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Kempton Report: Andrew Balding’s Berlin Tango makes the most of disappointing favourites in Unibet Classic Trial Stakes

BERLIN Tango will have a host of exciting options after landing the Unibet Classic Trial for red-hot Andrew Balding.

His three-year-old made the most of some disappointing fancied runners in the Group 3 moved from Sandown to see off Pyledriver in a cosy finish.

The race is unlikely to have any Classic implications with Balding hinting that Epsom would unlikely be on the agenda for his 7-1 winner.

The Derby had not been discussed prior to Kempton, but original entries do not stand and Balding could still enter the three-year-old at the six day stage.

John Gosden’s Hypothetical (15-8f) and William Haggas’ Born With Pride (5-1) both failed to boost their Epsom claims, finishing fourth and seventh.

Jockey David Probert rode Berlin Tango just off the pace throughout and as Hypothetical and long-time leader Chamade fell away, he kicked on as only Pyledriver threatened.

Balding said: “We’ve always thought a bit of him, he went well enough in the Kentucky Derby Trial before lockdown and he needed it that day, he’s stripped fitter for that.

“He had a couple of good runs in Listed races last year where he was probably a bit raw.

“He’s a nice type of horse though and we should have a good summer with him.

“David [Probert] seemed to think he’d get further but we have many options left and I’ll have to discuss with the owner and go from there.”

With Epsom likely off the cards - for which bookies made him a 33-1 Derby chance - Royal Ascot may be top of the pile.

Balding added: “We’ll have a look at Ascot and find something for him there I would imagine as he’s a smart horse.

“We’ll see how the other trials work out and I wouldn’t rule him out completely, but it would be a big step.”

The Lambourn handler has made a fast start to the delayed campaign, enjoying three winners from his first seven runners.

His Kameko was declared for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and Balding reports his 7-1 shot in fine order.

He said: “It’s a relief when you start the season and the horses go well, you never quite know how it will go.

“But touch wood the general fitness levels are there and we have plenty of nice chances this weekend.

“Kameko just sat upsides this morning and all is well there.”

Later on the card John Gosden’s Nazeef (4-1) finished best to triumph in the Listed Unibet/EBF Snowdrop Fillies' Stakes to continue her progress.

She made it four wins on the spin passing Billesdon Brook in the closing stages and could be Royal Ascot bound herself.


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