Punters Choice Oh This Is Us wins CorbettSports City Plate
Oh This Is Us justified a starting price of 3/1 joint favourite when landing the Class 1 Corbettsports City Plate Stakes in front the packed Roodee stands.
Setting a strong pace from the off, Lake Volta raced the rail when breaking promptly to use the inside draw effectively. Several of the runners took a wider course including Tommy Taylor who faded into mid-division. Jockey Tom Marquand came through horses in the straight and maintained his gallop to win by half a length from stable companion Promising, providing trainer Richard Hannon the first two home. “Everything went better than I could image in the race, I was able to drop him in, he’s a legend,” said the jockey.
Previously, Deputise had danced round the paddock before taking part in the TMT / EBF Stallions Novice Stakes to open the card and the colt tracked the pace-setter who had the advantage of being drawn in stall one. Jockey Franny Norton encouraged his mount to peg back the advantage to get his head in front in the final stages of the sprint and win by a head. Norton described the 7/2 chance as: “He’s a small compact horse but very well balanced and he got the job done effectively.”
The five runners contesting the Signature Living Fillies’ Handicap Stakes were closely bunched as they covered the six-furlong trip, towed along by Peggy’s Angel. Fanning out across the track in front of the stands provided a clear run for the top weight Rock On Bailey ridden by Lewis Edmunds and the partnership drew clear of Crotchet to land the race by half a length. “She’s a fair filly and come on in leaps and bounds. She probably doesn’t need anything on her head now, but it took her a while to learn what it’s all about. We might try a listed race with her and she’s got me off the 13-winner mark, today!” explained successful trainer Chris Dwyer.
“I always thought he’d be a Chester horse, he’s not very big, but he’s got the heart of a lion,” said John Ryan, responsible for Midnight Wilde the three quarter length winner of the Raymond & Kathleen Corbett Memorial Handicap Stakes. Three horses were in a line across the course and Richard Kingscote brought the winner from behind to grab the race in the closing stages. “Richard was free to ride so I’m delighted this was a nice reward and it was the plan after being placed in the Ulter Derby at Down Royal, where they need to be balanced,” added Ryan.
Eleven horses went to post in the CSP Audio Visual Handicap Stakes and Hats Off To Larry when off in front before coming back to the field and drifting away from the rail. This allowed Andrew Mullen to use the gap provided by the false rail in the straight to go for home and win by three quarters of lengths aboard the 7/2chance Bit Of A Quirke.
The MBNA Handicap Stakes, a 10 horse contest saw Gabrial the Devil hold off John Kirkup to claim the title and make it 10 wins this season for Dr Marwan Koukash.
The MKM Building Supplied Apprentice Handicap Stakes rounded off the afternoon of action at Signature Living City Plate Day. Knighted was knocked early within a furlong, in a tussle for lead position. Winner Chai Chai did well to get through the gap and won easily, giving Andrew Balding his first win of the day.
A crowd of 22,554 racegoers enjoyed the afternoon’s racing. The Chester Racecourse season continues with the Stella Artois Midsummer Meeting on Saturday afternoon, 28 July. Tickets are available to purhcase online here.