Middleham trainer Mark Johnston looks to have another exciting prospect on his hands as Galapiat, a son of Galileo, is set to take a step up to Group company following an impressive win at Epsom last week.

The four-year-old is a daughter of Lady Jane Digby, who Johnston trained to win a Group One event in Germany.

Her offspring produced a lovely performance at Epsom over 10 furlongs in the Great Metropolitan Handicap under Franny Norton, who dictated proceedings from the front aboard the colt who stayed on well in the closing stages to score by a facile four and a half-lengths.

A winner of his first start for Johnston at Leicester, the imposing sort was originally trained by Andre Fabre but joined his current handler last year.

He holds Group race entries in the Group One Coronation Cup at Epsom in June, which could be a possibility after he showed his liking for the track.

Charlie Johnston, assistant trainer to his father, commented:

He was on his own for a long time at Epsom and if something had come with him at the two-pole, he would have won much easier.

It is a bit of a tilt at windmills entering a horse rated 96 in the Coronation Cup, but that looks a bit more justified now. We have won the Jockey Club Stakes a few times. Often there are only four or five runners and it is not unlikely that he might go there.

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