Lingfield Park

  • 14:55 betfred.com Derby Trial Stakes 1m 3f 106y

  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 30.68s
  • Off time: 14:55:18
14:55 Lingfield Park Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Snow Sky 5/1
2nd Hartnell 12/1
3rd Sudden Wonder (IRE) 6/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 11114- Dark Blue Mekong River (IRE) 182
3 9-3 b A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 110 3/14.00
2 (3) 1- Pink Blue Hussar (IRE) 188
3 9-0 A P O'Brien R L Moore 7/24.50
3 (9) 216-3 Emerald Green, Red stripe, halved sleeves, Emerald Green and Red striped cap Double Bluff (IRE) 29
3 9-0 M Johnston J Fanning 97 14/115.00
4 (4) 12113-5 DARK GREEN, RED cap, DARK GREEN diamond Hartnell 17
Beaten Favourite
3 9-0 M Johnston W Buick 99 12/113.00
5 (8) 32-1 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Munjaz 24
3 9-0 J H M Gosden P Hanagan 91 7/18.00
6 (2) 2221-4 Light Blue and Red diamonds, Light Blue sleeves, Red cap, Light Blue diamond Red Galileo 15
3 9-0 E A L Dunlop Andrea Atzeni 92 20/121.00
7 (5) 5119-4 Red, white star, red sleeves, white stars, gold cap Signposted (IRE) 17
3 9-0 A M Balding David Probert 99 16/117.00
8 (7) 3418-2 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Snow Sky 29
3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute Jim Crowley 97 5/16.00
9 (6) 421-1 Royal blue Sudden Wonder (IRE) 23
3 9-0 C Appleby M Barzalona 105 6/17.00

Verdict

Aidan O'Brien won the Derby trial at Chester during the week and landed this race last year with Nevis. He has a strong hand today with Mekong River just preferred to maiden winner Blue Hussar. The former lost his unbeaten record in a Group 1 in France in November and is penalised for an earlier Listed win at Leopardstown. SUDDEN WONDER returned to action with victory in a valuable sales race over 1m2f at Headquarters last month and Charlie Appleby's colt looks capable of even better over this longer trip. He may have the edge on Newbury runner-up Snow Sky, who finished ahead of Red Galileo, and also the Newmarket maiden winner Munjaz. Hartnell is pretty exposed and it could be significant that Joe Fanning prefers stablemate Double Bluff, who is closely matched with Snow Sky on Newbury running. Signposted ran well for fourth in the Epsom Derby Trial and may also get involved in a wide-open contest.