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True Story (Silvestre de Sousa) wins the Feilden Stakes

True Storycame home in splendid isolation seven lengths clear of the field

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True Story 10-1 for Derby after Feilden success

Report: Newmarket, Wednesday

Ebm-papst Feilden Stakes (Listed Race) 1m1f, 3yo only

THE Craven meeting is designed to unearth horses with Classic potential and the Saeed Bin Suroor-trained True Story was the first to force bookmakers to take evasive action.

Paddy Power went 10-1 about Silvestre de Sousa's mount for the Investec Derby at Epsom, while they also cut the son of Manduro to 16-1 (from 33) for the Qipco 2,000 Guineas. Coral went 14-1 (from 33) for the Derby.

Settled towards the rear, the 5-2 shot travelled powerfully for De Sousa. True Story worked through the field on the bridle and powered clear from the furlong marker to put seven lengths between himself and the 15-8 favourite Obliterator, with a further six lengths back to Truth Or Dare in third.

As well as True Story travelled, Obliterator was the opposite, struggling to cope with the pace for most of the race before staying on through the field as others came under pressure. With a furlong to go the two were already clear, but when De Sousa asked his mount to quicken the result was resounding.

Bin Suroor revealed True Story will have one more start before the Derby. "I wasn't surprised how he won as he had been going well at home and the longer trip has suited him. We will look at the Dante or Lingfield for him now," he said.

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