Chester top racing tip: Rivals must watch out for Danger Alert

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In the last 15 races featuring 8-13 runners to have taken place over this course and distance on similar ground, only three have been won by sprinters drawn more than five away from the inside rail, and that useful information has drawn me towards the favourably drawn Danger Alert and Seantrabh

Danger Alert was at his most visually impressive when winning a five-furlong maiden at a canter from off a contested pace at Wolverhampton in January.

That was the first time Danger Alert had raced over the minimum distance since he finished runner-up in a maiden at Sandown last August and he hasn't raced over this trip since his Wolverhampton win, so he is still relatively unexposed. His latest win, on his penultimate start, was over the longer six-furlong trip at Kempton, but he looks at his best behind a fast pace over five furlongs and that is what he is going to get today because there is plenty of early speed in evidence with the runners in each of the four stalls inside him having all won from the front before. Suggested bet: Danger Alert to win the 14:05 at Chester

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The battle for the lead towards his inside should provide Danger Alert with the perfect tow through the race and, given that he is a winner over both five and six furlongs, he will have the stamina to overhaul the leaders in the home straight. In the saddle he has the valuable assistance of William Buick, who rode him to his latest win at Kempton in March. With his yard in great form with 8/33 over the last two weeks, Danger Alert looks a good bet given the make-up of this race.

Next best bet: Seantrabh in the 14:05 at Chester

Looking elsewhere, there was a very decent 13-runner five-furlong handicap at Thirsk last month which was won by one of today's principals, Democracy Dilemma with Seantrabh finishing back in third. The winner will have a chance of following up here if he can overcome stall 8 but Seantrabh should really be able to reverse those placings because he is effectively 11 pounds better off with Democracy Dilemma (after Zak Wheatley's claim) and he is far better drawn in stall 3.

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