04/25/2012 1:44PM

England: Goldoni wins Investec Derby Trial at Epsom


Goldoni won Wednesday’s Investec Derby Trial at Epsom Downs, but he will not be able to take advantage of the race’s automatic berth to the English Derby at the same course on June 2.

Goldoni is a gelding and the English Derby is restricted to colts and fillies.

In Wednesday’s race over about 1 /4 miles, Goldoni, a 15-2 chance, was always near the front and won by 1 1/4 lengths over Mister Music on a heavy turf course. Cameron Highland, the 9-4 favorite, finished third in the field of six.

Goldoni was ridden by David Probert for trainer Andrew Balding. By Dylan Thomas, Goldoni has the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot in June as a springtime goal, Balding said.

The future-book favorite for the English Derby, at roughly 2-1, is Camelot. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Camelot won the Grade 1 Racing Post Trophy last October, and is a candidate for the English 2000 Guineas on May 5.