Orchestra tunes up for Derby with Vase victory
The Aidan O’Brien trained Orchestra warmed up for a possible tilt at this season’s Derby, with a close run victory in the Chester Vase under Ryan Moore. O’Brien and Moore had teamed up to take this contest twelve months ago with subsequent Derby winner Ruler Of The World and the pair could now be dreaming of a repeat sequence after the lightly raced Galileo colt travelled very strongly throughout to take the Group 3 contest in a thrilling finish.
Ruler Of The World arrived at Chester last season off the back of just a maiden victory at the Curragh and similarly Orchestra lined up today having only seen the racetrack on two occasions, the last of which was an easy maiden win at Tipperary. Ballydoyle’s number one jockey Joseph O’Brien had chosen to take the ride on the tricky looking Carlo Bugatti, leaving Orchestra to team up with the red hot Moore, which proved to be a match made in heaven.
Mark Johnston’s Stars Over The Sea cut out the running from the off and was soon joined on the outside by O’Brien and Carlo Bugatti as the field was taken along at a strong gallop. The crafty Moore had found the perfect position for his charge in the leaders slipstream and he would stay there until the field approached the final bend.
Still travelling extremely strongly, the pair found their way through a nice gap on the inside rail as the front running Stars Of The Sea’s challenge began to fail and having hit the front, looked as though they could chose their winning distance as they kicked away from the field.
Orchestra began to lug to the stand side as he began to feel the pressure and this allowed the gallant John Gosden trained Romsdal to reel him in as the line approached but his brave effort was in vein as they went down by just a nose.
“I got the perfect trip around and I was on the best horse,” Moore said. “I was trying to be nice to him and I thought I had the race in the bag and thankfully he just did enough. He is a big strong horse and travelled really nicely around so you couldn’t fault him. He is a really nice horse.”
Coolmore’s UK representative Kevin Buckley added: “We are very pleased with that and the post-race chat with Ryan was very good. Ryan was very pleased with him, especially for a horse that was having just his third career start.
“He is a fine big horse – quite typical of a Galileo. He has a lovely action and to do that around Chester for such a big horse, we have to be pleased. We like coming to Chester as it is a good education for the horses.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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