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Martin Dwyer - jockey

Martin Dwyer: rides Wind Stream in the Indian Derby

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Dwyer chases more success in Indian Derby

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Martin Dwyer finds himself pitted against some familiar rivals when bidding to win the Indian Derby for the second time in Mumbai on Sunday.

Dwyer, who memorably partnered Sir Percy to victory in the Derby at Epsom in 2006, rides Wind Stream and is hopeful that December's Bangalore 2,000 Guineas winner can follow up his success 12 months ago on In The Spotlight, who is now being campaigned in Dubai.

"He has a really good chance and should just about be favourite," said Dwyer. "He has a wide draw out in 17, which is a bit of a hindrance, but he's a very good horse."

The Group 1 race is being called for the first time by former BBC commentator Jim McGrath, and would not be out of place at Royal Ascot in terms of riding talent, with Richard Hughes, Pat Smullen, Jimmy Fortune, Silvestre de Sousa, Colm O'Donoghue, Paul Mulrennan, David Allan and Danny Grant also in the line-up.

"Knowing so many of the jockeys should make it easier to ride," said Dwyer, who arrived in India last week and plans to stay until early March after signing a deal to ride for Wind Stream's owner.

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