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Knight To Behold in Derby Trial upset

  • Sun, 13 May 2018
  • AAP Turf

Knight To Behold has put himself in the frame for classic glory at Epsom with a dominant win over odds-on favourite Kew Gardens in the Lingfield Derby Trial overnight.

Richard Kingscote took the Harry Dunlop-trained colt straight to the front and he had an uncontested lead.

Knight To Behold was at least six lengths clear entering the straight and, hard as Ryan Moore tried to close the gap on the well-backed Aidan O'Brien-trained Kew Gardens (8-11), the 7-1 shot was still three and a quarter lengths ahead at the line.

The winner is now available at odds of around 16-1 about winning the Derby at Epsom on June 2.

"He looks a really exciting sort," Dunlop said. "He is bred to stay - that is the key factor. He was a horse that was always going to improve and we've loved him from day one. He is a wonderful mover.

"I think, and hope, he'll go to Epsom. I was there when Erhaab won for Dad (John Dunlop) and I was only two when Shirley Heights won.

"Seeing Ed (Dunlop, brother) win the Oaks with Ouija Board, it is just an incredible place. It is amazing and I've got to pinch myself."

In the Lingfield Oaks Trial, Nathaniel filly Perfect Clarity extended her unbeaten record to two out of two with a smooth come-from-behind win. She is now as low as 10-1 for the Oaks.

"She was always very nice and I'm just very pleased," trainer Clive Cox said. "We've just brought her along quietly and everything has been very good. I'm very happy.

"I'll talk to Bridget (Drew, part-owner) but I think we'll be Epsom bound now. She's balanced and it was nice to come here over a proper trip.

"She's still learning and I think with maturity she could be very special as she's got a bit of size and scope. There weren't too many Nathaniel first-time-out winners last year, and he's a wonderful sire. Clearly she's an exciting filly."