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Style to Descend onto the Roodee for Ladies Day

Day two of the Boodles May Festival marks Ladies Day, where style will descend onto the Roodee, in both human and equine form.

The Gateley Handicap Stakes will kick off the racing action at 1.50pm. Tim Easterby will saddle the top weight Copper Night who has to carry 5lbs more than the rest of the field. Easterby also runs joint bottom weight Confessional who won on his final start last season. The Richard Fahy trained Growl ran twice at Chester in 2018, finishing second behind sprinting superstar Kachy at the May Festival for Richard Fahey and Dr Marwan Koukash.

Aidan O’Brien trains the current favourite for the HomeServe Dee Stakes in Circus Maximus, the chosen mount of Ryan Moore. The trainer also saddles Mohawk and is looking to claim his 8th success in the race. Also in the line-up will be the Andrew Balding trained Fox Chairman who won comfortably on his debut at the end of April. The three-year-old will be ridden by champion jockey Sivestre De Sousa who is now the retained rider for King Power Racing. Remaining runners include Living Legend, Allmankind, Dark Jedi and Mohtarrif.

Local trainer Tom Dascombe has declared four runners in the Deepbridge Capital Handicap Stakes, which divides the two high profile races of the afternoon. Top weight Drogon finished second at the course in September and is well drawn in stall four. With draw important around the tight turns of the Roodee, Woodside Wonder will jump out of stall one at 3.00pm on Thursday and has been consistent on his last few runs for Scottish based Keith Dalgleish.

Even though it holds the smallest field of the afternoon the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes is sure to be a mouth-watering contest. Beating La Ti Dar at Doncaster and finishing within a few lengths of Enable in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe last year, Kew Gardens has definitely earned his place at the top of the market for the Group 3 contest. He will however have to contest the 2018 Chester Cup hero Magic Circle. Andrew Balding and Silvestre De Sousa team up again with Morando, whilst Aidan O’Brien’s second string is Cypress Creek. Dalgarno and Warnaq make up the rest of the runners.

A selection of unraced horses will go to post in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes. Amongst the few that have had racecourse experience, Mark Johnston’s Rose Of Kildare seemed unlucky to have not won on her debut, but may be at a disadvantage drawn out in stall ten. Stars In The Night also ran creditably on her first run, drawn on the rail, the filly may have an advantage in what is sure to be a fast and furious contest.

Gabriel The One has run four times at Chester without success, but will be hoping it will be fifth time lucky for Richard Fahey and Dr Marwan Koukash in the TMT Group Handicap Stakes. On the other hand, Katiesheidinlisa is on a hattrick bid after a pair of successes already this season. The Ralph Beckett trained Sam Cooke is an interesting runner on his handicap debut, with the three-year-old’s form reading 221.

Red Force One is an interesting runner for National Hunt Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls. The horse has been running over hurdles since transferring from Tom Dascombe’s Manor House Stables to Ditcheat but reverts to the flat for the first time for his new trainer. Partnered on this occasion by Paul’s daughter Megan, the gelding finished behind subsequent grade one winner Fusil Raffles on his penultimate start. Being the largest field of the day with 14 runners, Kasbaan will be at a significant disadvantage drawn the widest of all, whilst the Ian Williams trained Gossip Column will jump out on the rail in stall one.