Third Realm threw his hat into the ring for next month’s Derby with an impressive display in the Novibet Derby Trial at Lingfield on Saturday.
Fourth on his sole juvenile appearance at Kempton in November, the son of Derby hero Sea The Stars made a successful reappearance at Nottingham last month to earn himself this step up to listed class.
Ridden with restraint for much of the near mile-and-a-half journey by David Egan, the 14/1 shot was switched wide to mount his challenge rounding the home turn and quickly reeled in the leaders to grab the advantage.
The giant 6/5 favourite Adayar did his best to close the gap, but Egan always looked in control in front and Third Realm was ultimately good value for the winning margin of a length and a quarter.
Rank outsider Sherbet Lemon claimed top honours in the Novibet Oaks Trial.
A winner at prohibitive odds on her racecourse debut at Newcastle in February, Archie Watson’s filly was last seen finishing fourth behind the well-bred Oaks contender Noon Star in novice company at Wetherby last month.
Stepping up to Listed class, the American-bred filly was a widely unconsidered 28/1 shot in the hands of Paul Mulrennan, but raced close to the pace throughout and battled her way to the front in the home straight.
There were still plenty in with a chance of victory entering the final furlong, but it was Sherbet Lemon who saw out the near mile-and-a-half trip well to prevail by three-quarters of a length from Save A Forest, with Ocean Road best of the rest in third.