By Simon Jackson.
Snow Sky is as short as 14-1 for the Investec Derby after winning the Listed betfred.com Derby Trial at Lingfield, but has yet to be confirmed as a definite runner for Epsom on June 7.
The son of Nayef impressed with the manner of his victory on Saturday under replacement rider Jim Crowley, who was called in to cover for the injured James Doyle.
The Prince Khalid Abdullah-owned colt chased the leaders until challenging at the top of the straight and asserted a furlong out. The 5-1 shot ran on well to finish two lengths ahead of Hartnell, with Sudden Wonder half a length further back in third place.
“I think we have got to sit down and give it [Investec Derby] good consideration now,” Prince Khalid’s racing manager, Teddy Grimthorpe, said of the colt who had finished second to Derby hope Western Hymn at his previous start at Newbury last month.
“I am sure Sir Michael will want to talk to the Prince and see what he wants to do, but it is a happy position to be in.”
Stoute later said (Sky News report): “We’re very pleased with that. He ran a very nice race initially at Newbury and he’s progressed since.
“We knew the extra distance would suit him and he handled the track well and couldn’t have done it more nicely. He’s got a great mind.
“Teddy has to speak to the Prince, but I’d like to see the Dante [at York on Thursday] before committing him.”
Earlier, the Oaks Trial was won by Honour Bound, who will need to be supplemented if she is to run in the Investec Oaks at Epsom on June 6.
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