05/09/2008 11:00PM

Coolmore pair run one-two


Coolmore gave Godolphin Racing a sound thrashing in the Group 3, $117,000 Lingfield Derby Trial on Saturday as Aidan O'Brien saddled the first two finishers, Alessandro Volta and King of Rome, to beat the 6-5 Saeed bin Suroor-trained favorite, Campanologist, into third place.

The 1 7/16-mile race was altered by the withdrawal of Curtain Call, the early second favorite for next month's Epsom Derby. His trainer, Luca Cumani, deemed Lingfield's good-to-firm going too fast for his Sadler's Wells colt.

Instead, Cumani worked Curtain Call at Newmarket on Saturday morning and will likely send him straight to the June 8 Epsom off his April 23 allowance victory at Nottingham.

A listed race winner last year at Leopardstown, Alessandro Volta is a son of Montjeu, winner of the Irish Derby, King George, and Arc. Alessandro Volta had finished fourth in the Group 3 Ballysax Stakes last month. On Saturday, he led throughout under Johnny Murtagh, defeating his stablemate, King of Rome, by three-quarters of a length. Campanologist, recent winner of the listed Feilden Stakes, finished a neck farther behind in third. The time was 2:28.90 - .68 of a second off the course record.