Outsider Third Realm first past the post in Lingfield Derby Trial

By: Greg Wood at Lingfield Sunday 9 May 2021
  • Roger Varian’s colt, ridden by David Egan, started at 14-1
  • Third Realm cut from 100-1 to 12-1 for Derby

When there has been plenty of rain overnight and Lingfield’s Classic trials are both won by the outsider of the field, it would be easy to dismiss the results as offering few worthwhile clues to the Derby and Oaks at Epsom next month. The horses, though, control neither the weather nor the betting, and Third Realm earned serious consideration as a Derby candidate here on Saturday with a convincing defeat of Adayar, the 6-5 favourite, in a race which was won by High-Rise, in the same yellow colours, before his Epsom success 23 years ago.

Third Realm started the season as a maiden and just one among at least half a dozen colts in Roger Varian’s stable, probably more, with the pedigree to be a Derby horse if or when they stepped up to middle-distances.

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