MBNA Chester Vase
|Group 3, Chester 15:10
1m 4f 66y, Class 1
|Thursday 7th May 2015|
1 Hans Holbein 7/4F
2 Storm The Stars 11/2
3 Medrano 11/2
6 ran Distances: 1¾l, ½l, 3l
TIME 2m 45.53s (slow by 10.93s)
Ryan Moore gives Aidan O'Brien a 6th win in the MBNA Chester Vase with Hans Holbein
"This race has a history of turning out good horses. He'll continue to improve. He's very well balanced."
Sent off the 7-4 favourite, Ryan Moore took no chances and bounced out of the stalls, controlling things from the front.
From three furlongs out there was never any real doubt about the result as Storm The Stars and Medrano began to come off the bridle.
The Montjeu colt really lengthened in the straight and powered away from Storm The Stars to win by a length and three-quarters
Moore said: "I spoke to Joseph (O'Brien) who said he was very fit and well, and he was as I could barely pull him up.
"He's quite laid-back but he finds a little bit when you ask him.
"The form doesn't amount to a great deal at the moment, but he can only improve and he'll be better over further as well.
"He went round here well enough so I don't see why he wouldn't act at Epsom."
Betfred cut the winner to 16-1 from 33s for the premier Classic on June 6.
William Haggas said of the runner-up: "I was very pleased with the way the horse performed.
"I've no idea where next. He's learning his trade. He's an immature, childish horse who will get better and better as the season goes on.
"He's had three quick runs. We'll have to see what the owner wants to do.
"The longer the trials go on, the more open the race (Epsom Derby) is becoming."
Medrano's trainer David Brown said: "He's run a nice race. He was a bit keen and I don't think he wants the ground that wet.
"We'll have to see about whether we go to Epsom with him."
MBNA Chester Vase (Group 3)
£75,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 66y, Class 1
|Pos||Draw||Dist||Horse SP||Jockey Weight||Trainer||Age|
|1st||(5)||Hans Holbein 7/4f||R L Moore
|A P O'Brien||3|
|2nd||(6)||1¾||Storm The Stars (USA) 11/2||F Norton
|W J Haggas||3|
|3rd||(1)||½||Medrano 11/2||G Lee
|D H Brown||3|
|4th||(2)||3||Tannaaf (IRE) 11/2||P Cosgrave
|M F De Kock||3|
|5th||(3)||10||Proposed 25/1||S M Levey
|6th||(4)||7||Future Empire 3/1||James Doyle
|S bin Suroor||3|