Wonder puts Oaks credentials on display
Published 05/05/2011 | 05:00
CHESTER'S opening day saw Grand National winner Donald McCain take the training plaudits, closely followed by Aidan O'Brien.
McCain's Overturn (11/2) managed to avoid seeing a rival for more than two circuits of the Chester Cup. Eddie Ahern sent his mount into a clear lead from the start and finished a length and three quarters in front of persistent pursuer Tastahil.
"I didn't think I'd get as easy lead as I did, but I got him away quickly and from there on in he did it all himself," Ahern said.
O'Brien, meanwhile, has a live Epsom Oaks candidate in Wonder Of Wonders (6/5 fav), whose part-owner Michael Tabor gave his filly approval for the Classic after she showed great potential in the Cheshire Oaks.
The close relation of Galileo and Sea The Stars showed a willing attitude for Ryan Moore in the home straight to zip past the runaway leader Blaise Chorus.
"Why wouldn't you go for the Oaks now? That will be the next run for her unless Aidan has other ideas, and I doubt that," said Tabor.
Wonder Of Wonders is biggest with totesport, Blue Square and Paddy Power at 10/1 for the fillies Classic.
Lily's Angel (7/4 fav) had few problems taking her unbeaten record to three in the Manor House Stables Lily Agnes Conditions Stakes, seeing off Marford Missile by a length and three quarters.
Trainer Richard Fahey reported his recent Ascot winner Miss Work Of Art had beaten Lily's Angel in a gallop a few days earlier and said: "At the moment she (Miss Work Of Art) looks special, but hopefully they might both end up at Royal Ascot."
Fahey's jockey Paul Hanagan added another when Doctor Parkes (10/1) rectified an unlucky eighth 12 months ago in the Stellar Group Handicap.