Permian to be supplemented for Epsom after Dante victory

Filed on 19 May 2017 @ 09:31

The Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old Permian (Teofilo) has progressed beautifully this season and on the Knavesmire on 18 May, he threw himself into Derby contention with a convincing win in the Group Two Dante Stakes.

Settled on the rail in fourth position under Franny Norton, Mark Johnston’s charge was content to bowl along behind the early leaders until asked for his effort two furlongs out. He then quickened superbly, staying on strongly to win by three quarters of a length.

Permian was last seen landing the Listed Newmarket Stakes by four and a half lengths on 2000 Guineas day, having been beaten just a short head in the Derby Trial at Epsom on 26 April. He will now be supplemented for the Derby, due to take place in 16 days’ time, where he will bid to become the first winner trained in the north of England since Dante himself.

Craven Stakes third Benbatl (Dubawi) put up another impressive performance when finishing second (on just his third racecourse appearance) and he too could line up at Epsom on 3 June.

Permian is out of the multiple Stakes winner Tessa Reef (Mark Of Esteem), dam of two further Black type performers in Second Wave (New Approach) and Samana Cay (Authorized). Tessa Reef is herself out of a half-sister to the great Miesque.

Mark Johnston said: "I'm delighted to have a live chance in the Derby. John Ferguson made the decision to supplement him for this, but when the rain came, we thought our chance had gone. We spoke to John and he said we've paid 12 grand to put him in, so we'll run him, even if it's a bog.

"He's clearly progressing, but I can't say we weren't fearing Cracksman coming here. He looks to have come on a lot with each run, but I'm sure Cracksman will have come on for his run, too.

"I wasn't thinking of the Derby a few weeks ago, but you could see from two out today he was going to win.

"Epsom obviously holds no fears for us and I can't remember my last Derby runner. As John said to me before the race, in the Dante you find out if you're a Derby horse and we've got one."

John Ferguson added: "It was a genuinely-run race. William (Buick) was keen to make it on Wolf Country and gave Franny a chance to sit in. Permian finished it off really well, with Benbatl at his girths all the way down the straight.

"We're delighted with the two horses there. I've already spoken to Sheikh Mohammed and he is as thrilled as we are and is very keen to have this horse supplemented for the Derby.

"Permian will be supplemented. Saeed (Bin Suroor) had Best Solution win the Lingfield Derby Trial and Benbatl finish second in the Dante so we have to sit down, think, decide and talk to Sheikh Mohammed about that and what he thinks is the right thing to do."

"With the way Benbatl has run on there, there's every chance (could go to the Derby). The Epsom Derby is the Epsom Derby.

"If you look at the form leading up into this race, there's a lot of respect for Aidan's (O'Brien) horse who won the Dee Stakes (Cliffs Of Moher) and he was followed home by Bay Of Poets, who wasn't far behind this horse and Cracksman at Epsom.

"Luckily there are still cards, not to play, but to analyse. It's just great to be in a season where so many three-year-olds have a live chance and no doubt in time we will find out exactly where they stand.

"If Churchill stays the mile and a half he is going to be a very tough nut to crack, but these horses all deserve to take their chances and it's just great to be going to the party."

Filed on 19 May 2017 @ 09:31