Oxx aims for Vase glory with Call To Battle

John Oxx is hopeful of a good run from Call To Battle in today’s MBNA Chester Vase after finishing a fine second in the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown last month.

“He’s got some good form and showed some progressive form as a two-year-old,” said Oxx.

“He ran a nice race in the Ballysax on his comeback and we are anxious to step him up to a mile and a half which is why he is going over rather than run in the Derrinstown on Sunday.

“He looks fairly versatile in terms of the ground. Obviously he will have to be as it looks testing enough, but we think he likes the soft.

“You’ve got some promising types in the race. David Livingston is a good performer with form on soft ground so it will be an interesting test for him.”

David Livingston will be bidding to provide Aidan O’Brien with a fourth Chester Vase victory in the last six years.

Ballydoyle’s inmate must give away weight to his four rivals, but he undeniably takes the best form into the race. The Galileo colt, out of a half-sister to High Chaparral and Dante winner Black Bear Island, signed off his juvenile career with a truly impressive display in the Beresford Stakes.

Behind him that day was the highly-rated Akeed Mofeed. That win was also important with this assignment in mind as the Curragh was a quagmire that day. With the ground on the Roodee again likely to be soft, David Livingston should be in his element.

Things did not go to plan on his seasonal debut, though, as he trailed home in fifth place in the Ballysax Stakes. Joseph O’Brien was, however, not hard on the horse and he should come on significantly for that outing.

Model Pupil is exciting Charlie Hills ahead of his appearance in the Vase.

The Sinndar colt won a hot Newmarket maiden on his reappearance at the Craven meeting, beating the highly-regarded Shantaram in the final stride.

Hills said: “He showed a really nice attitude at Newmarket, he did really well to win. I couldn’t be happier with how he came out of the race.

“I’ve been delighted with him since and the extra couple of furlongs should really be in his favour, the way he’s bred.

“We had the choice of this and the Dee Stakes and, on paper, there didn’t look to be much between the two races, but Bonfire was going for the other one and he looks a nice horse.

“I can’t see the ground being an issue, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t handle it as Sinndars seem to go on anything.”

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