The Barronstown Stud-bred BANGKOK (4c Australia – Tanaghum, by Darshaan) built on a promising four-year-old return to take the Listed Winter Derby Trial at Lingfield on Saturday.
A Group 3 winner as a three-year-old, the Andrew Balding-trained entire was last seen finishing second in the Qatar Derby, in which he was beaten just a length and a quarter. He was sent off favourite as a result on his latest start and raced in midfield for much of the way under Rob Hornby. Making good headway to track the leader from two furlongs out, he was shaken up to lead entering the final furlong and raced clear to win by four and a half lengths.
Speaking after the race, Rob Hornby said, “They went a good pace which suited Bangkok and it was a smooth race. It was nice to pick up the ride and for the horse to get his head back in front.”Owned by King Power Racing, Bangkok was sold by Barronstown Stud as a yearling for 500,000gns. The son of Australia is a half-brother to three black-type performers and is closely related to dual Stakes scorer Tactic (Sadler’s Wells).