PUNTERS who follow form on The Roodee won't be able to back the winners of Chester's two Derby trials at Epsom, but plenty of ammunition came out of the May Festival for big races during the summer.
Bandari could be on the verge of a very profitable 2004 campaign after consigning some less than generous theories about his ability in the Breitling Watches & Waltons of Chester Huxley Stakes.
The 2002 Derby favourite, who trailed in eighth that day, was supposed to be ineffective over ten furlongs and in crowded fields. But he produced a fine turn of foot at The Roodee and now looks set for the Eclipse over the same distance at Sandown Park in July.
The gelding African Dream likes a little bit of softness in the ground, so trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam will have to wait for the right chances for the three-year-old that enhanced his reputation when winning the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Dee Stakes. But an appearance in the King Edward VII Stakes - or even the Eclipse - isn't out of the question.
Systematic can be an enigmatic horse and hadn't produced the goods for two years before a scintillating performance in the Betdaq Ormonde Stakes on the final day of the May Festival.
Jockey Kevin Darley was mightily impressed by the five-year-old that is now destined for the Coronation Cup at the Derby meeting.
Meanwhile, further congratulations to Herefordshire trainer Richard Price. Despite having only 12 horses at his disposal, he followed up Red Lancer's famous win in the MBNA Europe Bank Chester Vase by sending out Quedex to win the Erddig Handicap Hurdle at Bangor-on-Dee last Saturday.
The final meeting of Bangor-on-Dee's season is on Tuesday. The first race is due off at 6.20pm and information is available on website www.BangorOnDeeRaces.co.uk or contact the course on 01978 780323. The next fixture at Chester Racecourse is Ladies' Evening on Tuesday, June 8 when the first race is scheduled for 6.30pm. Gates open at 4.30pm. As well as via the website www.chester-races.co.uk, badges can be bought on the racecourse's credit card hotline on 01244 304610, which is open between 9am and 4.45pm, Mondays to Fridays. General e-mail enquiries to email@example.com