Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 09:55 18/05/2015
With confirmation that the impressive Betfred Dante Stakes winner Golden Horn is to be supplemented at a cost of £75,000 for the world's most famous Flat race on Saturday 6th June the Derby picture is looking a lot clearer following York's significant trial as the first three home in the Group 2 contest occupy, along with the Dermot Weld-trained Zawraq, the top four places in the ante-post market for the race, in which John Gosden's unbeaten colt is currently a best price 2-1 to follow up Benny The Dip's victory in 1997.
The Investec Oaks picture, however, is still in a case of flux due to the uncertainty regarding the participation of Qipco 1000 winner Legatissimo as well as several potential runners from the Aidan O'Brien stable, notably leading two-year-old filly Found who missed the Newmarket Classic following a minor setback before being beaten in a Curragh Group 3 earlier this month on her seasonal reappearance.
The stable's Diamondsandrubies ran out an impresive winner of Chester's Cheshire Oaks, although it is possible to pick holes in the value of the form, while York's Musidora saw Star Of Seville just outpoint Together Forever when in receipt of 4lb, so whether that effort can be confirmed at Epsom is open to question. But one horse who arguably posted the best trial for the fillies' Classic came in the shape of the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Crystal Zvezda in Newbury's Haras De Bouquetot Fillies' Trial Stakes on Saturday and at the 8-1 available with Sportingbet rates a fair bet to give the stable their third victory in the race following Fair Salinia in 1978 and Unite in 1987.
By top stallion Dubawi and out of the Stoute-trained Crystal Star, who found only Tante Rose too good in the 2003 Fred Darling Stakes, the lightly-raced filly will not fail on the strength of her pedigree and after winning her maiden comfortably on Lingfield's all-weather last October looked a high-class prospect on her three-year-old debut, producing a telling turn of foot to put distance between herself and some highly-regarded fillies in the Newbury Listed contest. The extra two furlongs of the Oaks should hold no fears for Crystal Zvezda who is a half sister to the Group 1 middle-distance winner Hillstar and, on her performance at the weekend, looks the one to beat on Friday 5th June.
1 Point each-way Crystal Zvezda 8-1 Sportingbet