The Chester Vase Day 2012.

At the Chester meeting, we start the second day – The Chester Vase Day.

The Chester Vase is open to three-year-old colts and geldings, over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs. The Vase is perhaps the most important race of the meeting, and is a race to have your notebooks out for!

This race serves as a trial for the Derby, – The Investec Derby, is a Group 1 race, open to three-year-old colts and fillies at Epsom Racecourse, over the same distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs on the 2nd of June, only a few weeks away.

Or perhaps for the horses who don’t get up in time with speed, but still have plenty of stamina left, The St. Leger – The St. Leger Stakes is a Group 1 race, run at Doncaster, which is open to three-year-old colts and fillies, over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs. This event is later in the season, running on 12 September.

So the Vase has had some big-time winners in it’s past, first run in 1907, as it gives three-year-olds a stamina test before bigger races in the Flat Calender. These big names in the horse racing world are ones that you would have come across or seen heading some races or company names.

One of those is a horse from the thirties – Hyperion, a small, but ‘tough-as-nuts’ horse who won the 1933 Vase on very heavy ground, and then went on to win the the Derby, and the St Leger.

But there is one other horse, a bit nearer in the time-line for people to remember, was Shergar. He won the Vase by an impressive twelve lengths, and to show that it was no mistake, he went on to win the Derby but and ‘easy-as-you-like’ ten lengths, the biggest win in the events two hundred – plus history!

It was such a pity that in 1983, he was hi-jacked from the Ballymany Stud, near The Curragh, by masked gunmen, and he was never found…….

This years renewal is a small field, but this does not make it easier! David Livingston has not looked the horse it should be so far, Call To Battle may not like the trip, as some others may not as well.

Model Pupil looks a horse to keep an eye on, but this may be too long too quickly, but he is a gutsy horse. A tough race, not to go feet first into!

Like yesterday, all the races on the card are good, but the other race of note is the Huxley Stakes, a Group 3 race, open to horses aged four years plus, over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs.

The race has not been around for so long, only running from 1999, and the winner is presented with the Tradesman’s Cup. Some of you will remember from yesterdays report, that this trophy was originally given with the Chester Cup.

Hamdan Al Maktoum has a winning line of form in this race, copping four of the recent runs with Maraahel, other than that, there are not many pointers in the previous form.

This years race is a cracker! Not an easy one, but it could be a lot closer than the betting suggests. The main horse is Questioning, but I am ‘bismarcking’ this favourite! If you want to know which one I’m going for then use the Text service, ot if you are a member, bo to the members page on-line. Either that, or lay the fav!

A good day!

The Jag.

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