IDAHO is the diamond geezer today at Chester.
He was third behind Enable in the King George last summer having won his last two runs outside Group 1 races.
I’m confident he’s the one to be on in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes.
1.50 Chester: You would have to be crazy to miss A MOMENTOFMADNESS.
He’s copped the dream rails draw and has the tools the take advantage of it.
Charlie Hills’ speedster was consistent last season and he made all the running to win at Kempton last month. It might be worth forgiving his below-par Newbury effort last time as he seemed to get worked up beforehand. I’m expecting much better today.
Doctor Sardonicus also struck from the from on the sand last month. He’s fairly weighted on that success.
Powerallied has a decent record over this track and trip when well-drawn like he is today. Enthusiasm is tempered by this being his first run of the season.
Bossipop went close at this course last August. He’s shown little this season but I can see him running well at a big price.
2.25: MY LORD AND MASTER should answer our prayers.
He thrashed useful stablemate Young Rascal by six lengths in a Nottingham maiden last November and he returned with a cracking effort in Epsom’s Blue Riband Trial.
The way he was coming back at Crossed Baton in the closing stages was most pleasing and he should sharpen up for that run.
Aidan O’Brien has won this prize four times in the last six years. Ryan Moore’s mount Rostropovich should appreciate the drying ground and the step up to 1m2f.
The longer trip will also help stablemate Kenya but he does need to prove himself on faster conditions.
3.00: Open the Batt-ing with champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa.
ANOTHER BATT probably isn’t the best weighted horse in the race but that’s not the be-all-and-end-all around Chester. A smooth passage is much more important.
George Scott’s hope should get that from stall two especially as he likes to race on the pace.
He was consistent in Listed races last year and his comeback third behind Anna Nerium in the Free Handicap was another solid effort.
Being There could easily be one of those well handicapped. He bombed out in a Listed race after winning a Newbury maiden last summer but the soft ground was probably to blame.
Vale Of Kent has won three of his five races on the all-weather and there’s no reason why he won’t be just as good on turf.
3.35: IDAHO is a sparkling bet in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes.
He’s won his last two races outside Group 1 contests and he was third behind top-class pair Enable and Ulysses in the King George when he last ran in Britain.
Some of the world’s best races have been too tough for him since but these are much calmer waters.
Muntahaa was miles behind Idaho in the Hardwicke at last year’s Royal Ascot and he’s not been seen since finishing tailed off at Newmarket in July.
Duretto was a close third in this race 12 months ago. He looks the best forecast bet.
Danehill Kodiac was no match for top prospect Defoe at Newbury last month. He’s consistent at this level but a 3lbs penalty makes life tricky.
Templegate’s TV Tips
1.50 Chester – A Momentofmadness: ‘Has the tools to take advantage of the dream rails draw’ (add to your betslip)
2.25 Chester – My Lord And Master: ‘Thrashed a useful stablemate before returning with a cracking effort in Epsom’s Blue Riband Trial’ (add to your betslip)
3.00 Chester – Another Batt: ‘Isn’t the best weighted but he’s consistent and has a good draw’ (add to your betslip)
3.35 Chester – Idaho: ‘He’s won his last two races outside Group 1 contests and finished third in the King George on his last run in Britain’ (add to your betslip)
6.10 Mr Marrakech
7.10 No More Thrills
7.40 Best Blue
9.10 Something Lucky
1.50 A Momentofmadness
2.25 My Lord And Master
3.00 Another Batt
3.35 Idaho (nb)
4.05 Ynys Mon
5.05 Never Surrender
2.00 Hello Bertie
3.10 Midnight Gem
3.45 Stage Summit
5.15 Lyndsays Lad
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5.20 Ringa Ding Ding
5.50 Little Miss Poet
7.50 Djin Conti (treble)
8.20 Lizzie Langton
1.40 Alpine Secret
2.45 Red Square Revival
3.20 Rock Of Leon
3.55 Kayf Storm
4.25 Jennifer Juniper
4.55 Notnow Seamus (nap)
5.25 Oskar Denarius