KNIGHT STORMS HOME IN DERBY TRIAL
14 May 2018
The Harry Dunlop trained KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (IRE) thoroughly
impressive with an unchallenged victory in Saturday’s Listed Derby Trial Stakes
at Lingfield. Chasing the pace until asserting a mile from home, the colt soon
went clear and although favourite Kew Gardens (IRE) did his best to narrow the
gap on turning for home, the winning margin could only be reduced to three
lengths and a quarter.
Beaten a nose on
debut last September, the son of Sea The Stars (IRE)won by a neck next time out,
but did not have the form one would expect to impressively win a Classic trial.
His trainer later verified this sentiment, saying, “Knight To Behold is a
funny horse and quite hard to gauge, but he's improved a lot from last year. He
was very babyish, but today he was up for it and you could do what you like
with him, which is the sign of a good horse. The Derby is certainly an option.
Mr Jones (owner Neil Jones) is keen on Royal Ascot as well, but I think the way
he won here you've got to have a go. I hope so anyway.”
Owner/breeder Neil Jones of Abergwaun Farms has had a lot of
luck with Irish stallions, the winner’s dam sired by Sadler’s Wells, as is her
brother, Epsom Derby third Let The Lion Roar. Jones also won the Derby Trial in
2005 with Kong (IRE), another son of Sadler’s Wells, while his first Group 1
win came courtesy of Preseli (IRE), a daughter of Caerleon, in the Pretty Polly
Stakes. Jones boards mares, including the dam of KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (IRE), at the
Grassick family’s Newtown Stud.