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ITV Racing Tips - Thursday's selections at Chester and Worcester

  • We've published our tips for all six ITV races on Thursday 6th May
  • The Ormonde Stakes is the main event on day two of Chester's May Festival
  • Viewers also have a competitive handicap hurdle to enjoy from Worcester
  • Lihou, Foxes Tales and Aleas are fancied to win
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Lihou can land the opener at Chester. (Getty)

The ITV Racing cameras return to Chester on Thursday, ready to capture the best of the action on day two of the May Festival. Along with five races from Chester, viewers also have a competitive handicap hurdle from Worcester to enjoy.

Let's jump straight into Thursday's betting tips.

Thursday's ITV Racing Schedule


Time
Track
Title
1:45pm Chester Satchell Moran Solicitors Business Interruption Claims Handicap (Class 2) 5f
2:15pm Chester tote+ Biggest Dividends At tote.co.uk Dee Stakes (Listed Race) 1m2½f
2:30pm Worcester Mental Health Awareness Handicap Hurdle (Class 4) 2m4f
2:45pm Chester Deepbridge Estate Planning Service Handicap (Class 2) 7½f 
3:15pm Chester Ormonde Stakes (Group 3) 1m5½f 
3:45pm Chester Destination 2 Handicap (Class 3) 1m2½f

ITV Racing Tips - Thursday 6th May


Race 1 - Handicap Sprint Tips


Lihou E/W1:45pm Chester Satchell Moran Solicitors Business Interruption Claims Handicap (Class 2) 5fGET 9/1 HERE
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LIHOU boasts a terrific record around this unique track. David Evans' sprinter has run here four times, winning twice while finishing a close second on his other two visits. 

Having placed second four times in a row on the all-weather, Lihou faded from the front to finish fourth on his return to turf racing at Goodwood over the weekend. William Buick's mount is much more comfortable on softer ground, so conditions on Thursday should suit and Lihou is drawn well in stall four.

Race 2 - Dee Stakes Tips


Foxes Tales E/W2:15pm Chester tote+ Biggest Dividends At tote.co.uk Dee Stakes (Listed Race) 1m2½fGET 9/1 HERE
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He may be the least experienced runner in the field, but I was really impressed with the attitude FOXES TALES showed when winning on his reappearance at Newbury, and I fancy Andrew Balding's charge could cause a minor upset here.

After recovering from a slow start to finish second on his only two-year-old start, Foxes Tales battled bravely to beat John Gosden's Counsel at Newbury. Silvestre De Sousa's mount looked booked for second as Counsel tried to pull clear on the rail, but Balding's youngster rallied bravely in the final furlong to snatch a narrow victory.

Foxes Tales is by top sire Zoffany and he's out of a Galileo dam who's produced classy horses like Fox Chairman, Entsar and Black Night, who all stayed between 10 and 14 furlongs. I'm confident this step up in trip will suit Foxes Tales, and he holds plenty of each-way appeal.

Race 3 - Mental Health Awareness Handicap Hurdle Tips


I don't have a strong opinion on this race at all. I might have a small bet on TASHUNKA, who has more to offer than what she showed at Stratford in March and could relish this step up in trip, but it would only be a very small bet on Fergal O'Brien's mare.

Race 4 - Deepbridge Handicap Tips


Aleas2:45pm Chester Deepbridge Estate Planning Service Handicap (Class 2) 7½f GET 4/1 HERE
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ALEAS impressed during his juvenile campaign in 2020, losing out by a neck on debut before collecting a pair of victories. Ralph Beckett's gelding stayed strong to hold off a wave of challengers to win on heavy ground at Newbury, before staying strong on the front to win fairly comfortably on the all-weather at Kempton.

His sire, Archipenko has produced a number of really classy horses, who've all improved with age. Aleas showed a great attitude at two, and remains open to plenty of improvement.

Race 5 - Ormonde Stakes Tips


Read our full guide to the 2021 Ormonde Stakes to find out which runner we fancy at an each-way price.

If you want to watch any of the racing from Chester via your mobile device, then check out our Ormonde Stakes Live Streaming page.

Race 6 - Destination 2 Handicap Tips


Snow Ocean E/W3:45pm Chester Destination 2 Handicap (Class 3) 1m2½fGET 12/1 HERE
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Another hugely competitive handicap to round off Thursday's action, and I fancy an each-way punt on SNOW OCEAN, who's two-from-two over course-and-distance here at Chester. 

David Evans' five-year-old made his return to turf in a similarly open handicap at Newbury two weeks ago. Adam Kirby's mount was very keen in the early stages, and didn't have much left in the tank towards the end, coasting home to finish eighth of 16.

One length ahead of him that day was Storting, who we saw win a big ITV handicap at Thirsk last week. Snow Ocean has dropped back to a very winnable mark of 84, and James Doyle is a very good jockey booking.

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