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  • Nevis Secures Lingfield Trial

Betfred Derby Trial Stakes (Listed) 1m 3f 106y

  • (3yo, 1m 3f 106y, Class 1, 4 runners)
  • Winner £35,520 2nd £13,434 3rd £6,714 4th £3,354
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 40.09s
  • Off time: 14:55:26
  • Last Updated: May 11 2013, 15:52 BST

Nevis (4/9f) made light work of his rivals following the late withdrawal of Greatwood ahead of the Lingfield Derby trial.

Nevis wins under Ryan Moore
Nevis wins under Ryan Moore

With the ground officially changed to soft, the decision to withdraw the likely market leader was made but Aidan O'Brien's colt wasn't aware of the circumstances and he duly slammed his three rivals by an easy nine lengths.

Elidor plugged to be a remote second with Pasaka third.

Kevin Buckley, Coolmore's UK representative, said of the winner: "The ground changing wasn't ideal, but he had travelled a long way and there was no point not running.

"He handled it OK, and he won decisively.

"It will be up to Aidan what he does once he has seen the rest of the trials."

Luca Cumani said of Greatwood: "We didn't run because of the ground and he will either go for the Dante and then the Derby, or the old Predominate at Goodwood then miss the Derby and go to Royal Ascot."

Sky Bet cut the winnner into 25/1 from 40/1 for the Investec Derby.

Sky Bet's Richard Horner said: "After the defection of Greatwood, Nevis was left with little to beat but he did it will and may well be one of the Ballydoyle battalion heading to Epsom to take on Dawn Approach. However, he's unlikely to be the first string if Battle of Marengo does his stuff tomorrow and a place may be his best hope."

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