On that occasion, Edgar Prado pounced late on Aidan O'Brien's colt to thwart Touch Of The Blues and Beat Hollow
, which are both in the field again here.
Vodafone Derby third Beat Hollow
, winner of the Grand Prix de Paris last time, remains a possible for the 10-furlong event.
What is also appealing is the fact that at home he is thought a better Epsom prospect than stablemate Millenray, a rangy son of Rainbow Quest who, like Beat Hollow
, has a daughter of the great Dancing Brave as his mum.
McCain says: "I'm still a massive Beat Hollow
fan - I don't know if that still counts.
Best Of The Bests appeared not to stay the Derby distance and will also be suited by the shorter trip, but may not have quite as much scope for improvement as Beat Hollow
In the absence of long-time ante-post favourite, King's Best, Henry Cecil's Beat Hollow
is the new market leader.
It was at the seaside track that he first introduced Beat Hollow
to racing late last season and it was back to Norfolk again when the colt needed an edge put on his fitness.
Although Henry Cecil's powerful stable has had a mixed start to the new Flat campaign his Beat Hollow
must surely win the supporting Thresher Classic Trial if he is to remain the Derby favourite.
The Hardwicke Stakes success of Sea Moon proved a notable achievement for Beat Hollow
, who was bought this year to stand at Ballylinch Stud as a dual-purpose stallion.
The ex-Henry Cecil-trained runner Beat Hollow
heads the market at 6-5 while former Mark Prescott horse Sarafan is a 3-1 shot.
RUNNING plans for Henry Cecil's two Coral-Eclipse Stakes hopefuls Beat Hollow
and Shiva remained undecided after the duo worked at Newmarket on the eve of today's final declarations.
, the 7-2 favourite who was bidding to give Henry Cecil a unique Derby-Oaks double for the second successive year, failed to get a clear run when it mattered and ran third.
Richard Quinn, bidding for a Classic double after winning the Oaks on Love Divine, has no worries about the conditions for new favourite Beat Hollow
Four-time winner Henry Cecil will be represented by Beat Hollow
BALLYLINCH STUD'S recent decision to buy Beat Hollow
from Juddmonte to stand as a dualpurpose stallion in place of King's Theatre, who filled that role so well until his death last year, was gilded by Cinders And Ashes' victory in yesterday's Supreme Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham.