Derby hope Arod likely to run at York rather than Lingfield

Last Updated: 05/05/14 5:01pm

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Peter Chapple-Hyam: Always preferred the Dante route for Arod

Peter Chapple-Hyam: Always preferred the Dante route for Arod

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Investec Derby contender Arod is set to tackle the Dante Stakes at York next week despite featuring among 18 possibles for the Derby Trial at Lingfield on Saturday.

The Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained colt earned many admirers when getting off the mark at Windsor last month, and is also engaged in the Dee Stakes at Chester on Friday.

"He is most likely to go to York, I would have thought," said David Redvers, racing manager to owners Qatar Racing.

"That is the race Pete has been keen to go for all along, so I think that's where we'll be heading. The Dante looks an unbelievably hot race, but if he is going to be a genuine Derby contender, then he needs to run well in a race like that.

"He had a walk out at Newmarket on Saturday to give him a day out. He took all the preliminaries tremendously well and didn't turn a hair."

Aidan O'Brien has three possibles as he seeks a fourth success in the Lingfield race.

The Ballydoyle trainer has taken the Listed heat with Alessandro Volta in 2008, Age Of Aquarius (2009) and Nevis last year.

This time he looks to recent Dundalk scorer Belisarius, Leopardstown maiden winner Blue Hussar and Mekong River, a four-time winner as a juvenile and fourth in the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud on his final start.

All three are in the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 7.

Mark Johnston has gone one better with four entries in this Classic trial - Double Bluff, Hartnell, Somewhat and Stars Over The Sea.

Sudden Wonder, Observational and Seagull Star, the first three home in the £200,000 Tattersalls Millions 3-Y-O Trophy at Newmarket, could do battle again.

Others of note in the Lingfield contest are John Gosden's promising Newmarket maiden winner Munjaz and the Sir Michael Stoute-trained pair of Festival Theatre and Snow Sky.

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