Tac De Boistron hard to beat at Chester
Tac De Boistron can make a victorious, if delayed, seasonal bow in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes at Chester.
The eight-year-old was due to return to action in last week's Sagaro Stakes at Ascot but quick ground scuppered his run, although conditions have come right for him with recent rain on the Roodee. Marco Botti's charge has really hit his peak in recent seasons, kick-starting his run with an eight-length victory at this track back in 2013.
He went on from there to place in the Prix du Cadran before landing the Prix Royal-Oak, prompting some high hopes for last term.
However, after winning the Sagaro on his return and narrowly being denied in the Yorkshire Cup, Tac De Boistron suffered a setback that saw him out of action until making a winning comeback in the Royal-Oak last autumn. He must carry a 7lb penalty, but with the ground in his favour, Tac De Boistron will be hard to beat.
Stablemate Energia Flavio can get the team off to a winning start in the opening Betfair Earl Grosvenor Handicap after a decent winter on the all-weather.
Disegno is the pick in what appears to be be a competitive renewal of the Betfair Dee Stakes.
This 10-furlong Derby trial was downgraded to Listed status last year as recent winners, bar 2013 hero Magician, had not gone on to hit the expected heights.
However, Disegno could be one to graduate to a better level as he has some decent form in the book, winning one of his three juvenile starts and chasing home subsequent Group One-placed Kodi Bear on his final two-year-old outing.
Valbchek came from last to first to win at Lingfield last month and now his confidence is riding high, he is the pick in the Montfort Handicap at Ascot.
Absolute Champion is the choice in Lingfield's Centrepoint Handicap while Stella Etoile will surely be popular in Nottingham's Safe Bet DG Taxis 01159500500 Maiden Fillies' Stakes after showing more than a hint of ability on her racecourse bow.
ASCOT: 5.35 Moscato, 6.05 Kassia, 6.40 Distain, 7.10 Valbchek, 7.45 Four Seasons, 8.15 Munfarrid.
CHESTER: 2.10 Energia Flavio, 2.40 DISEGNO (NAP), 3.10 Tac De Boistron, 3.45 Wanting, 4.20 Intisaab, 4.55 Neutron Bomb, 5.25 Two Jabs.
CORK: 5.10 Stone Mountain, 5.40 A Few Dollars More, 6.10 Mr Bounty, 6.45 Ballycorrigan, 7.15 Golden Ticket, 7.50 One Cool Princess, 8.20 Burton Hall.
DOWNPATRICK: 5.20 Young Dillon, 5.50 Sultana Belle, 6.20 Encore Une Annee, 6.55 Ben Button, 7.25 Town Pond, 8.00 Kayf Supreme, 8.30 Okotoks.
LINGFIELD: 1.30 Barefoot Dancer, 2.00 Subtle Knife, 2.30 Absolute Champion, 3.00 Secret Missile, 3.35 Freddy With A Y, 4.10 Paint The Star, 4.45 Grey Gem.
MARKET RASEN: 1.50 Royalraise, 2.20 Good Value, 2.50 Thoresby, 3.25 Mountain King, 4.00 Gone Forever, 4.35 Triumvirate, 5.05 Prince Of Poets.
NOTTINGHAM: 5.15 Saskia's Dream, 5.45 Lil's Joy, 6.15 Star Storm, 6.50 Stella Etoile, 7.20 Ajig, 7.55 Lahayeb, 8.25 Kisumu.
RIPON: 6.00 Pippin Street, 6.30 Ventura Castle, 7.05 Kommander Kirkup, 7.35 Liberty Red, 8.05 Tuscan Gold, 8.35 Mockingbird Hill.
DOUBLE: Disegno and Tac De Boistron.