On Saturday, on Lingfield's biggest day on the turf, race fans could see the son and daughter of a famous horse begin to follow in their father's footsteps. Lingfield hosts significant trials for the Vodafone Derby and Oaks at Epsom next month and two offspring of Montjeu have sound claims.
In the Letherby & Christopher Derby Trial Stakes, Walk In The Park will take all the beating. John Hammond trains and he guided Montjeu to win a French and Irish Derby, the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes and the Arc. So far, Walk In The Park has not done much on the racecourse, but this beautifully bred colt can claim this and jump up the Derby betting from currently unconsidered odds of 33/1.
Montjeu's daughter Ayam Zaman has already shown enough as a two-year-old to suggest she could claim big prizes this season. She won the listed Zetland Stakes in good style and acts on any ground. The totesport.com Oaks Trial looks a weak renewal and should be well within her compass.
The Stanleybet Handicap Hurdle at Haydock pits former champion Rooster Booster against rising stars Genghis and Royal Shakespeare. Rooster Booster had all in his favour in the Concept Hurdle at Sandown last month and it is hard to see him following up here. Royal Shakespeare looked like giving him a tough race before crashing out two from home and is 10lb better off today.
Royal Shakespeare is also weighted to reverse Scottish Champion Hurdle form with Genghis. But Genghis won as he pleased at Ayr and is a horse to follow, especially over fences next season.
1:50 Haydock - Genghis (win)
2:10 Lingfield - Walk In The Park (win)
3:20 Lingfield - Ayam Zaman (win)