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Side Glance - Epsom 01.06.2012

Side Glance powering to Diomed glory under Jimmy Fortune

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Side Glance secures Diomed for Derby duo

Report: Epsom, Friday

Investec Diomed Stakes (Group 3) 1m½f, 3yo+

TRAINER Andrew Balding and jockey Jimmy Fortune, who will be represented by leading Investec Derby contender Bonfire in Saturday's Classic, received a timely boost when they teamed up with Side Glance to win the Group 3 Diomed Stakes on Friday.

The Sheikh Fahad Al Thani-owned five-year-old ranged upsides odds-on favourite Worthadd and took command in the straight, holding runner-up Dance And Dance by three-quarters of a length.

A trip to Royal Ascot and a showdown with the mighty Frankel in the Queen Anne Stakes on June 19 is likely to be the next stop for Side Glance.

"He's a talented horse who hasn't been quite right on his last two starts," said Balding.

"I think he'll run in the Queen Anne - something's got to finish second to Frankel.

"I'm thrilled for Sheikh Fahad who's put such a lot into racing. It's great having winners for him."

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