Derby Hopeful's On Trial At Goodwood

With the Investec Derby less than three weeks away Goodwood's Wednesday card features one of the last opportunities for a potential top class middle distance performer to emerge.

Most of the Derby Trials have now been run and the make up of this year’s historic race is now a lot clearer, but there is still time for a credible contender to enter the mix.

It is a long time since Goodwood provided a Derby Trial winner that went on to success at Epsom.

In fact, it is over thirty years since a Derby winner went to Epsom via Goodwood.

The horse in question was Troy back in 1979, and it will be a minor miracle if any horse running at Goodwood tomorrow goes on to achieve a fraction of what Dick Hern’s champion accomplished.

The Cocked Hat Stakes has attracted a field of nine but only four hold a Derby entry, with Rashaad and Waseet the most likely to contest the big race.

Both horses are owned by Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum but need to improve on what they have so far achieved, which is reflected in their Epsom odds of 100/1.

The John Dunlop-trained Waseet trailed in last behind Chabal in the Bet365 Classic Trial, and the owners’ racing manager Angus Gold revealed: " He was disappointing at Sandown. He ran too keen and didn’t get home for whatever reason. Mr Dunlop says he’s fine, so we’ll see how he goes tomorrow."

As regards Rashaad Gold stated: " He’s still in the Derby but whether he is going to scale those lofty heights is another matter, but he’s a progressive horse and is an improving three-year-old.

" I’m sure he’ll be a nice horse for us. We just have to work out at what level."

The Aidan O’Brien trained St Nicholas Abbey is currently a top price 2/1 for Epsom glory with Bet365 , Paddy Power and Ladbrokes