Anthony Van Dyck 7/1 for Investec Derby after Lingfield win

Anthony Van Dyck is clear under Ryan Moore
Anthony Van Dyck is clear under Ryan Moore

Anthony Van Dyck is 7/1 with Sky Bet for the Investec Derby following a fluent win in the RaceBets Derby Trial at Lingfield.

Ryan Moore was always travelling comfortably aboard Aidan O'Brien's charge, sent off the 2/1 favourite, and drew alongside leader Pablo Escobar (6/1) approaching the final furlong.

He soon asserted and went on to score by two-and-a-quarter lengths with Nate The Great (16/1) a further length-and-three-quarters away in third.

Moore told ITV Racing: "I was very happy with him, he was very smooth and travelled beautifully all the way. He took me there very comfortably. Aidan said he'd probably slightly need the run today and for me he had a little blow two out but once I got hold of him he's gone and done what he had to do.

"He''s always had a marvellous attitude and ran some smashing races last season over seven furlongs. We always felt he'd stay further. He's a nice horse to have and I think he'll improve for the run."

The Ballydoyle team also have Sir Dragonet, Japan and Broome towards the top of the Investec Derby market and the jockey added: "There's a lot to sort through - and more races to come too."

Paul Smith, son of joint-owner Derrick Smith, said: "Aidan has got them in great form and they are running very well.

"Ryan was delighted with him there and said he gave him a nice feel. He is a classy horse, as you know from his juvenile days. He travelled well and he gave him a lovely feel. He will come on for the run and we are delighted with him.

"There were a few ones in there and we hadn't run since Churchill Downs last year, so no doubt he will come on nicely. He is a classy horse. He would be up in the pecking order."

Sky Bet Racing PR Manager Michael Shinners said: "The vibes weren't particularly strong for Anthony Van Dyck heading into Lingfield but he produced a very professional performance. There was a lot to like and it will be fascinating to see how Broome and Japan fare over the next few days before the Ballydoyle team finalise their Investec Derby team."

A trip to Epsom may be on the agenda for the winner, but plans remain fluid for the runner-up according to his trainer William Haggas.

He said: "I thought he ran a good race. Very solid, very genuine. The winner was better. He ran a good race at Bath. He is a good galloping horse and he run a solid race against a good winner. We will have a word and see what they think going forward."


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