“That was some performance” by colourful Rainbow Rebel on Mr Green Ladies & Gents Evening at Chester Racecourse
Staunch Chester Racecourse supporter Marwan Koukash added to his tally of winners in the Envirosips Ltd Handicap Stakes for Lady Amateur Riders when Serena Brotherton brought 10/1 chance Gabrial’s Kaka down the centre of the course with a sweeping run to overhaul the leaders Approvado and Red Force One by a neck, announced following a photo finish. Koukash said: “That’s a good start to the meeting. His handicap mark has come down quite a lot and to win from stall 12 was a good performance. I’m delighted.”
A late jockey change provided Jason Hart with a spare ride that resulted in a victory with the 11/4 favourite, Pass The Gin in the MBNA Novice Auction Stakes. The pace setters were Immokalee on the rail and Jensue racing wider. Again pulling wide proved to be advantageous as Pass The Gin galloped past the leaders and accelerated away by three and quarter lengths. “It’s good to wear these historic colours. Obviously she’s still very green; it helped her going through a gap. She wandered around a bit and that will have helped her education. She should progress through the season,” explained the jockey.
“That was some performance, he keeps finding after two good performances winning a valuable race at Haydock last week and Ponefract in June. Full credit has to go to the boss (trainer Mark Johnston) he’s got the horse in brilliant form,” said jockey Franny Norton after landing the mrgreen.com Live Casino Handicap Stakes. Aasheq set the pace with Rainbow Rebel, sent off at 7/2, occupying second place until he responded to Norton and had the pace to open up a margin of one and a half lengths crossing the line.
The Intilery Nursery Handicap Stakes saw a successful front-running performance pay off for the top weight, Revich ridden by Luke Morris and returned at 7/2. Two Blondes was pushed along to finish second, one and a quarter lengths behind the winner. Morris summarised the win, saying: “He’s a lovely horse and being drawn from stall one helped. Dictating the pace suited him and he’s a total professional.”
Sans Souci Bay, a 25/1 outsider in the betting ridden by Kieran O’Neill, landed the mrgreen.com Sports Betting ROA Racing Post Owners Jackpot Handicap in the final strides by a short head from Logi when the field has spread out across the track to provide an exciting finish in front of the stands. The result was verified by a photo finish. Successful trainer Scot Dixon said: “He’s the best ever work horse at home but he’s a thinker and doesn’t always give 100% on the track. Chester keeps him interested and they’ve gone off hard, as they often do here. He’s better when he finds himself in trouble.”
Jockey Luke Morris recorded a double when landing the Alma De Cuba Fillies’ Handicap Stakes aborad Piedita, returned at 7/2. The winner tracked the early leader Cape Liberty before stepping up the pace and cruised easily into the lead, scoring readily be two-lengths from St Marys who was staying on. “She’s a likeable big filly and she’s strengthened up from three to four and she should keep improving,” said Morris.
The Business Connection Handicap Stakes rounded off racing for the evening and resulted in the veteran Confessional, ridden by Jamie Gormley notch up another course and distance success holding of Venturous by half a length.
A crowd of 9,224 racegoers enjoyed the evening’s racing and tomorrow, Saturday, 14 July 2018 sees Chester Racecourse stage Signature Living City Plate Day on Saturday, 14 July with a start time of 2.05pm.