The final day of the Chester May Festival featured a three-day meeting, the Tote + Chester Cup with more than £77,000 for winners, won in 2021 by Falcon Eight and Frankie Dettori.
Frankie bids to return
Tote + Chester Cup (3:15 Chester)
A field of 17 horses posted for Friday’s headline race with the Falcon Eight – ridden by Frankie Dettori – bidding to become the first horse since Anak Pekan in 2005 to win the Chester Cup in a row.
The Dermot Weld-trained seven-year-old will bid to break through the top weight in Dettori and over 5 lb in ratings for last year’s success.
Heading the opposition is Hugo Palmer’s Solent Gateway, who will carry 19lb less than defending champion Ben Curtis.
Palmer – who recently moved to Michael Owen’s Manor House Stables in Cheshire – clinched victory with Ever Given on Wednesday and could strike again with the four-year-old course winner.
Cleveland is the go-to place for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien combination, while last year’s second Royal Ascot 2019 and The Grand Visir winner is also back in the race.
Stout looking for Saturday Huxley with Solid Stone
Huxley Stakes (2:40 Chester)
Sir Michael Stoute chased Huxley Stakes Saturday with Group Three winner Solid Stone, who returned from a poor performance in the Neom Turf Cup on Saudi Cup night in Riyadh in February.
His task has been made easier with the retreat of Al Aasy, who is instead due to arrive in Ascot on Saturday, so the unexposed four-year-old Magellan could now be the main danger for Dettori and Team John & Thady Gosden.
King’s Lynn to attack the Queen?
Conditions of Boodles Secret Garden (3:45 Chester)
The Queen has a great opportunity to declare the winner of The Roodee in Boodles Secret Garden Deposit conditions for David Probert and Andrew Balding with King’s Lynn.
The five-year-old took a penalty for a listed success but was drawn in stall one, which can often prove important in sprints around tight Chester turns.
Hugo Palmer’s Flaming Rib topped potential competitors from stall two, along with Blue De Vega (Robert Cowell) and Acklam Express (Nigel Tinkler).
Watch every race from Chester, Ascot, Ripon and Wolverhampton live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) on Friday, May 6.