Heywood a Chester Treat

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Byline: By ARGUS

DANDY NICHOLLS has a better record than most at Chester over recent years and Heywood can defy a penalty in the Kemira Growhow Handicap on the Roodee.

The Thirsk trainer has few peers when it comes to handling speedsters and after a brief dalliance at middle distances, Heywood is now back doing what he does best.

Unusually, he seems to have improved for being brought back in trip as he gets older.

When with Mick Channon last year he won over course and distance off a mark of 86 and he has been rated as high as 92 in the past.

Even with his 6lb penalty for a victory at Catterick last week, that still only takes him up to 88 in the handicap so there is still a bit of leeway.

Nicholls' son Adrian has also picked him as his mount over another stable companion which canonlybe seen as a positive.

The maiden in which Countrywide City made his debut at Newmarket is working out spectacularly well and he can add his name to the growing list of winners to come out of it in the Redcar A Course For All Reasons Median Auction Maiden Stakes at the seaside venue. …