John Size-trained Khaya had looked a fringe Derby hopeful when this season started and events have probably overtaken that ambition, but he again showed himself to have a good race ahead somewhere with his solid return from a three month break.

In wins at his past three, Khaya has had to overcome some sort of disadvantage, whether race pattern, barriers or clear running but each time he has still done the job with a clear margin.

Unless Size can pull a rabbit or three from his hat - and that could mean running every week between now and the Derby - Khaya won't get his rating high enough for the four-year-old classic in a month's time, but it may not be a bad thing as his presence there will only be to make up the numbers.

Instead, he may be able to pick his way up the classes - to the same kind of rating he needs to run in the Derby but more steadily - in time to slip into a race like the Queen Mother Memorial Cup with a light handicap.

Earlier in the day, the Billet Express Handicap was full of modest raced horses and several unraced runners who had shown ability in trials and, at first glance, the fact the race threw up a 100-1 winner fell into line with the idea that it was an ordinary race.

But there was quite a bit to like about the win of Full Talent, considering that both his jockey and trainer suggested after the three length romp that he had been expected to need the race.

Full Talent had won three trials from three public appearances in Australia, showing the kind of tactical speed and attitude that wins races, and on Sunday he had the natural talent to street an ordinary field, running sharp time and sectionals.

When he lines up again, the mostly Class Fivers-in-waiting who trailed home behind Full Talent will be held against him but he will be fitter and should be worthwhile odds again, even if the 100-1 is probably over for a while.

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