come.
Two from two so far and looks capable of better still.
3.30 Jonah Jones
Went close over this distance on last visit to Ascot.
4.05 Ballyconneely Bay
Good winner last season and needed his comeback run.
4.40 Bertie’s Wish
In flying form on the AW and yard does well at Ascot.
Done little wrong so far and looks capable of better.
1.00 Harry The Norseman
Battled well to score at Uttoxeter last time out.
Coming down the weights and this looks wide open.
2.00 Larkbarrow Lad
Solid run at Newbury last time and won’t be far away.
Goes well here and has good form after a break.
3.05 An Tailliur
Good second last time and longer trip should be ideal.
Won first two chases and looks capable of better.
4.10 Mexican Boy
Good debut when second at Warwick last time out.
5.00 Amazonian Dream
Good effort when second on debut at Newbury latest.
5.30 Soldier’s Son
Some promise at Windsor last time and this looks wide open.
Went well when third on debut at Newmarket last month.
Good win over course and distance last time out.
7.00 Velvet And Steel
Has shown promise in two outings so far this season.
7.30 Rains Of Castamere
Made it three wins in a row at Pontefract last time.
8.00 Professional Widow
Three runs, three seconds and can go one better.
5.20 Wee Loch Lass
Gone close on both runs and has ideal draw here.
5.50 Twilight Spinner
Good start when third at Pontefract on debut latest.
6.20 Mark’s Choice
Battling winner over course and distance last time out.
6.50 Punchbowl Flyer
Should be much fitter for comeback run at Chelmsford latest.
7.20 Eagle’s Foot
Didn’t like Southwell last time and will be happier here.
7.50 Delgrey Boy
Good winner last time and can defy a penalty.
8.20 Celestial Queen
Easy Redcar winner latest and can improve further.
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