Midterm pricks his ears after getting the better of Algometer at Sandown
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Report: Sandown, Friday
bet365 Classic Trial (Group 3) 1m2f, 3yo
MIDTERM successfully passed his first major exam on his path to the Investec Derby with a length-and-a-half defeat of the persistent Algometer.
The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt always looked to have the measure of the runner-up, and when given a serious reminder by Ryan Moore, he pulled away to take the prize.
A general 8-1 shot for the Derby prior to the race, Midterm solidified his position as second-favourite, with Betfred and Ladbrokes cutting him to 6-1, while other firms offer 7-1.
Reflecting on the performance, Stoute said: “He had more exposure, being in a race on a turning track. He travelled really well then got to the front and pricked his ears.
“He’s never done an impressive piece of work but he’s such a quality athlete. He’ll go to Chester or York next. “
How the race unfolded
Moore was content to sit in fifth on Midterm, with only High Grounds, who had to be reshod in the stables, behind him.
Dwight D took the field into the home straight before weakening, with Algometer taking up the running.
However, he was immediately tackled by Midterm and the pair pulled well clear of the field with Midterm overhauling his rival to score.
Although Algometer was trimmed to 40-1 (from 66) for the Derby by Paddy Power, trainer David Simcock suggested the Irish or French Derby would be a better option.
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