Preview: Cheshire Oaks


2.40 Chester: Cheshire Oaks (Listed)

If Aiden O’Brien sends a horse over to Chester you have to take notice. His filly Diamondsandrubies  has already some good form in the book this year. Her recent third in a Navan Listed event gives her a fine chance today. She showed signs of greenness but very likely has learned plenty that day. Out of a Sadler’s Wells mare you would imagine her too stay the new trip here. On the other hand, the 2/1 odds on offer seem skinny enough.

The one horse I find most intriguing here is the Godolphin runner Entertainment. She has an Okas entry and is related to some pretty good horses, which is no surprise given that this Halling filly is well bred. She got off the mark in a 1m Chelmsford maiden last month when she attempted to make all. She was very green throughout the race, had problems turning properly around the bends but held on gamely in a tight finish.

I would expect here to come on for this run in terms of fitness and experience. The ever turning Chester track may help her to keep her mind occupied throughout the race. Most interesting factors are the new trip and ground. She didn’t look the speediest at Chelmsford but now over 1m 3f one would think this is much more her trip given her pedigree.

The softish conditions are unlikely to cause problems. She acted on soft in maiden company last year and her sire was a good soft ground performer. The deep Chelmsford surface is another indication that slow turf may not be an issue anyway.

She steps up markedly in class of course. It remains to be seen wheather she is good enough. But there is a very good chance that she can improve a good bit from what she has shown so far and I feel this filly is a very big price in this field.

Entertainment @ 14/1 Coral – 5pts win

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