Chester City Day 2012.
We arrive at the third – slightly wet, day of the Chester Meeting – Chester City Day.
This will be a celebration for Chester Racecourse, and it should be remembered that this is the oldest racecourse still in use in England, dating back to the early sixteenth century. At the same time it is one of the smallest racecourses in England at only one mile and one furlong. Great Stuff!
The site which is known as ‘the Roodee’, which comes from a nearby raised mound with a small cross on top, known as a “rood”. ‘The Roodee’ comes from “Rood Eye”, which translates as: – “The Island of the Cross”. Watch out top historian David Starkey, The Jag may just get your job!
The course is on on the banks of the River Dee, and this is where we get the name of the main race today – The Dee Stakes, which is open to three-year-old colts and geldings, over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs.
The Dee Stakes can serve as a trial for the Epsom Derby, even though this race is two furlongs less. The last winner of note to win both was a horse that won me a stack of cash that year – Kris Kin in 2003, with good old Kieren Fallon on board!
This years race is ‘a tasty little number’ with a small field, but a solid set of horses. The fav is Bonfire, who finished well to get third behind my 2000 Guineas tip French Fifteen, which came second at a nice price. This horse, and couple of others are not proven at this distance, but all should put in a solid run. Uriah Heep may have an each way chance.
++Bonfire now withdrawn++
On a classy card, the other race of note is – The Ormonde Stakes, which is open to horses aged four years plus, over a distance of 1 mile, 5 furlongs. This race is named after a horse from Cheshire, way back in the 1880′s, who was an English Triple Crown winner.
This race is also for the note-books, as the 1 mile 5 furlong trip can stretch a horses stamina, and gives clues for other races later in the season on, or over the one and a half mile distance.
It would be wise to warn you that tomorrows report has a distinct ‘whiff’ of Elvis Presley about it!
“Why?” I hear you all ask!
Well, Ascot have a theme about the two day meeting starting today, with their ‘Race, Rattle ‘n’ Roll’ entertainment , getting everyone to rock around the racecourse with a 1950s inspired racenight.
This is the racecourse’s only evening meeting, so they have gone a bit ‘barmy-bonkers’ asking people to come with 1950s dress! The Grandstand has been changed to an American diner, with some classic Cadillacs. (What about a nice Jaguar mk8? It looks great, is from the time, no-one will notice it’s a bit British!)
There will be some Buddy Holly glasses, handed out by roller-girls, serving ice cream sundaes!
Whatta good idea!
I’d better brush up on my karioki machine with a bit of – Love Me Tender!
Love Me Tender, love me sweet, never let me go…….
(to be read out of tune!)