Tom Queally is banking on Henry Cecils fast improving Bullet Train to fire him to Derby glory on his first attempt. The young Irishman rode a remarkable five Group 1 winners in his breakthrough season last year but still rues the one that got away, when Midday was inched out by Sariska in the Oaks. Midday gained her first significant success in the Lingfield Oaks Trial and Queally hopes a similar preparation for Bullet Train will reap huge rewards in the premier Classic on Saturday. The Khalid Abdulla-owned colt, bidding to become Cecils fifth winner of the race, shot to prominence with a fluent victory in last months Derby Trial at Lingfield, a course similar to Epsom in terms of its undulations and bends. That was a marked improvement on Bullet Trains first run of the season at Newbury, where he looked green as grass in finishing second to the race-fit Myplacelater. Bullet Train showed his inexperience at Newbury because having mastered the horses in front of him he got caught out by a fast finisher, said Queally. It was still a promising effort because he needed the run whereas the winner was having her fifth of the
year. What I found particularly encouraging was that after she swooped by him, he put his head down and was coming back at the line. Mr Cecil sent him to Lingfield because he wanted to teach him something with Epsom in mind and I made the running because we didnt want another messy race. I was impressed with the way he lengthened and quickened in the straight - he could have won by a lot further as he was dossing in front throughout the last furlong. Thats just him - hes a lazy worker at home - but you get the impression theres a lot more in the tank. As the boss says, he saves his best work for 查看20017年88期跑狗图 the racecourse and you would much rather have that than the other way round. Cecils increasing confidence in Bullet Train is likely to see him emerge as the main market rival to Aidan O
Briens team, headed by last seasons champion two-year-old St Nicholas Abbey, and gives Queally, 25 (right), extra hope as he goes in search of his first Classic triumph. Mr Cecil wanted to see how he came out of the L
ingfield race before commi
tting him to Epsom and its a good sign that he gave him the goahead immediately after his first serious piece of work. In an open looking year, Bullet Train must be in with a decent shout. Hes very much on the up, will handle the track and Im confident hell stay the trip. Its hard to believe Ive got such a good horse for my first ride in the Derby. I dont have the pressure of riding the favourite yet still have one of the leading fancies. Queally also rides Oaks favourite Aviate for Cecil, although both jockey and trainer stress there is nothing between her and stablemate Timepiece in a race that looks even more open than the Derby.