Racing preview for Wednesday, May 4

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Quick Jack can go one place better than last year by winning the Betway Chester Cup.

The seven-year-old chestnut confirmed his aptitude for the quirky twists and turns of the Roodee 12 months ago when he got to within three-quarters of a length of Trip To Paris.

With that rival having since won the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, Quick Jack will be ridiculously unfortunate if there is a similar sort of ultra-progressive rival waiting in the wings this time.

Luck is key to this race, of course, as one mistimed challenge usually ends in failure.

But with Ryan Moore back on board, trainer Tony Martin is clearly trying to take out as much possible insurance so as to avoid a rough journey.

The partnership were seen to particularly good effect at Newmarket in the autumn as Quick Jack turned in a smashing performance in the Cesarewitch.

Despite having been hamstrung by a bad draw, Moore worked wonders to get into a prominent pitch, and only fell short by a length.

Punters can forget about his laboured Cork comeback run, too, as Martin had given strong assurance his representative would improve immeasurably for the run.

Quick Jack is no handicap snip, but his experience of big-field handicap scrambles should serve him very well indeed.

Moore will need to be sharp and alert from stall 16, but a wide draw can be overcome if things go smoothly - as evidenced by Greenwich Meantime’s success from the same gate in 2007.

* Selections:

Chelmsford: 5.45 Crosse Fire, 6.15 Elis Eliz, 6.45 Shaan, 7.15 Both Sides, 7.45 Grey’s Angel, 8.15 Amour De Nuit, 8.45 Top Boy.

Chester: 2.10 Letmestopyouthere, 2.40 Somehow, 3.10 QUICK JACK (NAP), 3.45 Green Door, 4.20 Canny Kool, 4.55 Mulk, 5.25 Zzoro.

Kelso: 2.20 Dr Beaujolais, 2.50 Always On The Run, 3.25 Bassarabad, 4.00 Foot The Bill, 4.35 Carinena, 5.05 New Vic, 5.35 Glingerside.

Newton Abbot: 2.00 Black Corton, 2.30 Abidjan, 3.00 Rejaah, 3.35 Voix D’Eau, 4.10 Oskar’s Eva, 4.45 Port Melon, 5.15 Changing The Guard.

Tramore: 1.45 Double Windsor, 2.15 Bleu Berry, 2.45 Dixie Highway, 3.15 Dramatic Event, 3.50 The Winkler, 4.25 Ballyfinboy, 5.00 Blood Crazed Tiger.

Wetherby: 5.30 Morning Herald, 6.00 Chase The Wind, 6.30 Young Dillon, 7.00 Coozan George, 7.30 Captain Mowbray, 8.00 Klepht, 8.30 Christmas Twenty.

Double: Quick Jack and Green Door.