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ITV Racing Tips - Wednesday's tips at Chester and Newton Abbot

  • We've published our tips for all six ITV races on Wednesday 5th May
  • The Chester Vase is the main event on day one of Chester's May Festival
  • Viewers also have a competitive handicap chase to enjoy from Newton Abbot
  • La Joconde, Ertiage and Army Of India feature in our tips
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Jon Vine 04 May 2021
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One of the most popular meetings in British flat racing begins on Wednesday, as Chester stages their May Festival. ITV Racing viewers have five races to enjoy from Chester, along with an interesting handicap over fences at Newton Abbot.

Let's jump straight into Wednesday's ITV Racing tips.

Wednesday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:45pm Chester ICM Stellar Sports Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes (Class 2) 5f
2:15pm Chester Weatherbys ePassport Cheshire Oaks (For The Robert Sangster Memorial Cup) (Listed Race) 1m3½f
2:30pm Newton Abbot Racing Partnership TRP Handicap Chase (GBB Race) (Class 2) 2m5f
2:45pm Chester tote+ At tote.co.uk Handicap (Class 2) 5f
3:15pm Chester Chester Vase Stakes (Group 3) 1m4f
3:45pm Chester tote+ Pays You More At tote.co.uk Handicap (Class 3) 6f

ITV Racing Tips - Wednesday 5th May


Race 1 - Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes Tips


Richard Kingscote and Tom Dascombe are a combination you can depend on here at Chester, and what better way to kick off the May Festival than with a winner for DEVIOUS ANGEL in the colours of Roudee Racing.

Devious Angel was beaten four lengths on debut in a fillies maiden which has produced three subsequent winners. Dascombe's filly then hacked up at Southwell a week ago, powering home in the closing stages to win by five lengths. 

An inside draw is often vital in sprint races here at Chester. Devious Angel has been drawn perfectly in stall two, and if she pings the gates again - like she has on her previous starts - then she could be hard to peg back.

Race 2 - Cheshire Oaks Tips


La Joconde E/W2:15pm Chester Weatherbys ePassport Cheshire Oaks (For The Robert Sangster Memorial Cup) (Listed Race) 1m3½fGET 12/1 HERE
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The Irish entrants have been overlooked in the betting, in favour of the home challengers. However, while I do like Dubai Fountain and Zeyaadah clearly has plenty of potential, I'm going to take an each-way punt on Epsom Oaks entrant, LA JOCONDE.

Aidan O'Brien's filly remains a maiden, having been beaten on all her two-year-old starts and again on her reappearance. Three weeks ago at Leopardstown, La Joconde produced her best performance to date, staying on for second behind an impressive deubtante of Dermot Weld's, who herself holds Classic entries.

La Joconde is by Frankel and a half-sister to Santiago, who improved with each start at three and won last year's Irish Derby. This step up in trip will certainly suit, and Oisin Murphy will be keen to ride a winner for Aidan O'Brien.

Race 3 - Racing Partnership TRP Handicap Chase Tips


I'm struggling to see past ERITAGE, who made a smooth step back up to two-and-a-half miles when scoring here over course-and-distance last month. Harry Cobden employed front-running tactics that day, and Paul Nicholls' charge could even afford a couple of careful leaps at the last two flights and still win by five lengths.

Eritage clearly enjoyed being ridden confidently over this trip, so Bryony Frost is the ideal rider to employ similar tactics. Nicholls' seven-year-old has been pushed up the handicap by seven-pounds, but I can't see that being enough to stop him.

Race 4 - Tote Handicap Tips


Army Of India2:45pm Chester tote+ At tote.co.uk Handicap (Class 2) 5fGET 9/2 HERE
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ARMY OF INDIA was well beaten in two pattern races last season. In lesser company, though, Mark Johnston's grey won twice over six furlongs, and ran well for a long way on his reappearance at Doncaster, where he was eventually swamped on the line and finished a close third.

Franny Norton knowns Chester as well as anyone, and he'll be keen to get a quick start from stall six and try to grab the rail. Army Of India showed at Doncaster that he can win off this mark, and could be better suited by five furlongs.

Race 5 - Chester Vase Tips


Read our full guide to the 2021 Chester Vase and see which runner we think will run a big race.

If you plan on watching Wednesday's racing via your mobile or tablet, then check out our Chester Vase Live Streaming page.

Race 6 - tote+ Pays You More Handicap Tips


Tanfantic3:45pm Chester tote+ Pays You More At tote.co.uk Handicap (Class 3) 6fGET 6/1 HERE
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I like the chances of TANFANTIC in Wednesday's final televised race. Brian Meehan's youngster won at Windsor on his career debut last season, and rounded off his juvenile campaign with a comfortable triumph under a penalty at Lingfield.

In-between those wins, Meehan ran Tanfantic in two Listed races. William Buick's mount struggled behind Method at Newbury, but was much more competitive in the Dragon Stakes at Sandown, staying on for fourth behind Gussy Mac. Tanfantic now makes his handicap debut off a workable mark of 85, and a fast start from stall five could leave Buick perfectly placed to strike.
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