Grandeur (near side) won last year's £200,000 Coral Easter ClassicPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Globetrotting Grandeur given Lingfield option
GRANDEUR, who was hindered by the widest draw of all when a well beaten favourite in last year’s Winter Derby, has been given the option of returning to the Coral-backed Group 3 at Lingfield next month.
The Jeremy Noseda-trained globetrotter atoned for that disappointing effort when claiming the £200,000 Coral Easter Classic on Good Friday and has since performed with credit, including in three Graded races in the USA.
The six-year-old featured alongside fellow All-Weather Championships Finals Day winner Captain Cat in 35 entries for the March 14 contest over 1m2f.
Having won his last three starts on the surface, the Paul Cole-trained Complicit is another all-weather regular to catch the eye.
Cole’s son and assistant Oliver said: “He will go straight to the Winter Derby and then hopefully on to All-Weather Championships Finals Day.
“I don't think you could fault his performance at Lingfield last time - I thought he was very, very good. He won it easily.
“He has only ever been beaten once on the all-weather and that was when he ran on finals day last year. He got pushed all over the place that day and, if you draw a line through that, his form is very handy.
“He has a rating of 108 - which is pretty high - and you would hope he will be competitive in the Winter Derby and on Finals Day.”
Jim Bolger is responsible for the three entries from Ireland with the Winter Derby being considered for Group winners Parish Hall and Light Heavy and lightly-raced four-year-old Mandatario.
Other notable entries include Australian Group 1 winner Side Glance, Cambridgeshire scorer Bronze Angel and William Haggas-trained pair Battalion and Graphic.
The Marco Botti-trained Grendisar, a winner of a Listed race over the Winter Derby’s course and distance in December, has been installed as the sponsor’s 5-1 favourite. Next best are Grandeur and Battalion at 6-1, while Captain Cat and Side Glance can be backed at 8-1.
coral.co.uk Winter Derby
Sponsors bet: 5 Grendisar; 6 Battalion, Grandeur; 8 Captain Cat, Side Glance; 10 Cloudscape, Complicit, Graphic, Maverick Wave; 14 Bronze Angel, Educate, Tryster; 16 Afonso De Sousa, Dick Doughtywylie, Mahsoob, Ocean Tempest, Parish Hall, Tenor; 20 bar