Venice Beach threw his hat into the Derby ring along with Wings Of Eagles who ran an eyecatching race in second, just failing to reel in the winner who had first run on him
AIDAN O’BRIEN continued his domination on the Roodee as Venice Beach led home a 1-2-3 for the Ballydoyle maestro in the Chester Vase.
It was O’Brien’s eighth win in the race and his fifth in a row as both the winner Venice Beach and eye-catching runner-up Wings Of Eagles entered the Derby picture.
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The Anvil came home third to complete the clean sweep for O’Brien.
Winning jockey Moore said: “I thought it was a very good performance from a lightly-raced colt.
“We are still learning an awful lot about him.
“He picked up and he won his race. He’s still learning about it and it’s still early days for him.
“He has a beautiful pedigree and he has a good brain.
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“I don’t know what the plans are but he’s certainly a colt with plenty of potential.”
O’Brien added: “I’m delighted with him (Venice Beach).
“We knew that he stays a mile and a half. He’s a little bit lazy and a little bit babyish, that’s why we felt it would be important to bring him here.
“He’s a good bit to learn, but Ryan was very happy with him.
“You learn a lot at this place – a lot of stuff happens very quickly. You have to make room, it can be tight and you have to stay as well.
“The lads will talk about that (the Derby) and decide what they want to do in the next week or 10 days.
“He’s a horse that gets a mile and a half and handles quick ground and we think he’ll improve.”
Of runner-up Wings Of Eagles, O’Brien said: “I’m delighted with him as well. We liked him last year and he had a lovely run in France – he was back a bit (ninth in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud) but it was a lovely run.
“If he was going to be ready for the Derby, he needed to run and he travelled well and settled well.”