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Lingfield Derby Trial Preview – Saturday 11th May

Last updated: May 9, 2019 by Leon Marshal

Lingfield stages important Classic trials for the Derby and Oaks this Saturday as the build-up to Epsom gathers pace. The £60,000 Lingfield Derby Trial has not produced an Epsom Derby winner since High Rise in 1998. Other horses to go on to Classic glory include Slip Anchor (1985) and Kahyasi (1988). Kew Gardens finished runner-up last year to Knight To Behold and later won the St Leger for Aidan O’Brien.

Head on shot of horses at Lingfiedl


O’Brien relies on Anthony Van Dyck at Lingfield

Aidan O’Brien has won the Lingfield Derby Trial on four previous occasions and is represented by Anthony Van Dyck on Saturday. The Ballydoyle trainer has his usual plethora of three-year-old colts to consider for Epsom. The standard was set in the Chester Vase earlier in the week when Sir Dragonet stormed to victory. He still needs to be supplemented for the Derby but it will take something extraordinary to better that performance.

Anthony Van Dyck tops the ratings here by a clear margin, a son of Galileo out of a mare by Exceed And Excel. He won the Group 2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh in August before finishing second to Quorto in the Group 1 National Stakes.

It was no disgrace to finish third to Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst Stakes next time and he can be excused his end-of-season defeat in the Breeders’ Cup. He is currently as short as 12-1 for the Derby so is clearly held in high regard and looks a worthy favourite this weekend.


Mosse booked for Cap Francais at Lingfield

Gerald Mosse has a fine record in the UK and he teams up with Cap Francais, trained by Ed Walker. He won novice races at Salisbury and Haydock last Autumn and stepped up to listed class for the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom last month. He ran on strongly behind Cape Of Good Hope to be beaten only half a length. The winner is not regarded as one of O’Brien’s leading colts and he needs to improve again to feature here.

Hollie Doyle rides Nate The Great for Archie Watson, a son of Nathaniel out of a Dubawi mare. His only previous victories have been at Carlisle and Musselburgh but he did put up some good placed efforts at Ascot and Newmarket. He was last seen finishing third to Norway in the ten furlong Zetland Stakes in October.

Pablo Escobarr won a Goodwood maiden for William Haggas in September and was narrowly beaten at Bath on his reappearance. Roger Varian’s Three Comets was beaten by Manuela De Vega in a listed race at Pontefract in October. The winner was second in the Cheshire Oaks this week and is Epsom bound.

Andrew Balding’s Ranch Hand is unbeaten after two starts but takes a huge step up from winning a novice auction race on the all-weather at Southwell. Severance is also going up in grade after making all the running to win by 7 lengths at Haydock. He is one of the few who is guaranteed to stay the mile and a half.

Eagles By Day has a similar profile having routed a field of maidens at Salisbury by the same margin. That was a big improvement on his previous effort when beaten at odds-on at Wolverhampton. Themaxwecan was runner-up to Technician at Leicester last month but that horse was well beaten at Chester on Wednesday.

Side view of horses racing

Betting Tips

Anthony Van Dyck @5-4 William Hill

The Lingfield Derby Trial is due off at 2.30 on Saturday 11th May and will be televised live on ITV4.