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Spicing up your life at Chester

Chester 2.45
The Chester Vase
TIME: 2.45pm
TV: C4/RUK

Sir Alex quite rightly grabbed all the headlines yesterday but in the end he didn’t go to Chester races as he didn’t want it to ‘turn into a circus’. There were plenty of players enjoying the action though, again showing the strong passion for racing from the world of football.

At Star Sports we couldn’t really complain about the first days results. A 9/2 joint favourite winning the first but then it proved tough for punters with no more favourites winning and indeed only ONE being placed in the six subsequent races.

Getting Countrywide Flame and Justification out of the frame in the Chester Cup was a bonus as was Banoffee in the Cheshire Oaks.

We had some damage limitation in this column with the ‘overs’ in the Chelsea v Spurs game last night but with Chelsea twice leading it was one that got away in terms of collecting on both recommended bets.

At Chester on Thursday the MBNA Chester Vase at 2.45 is a recognised Derby trial but the jury is very much out as to whether anything will emerge to scare the connections of Dawn Approach.

Aidan O’Brien’s Ruler Of The World has been nibbled at in the ante-post Derby market with us after his narrow debut win at the Curragh.

It’s probably unwise to be overly critical of that perfomance but the 25/1 shot he beat that day, Manalapan, did little to boost the form when only fifth next time out in a Gowran Park maiden.

Of course Ruler Of The World remains a horse of great potential but you are looking at around the even money mark today which looks tight.

We prefer John Gosden’s Feel Like Dancing who also holds a Derby entry. He won narrowly on debut at Newbury but the second in that race has won since. The stable are in good form too, having had a winner and a second from just two runners here on Wednesday.

Viva (isn’t) Forever:

They say our game is risky but the formbook doesn’t always work out in the wonderful world of the West End theatre either.

Viva Forever – a musical based on the Spice Girls seemingly had a lot going for it financially. A contemporary story and music which a generation grew up with, who now have leisure £’s at their disposal.

It also had the considerable force of West End producer Jusy Kraymer behind it. She’s the brains behind Mamma Mia – which opened in 1999, has changed theatres three times, but is still going strong in London and around the world.

And that’s before we even get onto the film version starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth et al which has grossed a staggering worldwide total of $602,609,487.

No such luck for Viva though. The show has posted a closing date of 29 June amid reports of a £5 million loss.

It’s what they term, in the business, a turkey.

And in the age of people power via social networking, if not seemingly girl power, the old fashioned newspaper critics have got their messages across.

Alun Palmer for the Daily Mirror wrote: “You would think it would be easy to strap the songs of one of the biggest girl groups in recent history to an exuberant story of girl power to create a worldwide money-making machine. But you would be wrong.”

Quentin Letts for the Daily Mail added that it had “the makings of a notable West End flop”, adding: “It’s almost as if the thing has a death wish.”

It seems for Kraymer and her other investors the winner doesn’t always take it all.

The official trailer is below. If you like it… book soon before it’s zig-a-zig-ah…….

STAR FORECAST
(stake between 0.5 and 10 points)
4 points win FEEL LIKE DANCING (2.45 Chester)

(-3.7 Wednesday)

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