Wirko can deny O’Brien a 10th Vase victory on Chester’s opening day | Greg Wood

By: Greg Wood Wednesday 5 May 2021

The selection earned his place in the Derby field with his win in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom last time

Gardeners across the country have welcomed the recent rain but the timing could not have been worse at Chester, where softening ground has prompted Aidan O’Brien to scratch his two runners in the Chester Vase on Wednesday, the feature event on the opening afternoon of the track’s May Festival.

The absence of Sir Lamorak, a 16-1 chance for the Derby at Epsom next month, is the big disappointment and leaves Sandhurst, who was eight lengths behind the 2,000 Guineas runner-up Master Of The Seas in the Craven Stakes last time, as the trainer’s only runner as he looks for a seventh win in the Vase in the past eight years, and his 10th in all.

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Chester 1.45 Devious Angel 2.15 Dubai Fountain 2.45 Army Of India 3.15 Wirko 3.45 Uncle Jumbo (nap) 4.15 Kingsofthemidlands 4.45 National League

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