A bright future seems certain for impressive three-year-old Stravagante (Rip Van Winkle) following his storming late charge to win the opening race on Epsom Derby Day at the weekend.
The win paid a timely compliment to Gr.1 Derby runnerup Jack Hobbs (Halling), to whom Stravagante had finished third at his previous start after slipping in the running.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore, the fast-improving Stravagante was dropped to the rear of the field in the 2000m event before being switched wide to make his run on straightening for home.
Accelerating quickly, Stravagante hit the front passing the 200m marker and galloped on relentlessly to register a facile three-and-a-quarter-length victory and take his race record to two wins and a placing from just four starts.
The Stoute stable had enjoyed previous success in the race in 2008 with their subsequent Gr.1-winning St Leger and Breeders' Cup hero Conduit (Dalakhani).
Winning owner Michael Tabor was understandably impressed.
"It's a great way to start Derby Day, couldn't be better! Stravagante is obviously a good horse and we will see what happens now with him”.
Stravagante’s win furthered the excellent run being enjoyed by young Group One stallion Rip Van Winkle (Galileo) who has sired 5 winners in the past fortnight as well as Gr.3 Naas Lacken Stakes placegetter The Happy Prince.