Roger Varian was delighted to see El Drama emerge as a possible Basic contender following a clear-cut victory within the tote+ Largest Dividends At tote.co.uk Dee Stakes at Chester.
A subject of seven three-year-olds went to publish for the recognised Derby trial, with El Drama sixth within the betting at 12-1 on what was simply his second begin on turf.
Since that profitable debut on smooth floor at Doncaster, the Lope De Vega colt had completed third in successive races on the all-weather, however took his recreation to new heights on the Roodee.
After monitoring the pacesetting favorite Yibir for a lot of the prolonged 10-furlong journey, El Drama was pushed into the lead rounding the house flip by Andrea Atzeni and he stayed on properly to attain by a size.
Maximal made late beneficial properties to fill the runner-up spot, with Earlswood third and Yibir fading into fourth place.
Varian stated: “I am very happy with that right now. He is at all times proven lots at residence and we have been attempting to funnel him into being a 2000 Guineas contender.
“As a result of he solely ran as soon as at two there have been restricted choices attempting to get expertise into him. He ran over seven furlongs at Lingfield and a mile at Kempton, which would not be excellent spots for him. He ran with credit score, however at all times seemed a greater horse on turf.
“He did not run properly sufficient to absorb a Guineas, however this was a pleasant different plan. We thought he’d keep 10 furlongs properly and that he’d be higher again on grass.
“I am delighted that he is performed that right now as we at all times thought him able to one thing like that.
“It is good for him to redeem his fame.”
Paddy Energy reduce El Drama to 16-1 from 66-1 in what’s an more and more murky Derby market, with Bolshoi Ballet and Mohaafeth joint-favourites at 5-1 and Excessive Definition pushed out to 7-1 after being dominated out of his supposed prep run at Lingfield this weekend.
Nevertheless, Varian raised the French Derby as a viable different to subsequent month’s premier Basic at Epsom for his colt.
“Having spoken to Sheikh Obaid, all choices are open and he’d like him to be thought-about for the Prix du Jockey Membership,” the coach added.
“He is a really sturdy work horse, however I believed if Andrea switched him off right now, the actual fact you might be at all times on the flip helps them loosen up.
“I am glad he is gained right now – it is given us meals for thought.”