Pintura to make all from plum stall one draw at Chester
By Stephen, bettingexpert.com | Published
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Pintura has an excellent record at Chester and the draw in stall one can see him land the Willow Water Handicap at 2.35 this afternoon.
David Simcock's 5-y-o ended a long losing run when a well-backed winner of course and distance handicap last month, despite hanging badly away from the whip in the closing stages. He was found out by a rise in the weights last time but has the plum draw here and the assistance of Franny Norton in the saddle. A fast break should soon see him at the head of affairs and he can repel all on the forecast decent ground.
Main danger for the £25,000 prize money comes from Van Ellis. Mark Johnston's lightly raced 3-y-o has improved with each of his four career starts, with his latest second in a warm Epsom handicap last week looking very solid form. He may just lack the experience for the likely hustle and bustle around this very sharp track, and a draw in stall seven means he will have to break smartly to avoid getting forced very wide at the turns.
Consistent Kyllachy Star has a superb record here and has shaped well in both runs this season. He was unsuited by the relatively steady pace when fourth to our selection here 29 days ago, and will be a danger to all late on if the pacemakers ruin each other at the head of affairs.
Clockmaker has been kept very busy without success all through the all-weather season and onto the turf. He was back to form at Catterick last time and can't be discounted from good draw in stall two here.
Imperial Dijay has to defy a 4lb rise for a narrow win in a bunched contest here last month, but did well to overcome adversity there (drawn wide and didn't get the smoothest run when closing), and is another with claims under the improving Frankie McDonald.
Dubai Dynamo gained reward from his consistency when winning over a mile at Ripon recently, but may find things happening too quickly dropping down to 7f here, while Pravda Street has shaped better than the bare result on two starts this season (second on the "wrong side" at Ascot last time), but again has fared badly in the draw with stall ten surely very hard to overcome.
At bigger prices Orpsie Boy may go well with the Ruth Carr stable in flying form. He won for the eleventh time in a long career at Thirsk on his reappearance, and two placed efforts since suggest this rating is within his compass. The recent rain is certainly in his favour as he is proven in heavy ground and backers are advised to check if the ground has eased during the day.
In summary, a typically wide open valuable Chester handicap where much will depend on who gets the luck in running. Pintura should be away and gone from stall one and could be very hard to peg back if Franny Norton can get the fractions right. At around 7-1 this morning he represents a solid each-way wager.
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Such a close run thing too! I tipped Imperial Djay on here and had a good whack at it with the bookies too. I'm personally glad mine won in the photo, but this was still an interesting write up. To be honest, I wasn't overly confident with Imperial Djay. He doesn't normally win with an OR above 89, and was 93 today. He also seems to perform best when returning to the track within 12 days of LTO. Today was 14 days. Still, I'm certainly not complaining.