ENTERED IN BOTH the 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby, Megallan kicked off his 3yo season in the perfect fashion, making a winning start when justifying favouritism in the Listed Burradon Stakes under Robert Havlin.
The homebred son of Kingman was adding another success for the training partnership of John and Thady Gosden, battling hard to defeat the Roger Varian-trained Legion Of Honour, who also holds a 2000 Guineas entry, by half a length.
His breeding suggests he can improve again as he is related to his owner Anthony Oppenheimer’s Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Golden Horn. Oppenheimer was not present but said: “It was a very nice win.
I think the horse that came second to us is very smart; they were not expecting to be beaten as I understand. “This colt could stay a mile and a quarter because he’s out of a staying mare. He’ll be better on grass, but he certainly doesn’t like heavy ground.
“He ran into trouble a couple of times last year and was cantering at the back of the field on heavy last time. He was unlucky in a Group race before that. I think he’s pretty good.” This Newcastle mile highlight was won in 2018 by Gronkowski, subsequently runner-up to Thunder Snow when the latter landed his unprecedented second Dubai World Cup in 2019.