Chester Vase

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Chester Vase
Group 3 race
Location Chester Racecourse
Chester, England
Inaugurated 1907
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor MBNA
Website Chester
Race information
Distance 1m 4f 63y (2,472m)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Penalties
4 lb for G1 / G2 winners *
* at 7 furlongs or over
Purse £75,000 (2017)
1st: £42,532.50
Chester Vase
2017
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, white cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, pink cap
Venice Beach Wings Of Eagles The Anvil

The Chester Vase is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old colts and geldings. It is run over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 63 yards (2,472 metres) at Chester in May.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1907, and it was originally open to horses aged three or four. The result of the first running was a dead-heat.[1]

For a period the race was contested over 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 75 yards.[2] It was restricted to three-year-olds and cut to 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 53 yards in 1959.[3] It was abandoned in 1969,[4] and extended by several yards in 1970.[5]

The Chester Vase serves as a trial for the Epsom Derby. The last participant to win the Derby was Ruler of the World, who won the race in 2013.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Ryan Moore - Doctor Fremantle (2008), Treasure Beach (2011), Ruler Of The World (2013), Orchestra (2014), Hans Holbein (2015), US Army Ranger (2016), Venice Beach (2017)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Aidan O'Brien - Soldier Of Fortune (2007), Golden Sword (2009), Treasure Beach (2011), Ruler Of The World (2013), Orchestra (2014), Hans Holbein (2015), US Army Ranger (2016), Venice Beach (2017)

Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1980 Henbit Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:36.56
1981 Shergar Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:40.47
1982 Super Sunrise Paul Cook Gavin Hunter 2:41.12
1983 no race [a]
1984 Kaytu Willie Carson Dick Hern
1985 Law Society Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien 2:44:72
1986 Nomrood Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:46.08
1987 Dry Dock Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:37.97
1988 Unfuwain Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:52.48
1989 Old Vic Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:34.21
1990 Belmez Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:41.42
1991 Toulon Pat Eddery André Fabre 2:45.69
1992 Twist and Turn Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:37.13
1993 Armiger Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 2:35.32
1994 Broadway Flyer Michael Hills John Hills 2:36.03
1995 Luso Michael Kinane Clive Brittain 2:38.38
1996 High Baroque John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 2:40.16
1997 Panama City John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 2:46.64
1998 Gulland Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:38.18
1999 Peshtigo [b] Michael Hills Barry Hills 2:36.63
2000 Millenary Pat Eddery John Dunlop 2:38.11
2001 Mr Combustible Michael Hills Barry Hills 2:34.30
2002 Fight Your Corner Kevin Darley Mark Johnston 2:33.70
2003 Dutch Gold Frankie Dettori Clive Brittain 2:35.85
2004 Red Lancer Robert Miles Richard Price 2:44.33
2005 Hattan Seb Sanders Clive Brittain 2:44.91
2006 Papal Bull Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:35.24
2007 Soldier of Fortune Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:35.24
2008 Doctor Fremantle Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:37.39
2009 Golden Sword Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien 2:33.86
2010 Ted Spread Darryll Holland Mark Tompkins 2:43.32
2011 Treasure Beach Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:39.10
2012 Mickdaam Tony Hamilton Richard Fahey 2:50.01
2013 Ruler of the World Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:40.29
2014 Orchestra Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:42.05
2015 Hans Holbein Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:45.53
2016 US Army Ranger Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:41.07
2017 Venice Beach Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:35.84

a The 1983 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.
b Housemaster finished first in 1999, but he was relegated to fourth place following a stewards' inquiry.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1907: Earlston / Sancy *
  • 1908: Galvani
  • 1909: St Ninian
  • 1910: Bayardo
  • 1911: Maaz
  • 1912: Lycaon
  • 1913: Cylba
  • 1914: Dan Russel
  • 1915: Esplandian
  • 1916–18: no race
  • 1919: Air Raid
  • 1920: Buchan
  • 1921: no race
  • 1922: Fodder
  • 1923: Papyrus
  • 1924: Inkerman
  • 1925: Vermilion Pencil
  • 1926: Swift and Sure
  • 1927: Lone Knight
  • 1928: Hectare
  • 1929: En Garde
  • 1930: Pinxit
  • 1931: Sandwich
  • 1932: Bulandshar
  • 1933: Hyperion
  • 1934: Windsor Lad
  • 1935: Valerius
  • 1936: Taj Akbar
  • 1937: Merry Mathew
  • 1938: Cave Man
  • 1939: Heliopolis
  • 1940–45: no race
  • 1946: Sky High
  • 1947: Edward Tudor
  • 1948: Valognes
  • 1949: Swallow Tail
  • 1950: Castle Rock
  • 1951: Supreme Court
  • 1952: Summer Rain
  • 1953: Empire Honey
  • 1954: Blue Rod
  • 1955: Daemon
  • 1956: Articulate
  • 1957: King Babar
  • 1958: Alcide
  • 1959: Fidalgo
  • 1960: Mr Higgins
  • 1961: Sovrango
  • 1962: Silver Cloud
  • 1963: Christmas Island
  • 1964: Indiana
  • 1965: Gulf Pearl
  • 1966: General Gordon
  • 1967: Great Host
  • 1968: Remand
  • 1969: no race
  • 1970: Politico
  • 1971: Linden Tree
  • 1972: Ormindo
  • 1973: Proverb
  • 1974: Jupiter Pluvius
  • 1975: Shantallah
  • 1976: Old Bill
  • 1977: Hot Grove
  • 1978: Icelandic
  • 1979: Cracaval

* The 1907 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1907 Chester Vase". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1907. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "1958 Chester Vase". Glasgow Herald. 6 May 1958. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "1959 Chester Vase". Glasgow Herald. 5 May 1959. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Chester programmes abandoned". Glasgow Herald. 7 May 1969. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "1970 Chester Vase". Glasgow Herald. 5 May 1970. Retrieved 1 April 2013.