Grandeur: has lots of options after his Winter Derby Trial winPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
Heavy support for Grandeur pays off
Report: Lingfield, Saturday
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WITH two Grade 2 wins in the States under his belt, Grandeur boasted by far the best form coming into the Winter Derby Trial and his class shone through as posted a win which would have proved popular with punters.
There was some disagreement between the bookmakers over what price Grandeur should be for this race and those who made him an even money chance were nearer the mark than the sponsors who went a generous 2-1, as the winner eventually returned at odds of 4-5.
Not only did this win put Grandeur in the picture for the Winter Derby in three weeks' time, it also saw him qualify for the all-weather championship final day on Good Friday in what could prove to be a lucrative couple of months for connections.
Winning trainer Jeremy Noseda said: "He's a grand old servant. He's tough and consistent and you can't ask for any more. The plan was always to come here and make sure of qualifying for the £200,000 race on Good Friday.
"We'll discuss the Winter Derby but he also has the option of going to Dubai for the Sheema Classic. I'd come here personally, as I think he'd have a favourite's chance in all three, but there's so much money in Dubai you have to consider it, even if you are only running for place money.
"I'll talk to Yvonne [Jacques, owner] after Good Friday but maybe America or Singapore. Sadly we will probably avoid Royal Ascot, and go for bigger money abroad."
This was a second winner on the card for Ryan Moore who added: "The race worked out nicely. I had a nice position and he travelled really well. I was out a bit earlier than I wanted but I didn't have much choice."
The consistent Modernstone ran another solid race to finish three-quarters of a length behind the winner in second with Anaconda a further length and a quarter back in third.
Tarooq: scorched to victory at Lingfield to earn finals placePICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
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TAROOQ unleashed his potent turn of foot down the home straight at Lingfield to seize the initiative and hang on from the fast-finishing pair of Rivellino and Hoof It.
Trained by David Barron for EPL Investments, Tarooq was ridden along as Forest Edge, Ballista and Ladies Are Forever set a ferocious gallop.
However, the eight-year-old possesses an electric turn of pace and once he reached the straight he engaged overdrive and charged for the line, posting a time of 1.08.94, just outside his own track record.
His burst took him past six rivals in only a few yards and he responded generously to the demands of jockey Graham Gibbons to hold off Rivellino and Hoof It, who charged home from the back of the pack.
Gibbons said: "He loves it here and knows his way around. They didn't go a million in the first furlong but took off down the hill and got him at it. He went the shortest way round though and picked up well."
Tarooq earned himself a place on all-weather finals day at Lingfield on April 18 with the victory, a fast-track qualifier for the sprint final.
Gibbons added: "He's definitely worth his place in the Sprint Final. He'll be taking on pretty much the same horses and he'll take a bit of beating."
Ladies Are Forever did not fare as well as her older brother and weakened to sixth having been forced to sit handy from her outside draw in 11.