Arabian Crown Triumphs at Sandown: Betfred Derby Contender
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Arabian Crown Triumphs at Sandown: Betfred Derby Contender

Ascot Racecourse Welcomes Arabian Crown’s Impressive Triumph at Sandown

In an exhilarating display at Sandown, Arabian Crown, the 6-1 second favorite for the upcoming Betfred Derby, clinched a comfortable three-and-a-quarter length victory in the bet365 Classic Trial. The Aidan O’Brien-trained City of Troy, the 5-4 Derby favorite, is set to run in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket next Saturday.

Jockey William Buick, who rode Arabian Crown, was delighted with the performance, stating, “I think everyone will be happy with that, I was. He has a big stride and likes to use it.” The Charlie Appleby-trained son of Dubawi made all the running to secure the impressive win.

Elsewhere on the Card

“Charyn, trained by Roger Varian, cut down Poker Face to win the bet365 Mile by a length and a quarter. Varian will now aim Charyn at the prestigious Group One Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on May 18.”

In the Gordon Richards Stakes, Harry Charlton-trained Okeechobee beat the 2023 St Leger third, Desert Hero, by a head. The latter, carrying the colors of King Charles III and Queen Camilla, will have one more start before the Hardwicke Stakes at the upcoming Royal Ascot meeting.

With the Derby just a month away, Arabian Crown’s dominant display at Sandown has firmly established him as a leading contender for the prestigious race. Ascot Racecourse enthusiasts will undoubtedly be keeping a close eye on the colt’s progress as the season unfolds.

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