Having a couple of shots at the Ayr sprints last weekend got us in front but in truth I would probably want more than two to have any confidence of finding the Cambridgeshire winner on Saturday.
I have chosen two horses who I believe could well be a few pounds well in and hopefully the pair will be suited by this unique test of both speed and stamina.
Tom Dascombe has lost his jockey ace Richard Kingscote to Newmarket this Saturday but it would be unusual for him not to have winners at both Chester and Haydock. I think he can have two on the Roodeye.
Backing a horse drawn 10 at Chester comes with risks but I am hoping less so in a non handicap when my selection has such on class edge on most of his rivals.
After an eye catching run at Goodwood he landed a gamble in a competitive nursery at Sandown and has subsequently returned to Esher and run well without getting a good run last time out.
He will have horses coming back to him in the straight here and I am hopeful his superior ability will get him through the traffic.
Is a more conventional Chester bet in that he is a pacey type with a decent draw. Indeed I believe he only has to do what he did last time over course and distance to win again.
Easy ground will be no problem and he should get the lead from his draw. His main rival for the lead is Princes Des Sables but that one has drawn stall 10, which means a lot of energy will have to expended if he wants to head my selection.
Jockey Liam Jones rides Chester well and has a 25 per cent strike rate at the track this season. He is on both my bets and that rates a plus.
This horse stumbled late on last time out and lost momentum, which might well have prevented him winning.
Had he won, his mark would have been raised rather than held at 106. He had previously failed to stay from a poor draw at Royal Ascot but essentially he has always looked like a Group class horse and I expect him to show so next season.
He is lightly raced, which may be a concern overall, but he has clearly been targeted at this race and I am happy to take his relative freshness as an advantage.
Looked very much as though he needed some headgear last time out when travelling exceptionally well (as he always does) in a race run in a very good time only to be outbattled in the very last strides at Sandown.
He is better than a 95-rated horse in my view and if the first-time cheekpieces have the expected effect I believe he might have a stone in hand.
A strongly run race will play to his strengths and help him settle despite the new headgear. The trip will definitely not be a problem, as he has been over further, and trainer Simon Crisford has his yard in good form for the autumn.
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