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Tres too good at Chester

Tres Coronas relished the soft ground at Chester to easily claim the IG Handicap.

The David Barron-trained seven-year-old travelled sweetly from off a fair pace set by Party Royal and galloped clear of runner-up Sennockian Star inside the final furlong and a half.

Graham Gibbons' partner (11/2) then charged into an unassailable position from stall three and had two lengths in hand at the line.

Irish challenger That's Plenty, the 5/1 favourite, finished third.

Gibbons said: "I was happy with the gallop they were going and he picked up well.

"He's ran some great races in defeat."

Joint-owner Douglas Pryde, who was also responsible for the now-retired Grand National hero Auroras Encore, said: "He's been a fabulous horse to own.

"He's been very sound and genuine and a horse who has given us great fun.

"He has to come through the pack, and sometimes he doesn't get the breaks, but he does well off a fast pace at Chester."

Legend Rising (6/1) fended off the resilient Captain Bob to take the Boodles Diamond Handicap.

The latter was always to the fore under William Buick, but Legend Rising was coolly guided towards the far rail in the hands of Ryan Moore, who got the verdict by a length and a quarter.

Legend Rising was making just his second start for Newmarket trainer Martyn Meade, having previously been in the care of Richard Hannon.

Moore said: "When I set about him he dug in very well."

Meade said: "The extra furlong suited nicely and he is a balanced horse, which makes all the difference around Chester, although it is always a risk the first time round here.

"I think actually he likes soft ground and the softer the better.

"That's my first winner at the May meeting here, but I have had a winner at Chester before."

There was drama before the race as likely favourite Muteela was withdrawn when she ditched jockey Paul Hanagan heading towards the start.

Hanagan was attended to by medics but returned to the weighing room unaided.

Hanagan was stood down for the day but was not thought to have suffered any serious injuries.

The jockey was replaced by Moore aboard Ballymore Castle, who just about vindicated 5/6 favouritism in the T&L Leasing EBF Stallions Maiden Stakes.

Richard Fahey's youngster at one stage looked to have no chance as his jockey was hard at work some way out.

But the on-song pilot bisected the respective challenge of Hell Of A Lord and London Life at the death to score by three-quarters of a length and bring up the three-timer.

Fahey said: "Ryan said he got knocked over coming out of the stalls and he was struggling.

"He has a good attitude and is quite a laid-back horse.

"We'll probably step him up to six furlongs but I'll talk to the owner."

Game mare Stellar Express (7/1) won for the third time in six visits to Chester with an all-the-way triumph in the concluding Investec Structured Products Handicap.