Chester Vase Preview (2.35): David to deliver

Irish raiders Call To Battle and David Livingston look the pair to concentrate on, and the latter is taken to land the spoils at 11/4.

Aidan O’Brien’s charge has always been held in high regard and put up his best performance as a juvenile on heavy going at the Curragh when making all to beat Akeed Mofeed in the Group 2 Beresford Stakes

He showed good battling qualities to hold on by 1/2 a length, and the pair pulled 9 1/2 lengths clear of the third.

That looks strong form and the son of Galileo was sent off 7/4 favourite on the back of it to make a winning reappearance in the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown last month.

However he looked badly in need of the race beforehand, and ran as such to finish 5th of 7 to Light Heavy.

The aggressive attacks employed in the Beresford where not employed, and after being held up off the pace in fourth for most of the contest he couldn’t quicken when push came to shove and kept on at the one pace to be beaten 5 3/4 lengths under tender handling.

He finished just over three lengths behind his main rival Call To Battle who came second, but I expect him to reverse the placings with that run under his belt.

To me he looked sure to come on a ton for the run, and the step up in trip to 1m 4f is what he has been crying out for.

I can think connections will revert to the attacking tactics that have seen him to best effect, and given his proven ability to handle the ground he is going to take some pegging back for a trainer who boats a 33% strike rate at the track and saddled last year’s winner Treasure Beach.

John Oxx’s Call To Battle is clearly the main danger in my book, and there was lots to like about the way he stayed on to be runner-up in the Ballysax.

He looks sure to win plenty of races judged on that effort, and he should have no problems with conditions having landed both his successes as a juvenile on soft.

Its easy to understand why the bookmakers make him favourite to confirm the Ballysax form  if the race is taken at face value, but to me O’Brien had left plenty to work on with David Livingston and his runners often improve significantly for their first outing.

The selection also had far stronger form as a juvenile, and looks the better value of the pair at the odds on offer.

Daily Sport recommended bet: 4pts win David Livingston (11/4 Hills – BOG)

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