Chester: Millenary bags Vase.
Nothing can be taken for granted Adj. 1. taken for granted - evident without proof or argument; "an axiomatic truth"; "we hold these truths to be self-evident"
obvious - easily perceived by the senses or grasped by the mind; "obvious errors" round Chester's tight turns, and Ian Balding's praise for Kieren Fallon Kieren Francis Fallon (born February 22 1965 in Crusheen, County Clare, Ireland) is a flat racing jockey and has been British Champion Jockey six times. He is widely regarded as one of the finest flat race jockeys ever. came back to haunt him yesterday when Kingsclere finished a desperately unlucky fifth behind John Dunlop's Millenary in the Victor Chandler Chester Vase The Chester Vase is a Group 3 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings run over a distance of 1 mile 4 furlongs and 66 yards (2,474 metres) at Chester Racecourse in May.
The race was first run in 1907. , writes Graham Cunningham.
The Fairy King colt, sent off 3-1 favourite to follow up his pillar-to-post win in the Easter Stakes The Easter Stakes is a Listed flat horse race in the United Kingdom for three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run over a distance of 1 mile at Kempton Park Racecourse, usually on the Saturday of Easter weekend, in March or April. at Kempton, was settled in rear by Fallon in order to aid his chances of staying the extra half-mile.
However, the tactics back-fired in a race run at a steady pace, with Kingsclere checked in his run repeatedly from the home turn as Millenary swept through on the outside under Pat Eddery Patrick James John Eddery, known as Pat Eddery (born 18 March, 1952 in County Kildare) is an Irish former flat racing jockey.
He began his career in 1967 and rode over 4,500 winners, including three wins in the Epsom Derby, and was Champion Jockey on eleven occasions, to beat Windsor Boy half a length.
With the first six covered by less than four lengths, the result made only minor ripples in the Derby betting.
Millenary was cut from
66-1 to 25-1 by the Tote, but Ladbrokes saw no reason to change their quote of 40-1 and also offer Kingsclere at the same price.
Hills reported support for Millenary's stablemate Noun 1. stablemate - a horse stabled with another or one of several horses owned by the same person
Equus caballus, horse - solid-hoofed herbivorous quadruped domesticated since prehistoric times Sakhee and trimmed the Thresher Classic Trial winner to 20-1 (from 25), but Robert Hamilton, representing Dunlop, advised punters to hold their Derby bets.
He said: "Millenary was impressive enough for a big, gangly gan·gly
adj. gan·gli·er, gan·gli·est
[Alteration of gangling.]
Adj. 1. horse who hasn't had much racing, but we also have Three Points running here in the Dee Stakes on Thursday and then Sakhee in the Dante at York next week."
Balding, who had earlier described Fallon as "a master" for the way he extricated ex·tri·cate
tr.v. ex·tri·cat·ed, ex·tri·cat·ing, ex·tri·cates
1. To release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage.
2. Archaic To distinguish from something related. Nicobar from a poor position to land the extended seven-furlong handicap, took Kingsclere's reverse with good grace, but was left to rue the decision to stay on the inner swinging for home.
He said: "I'm afraid it happens here all the time, but there's no doubt he was dead unlucky and I'm sure he would have won if Kieren had come round the outside as he had on Nicobar.
"We'll have a good think about what to do next, but it's possible Kingsclere will have another run before the Derby, and the Predominate Stakes at Goodwood is a possibility for him."
Barry Hills, though satisfied with the way Tantalus plugged on to finish third, is in no rush to commit to Epsom just yet.
"He ran very well, but after taking a gulp two out he didn't quite pick up as well as he can.
"It's a long way to Epsom," he added, "and his owner Prince Khalid has several other possible Derby contenders."