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Epsom Downs

  • 14:30 Investec Derby Trial 1m 2f 18y

  • (Conditions Race) (Plus 10) £50,000 added 3yo 7 ran
  • Winner £31,125 2nd £9,320 3rd £4,660 4th £2,330
  • Going: Soft (Good to Soft in places)
  • Surface: Turf
  • Winning time: 2m 18.97s
  • Off time: 14:31:03

Epsom Investec Derby Trial Wednesday April 20 report

Last Updated: 20/04/16 6:22pm

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Do Mi Dar (right), ridden by Frankie Dettori, comes home to win the Investec Derby Trial

Do Mi Dar (right), ridden by Frankie Dettori, comes home to win the Investec Derby Trial

So Mi Dar (3/1) beat the boys to win the Investec Derby Trial and she's among the favourites for the Investec Oaks.

John Gosden's filly had won her sole start as a juvenile and returned to produce a thoroughly taking performance, holding off the staying-on Humphrey Bogart (12/1) without Frankie Dettori being able to ask her a serious question, the rider having dropped his whip just over a furlong out.

Heavily-backed favourite Claudio Monteverdi was eased when beaten having briefly taken up the running and eventually finished a distant fourth, with Viren's Army taking third.

Gosden said: "We are delighted with her. She was a little gassy and Frankie dropped her out and settled her in. She came there nicely but then Frankie threw his whip away three out which was a very good idea as I did not want him to hit her. She took up the running well but was idling in front, which I took as a good sign, and he rode her out hands and heels.

"We are thrilled with her and came here to see how she would handle the track. She has handled the track well and with a bit of luck we will go to the Musidora and then hopefully come back for the Investec Oaks. The ground is soft enough today and she will be better on better ground.

"Frankie said she was idling in front, rather than running out of stamina. Her mother stayed well and Dubawi seems to get them to do anything.

"Investec are great sponsors and we are lucky to have them. They deserve all the support we can give them because they support us a lot.

"I could not get a handicap mark for this filly until yesterday, 81, after I had declared for this race and I stayed on the course we had determined. We had planned this for a bit.

"I think we will stick with the Investec Oaks, though I don't have a Golden Horn for the Investec Derby this year."

Dettori was also suitably impressed and felt there could be more improvement to come.

He said: "I rode her in some work the other day and she gave me a good feel. It was a big task, taking on the colts, but she is very neat and compact.

"She just run a touch green three out but at the two-pole I had them covered, then I lost my whip.

"Once in front she idled a bit but she still had something left.

"If I could have given her a back-hander I could have pulled away. She is a quick learner and a good traveller.

"She is entitled to be there (Musidora) and I think there is more to come from her."

All the money pre-race had been for Claudio Monteverdi, who started odds-on having been available at odds-against earlier in the day, and things looked to be going well for jockey Ryan Moore as he settled just behind the pace-setting Beaverbrook.

As Top Beak challenged the leader on the outside turning for home, a gap emerged for the favourite and he briefly hit the front despite having engaged in a barging match with the eventual third.

However, all the time So Mi Dar was finding her stride on the outer and when she began to pass those in front of her, it soon became clear that the sole remaining danger came from behind as the held-up Humphrey Bogart ate up the ground.

But despite Dettori losing his whip, the beautifully-bred daughter of Dubawi was able to hold on by a neck, promising to improve again for the experience.

Sky Bet cut the winner to 10/1 from 14s for the Oaks. Spokesman Michael Shinners said: "That was a really nice performance from a filly with huge potential and she's now joint second favourite for the Oaks.

"So Mi Dar overcame one or two issues, not least inexperience, to hold off a battle-hardened colt who had the benefit of a recent run and she's clearly in the right hands to be produced spot-on in June."

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