Waipiro is a possible for the Lingfield Derby Trial after his Newmarket bid was scuppered on the way to the start.
Waipiro, an Australia colt trained by Ed Walker and a half-brother to Hong Kong hero Waikuku, missed the Newmarket Stakes after a rival runner kicked out on the way to the start, striking the arm of jockey Tom Marquand. Although the horse was unharmed, Marquand required stitches and was forced to step down, causing Waipiro’s withdrawal. The Lingfield Derby Trial is now a possible outing for Waipiro, with trainer Ed Walker monitoring ground conditions before making a final decision.
The Lingfield Derby Trial is set to feature 14 contenders for the near 12-furlong contest, with Charlie Appleby’s Military Order as the headline act following his effortless return in a Newbury novice event last month. Listed-winning stablemate Noble Dynasty may also be in contention, although he holds an alternative entry in Thursday’s Dee Stakes at Chester. Gooloogong, a 33-1 chance for the premier Classic, and Bertinelli may represent Aidan O’Brien.
“He’s absolutely fine, unfortunately for Tom he took the blow,” Ed Walker said.
“It’s obviously a real pain for us because Lingfield looks like it’s going to be on soft ground now and that (Newmarket) was the right spot for him.
“It’s frustrating, but he’s well and he’s being trained for Lingfield at the moment.
“I’d run him on good to soft but I wouldn’t run him on soft, so it’ll be dependent on which way things go this week.”
Other horses entered in the race include Newmarket Stakes second Circle Of Fire, Laafi, Artistic Star, and Ndaawi. Ralph Beckett’s Bluestocking, a Juddmonte-owned daughter of Camelot out of Group One winner Emulous, beat the colts in style on her debut in a Salisbury novice heat in September and is generally available at 14-1 for Epsom ahead of her possible return in the Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes. The race also features Bright Diamond, Karl Burke’s Fillies’ Mile third, and Sunset Point and Eternal Hope for the Appleby team, as well as O’Brien’s Be Happy and Lambada.
In the Group Three Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes, Joseph O’Brien has a strong potential team with Agartha, American Kestrel, and Honey Girl mounting a three-strong challenge. Previous Group-race winners Sacred and Sandrine also feature, for William Haggas and Andrew Balding respectively, with White Moonlight, Just Beautiful, Secret Angel, and Juliet Sierra as other names to note.