Explain has shown a liking for soft ground and the tight track at Chester, refitted with the blinkers he wore the previous week when finishing 2nd at Haydock and grabbing a nice position early Jimmy edged him out turning for home and went away to win by a length and a half.
"Race distance increased by 24 yards. The feature contest was a good handicap. They went decent gallop and it is sound form. EXPLAIN is a previous C&D winner off 6lb lower on good to soft. He was due to go up 1lb in the future after a promising second on soft at Haydock this month. The son of Kyllachy travelled like a dream in the box seat from a good draw and, once this strong gelding manoeuvred a position off the home turn, the outcome was in little doubt thereafter."
Racing Post, 2017
"That is the second time Explain has won here. He is a bit of a monkey and I think the bends confuse him."
Jimmy Sullivan, 2017