Lake Volta lights up Epsom for Listed gains

‘It was the perfect race’

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Lake Volta led his rivals a merry dance in the Investec Surrey Stakes at Epsom.

Mark Johnston’s charge had an experience advantage over most of his rivals having already run 12 times, with this his sixth appearance of 2018.

Turning out just four days after finishing fifth in a Windsor handicap, the three-year-old was soon bowling along at the head of affairs in the Listed affair.

Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa gradually upped the ante in front and one by one his rivals faltered as Lake Volta (3-1) pulled clear for a decisive four-and-a-half-length victory over Aurum.

Johnston said: “He had a perfect position from the start and got up the hill and got the stands rail. Anything that wanted to have a crack at him had to go down on the hill on to the perhaps slightly stickier ground.

“It was the perfect race. We’ll go home and think about where we go next.”

Johnston and De Sousa will team up in the Investec Derby with Dee Ex Bee.

“When trying to select our jockey for the Derby, I was looking at the stats and Silvestre’s strike-rate here is quite phenomenal,” the trainer added.

“I think we brought him here for the first time and I remember telling John Ferguson that we should have this young Brazilian to ride Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed’s horses at Epsom that year.

“I think he had a double on the first day and he’s still doing it.”

Lake Volta lights up Epsom for Listed gains
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