Berlin Tango enters Epsom Derby picture with Kempton win

Berlin Tango sealed a third success in the Classic Trial for the Andrew Balding team.
Berlin Tango sealed a third success in the Classic Trial for the Andrew Balding team.

Berlin Tango produced an impressive performance to win Wednesday's rearranged Classic Trial at Kempton, and entered the picture for the Epsom Derby in the process.

The Andrew Balding-trained colt had won just once from his first five career starts, but built on a good effort on reappearance here in March to make the best of his way home under David Probert, and pick up a first pattern success. 

The well-supported Hypothetical looked to hold every chance entering the straight for John Gosden and Frankie Dettori, as did Bright Melody and the outsider Pyledriver, but Berlin Tango saw out the mile and a quarter trip really well to seal a one and a quarter length success - and potentially throw his hat into the ring for the Epsom classic. 

Bookmakers introduced Berlin Tango at a general price of 33/1 for the Derby after his success, though Balding admitted that due to the rather unorthodox nature of this season's calendar, his plans for the colt were still rather up in the air at present. 

He said: “He stayed well. He ran well enough here in the Kentucky Derby Trial before lockdown, but he needed that race and he stripped a bit fitter today.

“(David Probert) seemed to think he will stay further, but there’s so many options as it’s an unusual year and we’ll have to discuss it with Mr Strawbridge (owner) and give him all the options and ultimately let him make the decision.

“He would need to be supplemented (for the Derby), which might be a brave shout, but we’ll certainly look for something at Royal Ascot if it doesn’t come too soon and he should have a good summer.

“Depending how the other trials work out, I wouldn’t rule it (the Derby) out, but it’s a big plunge to supplement him.”

Meanwhile, jockey David Probert added that he felt that a test like the Epsom Derby would suit Berlin Tango. 

He said: “He is a promising horse and I am sure he will stay at a mile and a half because he was slightly fresh mid-race today, and showed a good attitude to win it as well as he did.

“He is a well-balanced horse and I think probably a track like Epsom could suit him, but I am sure there will be other options if Epsom is not the case."

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