Today’s racing: ‘Lovely draw’ for down-in-trip Ertijaal

Ertijaal (Richard Hills) wins the 7f 3yo championship

Ertijaal (left) ran “okay” in the Bunbury Cup last time

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3.05 Chester

MBNA Queensferry Stakes (Listed) | 6f, 3yo+ | RUK

INTRANSIGENT is back to try to go one better than last year, when he had Ballista a length back in third, but Ballista has shed the 4lb Listed-win penalty from last year to race off levels this time.

Dinkum Diamond is burdened with that penalty this year and is a rare runner at the track for trainer Henry Candy (0-4 last five years), although he did win the 2004 race with Rum Shot.

Coulsty and Ertijaal are back sprinting, having last run over six furlongs last summer. Ertijaal was tried in the 2,000 Guineas and Coulsty ran in the Jersey at Royal Ascot.

Boomerang Bob bypassed Goodwood because of the fast ground to run in this Listed sprint.

Third time lucky?
Andrew Balding has had two runners in this race and both finished second, with Night Carnation runner-up in 2012 followed by Intransigent last year.

Low not always best
A low draw is traditionally beneficial at the track but the last two winners were drawn 5 and 9. Prior to that the winners were drawn 34124522, although two of those races had just five runners.

Track specialists
Intransigent’s record at the track is 42326.

What they say
Henry Candy, trainer of Dinkum Diamond
It’s tough with his 4lb penalty for his Listed win but he’s in great shape and has been running well.

Tom Dascombe, trainer of Ballista
He’s probably not quite the horse he was, but he has a chance being well drawn, and I’d like to think he will run well.

Barry Hills, trainer of Boomerang Bob
He likes to get his toe in, so the more rain the better for him after he missed the Stewards’ Cup because of the fast ground.

William Haggas, trainer of Ertijaal
He’s got a lovely draw but I’m a little worried about the weather, because while he has form on soft he’s better on fast ground. He’s dropping back in trip and we’ll see how he goes. I’m not sure where we’re going with him, but he ran okay in the Bunbury Cup, where he was free again but didn’t fall away like he might have done.


good to soft
Market Rasen good
Newbury good to soft
Galway yielding to soft (jumps) soft (Flat)

Today’s key pointer
The Hannon yard is 9-19 in juvenile maidens at Chester since 2007 for a £1 level-stake profit of £10.02. Al Bandar represents the stable at 2.00

Pointer courtesy of Raceform Interactive


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