Blue Square Bet Winter Derby Trial Stakes (Listed) 1m 2f
- (4yo+, 1m 2f, Class 1, 9 runners)
- Winner £20,983 2nd £7,955 3rd £3,981 4th £1,983 5th £995 6th £500
- Going: Standard
- Surface: Polytrack
- Winning time: 2m 1.20s
- Off time: 15:05:48
Dubawi Phantom 14
|6||126 9-0 b||D C Griffiths||J Fanning||79||66/1|
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 14
|9||126 9-0||M E Rimmer||S Sanders||99||14/1|
Marcret (ITY) 175
|6||126 9-0 t1||M Botti||J P Spencer||109||10/1|
Planteur (IRE) 185
|6||126 9-0||M Botti||A Kirby||121||2/5f|
Tepmokea (IRE) 6
|7||126 9-0||Mrs K Burke||S W Kelly||90||40/1|
Harry Buckle 7
|4||125 8-13||P J McBride||David Probert||88||10/1|
|4||125 8-13 t||C E Brittain||Freddie Tylicki||98||20/1|
Tinshu (IRE) 28
|7||121 8-9 p||D Haydn Jones||William Carson||94||16/1|
Arsaadi (IRE) 175
|4||120 8-8||W J Haggas||Adam Beschizza||102||7/1|
||4||8-13||Tom Dascombe||R Kingscote||3/1|
Marco Botti won this in 2010 with Group 1 winner Gitano Hernando and PLANTEUR is hard to oppose in this year's renewal. The former Prix Ganay winner doesn't look quite good enough at the highest level nowadays but was still capable of running within a length of Cirrus Des Aigles last season and is the one to beat on that form. Stablemate Marcret won the Group 3 Huxley Stakes at Chester last May but was well beaten in Turkey last time on the same card as the Group 2 race Arsaadi finished third later. The latter pair are a cut above the remaining handicappers with Emerald Wilderness and last year's runner-up Tinshu looking the best of those.
Planteur (IRE) 25-1 (9-5) Took keen hold, held up in rear, making headway between horses when badly hampered inside final 3f, ridden and weakened well over 1f out, 7th of 9, 20l behind Frankel (9-5) at York 1m 2f Grp 1 (1) gf in Aug.
Miblish 33-1 (9-7) Led, hard driven over 2f out, headed over 1f out, faded final furlong, 14th of 19, 11l behind Ahzeemah (9-2) at Ascot 1m 4f Handicap (Heritage) (3yo) (2) gf in Sep.
Tepmokea (IRE) (9-0) 6th of 14, 10l behind Russian Tango (8-11) at St Moritz(SWE) 1m 2f Grp 2.
Emerald Wilderness (IRE) 6-1 (9-6) Tracked winner, ridden 2f out, kept on one pace, 4th of 10, 1 3/4l behind Aquilonius (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.
Tinshu (IRE) 8-1 (9-6) Took keen hold, tracked leading pair, ridden 2f out, went 2nd briefly and edged left over 1f out, chased leaders until weakened inside final furlong, lost 2 places towards finish, 6th of 9, 3 1/2l behind Robin Hoods Bay (9-3) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-100 (2) pol in Jan.
Marcret (ITY) (9-6) 7th of 9, 12l behind Hunter's Light (9-6) at Veliefendi(TUR) 1m 2f Group 2 sks (1) pol in Sep.
Arsaadi (IRE) (8-12) 3rd of 9, 1l behind Rhythm Of Light (9-6) at Veliefendi(TUR) 1m Grp 2 flls (1) gd in Sep.
Harry Buckle 9-4fav (9-2) Made all, ridden 2f out, driven and all out, won at Lingfield 1m 4f hcp 0-85 (4) pol beating Saoi (9-5) by hd, 9 ran.
Dubawi Phantom 50-1 (8-7) Held up, ridden over 2f out, edged left over 1f out, stayed on towards finish, nearest finish, 5th of 10, 2 1/4l behind Aquilonius (8-9) at Lingfield 1m 2f hcp 0-95 (3) pol.