SBK Derby Trial Stakes
| Listed, Lingfield 14:40
1m 3f 106y, Class 1
1 United Nations 9/4
2 Walk Of Stars 11/10F
3 Natural World 13/2
4 ran NR: Lionel Distances: ¾l, 3¼l, 1l
Time: 2m 26.68s (slow by 0.88s)
The @CazooUK Derby picture gets no clearer! United Nations wins the @sbk Derby Trial @LingfieldPark for Moore and O'Brien without causing too much excitement. @Ballydoyle pic.twitter.com/0uax90JnMl https://t.co/i3CO2R3Qr3 via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) May 7, 2022
The favourite was found wanting as United Nations held him off to give Aidan O'Brien another potential contender for the Cazoo Derby at Epsom in a couple of weeks' time.
Walk of Stars showed signs of greenness throughout and wandered late as the winner held on.
Ryan Moore's mount was three-quarters of a length clear of his rival at the line, having finished fourth behind Nahanni in the Cazoo Blue Riband Trial at Epsom on his previous start.
The winning rider told ITV Racing: "It was a good run at Epsom. He started well and was drawn on the outside and I had to pull back. He stayed on really nicely over ten and got the mile-and-a-half really well today.
"He's a very honest horse. He was waiting going towards the line, he heard the crowd, and there was a bit more left.
"All the colts I've won on this week are slightly different. I suppose Changingoftheguard in the Chester Vase was the most impressive of the three but they're all handy horses who are getting better. They improved from one run to the next so who knows where they'll end up?"
QuinnBet made the winner a 10/1 chance for the Epsom Classic.
Paul Smith, representing the winning owners, said: "Ryan was delighted with him. The trip suited and the conditions suited and Ryan was very complimentary.
"The attitude is there, he has the pedigree for a championship race and he's going to be in the mix now as will all the other horses. Lingfield is a great learning curve for a horse as they go from trial to the Classic, they gain a lot of knowledge."
Derby Trial Stakes (Listed)
£67,500 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m 3f 106y, Class 1
Going: Good to Firm, Good in places
POS. (DRAW) DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 (1) United Nations 3 9-2 A P O'Brien Ryan Moore 9/4
2 (5) ¾ Walk Of Stars 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby William Buick 11/10F
3 (2) 3¼ Natural World 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby Jamie Spencer 13/2
4 (4) 1 Zechariah 24 3 9-2 Martyn Meade Tom Marquand 6/1
NR 1 (3) Lionel 3 9-2 David Menuisier NON RUNNER