Our Channel (yellow silks) beats Marzocco (far side) by a headPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Moore magnificent as Our Channel lands Trial
Report: Epsom, Wednesday
Investec Derby Trial (Conditions Race) (Bobis Race) (Class 2) 1m2f, 3yo
IT MAY not have been a performance that screamed potential Derby horse but Our Channel was given a ride by Ryan Moore that would have more than merited winning a Classic as he stole the race from the front with a typically clever ride.
Turning into the straight the majority of the field fanned out towards the centre of the track, but Moore stuck to the far side and kicked early, stealing a few lengths on his rivals.
As the field surged inside the final furlong Moore allowed his mount to drift down the camber towards the charging Marzocco and Stars Over The Sea and possibly intimidating them out of it as he forced Marzocco to switch around him and held on by a head at odds of 14-1.
With the winner guaranteed a place in the Derby field Paddy Power inserted the William Haggas-trained son of English Channel at 50-1 in their Classic market.
Maureen Haggas, wife of winning trainer William, said: "He is in the Derby and I think the owner would love to run in it. The owner was instrumental in running here today, he wanted to come here, and I think he would love to have a runner.
"I wasn't sure he'd stay but there is only one Derby and he is an honest little horse. I wouldn't be certain that he would get the Derby trip but on good ground he'd probably get a bit further than today. Ryan gave him a lovely ride."