Bet365 Classic Trial - 25th April, 2014

John Gosden's Western Hymn propelled into the Epsom Derby frame when showing a tremendous turn of foot to land a Newbury event with aplomb and now the unbeaten colt will look to enhance his Classic claims on Friday afternoon when he lines up in the Bet365 Classic Trial.

Having starred in his maiden at Kempton Park, he then built on that effort with a similarly impressive display as he kicked clear of his rivals and if he can continue on an upward curve could well be Epsom bound later in the season and he is a red-hot favourite for this event.

Master Carpenter was thrown in at the deep end last time out, but his third place behind 2000 Guineas favourite Kingman was a top notch effort and he should find this a little easier than that hot race, but will still need to improve again to cause a shock on Gosden's hotpot.

Richard Hughes will return to the saddle on Friday as he comes back from injury and he will partner Richard Hannon's Truth Or Dare, who will need to build on a third-placed effort in Listed company last time out, whilst Ed Dunlop's Red Galileo is entitled to have a shot at this Group Three, but needs to improve on what he has shown on the track.

Of the others, Andrew Balding's Impulsive Moment will make his seasonal reappearance having won his last start 125 days ago, whilst Sir Jack Layden could be another who features in a fascinating renewal that centres about the exciting jolly.

Latest Betting for 2014 Bet365 Classic Trial

4/6 Western Hymn

7/1 Master Carpenter

7/1 Truth Or Dare

10/1 Impulsive Moment

10/1 Red Galileo

10/1 Sir Jack Layden

33/1 Automated

50/1 Act Of Charity

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Bet365 Classic Trial History

The Bet365 Trial is a Group Three race run at Sandown Park over one mile, two furlongs for three-year-olds and is widely regarded as a leading trial for the Epsom Derby.

Established in 1953, the Classic Trial has attracted some stellar names down the years with some top class thoroughbreds using the race as a springboard to Classic glory.

Dick Hern's Bustino was victorious in the 1974 running before going on to bag the St Leger later on in the season, but the one name that stands out above all others in the roll of honour is Shergar, who stormed to victory in this race in 1981.

Sir Michael Stoute's superstar was then simply sublime when going on to Epsom to lift the Derby crown in sensational fashion before adding the Irish equivalent to his CV as well the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot to round off a dominant season.

Stoute had a great record during the 1980s and Shahrastani emulated Shergar's achievements by bagging this contest in 1986 before grabbing the Derby double, whilst Fantastic Light was another winner of the Classic Trial for the legendary trainer.

More recently, Benny The Dip was the last horse to run in this contest en route to Derby success, as he managed to finish second in the Classic Trial before going on to bag the 1997 Epsom Derby to emphasise this race's quality as a Classic Trial.

Recent Winners of Bet365 Classic Trial

  • 2000 - Sakhee
  • 2001 - Chancellor
  • 2002 - Simeon
  • 2003 - Shield
  • 2004 - African Dream
  • 2005 - Fracas
  • 2006 - Primary
  • 2007 - Regime
  • 2008 - Centennial
  • 2009 - Above Average
  • 2010 - Azmeel
  • 2011 - Genius Beast
  • 2012 - Imperial Monarch
  • 2013 - Sugar Boy

Todays Race Odds

Chepstow
5:00 | 5:30 | 6:00 | 6:35 | 7:10 | 7:40 | 8:10
Doncaster
1:20 | 1:50 | 2:20 | 2:55 | 3:25 | 4:00 | 4:35
Dundalk
6:15 | 6:45 | 7:15 | 7:45 | 8:15 | 8:45 | 9:15
Kilbeggan
4:50 | 5:25 | 5:55 | 6:30 | 7:00 | 7:30 | 8:00
Newton Abbot
5:10 | 5:45 | 6:20 | 6:50 | 7:25 | 7:55
Perth
2:00 | 2:30 | 3:05 | 3:35 | 4:10 | 4:45 | 5:20
Sandown
1:40 | 2:10 | 2:45 | 3:15 | 3:50 | 4:25 | 4:55

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