Chester Cup

The Chester Cup is one of the most exciting and high profile two mile staying handicaps of the season as horse racing fans can pick up some exclusive free bets offers on this showpiece Chester race.

Run during Chester's stunning May meeting, the established handicap, started in 1824, won by Doge of Venice, is run for horses above the age of three and always produces a fascinating race due to the nature of the track at Chester, which has the distinction of being the oldest racecourse in Britain.

Regarded as one of the most unique tracks in the world, the course at Chester runs through the main City Centre of the town, and is full of twists and turns. It has been likened to a motor racing circuit rather than a racetrack in the past.

The history of the race suggests that the draw is absolutely crucial when assessing the race.

There can be up to 20 runners taking part in the race per year, and with the tight nature of the track, if a horse is caught wide on the track, it is hard to make up ground. Gaining an early rails position is crucial for the jockeys, which can cause some great viewing.

In the modern day era only one horse has managed to record back-to-wins in the race, which was Anak Pekan, who was trained magnificently by Alan Jarvis.

The race has a knack of producing shock results with of four of the last seven renewals won by horses that have returned with a starting price bigger than 33/1. Due to the distance of the race, National Hunt trainers have a successful record in the race.

In fact, they have upstaged their Flat counterparts in the last three seasons.

The last two renewals have been won by the well-regarded Donald McCain yard, who sent out Overturn to win in 2011 and then Ile De Re in 2012.