Investec Derby Festival: Monumental Man set to return to Epsom to contest £100,000 Dash

Runners go down to the start on Derby Day 2014.

Runners go down to the start on Derby Day 2014.

By Simon Jackson.

Monumental Man, a winner at Epsom’s Spring Meeting, is set for a swift return to contest the £100,000 Investec Corporate Banking ‘Dash’ on Investec Derby Day, June 6.

The six-year-old is unbeaten in two starts over course and distance at Epsom Downs. He was far too good for his rivals at his most recent run, when scoring by three and three quarter lengths in a Class 3 at the first meeting of the season at the Surrey track in late April.

Trainer James Unett highlighted the Investec Dash as the main objective for his charge immediately after the victory. The Shropshire-based handler was hopeful that the decisive manner of the triumph would permit Monumental Man’s mark to go up enough to get into the race. Unett has got his wish as his charge has gone up 12lbs to 92.

“The Investec Corporate Banking Dash is the aim for Monumental Man,” Unett confirmed.

“He won in a very fast time the other day and is now unbeaten in two starts at Epsom. The handicapper has put him up 12lb to a mark of 92 and that should be high enough to get a run in the Dash. Historically, 92 would have got you a run in the last four renewals.

“He is off a career-high mark but it is all relative. He has paid the price for winning so well in a competitive handicap.

“Epsom seems to bring out the best in him and if he’s handicapped for Epsom then it is OK. Whether he is up to competing elsewhere off that mark is another thing.

“He has come out of his last run really well and he will go straight to Epsom now. We will do the same as we did last time and travel down the night before. All I need now is fast ground, a good draw and a tail wind!”

The Investec Derby Festival takes place on Friday June 5 and Saturday June 6.

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