FROM the inception of Sunday racing in the 1990s, Chester has built on its exceptional successes to create a formula that will ensure an afternoon of entertainment built around a six-race card on Sunday.
Gates to the Open Course open at 8am and racing begins at 2.20pm with the Woods of Windsor Nursery Handicap Stakes.
Low-drawn horses will have a distinct advantage over the six-furlong trip and, given a favourable slot, Riverside Dancer may relish this easier task than when not disgraced in the Super Sprint at Newbury last time out to finish in mid-division.
The feature race is the competitive six-furlong Red Corner Events Queensferry Stakes (Listed Race). Referring to a form line that goes back to York in May, Steenberg has the edge over many of his rivals here when finishing four lengths in front of Fayr Jay who won a Group 3 sprint at Newbury on July 21.
Presto Shinko also comes with a Group 3 success in France. Again the draw will play a part before a ferocious pace is likely to unfold.
Trainer Barry Hills may provide the winner of the Cheshire County Council Foster Care EBF Maiden Stakes with Cumin who finished second at York last time out. Baylaw Star ran too freely at Haydock Park last month and the turning nature of the Roodee may suit the gelding's style of running in the Halliwell Jones BMW Mile (Handicap).
Malakiya was a close-up third when tackling a longer-trip last time and the extended one-mile-two-furlongs of the Accuma Handicap could present a top opportunity. Peephole, trained at Tarporley by Alan Bailey, was held in fourth at Hamilton in June and will be supported to finish in the money here. Hawkit, also trained by Bailey, holds an entry in the Warwick Internal Handicap where Royal Jet is the selection.
* Jump racing is in the spotlight at Bangor-on-Dee this afternoon and the Crush Communications Juvenile Novices'Hurdle opens the card at 2.20pm. Several runners will be making a debut over hurdles and the betting market is often an accurate guide in this type of contest.
That Look and Hi Dancer are closely matched on recent form and the seven-pound weight advantage my present Left Hand Drive with a winning opportunity.
It is difficult to oppose Briscoe Place in the EN Magazine Novices' Chase. Partnered by Tony McCoy, the gelding scored a 16-length victory last time out and will be short odds to repeat that performance today.
The City of Manchester Stadium Novices' Hurdle may change if the Philip Hobbs entries are not declared. Primus Inter Pares was a fine second on his hurdles debut at Cart-mel and may go one better here.
Mick Fitzgerald rides Mandingo Chief in the Peppered Sprout Novices' Handicap Chase and he will appreciate the summer going conditions to build on his six-length win notched up at Southwell last month.
Mt Desert won easily at Cartmel on July 20. The rippleffect.com Handicap Hurdle looks to be an opportunity for him to make a quick return to the winners' enclosure. Last up is the Cobham Murphy Conditional Jockeys' Handicap Hurdle.