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2.35Chester 1m51/2f G roup3 C 4/RUK Cardp age60 ITISunusualinafour-runnerracenot tohaveworriesaboutitbeingrunata true pace, but this Group 3 has last year'stopthree-year-oldhareinMemphis Tennesseetoppingthebill.

The Aidan O'Brien colt is best remembered leading last y ear's Derby fieldam errydance u ndertoday'srider JosephO'Brien. Theywerehalfadozen lengthsclear rounding TattenhamCorner beforefinishingfourth,beatenjustover alengthandahalfbyPourMoi.

Memphis Tennesseeprovedthateffort was no fluke when again making the frame inthe Irish Derby, improving a place when third to Epsom runner-up TreasureBeach,againhavingdonethe donkeywork.

Unracedsince,thesonofHurricaneRun hasplentyofstaminaonhisfemaleside forthisstepupintripbutanystamina deficienciescouldbefoundoutbyhismain rival Brown Panther, who is officially ratedjust1lbinferiortohimafterfinishing runner-upintheStLeger .

Brown Pantherhasalreadygivenhis owner-breederMichaelOwenhisgreatest racing moments to put alongside his footballingachievements.Thistimelast year the four-year-old was winning a handicapatthismeetingoffamarkof 73beforeimprovingoutofall recognition to win the King George V Handicap at RoyalAscot.

HecouldnotgiveOwenanothergolden moment when beaten inthe German Derbybutbouncedbacktochasehome Masked Marvel in an unseasonal and unsuitablyfast-groundStLeger .

Both have an Ascot Gold Cup entr y, althoughMemphis Tennesseecouldalso tread the path t aken by St Nicholas Abbeyafterhissuccesslastyearasheis enteredintheCoronationCupatEpsom.

Pasts uccess AidanO'Brienhaswontwoofthelastfour runnings with St Nicholas Abbey, who startedsecondfavouritebehindHarris Tweed 12 months ago, and Macarthur, who went on to win the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot the following month.

Statsagain stV ivienne VivaciousVivienneisupagainstitonall frontsa sasix-year-oldmare,asthishas beenamale-dominatedraceinitsvarious guisesandnomemberofheragegroup haswonsinceShambo i n1993.Butshe shouldnotbediscountedwithher3lbsex allowanceasshegave FameAndGlory ascareat Leopardstownlastterm,with RiteOfPassagebackinthird.

Shocksr are With traditional small fields there is rarelyabig-pricedwinnerandthebiggest priceinthelasttenyearswas7-2about thenten-year-oldTheWhistling Tealin 2006.

Debut for Scallanand Cat Katia Scallan has her first ride round ChesteronnewcomerCalicoCat.Marcus Tregoning's apprentice gets the ride as shehasbeenputtingintheworkonthe geldingathomeand,whileshehasonly nine career wins, four have come at Bath,whichisanotherleft-handedtrack withtightbends.Shespentasuccessful timeinNewZealandoverthewinter. BruceJackson Whatt hey say TomDascombe,trainerof Brown Panther "He'singreatshapeandhasbeengalloping wellbutswimmingevenbetter. Thisis nothismaintargetbutwithSeaMoon outIhopeit'srunatasensiblepaceto makeitatruerace.Hehasputonabit of weight from three to four but looks fantastic."

AlastairLidderdale,trainerof CalicoCat "He'sanicehorsebutthisisabigaskand we're realisticabouthischances,butIdon't think he'll have problems with the ground.HewasaDarley cast-off and we'vegivenhimabitof time as well andhisownerChrisBeeklikestheidea ofgoingforthisratherthana Windsor maiden next Monday, one of few opportunitiesforhim."

JosephO'Brien,riderof Memphis Tennessee "Hehasn'trunthisyearbuthe'singood form. We'redefinitely w orriedaboutthe softground,however. It'sanunknown for him. He's a very good-moving horse."

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Date:May 11, 2012
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