The MBNA Chester Vase dates back to 1907 and serves as a trial for the Epsom Derby and St Leger at Doncaster. The distance of this Group 3 race serves the same trip as the Derby at one-and-a-half-miles or 1m 4f 66 yards and is open to 3-year-old colts and geldings only.
This prestigious race is one of the jewels in Chester’s racing crown and has amounted some fantastic stories over the years since its inception.
In 1981 Shergar, owned by Aga Khan, won in spectacular fashion, leaving his rivals trailing 12 lengths behind at the finish. Shergar went on to enjoy Epsom glory the following month, delighting spectators with a 10-length success in the classic race. Predecessor Henbit also did the double in 1980, but Shergar stunned the racing world when he was kidnapped two years after his double, never to be seen again.
To present day and the prospects of 2017. The Roodee will roar with delight when the runners take their opportunity to land this early-season prize. Who will take the crown from 2016’s triumphant US Army Ranger, who stormed Port Douglas for the coveted first place finish?
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The MBNA Chester Vase Honour Roll:
2016 – US Army Ranger – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
2015 – Hans Holbein – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
2014 – Orchestra – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien
2013 – Ruler Of The World – jockey Ryan Moore, trainer Aidan O’Brien