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Godolphin’s leading fancy for the Epsom Derby, New London, faces three rivals in the Chester Vase at 3.10pm on Wednesday.
The Group 3 contest serves as a key trial for next month’s Classic but the last horse to win the big one at Epsom after racing in this was Wings Of Eagles in 2017.
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New London goes for a hat-trick of career wins but trainer Charlie Appleby has never landed this renewal and they clash with the most successful stable in Chester Vase history as Aidan O’Brien saddles Changingoftheguard. Berkshire Rebel and Savvy Victory complete the field.
You’ll find our runner-by-runner guide and Chester Vase tips from Paddy Power experts below.
Chester Vase runners
Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: David Probert Age: 3 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Successful debut in 1m Goodwood maiden last August but his limitations have seemingly been exposed since, finishing last of 3 in 1¼m Newbury conditions event on his reappearance 17 days ago. Longer trip needs to spark improvement.
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien Jockey: Ryan Moore Age: 3 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Drew a blank in 3 outings over 1m on turf as a juvenile but made no mistake when stepped up to 1¼m at Dundalk on his AW reappearance. Will need to improve to follow up in this company but stable’s outstanding record in this affords him plenty of respect.
Trainer: Michael Bell Jockey: David Egan Age: 3 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Trainer: Charlie Appleby Jockey: William Buick Age: 3 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Winner over 1¼m at Newmarket on both starts 6 months apart, looking yet another really smart prospect for his stable when coming readily clear of another very promising sort at the Craven meeting 3 weeks ago. Will stay 1½m. Hard to beat.
Trainer: S. P. C. Woods Jockey: Tom Marquand Age: 3 Weight: 9st 2lbs
Fairly useful form in some good 1m contests in 2021 and made no mistake in 1¼m Pontefract maiden on his reappearance 29 days ago. Did that readily but a good chunk of improvement will be needed now stepping up significantly in class.
Chester Vase tips
Matt Chapman: Hard to oppose NEW LONDON here for Charlie Appleby and William Buick. The son of Dubawi is only rated 99 at this point but I would hazard a guess he’s much better than that. A winner at Newmarket on debut, New London went back to that track last time for a novice stakes and looked very good in beating Aldous Huxley but just over two lengths. Likely to stay well and be a Derby contender.
Timeform: Charlie Appleby 3-y-o colts have been carrying all before them this spring and NEW LONDON can show he’s a serious contender for Derby honours by stretching his unbeaten record to 3. Dillian wasn’t beaten too far in a French Group 1 on his final juvenile start and can chase the selection home ahead of Changingoftheguard.
Jason Weaver: CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD managed to get a deserved victory on the board at Dundalk last time and the further they went the better, as he opened up for a wide margin success. He didn’t beat a lot but the same could be said for the odds-on favourite, who has looked as if he will get well in excess of this distance further down the line. It may prove tactical and Changingoftheguard can front run and make the others dance to his tune.
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