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  • 15:20 Investec Derby Trial 1m 2f 18y

  • (Conditions Race) £50,000 added 3yo 6 ran
  • Winner £31,125 2nd £9,320 3rd £4,660 4th £2,330
  • Going: Heavy
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 22.00s
  • Off time: 15:26:53

Gelded Goldoni claims Trial

Plenty to look forward to - although not the Derby

Last Updated: 25/04/12 6:34pm

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Goldoni: Can't attempt to follow in the hoofprints of Pour Moi

Goldoni: Can't attempt to follow in the hoofprints of Pour Moi

Andrew Balding's Goldoni won the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom on Wednesday.

The winner of the ten furlong Derby Trial was guaranteed a wild-card entry into June's Blue Riband event but that option will not be open to the winner who is already gelded.

That won't concern connections as there was a valuable prize on offer for the race itself and the 15-2 chance continued the good form of the Kingsclere stable when pulling a length and three quarters clear of Mister Music after a good duel under the stands' side rail.

Balding believes his charge has a bright future and he will accordingly aim him at the top races.

Saves Money

"It saves Investec some money," said Balding.

"He was a pretty useful horse anyway but he has improved a lot for being gelded and should have a good season. He'll probably run in the Lingfield Derby Trial now and then the King Edward VII at Royal Ascot."

Favourite Cameron Highland failed to handle the soft ground and could only finish almost four lengths further back in third with Aidan O'Brien's runner, Thomasgainsborough, fourth.

Roger Varian said of Cameron Highland: "He travelled well but it was just the ground. We'll need to see how he is, but there's not much time left to go for another Derby trial and we might end up going down the handicap route."

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