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Claudio Monteverdi can pass Derby Trial test

| 20.04.2016

David Metcalf | April 19, 2016

Claudio can show his class in Derby Trial

Claudio Monteverdi can enhance his Classic claims with success in the Investec Derby Trial (14:30) at Epsom on Wednesday.

Aidan O'Brien Gowran Park Photo: Patrick McCann 12.08.2015

The Aidan O’Brien trained colt shaped with plenty of promise when fourth in two big field maiden contests, before opening his account in runaway style over 1m at Leopardstown earlier this month.

Claudio Monteverdi made all and surged clear a furlong from home to win easing down by 4 3/4 lengths.

It was a most taking performance and three-year-old Claudio Monteverdi is currently a 16/1 shot with Coral on the back if it for the Derby itself at this venue on Saturday, June 4th.

The form of that race has also been given a boost, with the third home The Gurkha having since come out and bolted up by nine lengths.

Given that the Gurkha finished just over six lengths behind Claudio Monteverdi, it suggests that the selection could be something special.

The beautifully bred son of Galileo will also appreciate the step up to 1m 2f, handles cut in the ground, and looks the type who has plenty more improvement left in the locker.

Clayton can make it third time lucky


In the Investec City and Suburban handicap (15:40), Clayton can take advantage of what looks a handy mark to make it third time lucky in the 1m 2f contest.

The gelding finished runner-up in the race in 2013 and 2014 when trained by Kevin Ryan, and was beaten just over a length in the latter off a mark of 102.

Clayton then missed the whole of the 2015 flat season, but has shown that he retains plenty of ability in winning over hurdles at Plumpton back in February for new handler Gary Moore.

This seven-year-old also ran very well to finish second in a handicap hurdle at Warwick earlier in April, and now reverts to the level off a mark of 100.

That is 2lb lower than when runner-up in the race in 2014, and gives Clayton every chance from a handicapping perspective.

The booking of Ryan Moore to do the steering also catches the eye, and another plus is that Clayton will have no problem with the soft underfoot conditions.


14.00: Normal Equilibrium
14.30: Claudio Monteverdi (NAP)
15.05: Agent Gibbs
15.40: Clayton (NB)
16.15: Silca Star
16.50: Marshal Dan Troop


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.