BRITAIN'S newest racehorse trainer is targeting Chester for runners because it is one of her favourite racecourses.
Deborah Evans has set up her 30-box stables at Lydiate, Merseyside, and regards the Roodee as a splendid local course.
And that's good news for racing in the North West when the dominant flat-racing training areas are Newmarket, Berkshire and Malton in North Yorkshire.
Oaklea Stables has been virtually unused for 11 years. It was previously occupied by Mike O'Neill, who sent horses to win the Imperial Cup twice and the Ayr Gold Cup.
The former wife of trainer David Evans saddled her first runner at Wolverhampton last week on the all-weather surface.
'Not only is Chester local but it has always been one of my favourite courses,' she said.
The new trainer, who has plenty of racing experience, has an initial string of 10 horses at her disposal.
Meanwhile, Philip Leverhume Dee Stakes and Epsom Derby winner Kris Kin has been given a quote of 10-1 for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamps, Paris, on the first Sunday in October. Slightly longer odds can be obtained on betting exchanges like Betfair, which is sponsoring the entire card on the third day of the August Festival for Racing, Food & Drink at the Roodee.
It would be another boost for the Chester May festival if the colt was able to pull off an historic victory in France.
The festival is August 28, 29 and 30 and includes Ladies Day on the Saturday. Admission details are available on 01244 304610.
Next racing at Bangor-on-Dee is on September 13 and full details are available on 01978 780323.