Chester Cup Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Betway Chester Cup | Wednesday 06 May, 2015 | Chester | 15.10
Last year’s winner Suegioo will face 16 rivals in his attempt to register back-to-back successes in the Betway Chester Cup on Wednesday.
The Marco Botti trained six-year-old led home a one-two for owner Dr Marwan, in the two-and-a-quarter mile handicap when defeating Angel Gabrial by half-a-length twelve months ago.
Top weighted Angel Gabrial, second to Suegioo in last year’s Chester Cup, can gain revenge with the all-important draw in his favour in Wednesday’s renewal.
The two subsequently fought out the finish of the Northumberland Plate and came up against each other on their first outing of the season at Ripon recently, but both were put in their place by Fattsota over a mile and a half.
“I think it’s going to be tough to win from that draw but he’s going there in the same form as last year,” Botti said.
“He ran well at Ripon on his comeback over a mile and a half which is too short for him, but he’s higher in the weights and with the draw it will be tough.”
The weights suggest that Suegioo, priced at 14/1 with Betway, could come on top this time but Ryan Moore’s mount has drawn stall 16 whereas Angel Gabrial and Jamie Spencer, priced at 10/1, have more of an advantage at fifth position. Over the years, low-drawn runners have had a significant edge round Chester’s turning track.
Another to keep an eye on is Quick Jack (9/2), a versatile horse who has finished third at the Cheltenham Festival and in the Cesarewitch on recent starts.
Trained by the shrewd Tony Martin, he will have been targeted at this race and, while on a career-high mark on the Flat, should go well under Richard Hughes.
All-weather winners Mymatechris (16/1) and John Reel (40/1) have both improved a good deal during the winter, especially Mymatechris who has a smart turn of foot for a stayer. If Andrew Balding’s charge handles the grass, he too could be a factor.
Last year’s fourth Mubaraza (14/1) would have every chance if repeating that effort, but has failed to deliver lately.