Friday Chester Betting Tips
3:15 Chester Tips
Metier – 0.5pt Each Way – 6/1 (6 places)
My first selection is Metier in the big one, the Chester Cup.
This horse is absolutely in his element when the mud is flying and he certainly gets that today at Chester.
He is 3/4 over Hurdles when racing on Heavy, with his other win coming on Soft. His two wins on the Flat have come on Heavy and Yielding to Soft too. He arguably ran a career best last time on Good to Soft over 1m6f but he certainly gave the impression that he would have enjoyed it softer and/or a longer trip as he was only just getting going late to chase the winner home. Therefore, I think the soft ground here and the step up in trip, will be right up his street.
Metier and Wise Eagle pulled nicely clear at Musselburgh last month and the latter horse went on to finish second in the Sagaro Stakes (Group 3) behind Coltrane earlier this month, so that form looks rock solid. Given Metier achieved a RPR of 103 last time, a rise from 94 to 97 for Metier looks very fair, especially considering there should be more improvement to come from the ground and trip.
The only negative is that he is drawn Stall 14 but hopefully over this 2m2.5f trip, Saffie Osborne will have plenty of time to manoeuvre him into a nice position. She has only ridden for Harry Fry three times but from that she has one win and one second.
The horse was entered in this race last year but he was a late withdrawal due to vet’s certificate, so you wonder if they have been lining him up for a crack at this race for a while now. SkyBet are offering an extra place here and I’m happy to take 6/1 for that extra place rather than the 13/2 on offer elsewhere.
4:55 Chester Tips
Christopher Wood – 0.5pt Each Way – 18/1 (Bet365 & William Hill, 4 places)
My second selection is in the other big race today, the Chester Plate.