Epsom Derby News: Menuisier mulling over Sir Bob Parker run

Sir Bob Parker is a 100/1 outsider for the Cazoo Epsom Derby on June 4 but David Menuisier saw enough in his French trial third to be confident of a run in the Classic.

David Menuisier insists his Sir Bob Parker is no forlorn hope for the Cazoo Epsom Derby on June 4.

The three-year-old went to France for the Prix Greffulhe in preparation for the Classic and finished a staying on third at Saint-Cloud.

The Siyouni colt only lost out by two and three quarter lengths to Onesto in the French Group 2 over a one mile, two and a half furlongs trip which is less than the Derby's one mile, four furlongs.

On his penultimate run, Sir Bob Parker won the Prix de Frauenfeld at Chantilly, holding on to beat Mirabad over one mile and two furlongs in very soft conditions.

Christian Demuro rode the colt both times with connections believing Sir Bob Parker could have got closer to the winner on his latest run at Saint-Cloud.

Obviously, it is hard to see a direct translation from Sir Bob Parker's French form but Menuisier is confident his charge has what it takes to take on the Classic at Epsom for which odds of 100/1 are available ante-post.

"He ran really well," said the Pulborough handler. "I was really pleased. I don't think the race was run to suit.

"If he had made more use of him then he would have been better. To me, he should have finished closer than he did. I think he also showed he will be better over further.

"There is nothing set in stone, but there is a chance we might give him a go in the Derby, should he be well or what have you.

"When you look at the results of the sectional times, you know how the horse could be, so I am very pleased with the horse, but I was frustrated with the way the race was run.

"It was part of the plan to let him stride on. It's OK. I would rather be effective on D-Day rather than in a trial. Trials are there to try things."

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