Wide draw for Grandeur

  • Last Updated: March 20 2014, 15:55 GMT

Grandeur will have to overcome the widest draw of all if he is to justify his short price in the coral.co.uk Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday.

Grandeur: Wide draw in 14
Grandeur: Wide draw in 14

The Jeremy Noseda-trained ante-post favourite has been handed stall 14 in the 14-runner field for the mile and a quarter feature.

His main market rival, Roger Varian's Farraaj, will be in stall nine as he bids to take the honours for the second successive year.

Other horses in familiar territory include last year's runner-up Robin Hoods Bay and the 2012 winner Premio Loco while Windhoek, drawn seven, will be Godolphin's first UK runner of 2014.

Rebellious Guest comes into the race in a rich vein of form following three wins from four starts in handicap company and George Margarson is looking forward to seeing him take his chance.

"Rebellious Guest worked well over seven furlongs on the Al Bahathri yesterday and he seems so well that we thought we would let him take his chance," Margarson said.

"He has got a bit to find with some of the others, but he is rated 100 now and should be three from three around Lingfield. 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.

"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.

"He's had a lot of problems, but one of the keys to him has been the lad who rides him out, Jamie Mackay. They get on really and when you have horse with the talent he has, you have got to keep them happy.

"He has also had problems with his back and has a very similar profile to Young Mick. We have just had to wait for the horse to become confident enough to let himself down and I think the run at Southwell (January 20, 2014) when he was third really helped him.

"Jamie Spencer rode him to win at Lingfield next time and felt he was a Group horse - he said how did you get that running off 80! He has always been a good horse at home, but it has taken him time to settle down and get his confidence back," he concluded.

Completing the field are Anaconda, Aussie Reigns, Chil The Kite, Circumvent, Dick Doughtywylie, Mirsaale, Vodkato and Tinshu.

Among the withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage were Highland Knight, Graphic, Modernstone and the only Irish entry, Jim Bolger's Parish Hall.


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