MBNA Chester Vase
Group 3, Chester 15:35
£75,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 4f 63y, Class 1   
Thursday 11th May 2017

1 Venice Beach 5/2F
2 Wings Of Eagles 8/1
3 The Anvil 7/1
8 ran Distances: 1¼l, nse, 1l
Time: 2m 35.84s (slow by 1.54s)

Aidan O'Brien 1-2-3 as Venice Beach wins cosily

Venice Beach
© Caroline Norris
Venice Beach

Aidan O'Brien saddled the first three home as Venice Beach gave him an eighth triumph in the Chester Derby trial.

The O'Brien team dominated the Group Three contest from the start, with The Anvil soon in front once Ryan Moore reined in Venice Beach after being the best away.

The Anvil upped the tempo with four furlongs left but Venice Beach (5-2 favourite) was up for the challenge, galloping on resolutely to stake his claim for the Investec Derby.

Stablemate Wings Of Eagles stuck on stoutly and was length and a quarter away in second, with The Anvil only a nose behind in third to complete a clean sweep for the Ballydoyle stable.

Moore said: "I thought it was a very good performance from a lightly-raced colt. We are still learning an awful lot about him. 

"He picked up and he won his race. He's still learning about it and it's still early days for him. 

"He's a beautiful pedigree and he has a good brain. I don't know what the plans are but he's certainly a colt with plenty of potential."


MBNA Chester Vase (Group 3)
£75,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 63y, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Good, Good to Firm in places

Pos Dr D Horse Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st (3) Venice Beach (IRE) 5/2f R L Moore
A P O'Brien 3
2nd (4) Wings Of Eagles (FR) 8/1 J A Heffernan
A P O'Brien 3
3rd (1) nse The Anvil (IRE) 7/1 D O'Brien
A P O'Brien 3
4th (2) 1 Tamleek (USA) 11/4 Jim Crowley
S bin Suroor 3
5th (5) Count Octave 9/1 David Probert
A M Balding 3
6th (6) ½ Cunco (IRE) 5/1 L Dettori
J H M Gosden 3
7th (7) 8 Finn McCool (IRE) 20/1 W M Lordan
A P O'Brien 3
8th (8) 34 Druids Cross (IRE) 40/1 C O'Donoghue
Joseph P O'Brien 3

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