Chester - At The Races

Chester Course Guide

Considered to be the oldest racing venue in England; racing around Chester’s tight Roodee track has taken place since 1539 and some 500 years on the track itself has changed very little – the city walls and banks of the River Dee shaping two thirds of the circuit.

The sharp nature of the course means that it races exclusively on the Flat and Chester’s May meeting is now considered to be one of the highlights of the Flat racing year. Highlight of the three-day Festival is the historic Chester Cup, a two and a quarter mile handicap, but the fixture also boasts Classic trials in the shape of the Chester Vase, Dee Stakes and Cheshire Oaks, plus valuable races for older horses in the Huxley Stakes and Ormonde Stakes.

Among the top-class horses to have been successful at the course’s May fixture are Enable, Light Shift, Noble Mission, Shergar, Old Vic, Ruler Of The World, Teenoso, Harbinger, St Nicholas Abbey, Pentire, Oath and Kris Kin.

Flat Racing

Chester Flat RacingTimeform

Left handed, very sharp. A circular course that's only just over a mile round, it's on the turn almost throughout and has a run-in of under two furlongs, heavily favoring those that race to the fore as it's easy to find trouble with little time to recover. A low draw at Chester is a huge advantage, even in middle-distance races, and particularly so in large fields.


At Chester, for most of any race, your horse will be leading with its near-fore, the one closer to the inside rail. And you have only two chances to change that: in the short home straight, or after the winning post in contests longer than a full circuit. You need to maximise those if you want to make ground or get a breather into one, because it’s not natural for a horse to lead on its near-fore all the way. It can pay to be brave in sprints. The straight may be short, but there’s still time to ride a finish.

View from the saddle: Jason WeaverJason Weaver

Replays & Results

13:50 Liverpool Gin Earl Grosvenor Handicap

(Class 2) (7f 127y)
Royal blue, white disc, white sleeves, red spots, royal blue and red quartered cap (Nigel And Sharon Mather & Charles Ledi)
  • Winner: Sha La La La Lee
  • Jockey: Jane Elliott
  • Trainer: Tom Dascombe
  • Owner: Nigel And Sharon Mather & Charles Ledi

14:25 Homeserve Huxley Stakes (Group 2)

(Class 1) (1m 2f 70y)
Emerald green, white cross belts, orange sleeves, royal blue cap (Mrs H Steel)
  • Winner: Forest Ranger
  • Jockey: T Hamilton
  • Trainer: R A Fahey
  • Owner: Mrs H Steel

15:00 Boodles Diamond Handicap

(Class 2) (1m 2f 70y)
Royal blue, light green epaulets (Kingsley Park Owners Club)
  • Winner: Aquarium
  • Jockey: F Norton
  • Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Kingsley Park Owners Club

15:35 SportPesa Chester Cup Handicap

(Class 2) (2m 2f 140y)
Orange, yellow star, royal blue sleeves, yellow stars, royal blue cap, yellow star (Acorn, Brown, Parker & Scott)
  • Winner: Making Miracles
  • Jockey: F Norton
  • Trainer: M Johnston
  • Owner: Acorn, Brown, Parker & Scott

16:10 White Oak UK Conditions Stakes

(Class 3) (5f 15y)
Emerald green, red inverted triangle, red cap (Mike Nolan & Partner)
  • Winner: She Can Boogie
  • Jockey: Jane Elliott
  • Trainer: Tom Dascombe
  • Owner: Mike Nolan & Partner

16:40 English Fine Cottons Apprentice Handicap

(Class 4) (1m 4f 63y)
Grey, beige star, grey sleeves, beige stars and stars on cap (Dr Marwan Koukash)
  • Winner: Heart Of Soul
  • Jockey: Cameron Noble
  • Trainer: Ian Williams
  • Owner: Dr Marwan Koukash

17:15 SportPesa Chester Plate Handicap

(Class 2) (2m 2f 140y)
Dark blue, pink cross belts, diabolo on sleeves and star on cap (The Barbury Boys)
  • Winner: Coeur de Lion
  • Jockey: Thore Hammer Hansen
  • Trainer: A King
  • Owner: The Barbury Boys

Address & Contact

Chester Race Company
The Racecourse
01244 304 600

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