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Last Updated: 25/03/11 12:44pm
Nideeb: Winter Derby favourite
Clive Brittain believes Nideeb can be as good as Hattan who won the Lingfield Winter Derby in 2008.
The veteran Newmarket trainer lifted Saturday's Group Three prize with Hattan in 2008 and Nideeb reminds him a lot of his former stable stalwart, who also carried the same colours of owner Saeed Manana.
"I think he can be as good as Hattan. He's from a similar family, so he's very much the right type for this race," said Brittain.
Nideeb has been specifically targeted at this 10-furlong contest after an autumn campaign that saw him win over the course and distance.
And the four-year-old colt has been giving the right signs at exercise, during which he has been partnered by Philip Robinson, who has returned as Brittain's stable jockey.
"He had a workout on Tuesday and went very well and had his pipe-opener this morning and moved really great so we are happy with his condition," Brittain added.
"Philip (Robinson) has been riding him and is very pleased with him.
"The draw (three) seems OK. His form is good on the all-weather and he doesn't have to prove anything."
Saeed Manana's horses come under the banner of Rabbah Bloodstock, whose racing director, Bruce Raymond, is also confident of a good show.
"He gets this trip well, indeed he is a course and distance winner," Raymond told www.rabbahbloodstock.com.
"This is the starting point for his season and he will be taking on horses, many of whom have already run this year.
"But the way he has been working, he seems fit enough.
"Philip knows him pretty well now, having ridden him in a lot of his work this spring, and we are certainly hoping for a very competitive effort."Pachattack had some tough assignments in North America last season, running in two Grade One races, the Beverly D Stakes at Arlington and the EP Taylor Stakes at Woodbine.
She ran with credit on both occasions, despite failing to make the frame, and wound up her globe-trotting exploits on a high with victory at the latter track in November.
Trainer Gerard Butler said: "She's been very professional about it all and handled the trips very well.
"She's had a nice break since her win at Woodbine and this has always been the aim since then.
"It's a tough old race, but with the right amount of luck we should go close."
Cockney Class has shone in his preparation, giving trainer Brian Meehan high hopes of a decent showing.
"He is nicely positioned in stall four and also coming into this competitive race on the back of excellent home work," he told www.brianmeehanatmanton.com.
Jeremy Gask is hoping for a bit of luck in running for course and distance winner Nice Style, who has been handed a poor draw in stall 12.
"He performed well on the track last time, so I'd be hopeful," said the Wiltshire handler.
"It will be interesting to see how he steps up in this grade, and it will give us a guide as to where we go in the future with him.
"I'd have loved to have drawn better. I think it complicates things as to what we do tactically.
"It would have been nice to have been drawn inside or somewhere in the middle where we could sit not far off the speed.
"It depends what pace is on as to what we do tactically. I'd prefer a strong pace though there wasn't one last time but he overcame that.
"I think he's adaptable," Gask told At The Races.
Clive Cox would have preferred a slightly longer trip for Dansili Dancer, but still expects the nine-year-old to give a good account of himself.
The Lambourn trainer is happy with the gelding, who has benefited from a break after dead-heating with 2009 St Leger winner Mastery over a mile and a half at Kempton in November.
"He's in excellent form and we're very pleased he's having a go in a competitive race. His last run dead-heating at Listed level was backed up at the highest Group One standard with Mastery," he said.
"He's better fresh and he's had a break since then, so I'd be hopeful he'd give his consistent performance.
"It is a mile and a quarter and he broke the track record over a mile and three in the Rosebery last year at Kempton.
"I would be happier if we had another furlong, but, that said, we are delighted he is taking his chance."