CHESTER’S two-day August Festival meeting kicks off with a competitive card on Friday afternoon before Saturday’s racing, which sees the Channel 4 cameras showing three live races from the Roodee.
The weather forecast for Friday is good and the current going is `Good’ but it will be `Good to Firm’ by Friday.
Gates open at 11.30am and the first race of the day starts at 2.20pm.
There are six races in the afternoon with the £20k feature race, the European Breeders Fund Combermere Fillies' Conditions Stakes (Class 2) at 4.05pm.
Tickets are currently available for all areas of the course.
The second day of the August Festival is always one of the most popular annual fixtures to be held at the racecourse.
The feature race on Saturday is the corbettsports.com Chester Stakes, a listed race over the extended distance of one mile and five furlongs.
There are some high-quality entries for this race that include the Luca Cumani trained Speed Gifted and two horses from Sir Michael Stoute’s yard, Sugar Ray and Red Gala. Godolphin’s powerful international stable also have two horses entered at this stage – Easter Anthem and New Guinea which won the race two years ago.
The most competitive race of the day is likely to be the corbettpoker.com stakes, run over just short of a mile.
There’s a field of 17 and the race is likely to feature some Chester regulars. Vanderlin has run at Chester seven times in a five-year career, winning three of the outings (including last year). He’s only been out of the first three once. In a fantastic career for trainer Andrew Balding, he has amassed over £372,000 in prize money for his owners
Ed Gretton, Clerk of the Course at Chester Racecourse added: “Sales are very good and we’re expecting both Tattersals and County Concourse to sell out.”