Who Dares Wins tries again at Chester
They say you cannot win the Chester Cup with a double-figure draw, but, while it is true that low stalls have a definite advantage on the Roodee, those same Doubting Thomases probably claimed that both Liverpool and Tottenham were chasing an impossible dream in trying to “come back from the dead” in the Champions League against Barcelona and Ajax respectively this week.
So as Who Dares Wins, third in the Chester marathon 12 months ago from the 15 draw, attempts to go two better from stall 12, we prefer to be optimistic and “never say never”.
Only four favourites have proved successful in the last 44 runnings, so maybe we are going to get another turn-up, and despite the fact that 12 of the last 17 winners were drawn seven or lower, bookmakers still have a lot of respect for Who Dares Wins who is around a 12-1 chance.
Alan said:”Obviously, I would have liked to have been drawn a bit lower, but Who Dares Wins ran a stormer last year and he does seen to enjoy the track.
“He ran a terrific race to finish third at Newbury last month and is in good form at home, so we have to just hope that the cards will fall our way.”
Coeur de Lion did not make the cut for the Cup but runs in the consolation race with a solid chance, and Alan was similarly delighted with his Newbury run, the horse having finished one place ahead of Who Dares Wins in the same race.
And we also have sound prospect at Ascot, where William Buick teams up with Aweedram again in the mile handicap, the pair having clicked successfully at last month’s Newmarket Craven meeting. Even off a 7lb higher mark, we are hopeful as he is improving all the time.
And let’s not forget Nottingham either as Group Captain, who has shown promise, is lined up for his first attempt at a handicap.