Hans Holbein out to give O’Brien third straight Vase win

Aidan O'Brien

Hans Holbein bids to give Aidan O’Brien a third successive triumph in the MBNA Chester Vase and his sixth in all when facing five rivals on the Roodee tomorrow.

The son of Montjeu, who also held an entry in Friday’s Dee Stakes, is Ballydoyle’s only representative from seven possibles.

Hans Holbein, has had a busy spring campaign already winning the latest of two starts last month at Leopardstown.

He will be taken on by Godolphin’s Future Empire, who was well beaten by Christophermarlowe in Epsom’s Derby Trial two weeks ago.

David Brown saddles Medrano, placed in both his starts in France this term, while Mike de Kock’s Tannaaf, easy Leicester maiden winner Storm The Stars and the Richard Hannon-trained Proposed complete the six-strong field.

Four of the six – Hans Holbein, First Empire, Storm The Stars and Proposed - hold entries in the Investec Derby. Meanwhile Avenir Certain is to sidestep a visit to Royal Ascot in favour of taking up an engagement on French Oaks day.

Last year’s French 1000 Guineas and Oaks heroine could only finish seventh on her reappearance in the Group Two Prix du Muguet at Saint-Cloud on Friday, after suffering trouble in running at a critical stage of the mile race.

Although the four-year-old holds entries in both the Queen Anne Stakes and the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, connections are keen to keep her in France for a shot at a Group Three mile event on June 14.

Sylvain Vidal, racing manager to part-owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, said: “We were a little bit disappointed with her run on Friday, but being in the number one stall was no good for her. Everything went wrong for her, so we have to have forget that race.

“She will now go for a Group Three mile race on French Oaks day on June 14. She needed to race better than that to go for Royal Ascot or Newmarket.


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