Unsurprisingly, the Cheshire Oaks (2.25) at Chester on Wednesday features a whole host of unknown quantities, but the most experienced filly in the field, Princess Yaiza, may be capable of carrying off the first prize. The daughter of Racing Post Trophy winner Casamento, who had his first three-year-olds last season, won a couple of times on the Polytrack at Dundalk last season, but ran her best race to date when a never-nearer third of 10, beaten 3 lengths, behind Mary Tudor in the Listed Salsabil Stakes at Navan 17 days ago. The performance came on yielding to soft going and the way she stayed on to claim third place in the closing stages suggested an extra furlongs-and-a-half, or so, around Chester wouldn’t be beyond her and, in fact, may bring about further improvement.
The winner was placed behind the Aidan O’Brien-trained pair Magical and Happily in the Group 2 Debutante Stakes, over 7 furlongs, at the Curragh last August and the fourth, Sizzling, was thought good enough to run in the 1,000 Guineas last Sunday, albeit finishing last of 15 behind Billesdon Brook. Co. Meath trainer Gavin Cromwell has his string in good order, with six winners from 18 runners in the last 14 days, and Princess Yaiza is a rare runner for the yard in this sphere on this side of the Irish Sea.
Selection: Chester 2.25 Princess Yaiza to win 7/1