The Desert Crown is the new favorite in the derby next month after an impressive win at York’s Dante Stakes.
Nathaniel’s son, ridden by Richard Kingscote for Sir Michael Stoute’s trainer, won the Royal Patronage by 1 in 3.4.
The 76-year-old Stout is the same as the late Sir Henry Cecil’s seventh victory for Dante.
Desert Crown cut the Stone Age odds 6-1 to 2-1 in their derby in Epsom on June 4th.
Stoute said the Desert Crown was “just ready” for Dante, and he was sent off 7-2 in a joint favorite with the Royal Patronage.
“He has a holdup that he could have done without us. I was really impressed with him,” said the Newmarket trainer, who is aiming for the derby’s sixth win.
“I like Dante. It’s a good test, a good test. He has to go further in Epsom but I hope it doesn’t matter.”
The Desert Crown was playing in their second race after winning Nottingham in November.
However, his win rate dropped to a derby at 33-1 last month, even before his return to the season.
“It was very soft and comfortable,” Kingscote said. “I’m very happy with him. I’d like to think there could be more of you.”