WHAT better way is there to start the weekend than to enjoy Ladies Evening at Chester racecourse?
The 6.30pm start today ensures all your business matters are complete prior to focusing on the Ethel Austin Properties Handicap run over seven and a half furlongs in which Mahrahaan may follow up on his win at Warwick last time out.
The feature race on the card is the five-furlong love2reward.co.uk Conditions Stakes. Among the five-day entries are Invincible Force and Dimboola who finished first and second over this course and distance at the last meeting and will have their supporters.
Given an advantageous low draw Gentleman Pirate should provide better value.
Just beaten by a head on his debut at Sandown when he did not make the best of starts last month, he will be more experienced here.
Two-year-olds feature again in the Astbury Wren Nursery. Bollin Franny has improved to win at Ripon on his last appearance and looks to have the ability to follow up again here provided he has a favourable draw to take advantage of the Roodee circuit.
Flying Clarets was unlucky when finishing fourth last time out. Previously she notched up a victory over this distance at York and is selected for the Shell Chemicals Handicap.
Racing finishes at 9pm with the Cheshire Yeomanry Fillies' Handicap. Namu will handle the track and uphold the excellent record of trainer Barry Hills at Chester.
On Saturday the centre piece is the totesport.com Chester City Walls Stakes (Listed Race) for top sprinters in which York-shire-based trainers may provide the winner.
Sierra Vista is a consistent sort for David Barker, she finished a close up third at Newcastle two weeks ago. Strike Up The Band will find this an easier task than when finishing in mid division of the Wokingham Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting and should be involved in the finish.
Desert Lord is not the most straightforward of types but put in a sparkling performance to win the Vodafone 'Dash' Stakes on Epsom Derby day when many of the entries today finished behind him.
If the six-year-old is on a going day he will be hard to beat here.
Mac Love and Prince of Light look the pick in the totescoop6 Chester Conditions Stakes. In a Group 3 at Newmarket two weeks ago Mac Love was touched off on the line with New Seeker one-length in arrears while Prince of Light was also second at Windsor in a listed race.
A smooth victory at Newcastle by Active Asset on July 1 will ensure the geld-ingattracts support from punters in the tote-course to course Handicap. Veteran Trouble Mountain maintains his form despite being nine years old and represents value for a place.
Previous racecourse experience and the betting market will prove to be a guide when making selections in the totepool Text Betting 60021 Maiden Auction Stakes.
Imprimis Tagula was prominent in running over this course and distance last month and showed pace on his racecourse debut. Trainer Alan Bailey's charge will be a popular choice.
Som Tala gave four pounds to Literate when winning at Salisbury on his last outing to lose his maiden tag.
The totexacta Handicap Stakes run over two miles should provide an opportunity for the three-year-old to prove that form over a longer trip. nThere are approximately 300 Tattersalls tickets available for this evening's races plus a small number of County Concourse tickets.
Tomorrow all stands and enclosures are sold out apart from the Open Course.
We will be running a special offer in the racecard. If a race-goer buys a County Stand badge for the Sunday Funday on August 6 they will benefit from a complimentary glass of champagne and 'lite' lunch.
Before racing on Friday there is a Chester Racecourse Polo Club match which will feature the Halliwell Jones BMW team against the New Zealand U19s team.