Derab (Sea The Stars) half-brother to the brilliant dual Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe heroine Enable, looks set to continue family honour after bolting up at Newmarket on Friday at his third attempt.
Second on his first two starts, to the subsequent Tattersalls Stakes winner and Craven runner-up La Barrosa, then to the promising Snow Lantern at Newbury last month, Derab came home six and a half lengths clear of pricy Arqana purchase Fireworks in the mile novice contest.
John and Thady Gosden’s colt was always travelling easily over the Rowley Mile and when Martin Harley pressed the button, the response was immediate.
Said Gosden senior: “He has run very well. He ran very well at Ascot first time out, then we ran into a problem in the autumn.
“He came back and he was a bit fresh. We were very keen to settle him at Newbury and we were more interested in settling him than anything else.
“He was much more sensible today and has run a lovely race. He has grown up a lot.”
He added: “We will either keep him at a mile or go a mile and a quarter and look at options over those trips.
“I don’t know if he is one for the Hampton Court at Royal Ascot, as that is a bit of a way off. He has made big bounds now – he has always wanted to be in a hurry about life, but he is doing things in the correct rhythm now.”