Day three views from the Roodee
Now is the judgement of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. According to the bible, John Chapter 12, Verse 31, the ruler of the world was old Lucifer himself. Fortunately for those race fans who braved the biblical storm-like conditions at Chester yesterday, there was nothing satanic about the performance of the equine Ruler Of The World. The colt ran out an impressive six-length winner of the feature Chester Vase, in the process thrusting himself firmly into the Investec Derby picture, for which he is now 8-1 fourth favourite in the betting, although ante-post backers will surely be aware that no horse has comepleted the Vase/Epsom double since the mighty Shergar more than three decades ago.
Ruler Of The World’s performance was a rare bright spot on a day the main priority for many was staying warm and dry, and given the odds of that were heavily in favour of the weather, many racegoers gave up the unequal struggle long before the 12 runners went to post for the 5.00 finale. Disappointing for the racecourse management, but better news for Chester’s publicans, with most town centre venues full to bursting by mid-afternoon. Or so I am reliably informed!
And so to Friday. Aidan O’Brien will be hoping to complete a Derby trials double with Magician in the Dee Stakes, while his Memphis Tennessee bids for back to back wins in the Ormonde Stakes, where Mount Athos is likely to provide the sternest opposition in the colours of Dr Marwan Koukash. As for me, well rather than the usual end of week rush back down the M6, this year I’ll be making the shorter trip along the M56 to Manchester, ahead of a visit to Haydock Park tomorrow, where I’ll be donning my lucky socks (it’s a long story) and cheering Fairy Rath on in the intermediate handicap chase. It may not have been the warmest week in the North-West, but as always I’m already counting down the days to the 2014 May Festival, and for those who have not experienced the delights of the Roodee, my advice is don’t put it off any longer, you won’t regret it.