Gordon Elliott’s six-year-old landed the totesport.com Ebor at York last year and has been lightly-raced since, finishing eighth in the County Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after a prep race at Kempton on the all-weather.
Last year’s winner Mamlook is one of three horses next in the market at 12/1 alongside Elyaadi and Northumberland Plate winner Overturn whilst there are a whole host of horses priced up at 14/1 headed by totesport.com Cesarewitch winner Aaim To Prosper.
“This year’s renewal of the Chester Cup looks as competitive as ever but Gordon Elliott is the man the bookies fear when it comes to the big staying handicaps nowadays and Dirar looks a worthy favourite judged on his Ebor win last season,” said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
Chester Cup regulars Halla San and Ajaan trade at 14/1 and 20/1 respectively whilst Plato – who carried Lorna Fowler to victory in the St Patrick’s Day Derby at the Cheltenham Festival – is an interesting contender at 20/1.
totesport.com Chester Cup – sponsors bet: 10 Dirar, 12 Elyaadi, Mamlook, Overturn, 14 Aaim To Prosper, Activate, Fox Hunt, Halla San, Majestic Concorde, Mount Athos, Red Cadeaux, Sharaayeen, Tastahil, 16 Admiral Barry, Askar Tau, Cosmic Sun, Darley Sun, Deauville Flyer, Desert Sea, Herostatus, Ile de Re, Rebel Dancer, Sentry Duty, Tyrells Wood, Very Good Day, 20 Ajaan, Chink Of Light, Dynamic Drive, English Summer, Icon Dream, La Vecchia Scuola, Plato, Royal Rationale, Spirit Of Adjisa, Swingkeel, 25 Blizzard Blues, Blue Bajan, Bowdler’s Magic, Cotillon, Dazinski, Dazzling Light, Exemplary, First Fandango, Gordonsville, Montparnasse, Plymouth Rock, Yorgunnabelucky, 33 Agglestone Rock, Beat The Rush, Boston Blue, Montaaf, Mush Mir, Mystery Star, Nemo Spirit, Porgy, Private Story, Tominator, Yahrab, 50 Rangerfinder, 66 Gaselee