Moore notches record seventh Vase

Venice Beach led home a one-two-three for Ballydoyle in this year's renewal of the Group 3 MBNA Chester Vase Stakes

Day two of the Boodles Chester May Festival produced another Ballydoyle domination in the feature, the MBNA Chester Vase.

Galileo sires yet another Group winner

Venice Beach, the seeming first string on jockey bookings, led home a one-two-three for Aidan O’Brien in what is a traditional trial for the Epsom Derby next month.

From the outset, the Tipperary maiden winner broke well under Ryan Moore but took a position behind his stable mate The Anvil.

Moore angled his mount out as they turned for home and got to the front just over a furlong out.

He had the race sewn up within the final half-furlong and held his fast-finishing stable mate Wing Of Eagles by a length and a quarter with The Anvil a close third.

For Moore, his excellent record in the mile and a half contest sees his total in the race extend to seven.

The 33-year-old has partnered up with the Ballydoyle maestro to take the last five runnings. Of those five, Ruler Of The World went on to take the prize en-route to Derby glory in 2013.

“I thought it was a very good performance from a lightly-raced colt who is still learning an awful lot,” reflected Moore.

“He started very well, they didn’t go mad. He was just a little bit babyish through the race. Every time I asked him he kept picking up the bridle and when he had a bit of room to go in the straight he picked up and won his race.”

Closely related to Arc-winner Danedream, the three-year-old son of Galileo had proved himself over the distance after taking his maiden by five-lengths over the trip last month.

O’Brien said: “We knew that he stays a mile and a half he did that with Donnacha [O’Brien] the last day.

“He’s a little bit lazy, a little bit babyish that’s why we felt it was important to bring him here he had a good bit to learn. You’d have to be very happy.”

He had a good bit to learn

Earlier in the afternoon, the Jim and Fitry Hay-owned Deauville resumed winning ways in the Group 3 Huxley Stakes.

Quickly away from the stalls under Moore, the four-year-old looked to gain a fairly easy lead in front.

He stole a march on the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Poet’s Word and managed to last out by a neck.

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