CHESTER burst into life on Wednesday and a couple of stars emerged from the usual faces.
But there was more to the action than Aidan O'Brien and John Gosden's new Classic hopes and we've picked out some key moments that may have escaped your notice.
One for the tracker ?
Norway – 3.35 Chester
All the column inches will deservedly go to Sir Dragonet and Mehdaayih after their respective wins, but there was more than meets the eye to those races.
In the Vase, Norway is far from a horse to give up on. It's unlikely he'll win a Derby, but he was as weak as they come in the betting before this and was given a very easy time by Ryan.
He got very sweaty before the off and ran like he needs a proper trip. Chester would certainly not have suited him.
He'll have his day in big races down the line.
A horse on the up ?
Future Investment – 4.05 Chester
It's very early stages in this three-year old's career but Ralph Beckett looks to have another smart stayer on his hands.
Conditions look key to Future Investment, but he looked beat a way out here, before sticking on like a smart prospect and even kicking clear with a turn of foot to boot.
He was third behind Telecaster on debut but stepped up from that here and will no doubt improve for another step up in trip.
Ride of the day ?
Leodis Dream – 3.00 Chester (Danny Tudhope)
David O'Meara and Danny Tudhope were at the double on the opening day at Chester.
First Great Dame brought up the goods in the opener, the pair making all in good style.
But it was Tudhope's ride on Leodis Dream that deserves a round of applause. Bringing up the five-timer on the three-year-old, Tudhope tracked the breakneck speed to perfection before kicking clear a furlong from home.
He timed it sweetly, with his mount just sticking on as the line approached.
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