STAR of the day at Lingfield without a doubt was Ed Walker’s English King, who carried Bjorn Nielsen’s colours to a stylish victory in the Betsafe Derby Trial. The son of Camelot was impressive on his second juvenile start at Newcastle, conceding first run to a pair of subsequent winners, and quickening in fine style to make that pair look paceless.

That was the mark of a pattern performer, and he proved he could do it on turf with a win which didn’t get close to the bottom of him. Under Tom Marquand he started slightly slowly, but wasn’t rushed to take a position, and the jockey merely allowed him to improve his position gradually while hard on the bridle.