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Chester False Running Rail

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It’s not news that the draw bias at Chester heavily favours the low numbers, but less so than it was before the false running rail was introduced some years ago.

Less obvious is the effect the false running rail has had on the ability of horses to handle the course and its tight and virtually continuous turn. It used to be that you could spot many a newcomer to the course flounder on the tight turns and then see some of them get to grips with it any finish well. This particularly applied to two year old races and such horses were well worth supporting when they next ran at Chester, particular if there wasn’t a lot of “Chester experience” in the competition.

Since the false rail was introduced my notebook has had far fewer of these eycatchers and I can only conclude that newcomers to the course are finding it far easier to handle than it was before. Another “edge” bites the dust.
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