Hans Holbein advertises Derby claims in Vase
Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore set Hans Holbien a task at Chester today in the Vase which he proved was well within his compass striding to an impressive all the way success finishing a never troubled length and three quarters in front of Storm The Stars with Medrano back in third.
Sent off the 7/4f to give O’Brien a sixth victory in the trial and the bookmakers reacted to the victory by cutting the Montjeu colt into a general 16/1 chance for the Epsom showpiece from 33/1.
Ryan Moore feels the charge will act no problem at Epsom “I spoke to Joseph 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, 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.”
Coolmore rep. Kevin Buckley reported. “It’s definitely a boost, Joseph O’Brien did the right thing on Ol’ Man River in the Guineas and we can go back to the drawing board with him, and hopefully John F Kennedy can show his true form on Sunday in the Derrinstown ( at Leopardstown) .”
The Huxley Stakes went the way of Maverick Wave for John Gosden and William Buick in a battle with Cannock Chase to the line, the winner recording a hard fought half length verdict at 4/1 and Air Pilot chased the front two home in third.
Winning rider Buick was delighted with the victory. “We have found the key to him, letting him go off in front. There should be more to come from this horse, it is hard to say how far he will go but he could go a lot further when things are in his favour.”
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