Grandeur leads classy Winter field
Clear market leader Grandeur heads 23 horses standing their ground at the confirmation stage for the coral.co.uk Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday.
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Jeremy Noseda's classy five-year-old is around 7/4 favourite for the mile and a quarter Group Three.
Already a dual Group Two winner in America, Grandeur won at Listed level in Britain for a second time when beating Modernstone in the Winter Derby Trial over this course and distance last month.
Modernstone, trained by William Knight, is in the field along with Anaconda and Robin Hoods Bay, who were third and fourth that day.
Last year's winner Farraaj and the veteran Premio Loco, who was successful in 2012, are set to try again while there are several other smart sorts including Dick Doughtywylie, Graphic, Highland knight, Rebellious Guest and Godolphin's Windhoek.
The sole Irish representative is Jim Bolger's Parish Hall, who showed he still retains plenty of ability despite his problems when fourth in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown in September and winning the Group Three Diamond Stakes the following month.
Andrew Balding looks set to reroute Highland Knight to an alternative event on the Lingfield card.
He said: "I've got Highland Knight in the Winter Derby and the mile race. He'll probably go for the mile race.
"He ran at Wolverhampton the other day, he'll come on for that, but he just needs one more run to qualify for Good Friday."
Balding also had news of globetrotting stable star Side Glance.
The Kingsclere handler said: "Side Glance is in good order and goes for the Dubai World Cup. There are 16 runners and 10 Group One winners in there, so it's a proper World Cup."