By Simon Jackson at Epsom Downs.
Christophermarlowe was cut into 16-1 from 33-1 for the Investec Derby (Paddy Power) after an emphatic victory in the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom Downs on Wednesday.
The John Gosden-trained colt travelled well for Frankie Dettori throughout the £50,000 Class 2 contest, racing close to the pace for the bulk of the 10 furlong journey before quickening to score by four lengths.
The success leaves the son of Tapit unbeaten in three starts after wins at Sandown and Epsom last season and could contest the Derby if all goes well in the next few weeks.
“One and a half miles will be his game and we will see how we go,” Gosden said. “He will have one more run [before June 6]. It could be at Chester or maybe it could be at the Breakfast With The Stars (where potential Derby runners work at Epsom on May 26 ahead of the Derby).
Dettori, who won the Derby on Authorized in 2007, believes that Christophermarlowe possesses the ‘ingredients’ that are necessary for a Derby contender.
“He is a very legitimate galloper and is very well balanced,” Dettori said immediately after the victory.
“He has passed the first test in flying colours. He has the right ingredients. We know he likes the track and we know that he will stay.”
The Derby Trial was followed by the £50,000 Investec City and Suburban Stakes which was won by the Andrew Balding-trained Collaboration.
The four-year-old’s victory in the race – which was also a Class 2, 10 furlong event – followed a likeable win on his comeback at Windsor earlier this month.
“He won well enough at Windsor on very different ground conditions,” Balding said after his charge scored by three and a half lengths for David Probert. “I was a little bit worried about the ground and was impressed with the way he quickened today.
“He had a breathing operation over winter and a proper winter off. The ability is there.”
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