Novibet Oaks Trial Fillies' Stakes
Fillies' Listed, Lingfield 14:15
£40,000 added,
3yo only,
1m 3f 106y, Class 1   
Saturday 8th May 2021

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1 Sherbet Lemon 28/1
2 Save A Forest 12/1
3 Ocean Road 4/1
8 ran NR: Invite Distances: ¾l, 1l, nk
Time: 2m 40.99s (slow by 14.19s)

Sherbet Lemon caused a shock when winning at 28/1.

Archie Watson’s grey daughter of Lemon Drop Kid came with a late run to edge a bunched finish on the soft ground over the extended 1m3f.

Fourth last time behind Noon Star at Wetherby, she managed to reverse that form with runner-up Loving Dream who finished fifth here after making most of the running.

Save A Forest also ran on from the back for second, with Ocean Road, who travelled best of all on the inside, having to settle for third.

Trainers Quotes

The winner is owned by Apple Tree Stud, which is managed by former leading National Hunt jockey Robert ‘Choc’ Thornton.

He said: “She wasn’t far behind John Gosden’s horse (Loving Dream) at Wetherby last time. She was favourite for the race today (finished fifth) and there were extenuating circumstances for our filly, as she was stood in the stalls for 10 minutes and got shuffled back.

“We thought she’d run well today, but she’s surprised us that she’s won.”

Asked whether Epsom would be next on the agenda, Thornton added: “I think we sort of have to, don’t we?

“I’m not sure how many chances (you get) to do that type of thing – it’s a dream to have runners in those type of races.

“She’s handled all types of ground and handled the undulations today, so we may as well have a go.

“She’ll stay galloping, so you never know, she could run into a place.”


Novibet Oaks Trial Fillies' Stakes
£40,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 3f 106y, Class 1
8 ran
Going: Soft, Good to Soft in places

1 (5)      Sherbet Lemon 3 9-0 Archie Watson Paul Mulrennan 28/1
2 (9)
¾ Save A Forest 3 9-0 Roger Varian Callum Shepherd 12/1
3 (1)
1 Ocean Road 3 9-0 Hugo Palmer Oisin Murphy 4/1
4 (6) nk Divinely 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 5/1
5 (4)
1 Loving Dream 3 9-0 John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori 100/30
6 (3)
4 Nash Nasha 3 9-0 Charlie Appleby William Buick 5/1
7 (8)
Technique 3 9-0 Martyn Meade Sean Levey 5/1
8 (2)
15 Regent 3 9-0 John & Thady Gosden Martin Harley 11/1
NR 2 (7) Invite 3 9-0 Marco Botti NON RUNNER