05/05/2003 11:00PM

Dutch Gold wires Chester Vase


Dutch Gold led throughout under Frankie Dettori to score a mild 6-1 upset in the Group 3 Chester Vase at Chester Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on Tuesday.

Trained by Clive Brittain, Dutch Gold, a Kentucky-bred son of Lahib, was a handy six-length winner over Summerland in the Chester Vase, a 1 1/2-mile, 66-yard Epsom Derby prep. Risk Taker, the 6-5 choice, was third in the four-runner field, 11 lengths behind the winner, who was timed in 2:35.85 on good ground.

Dutch Gold, whose only previous victory had been in a 1 1/4-mile maiden race on the Lingfield all-weather track in March, could go for both the Italian Derby on May 25 and the Epsom Derby on June 7.

* On Thursday, Rainwashed Gold heads a field of Epsom Derby candidates in the 1 1/4-mile, 75-yard Dee Stakes. Newly promoted to Group 3 status this year, the Dee will lack the presence of Pretence, whom trainer Jeremy Noseda has declared out of the Belmont Stakes because of a minor setback.

At Longchamp on Thursday, Coroner has an outstanding chance in a subpar renewal of the 1 1/2-mile Group 2 Prix Hocquart. Second to Super Celebre in the Prix Noailles on April 6, the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Coroner can confirm his French Derby credentials with a victory over seven rivals.