Permian still has Ascot option

Permian ridden by jockey Franny Norton wins the Betfred Dante Stakes

Connections of Permian will only consider sending him to Royal Ascot if he is showing all the right signs at home.

Although the Mark Johnston-trained three-year-old holds entries in the King Edward VII Stakes and Queen's Vase, his participation in either race remains undecided.

Having claimed the Dante on his penultimate start, the son of Teofilo finished a well-held 10th in the Derby.

Charlie Johnston, son and assistant to the trainer, said: "There won't be any decision on where he goes next for another week or so and we will have to speak to the owner.

"Whether you finish first or 18th in the Derby, you still have a very hard race and this horse will have to be screaming out at home for us to run him at Ascot.

"That will be the toughest race he runs in all year and it will be difficult to back it up at Ascot.

"We are never ones to shy away from running a horse if the race presents itself and the horse is well enough – we would consider it, but the horse would need to be asking us to run to consider going there."

Having had time to digest the performance, Johnston believes Permian perhaps did not handle the hill at Epsom as well as he had on his previous visit to the track.

He added: "If you take a line through his trial run at Epsom behind Cracksman and his beating of Benbatl at York, he should have finished fourth on Saturday. If he had done that we would have been over the moon.

"William Buick said he didn't come down the hill quite well enough. He ran very well in the trial at Epsom, but on quicker ground in a much better race, coming down the hill is a completely different kettle of fish.

"He just got lost a bit and they got him in trouble pretty quickly turning in. We are a bit disappointed, but he didn't disgrace himself.

"He is now rated 113 and has won a Listed race and a Dante. If you had offered us that at the start of the season, we would have taken your hand off."

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