RACING: GRAND National-winning trainer Ginger McCain has booked Hampton Heath jockey Lee Enstone for the opening race on the Roodee this evening, writes Beverley Dee.
Enstone rode his first Roodee winner last month when he partnered Dorn Dancer, owned by a Chester syndicate, in the Kemira Grow How EB Maiden Stakes.
This time he is on Reem Two who is making her racecourse debut at 6.50pm in the Claims UK Maiden Fillies Stakes over seven-and-a-half furlongs.
The local partnership will have to overcome the racecourse experience of Noora, who was disappointing last time out, and it may be the turn of Red Top to lose her maiden tag after coming home in second place at Salisbury last month.
Low draws will be advantageous in the five-furlong Kathleen B Corbett Memorial Handicap where the consistent Enchantment is the form horse of the race.
If Dvinsky is able to reproduce the winning form of his last outing when winning at Goodwood in September 2003, this will be a competitive event.
Beckermet was an eye-catching five-length winner over the minimum trip at Chester two weeks ago when carrying top weight, and he will be supported to repeat that performance in his preferred race. The Second Empire gelding holds entries in both the Mercer Conditions Stakes and the New Vauxhall Tigra Nursery.
Both Ben Hur, victorious at Chester last time out, and Grey Clouds hold double entries and are shortlisted for the Ethel Austin Property Group Classified Stakes if declared for this evening.
Tonight's fixture concludes with the Aspects Beauty Company Cheshire Yeomanry Handicap in which Peak of Perfection is selected to record a second successive course victory.
Tomorrow, the entire race fixture is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz and the feature race is the Listed Five-furlong City Wall Stakes. Bishops Court is now 10 years old but continues to perform well at this level and, given a low draw, is capable of going close here. Curfew made her last racecourse appearance at Bath in April when finishing fourth and represents value for a place.
Polar Bear returned a decisive five-length victory at Newcastle two weeks ago, putting a lacklustre Royal Ascot performance behind him.
Makhlab and Millennium Force will both benefit from some give in the ground, making the seven-furlong Conditions Stakes a competitive event.
The one-mile two-and-a-half-fur-long Handicap is where Ben Hur and Grey Clouds hold second entries. War Owl was back to his best form when winning over this trip at Windsor early in June and could make it two in a row here.
There is a local flavour to the Handicap run over a trip just short of two miles. Herne Bay, trained by Alan Bailey, has winning form over this trip when scoring at Southwell in May.
Mick Mullineaux has entered Sarn. The five-year-old finished second at Hamilton on June 24 over one mile and five furlongs and is a consistent type - but this is further.
Ocean Tide, from the Richard Ford yard, never runs a bad race and was placed third at Pontefract last month. Dr Sharp was just touched off by a short head at Doncaster two weeks ago and may thwart a local victory.
The two days of racing action closes at 5.15pm with an Apprentice Handicap.