Desert Crown is new Derby favourite after storming Dante Stakes win

By: Greg Wood Friday 13 May 2022
  • Sir Michael Stoute there to see his colt’s big victory at York
  • Stoute: ‘He’s travelled well and he’s accelerated pleasingly’

Thirty-six years after his first success in the Dante Stakes with Shahrastani, Sir Michael Stoute was back on track in more ways than one at York on Thursday as Desert Crown, a big gamble for the Derby in recent weeks, quickened clear of seven opponents in Britain’s last major trial and took over as the new favourite for the Classic on 4 June.

Stoute was Britain’s champion trainer 10 times between 1981 and 2009 and has five Derby winner’s trophies on his mantlepiece at Freemason Lodge, the most recent from Workforce’s Epsom victory in 2010 after he had finished second in the Dante.

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