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Treasure Beach earns 33-1 Derby quote in Chester Vase

Treasure Beach looked a ‘second division’ Ballydoyle candidate for the Investec Derby despite showing plenty of guts to win the MBNA Chester Vase on Thursday.


Striking rich: Treasure Beach lands the MBNA Chester Vase at Chester in style.

Ladbrokes, clearly unimpressed, offer 33-1 about him for Epsom.

The disturbing feature of the colt’s running style was his high head carriage. It took the half a mile for Ryan Moore to get him to settle in third, on the rail, behind Sadler’s Risk and Nathaniel. Moore said he would have preferred a stronger pace.

On a more positive note, Treasure Beach displayed great determination to muscle his way through a narrow opening at the top of the home straight. He then held off the late thrust of Nathaniel to scramble home by a head, with three lengths back to Epsom’s Blue Riband winner Slumber. “He might come on for the run,” said Moore.

Kieren Fallon was back under the glare of an official spotlight when he failed to turn up for his first two rides on a day when fellow jockey Franny Norton failed the breathalyser in a routine swoop on all riders prior to racing.

When Fallon eventually arrived at the course, nearly an hour and three quarters late, he told stewards he had been caught in heavy traffic after visiting his children in Wigan. He added that he had failed to make contact because the batteries on his mobile phone had gone flat. The explanation was accepted and the jockey passed a breathalyser before taking his first ride.

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