Courageous Baraweez breezes home in Caldwell Construction Handicap, centre piece of MBNA Roman Day at Chester Racecourse
The Caldwell Construction Handicap Stakes provided 7/1 chance Baraweez with a second opportunity to win over the seven furlong trip at the Roodee this year after the early leader Ower Fly lost his advantage. The eight-year-old showed courage to go through a narrow gap against the rail and score by one and three quarter lengths. Successful jockey Ben Robinson multi-tasked in the winners’ enclosure as he showered the winner before saying: “They’ve gone real hard early on but he was always travelling and won well. I was adamant I would do the weight today, I wanted to ride him, and I did!”
Named after a first century British King, Caradoc, ridden by Pat Cosgrave, displayed his speed in the closing stages of the opening race of the afternoon, the Stellar Group Novice Stakes to win readily and justify being sent off the 15/8 favourite. Dragon Moon was the pace setter but could not maintain his place as the pace picked up. Cosgrave accelerated clear to win by five-lengths from the always prominent Come On Tier. “He wanted to do a lap of honour! He’s been keen at home and I said let’s get on with it. He’s a nice horse,” said Cosgrave.
“She bumped into a good horse last weekend and we were quit encouraged when the handicapper dropped her two pounds. She’s done it well from that draw,” explained winning trainer Andrew Balding following success in the MBNA Fillies’ Handicap Stakes. A wall of horses were in contention in the final stages and Foxtrot Lady, sent off at 5/1, flicked her tail and went through a gap to land the race by two and a half lengths from Shania Says.
Jockey Franny Norton recorded his first Chester victory of the 2018 when surviving a lengthy stewards’ enquiry following the running of the Trust Tech Handicap Stakes. The field were closing bunched entering the straight and Norton had driven his mount through runners before opting to make his final run with the 4/1 joint favourite Star Of The East, away from the rail accompanied by Humble Hero who finished a head adrift in second place.
The 5/4 favourite Vange galloped to an impressive seven-length win in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes after quickly opening up a gap in front of the packed stands before being eased as he crossed the line. Jockey Jack Garrity said: “That was grand. I got it easy in front and to be honest he wasn’t doing a stroke when he was in front.” The placed horses Gabrial The Wire and Port Of Leith were separated by a short head.
Celebrations by the Let’s Be Lucky Racing 11 took place in the winners enclosure following the running of the RAS Ltd Handicap Stakes. Their horse Jabbaar was the three and three quarter length winner of the one and a half mile race. Philip Makin brought his mount with a sweeping run down the centre of the track to overhaul the leaders. “He totally blew the stalls and they went a good gallop but had a chance to get into the race. He loves this track and did it well,” summarized the jockey.
“Everything worked perfectly,” said James Sullivan after dismounting from Aasheq, returned at 9/2 and the one and a half length winner of the Controlled Solutions Group Handicap Stakes to close the meeting. “I brought him down the centre of the track and he seemed to love it, he stayed on to the line,” added Sullivan.
Racing on the Roodee was enjoyed by a crowd of 20,006.
Halewood Summer Saturday on 16 June 2018 is the next meeting to take place at Chester Racecourse this season.