Boodles Chester Vase
|Group 3, Chester 15:10
1m 4f 63y, Class 1
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1 Changingoftheguard 10/3
2 New London 4/11F
3 Savvy Victory 20/1
4 ran NR: Dillian Distances: 6½l, 6l, ½l
Time: 2m 43.36s (slow by 7.16s)
Ryan Moore in charge again as Changingoftheguard emerges as a real @CazooUK Derby contender with this excellent performance in the @Boodles Chester Vase pic.twitter.com/spRfJCdyrq https://t.co/uByIYyVsCd via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) May 4, 2022
Sent straight to the lead by Ryan Moore, Changingoftheguard soon built up a handy buffer over Charlie Appleby’s prohibitively priced 4-11 shot New London.
It was clear from before the home turn that the market leader was struggling to bridge the gap and Changingoftheguard galloped all the way up the straight to pass the post six and a half lengths clear.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien had saddled a record nine previous winners of the Group Three contest, with his Ruler Of The World the last horse to follow up at Epsom in 2013.
O’Brien already houses the ante-post favourite for the premier Classic in the form of Saturday’s 2000 Guineas third Luxembourg.
And while the previously unbeaten New London was the colt expected to emerge as perhaps Luxembourg’s biggest threat with victory on the Roodee, Changingoftheguard had other ideas.
QuinnBet slashed the winner’s Derby odds to 8-1 from 50-1, while New London is out to 14-1 from 5s.
“He was impressive there and we always thought he’d stay well,” said O’Brien.
“He was just chinned in his maiden at Punchestown before he then went and won his maiden really well at Dundalk.
“There was no doubt on our part that he would take a step forward from that and improve for going up in trip.
“The one thing we weren’t sure about today was the ground when it rained as he’s such a fluid mover, but he seems to have handled it fine.
“We were delighted with the run and I think off the back of that, you’d have to say he’d go to Epsom now.”
Boodles Chester Vase (Group 3)
£111,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m 4f 63y, Class 1
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (2) Changingoftheguard 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 100/30
2 (1) 6½ New London 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 4/11F
3 (5) 6 Savvy Victory 3 9-2 S Woods Tom Marquand 20/1
4 (4) ½ Berkshire Rebel 3 9-2 Andrew Balding David Probert 25/1
NR 3 (3) Dillian 3 9-2 Michael Bell NON RUNNER