It had been a frustrating day with four placed horses at York but things took a positive turn at Chester with four winners. The first was Salam Zayed and it was a little bit of a surprise. He was sent off at 28 to 1 in the Lady Amateurs Race under Carol Bartley. He was held up in mid-division and started to make progress over the final three furlongs. Had the lead at the final maker and stayed on well to win by a length.
National League picked up the first win of his career on just his third start. He was towards the rear under Paddy Mathers and started to chase down the leaders approaching the final furlong. He ran on well towards the finish to win by three-quarters-of-a-length.
Paul Hanagan then had the ride of the night to win on Gabrial The Tiger. He flew out the stalls and came across from a bad to draw to bag the lead. He made all and stayed on well under pressure to win by a length-and-a-quarter.
Paul then gave Powerallied a great ride. He loves Chester and was always travelling really strongly. He didn’t get the clearest of runs over the final furlong but when he got some daylight he powered to the finish to get up and win on the line by a short head to hand Dr Marwan Koukash a treble on the night.