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Luca Cumani: "Greatwood is in excellent form"

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Cumani sets Greatwood on tried-and-trusted path

LUCA CUMANI will be hoping the promising Greatwood can follow the path of the trainer's two Derby winners Kahyasi and High-Rise, who used the Lingfield Derby Trial as a stepping stone to Epsom glory.

Greatwood, a 25-1 chance for the Derby, will face four rivals at Lingfield on Saturday and an impressive performance will result in those odds being shortened.

He made his seasonal reappearance behind Windhoek in a sales races at Newmarket, the form of which has since been boosted after the winner went in again.

Cumani, who trains the son of Manduro for Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, said: "He is in excellent form. I hope the rain stays away as he prefers a fast surface. We are hoping for the best.

"Windhoek franked the form in very good fashion and I was very happy with that. A mile and a half is perfect for him. He finished very well over a mile and a quarter at Newmarket so there are no fears there."

Three of his rivals are entered in the Derby including Nevis, who will be bidding to give trainer Aidan O'Brien more trials success follow the Chester Vase and Dee Stakes wins of Ruler Of The World and Magician.

Due to be ridden by Ryan Moore, who partnered O'Brien's two Chester winners, Nevis is bred for Classic glory being out of 2008 Irish Oaks winner Moonstone.

Lingfield's card could also feature some Oaks clues.

The Ralph Beckett-trained Look Here was second in the trial in 2008 before winning at Epsom and the trainer sends Secret Gesture into battle on Saturday.

Beckett, whose filly is as short as 12-1 for the Oaks, but can be backed at 16-1 with William Hill and bet365, said:  "We didn't think that much of her before she ran last year but she was progressive and we are very much looking to runnning her."

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