Morrison hoping for Chester rain

03 May 2021 23:55:07 GMTPlus10

Trainer Hughie Morrison is hoping plenty of rain arrives to boost stable star Not So Sleepy's chances of victory in the Chester Cup on the final day of the May Festival on Friday.

The nine-year-old has been an enigmatic yet classy dual-purpose performer for the Group 1-winning handler, having won the Dee Stakes on the Roudee in 2015 before going on to land two competitive handicaps over hurdles at Ascot, while also hitting the frame twice in the Cesarewitch at Newmarket.

Not So Sleepy was last seen finishing an admirable fifth in the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and Morrison will now switch him back to the Flat for the 2m2½f prestigious handicap.

Not So Sleepy will be looking to provide Morrison with a first Chester Cup success, although stiff competition is expected to come from the John and Thady Gosden-trained Almighwar.

Morrison's charge could also come up against course winner Future Investment and fellow dual-purpose star Who Dares Wins. who was sixth at Newcastle last time out in March.

Speaking ahead of the Chester Cup, Morrison said: "There's a lot of rain forecast for the start of the week, but as we know these racecourses dry out very quickly. Although he's run some very good races on fast ground, his best form over hurdles is on very soft and, ideally, we'd have that to slow the others down.

"We can't guarantee he's going to get the trip, but he nearly got it twice in the Cesarewitch. It's a great race and a great meeting, and let's hope he can turn up on the day."

Not So Sleepy is priced at 11/2 to win the Chester Cup, while Almighwar and Who Dares Wins are available at 999/1 and 10/1 respectively.

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