LEEDS owner Andy Taylor enjoyed probably the finest moment of his blossoming career when landing a fantastic one-two in Saturday’s Epsom Dash, the aperitif to the Derby.
Both horses are trained by Westow handler Paul Midgley with Desert Law leading home stable companion Monsieur Joe in the Investec Corporate Banking “Dash”.
Midgley and Taylor feared Desert Law’s chance had gone when he drew the widest starting berth of all in stall one, but the 16-1 shot was a comprehensive winner in the hands of Martin Lane, beating last week’s York winner Monsieur Joe by a length.
Taylor beamed: “That was our Derby and it feels like dreamland after our 1-2 in the Dash. All the credit goes to Midge who is an absolute genius.”
Midgley added: “The word ‘grand’ springs to mind. This is probably my biggest win. To have even one that is good enough for a race on Derby day feels such a privilege. I think as far as Desert Law goes we will have a look at the Rockingham in Ireland.”
Middleham trainer Mark Johnston was also successful on the card as Buratino earned himself a place among the trainer’s Royal Ascot squad with a demolition of his rivals in the Investec Woodcote Stakes under William Buick.
The 2-1 favourite is set to stick at six furlongs in the Coventry Stakes after a six-length victory over Nelspruit.
Johnston said: “Sometimes he’s shown sparkling form, both at home and on the course, and sometimes he’s a bit laid back and not quite so impressive. William said today he was the real deal.
“On that run we will take him to Ascot for the Coventry, although we looked at the Norfolk before. I think he is better over six furlongs.”
The Investec Coronation Cup went to Pether’s Moon under Pat Dobbs who gunned down Gallic giants Dolnyia and Flintshire.