Winter Derby Trial Stakes (Fast Track Qualifier) (Listed) 1m 2f

  • (4yo+, 1m 2f, Class 1, 10 runners)
  • Winner £25,520 2nd £9,675 3rd £4,842 4th £2,412 5th £1,210 6th £607
  • Going: Standard
  • Surface: Polytrack
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 2m 1.17s
  • Off time: 15:33:00
  • Last Updated: February 22 2014, 22:07 GMT

Grandeur (4/5f) delivered a smart performance to land the Winter Derby Trial under Ryan Moore.

Ryan Moore: A winning ride on Grandeur
Ryan Moore: A winning ride on Grandeur

Jeremy Noseda's five-year-old certainly doesn't lack for class having won a couple of Grade 2 contests in the USA, and he showed he has no problems with handling Lingfield's Polytrack as he ran out a convincing winner of the 1m2f contest.

There was to be no hanging around in the early stages as Anaconda set off at a furious pace but Moore refused to panic and having slotted his horse just off the pace, he extricated himself off the rail perfectly to assume command with just over a furlong to travel, and he merely had to keep the grey up to his work to score.

Modernstone came thundering from off the pace to finish a never-nearer second with long-time leader Anaconda holding on for third as Robin Hoods Bay endured a luckless passage in fourth.

Noseda commented: "Grandeur is a grand horse. He's tough, consistent and you can't ask for anything more than that.

"He hit the front much too early today but Ryan has travelled well and he has kept it simple - Grandeur is never going to be a horse that wins by that far.

"It didn't bother me when he hit the front because he is a good enough horse to hold on against that level of competition.

"The plan coming into today was to make sure we qualified for the £200,000 race on Good Friday and we will discuss about coming back for the Winter Derby on March 22.

"He has the option of going to Dubai for the Sheema Classic and I'll have a chat with (owner) Yvonne (Jacques) and decide. Personally, I would come here for the Winter Derby because I think that he would go into the race and the Good Friday race with a favourite's chance.

"I think that we will campaign him domestically until Good Friday and then, if things are going well at that stage, will decide with Yvonne but I think he could take a trip back to America or go to Singapore.

"We have options with him and I think that we are going to place him in the races where he has the best chance of getting good money.

"Sadly, that means we would be better avoiding places like Royal Ascot and going to race for big money abroad. We would be happy enough to do that."

Moore, celebrating a double on the day. said: "The race worked out nicely for Grandeur. They went a nice, even pace and he travelled very well.

"I was out a bit earlier than I would have ideally liked but there wasn't a lot of choice and he did what he had to do.

"I think that he is certainly good enough to go into the Winter Derby as the one they all have to beat."

Noseda is set to be doubly represented on All-Weather Championships Finals Day with Valbchek, who secured his berth in the £150,000 Sprint Stakes with Fast-Track Qualifier victory in the Listed Best Odds At Golden Rose Stakes on November 16.

The Newmarket trainer continued: "Valbchek will be coming back for Good Friday. He got little setback out in Dubai, so we brought him home and now we are getting him ready for the Sprint Final. He will go straight there.

"Hopefully, we will be coming back to Lingfield on Good Friday with two very solid chances. It's a big day with fabulous prize money and you cannot ask for any more than that."

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