Timeform pick out three bets from Chester on Friday…
Events conspired against Gossiping on his most recent start at Newmarket, when not getting a clear run at a crucial stage after travelling into the race well before finishing ninth, but he was an eye-catcher nonetheless. It gave the impression that he was coming back to the boil, and considering that this track should play to his strengths he’s given a narrow vote to score off just 2 lb higher than his last winning mark. Above The Rest goes well here and could well be the main danger to the selection.
Considering that he was drawn wide and was far too keen for his own good, Pivione can be excused his disappointing reappearance run at Newbury last month. He was returning from a 7-month break that day having ended 2017 on an upward curve, and with just 8 runs under his belt so far, it’s likely that there’s more to come yet. He can score on his second start for Andrew Balding, ahead of Gulf of Poets, who arrives here at the top of his game. Titi Makfi’s draw is prohibitive, but she has to be feared if allowed to dominate from the front.
The Chester Cup’s marathon trip provides a unique test, and it’s one that’s expected to unlock some improvement in Stargazer. He was progressive for Sir Michael Stoute in 2016, and he has shown that his ability very much remains intact with two solid efforts over shorter on the all-weather in March. He’s drawn well and is expected to be in the shake-up at the business end of the race. Dubawi Fifty is another runner in the field with low mileage and is a big danger, along with the consistent Magic Circle, whilst Who Dares Wins has a lot to do from his draw.