Rascal bounces into Derby picture
William Haggas is delighted to have Young Rascal in the picture for next month's Derby at Epsom after his impressive Chester Vase win.
The Newmarket trainer won the great race with Shaamit all the way back in 1996 and he feels his Chester scorer is entitled to have claims of his own Classic success.
It's about time I had another chance in the Derby.William Haggas
Flag Of Honour was the pacesetter as the Chester Vase field turned for home, seemingly teeing the race up for his Aidan O'Brien-trained stablemate Hunting Horn.
The likes of Ispolini and Young Rascal were on their heels turning for home on the Roodee and, despite some traffic problems, in-form rider James Doyle got his colt into daylight and he pounced for a half-length success.
Haggas felt the rewards for his win would be two-fold, with invaluable race experience not underrated.
"That was why we came here, to get two races in one. He did well to win, as a few things went against him," said the Newmarket handler.
"He's got a bit to offer, it's hard for a horse who has only run once at two, they've got to learn quick. This is not a straightforward track, he's a green horse and he had plenty to overcome, so with that in mind he's doing well."
Young Rascal is now 7/1 to win the Epsom Derby, while O'Brien's 2,000 Guineas winner Saxon Warrior is trading at 1/1 following his Newmarket success and Hunting Horn is 555/1 for Ballydoyle after finishing third at Chester.
Haggas says he won't duck the challenge of facing Saxon Warrior in the Derby.
"The Derby favourite (Saxon Warrior) looks pretty impressive, but you should never be scared of one horse and we're entitled to run," he added. "To now head there with hopefully half a chance is nice.
"It's about time I had another chance in the Derby. It's a long time since Shaamit, I haven't had many runners and Storm The Stars was third so we'll see on the day if this lad is fast enough."
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