Stoute’s Sky Lands Trial
By Dean Ryan
Snow Sky proved way too good for his rivals in the Betfred.com Lingfield Derby Trial on Saturday afternoon. Ridden by replacement pilot Jim Crowley, who stood in for James Doyle, the Sir Michael Stoute trained charge travelled and quickened away from his rivals with little fuss to record a 2 length success.
Second went to Hartnell for Mark Johnston with Charlie Appleby’s Sudden Wonder third best but the winner looked in little danger throughout and is now as short as 16/1 for the Epsom Derby. Stoute was not committed to any plans just yet however “we’ll have to speak with the owner, he is in the Derby and the King Edward and I wouldn’t want to commit until I speak to the man who pays the bills!”
On the same card the Oaks Trail went to a familiar trainer in Ralph Beckett who had previously run his best candidates for Epsom in the race, must notably Secret Gesture and Look Here in recent times. However the win for 12/1 shot, Honor Bound was not expected and the trainer was on hand to confirm that the filly wasn’t already entered and wouldn’t be supplemented for the Classic.
Picture – John Walton/PA Wire
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