In The Notebook: Our additions from Derby week

After an exciting Derby weekend, we turn our attention to the week’s racing and who to keep an eye out as Royal Ascot approaches.

Edward Lewis (Fifth in the 5f Dash at Epsom on Saturday)

A lot of attention was given to Dark Shot who came from last to almost grab first, but Edward Lewis went under the radar after weaving through traffic to get fifth position. He didn’t get a clear run at all but picked up very well to indicate he may be suited to six furlongs, but does have the ability to take his chance in a big handicap, maybe even the Wokingham.

Benbatl (Fifth in the Derby at Epsom on Saturday)

After running most of the race at the rear of the field, Benbatl came from a long way back to snatch fifth. He showed a lot of class to power home and was only defeated by three and a half lengths in the big race. A step down to 1m2f would suit on pedigree, and he deserves a victory this season.

Natural (Won a maiden at Doncaster on Saturday)

A lovely two-year-old for Richard Hannon who won without really trying on debut. She wasn’t too hard pressed but showed plenty of natural ability to see off the field. A step up to six furlongs should be no problem as the Albany stakes looks to be her next target.

El Vip (Won a 1m handicap at Newcastle on Thursday)

One of the visually most impressive performances of the week came from El Vip at Newcastle, who quickened up very quickly to easily dismiss the field. Luca Cumani’s four-year-old didn’t try too hard to surge from the back to the front, and certainly is better than his mark suggested. He could feature in bigger handicaps throughout the season, most notably the Royal Hunt Cup.

Narjes (Second in a maiden at Wolverhampton on Tuesday)

A decently bred three-year-old for James Fanshawe who looks more than capable of winning at handicap and maiden level in the future. He chased home a nice sort of John Gosden’s, and was only touched off. Without powerful connections in a race, he will win.


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