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Planteur lands Derby trial

Planteur made all to take the Listed Blue Square Bet Winter Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield under Adam Kirby.

Marco Botti's charge hadn't won since 2011 but this was a massive drop in class for the six-year-old as he had previously finished third in the Dubai World Cup and runner-up in the Prix d'Isapahan at Longchamp.

Adam Kirby was determined to make full use of his low draw to grab an early position on the rails and having set the fractions, he asked his mount to quicken as they approached the home turn and the 2/5 favourite kept on stoutly to the line.

Clive Brittain's Miblish ran a cracker to chase the winner in second with Tepmokea a never-nearer third.

William Twiston-Davies bagged his first Listed success as he steered Ladies Are Forever to glory in the bluesquare.com Cleves Stakes.

Twiston-Davies started his career riding over jumps as an amateur for his trainer father Nigel and his brother Sam is among the top rank in the National Hunt sphere.

However, the youngest Twiston-Davies switched his attention to the level and teaming up with Geoff Oldroyd's charge, he landed the biggest win of his career to date.

Fratellino made a bold bid from the front but Twiston-Davies pushed Ladies Are Forever to the front over a furlong out and she kept responding to pressure to win by a length.

Farmleigh House claimed second with Fratellino clinging on to third, a further three-quarters of a length adrift.

The feature handicap of the day was the Grand Final of the Blue Square Bet Sprint Series and Jack My Boy took the prize for David Evans.

The six-year-old was winning his third race at Lingfield Park over the winter and was another fine advertisement for the skills of promising apprentice, Thomas Brown.