Riyadian to see off Memorise challenge.
Paul Cole's lightly-raced six-year-old has some top-class form to his name, including an eight-length third to Helissio in last year's Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, and showed on his reappearance he is no back number.
Contesting the Group Three Gordon Richards Stakes over a mile and a quarter at Sandown last month, he travelled well for a long way on the very soft ground but became outpaced in the closing stages and finished third, beaten four lengths behind Germano.
The sharp nature of the Roodeye course often catches out inexperienced animals but Riyadian seems to go well on any type of track and can prove too strong for his rivals, of whom the biggest danger may be Memorise. Henry Cecil's four-year-old provedhims elf a most progressive sort last year but has yet to make his mark at this sort of level and may prove more suited by a galloping track.
However, Riyadian may not be much of a price to land the spoils and punters seeking a longer-priced success should follow the bear for the William Hare Wynn Handicap.
Both of Albert The Bear's successes last term came at this idiosyncratic course, including a success in this contest where the son of Puissance handed out a three-length beating to Knobbleneeze.
Once again, the draw has not been unkind to him positioning the five-year-old in stall six which must give him an excellent chance to gain an almportant prominent early pitch near the rails.
Higher in the weights and racing on a faster surface than he scored upon last term, there will be plenty willing to oppose Albert The Bear. But the old adage `horses for courses' is more applicable around Chester than any other track and with the Jack Be rry yard in great form, Albert The Bear can bounce back to form.
The Capital Bank 185th Year Of The Dee Stakes can go to Trident from Michael Stoute's stable.
Following an encouraging debut he easily won a maiden at Sandown last July by two and a half lengths from Silvertown but was not seen out again until Newmarket's Craven meeting.
He raced too keenly at Headquarters but did look as though he would come on for the outing. After pulling hard he, understandably, weakened in the final two furlongs to finish fifth of six, beaten under six lengths behind subsequent Sagitta 2000 Guineas third Border Arrow.
If he settles today Trident is worth an interest to get off the mark for the campaign in this pounds 40,000-added contest.
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|Publication:||The Birmingham Post (England)|
|Date:||May 7, 1998|
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