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Lingfield Park

  • 15:50 Winter Derby 1m 2f

  • (Fast Track Qualifier) (Group 3) £100,000 added 4yo+ 14 ran
  • Winner £56,710 2nd £21,500 3rd £10,760 4th £5,360
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 1.41s
  • Off time: 15:51:45

View from connections: Winter Derby at Lingfield

Last Updated: 21/03/14 10:46am

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Ryan Moore: Rides favourite Grandeur

Ryan Moore: Rides favourite Grandeur

Jeremy Noseda admits Grandeur's wide draw in stall 14 is far from ideal in the Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday.

However, the Newmarket handler believes jockey Ryan Moore is the right man on board to follow up the partnership's success in the Winter Derby Trial over course and distance four weeks ago.

Grandeur brings some top-class international form to the table, having performed with great credit in the Arlington Million and the Hong Kong Cup.

The trainer told his website, "The draw is not one that you want with the short run into the first bend. But, having said that, the horse is in great nick and definitely will have improved for that first run.

"In Ryan Moore, we've also got the right jockey to get him in position to counteract any problems that the draw might make."

Noseda feels that the tight nature of Lingfield's track perfectly suits Grandeur's running style.

"It's a surface we think is 100 per cent right," he said. "Most horses go on it and show their form on it, and what I think is ideal for him is that he loves running on tight, turning tracks.

"It seems to suit him and keeps him interested and he enjoys doing it. If you look at his win profile, he has performed well at Epsom and run well at Goodwood and run well in America on tight, left-handed courses.

"This winter campaign was built around the Winter Derby. The new race at Lingfield on Good Friday, the mile-and-a-quarter one worth £200,000, will hopefully be his next target.

"Following that we will take a view. It will either be Singapore for their Invitational or we'll head to America and have a few runs there."

Grandeur is wearing cheek-pieces after Moore felt he slightly pulled up in front when winning last time out.

"We just felt he could have done a bit more when he got there the last day," said Moore. "He's probably the best horse in the race. I just hope we get a bit of luck on Saturday."

Godolphin are usually preoccupied with the Dubai Carnival at this time of year so the fact they have sent Windhoek back to Britain early may be significant.

Trainer Saeed bin Suroor told "Windhoek's final pieces of work in Dubai went nicely and he has done very well over the winter.

"He has improved a great deal since he came out to Dubai and he looks a better horse as a four-year-old.

"This is the right distance for him and he handled an artificial surface out in Dubai. I hope that he can run very well at Lingfield Park."

Farraaj twice disappointed after winning this race last year and Roger Varian admits it looks a stronger renewal.

"I'm really pleased with his training, his work has been good and he looks ready for it," said the Newmarket handler. "He's a bit delicate, which is why he hasn't been over-raced.

"As we won the race last year we thought we should get him back in and fit and ready to try to win it again. It looks a stronger race this year than the one he won last year. He will probably have to perform 2lb or 3lb better in it to win but he's in good form and can go well fresh so we're looking forward to seeing him.

"I think anyone who wins on Saturday would be mad not to look at Good Friday over course and distance with the prize-money on offer."

Ed Vaughan's Robin Hoods Bay was second 12 months ago and jockey Luke Morris felt he was unlucky when fourth behind Grandeur in the Winter Derby Trial.

He said: "This winter he's steadily progressed. He was probably slightly unlucky in the Winter Derby Trial not to be a bit closer. He didn't get the rub of the green from a bad draw.

"It looks a red-hot race with the likes of Grandeur and Farraaj, so it will be an interesting contest.

"There should be plenty of pace which will suit him and hopefully he can run a big race. He's a horse with a turn of foot and is suited by a proper-run race.

"Obviously he's got to improve to step up to win. Hopefully he can show his best and be thereabouts."

Tom Dascombe's Anaconda is one of those likely to help set the gallop.

"I think he gets 10 furlongs well and we can ride him more confidently now," said Dascombe. "The plan wasn't to make the running last time, but nothing else wanted to go on so he ended up making it.

"If the same happens this time, we will probably make it at a stronger pace."

Rebellious Guest has been in good form of late, but trainer George Margarson is well aware the five-year-old must up his game.

He said: "Rebellious Guest worked well over seven furlongs on the Al Bahathri (on Wednesday) and he seems so well that we thought we would let him take his chance. He has got a bit to find with some of the others, but he is rated 100 now.

"I always thought he was more of a miler, but we thought it was worth a gamble stepping up trip and he got the 10 furlongs well (when victorious at Kempton earlier in the month).

"The pace should be good on Saturday and, like everything else, we will need that bit of luck in running. If he gets that, I can see him finishing in the first three."

Richard Hughes rides Chil The Kite and believes the race could be run to suit Hughie Morrison's charge.

"He ran all right in Dubai, although the form figures don't say that," he told At The Races.

"They go very slow in Dubai and that wouldn't really be up his street, but I think a mile and two will actually suit him now. He'll need a bit of pace to be in the shake-up at the end."

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