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William Haggas - Goodwood - August 2, 2008

William Haggas: trains Storm The Stars who has only won a maiden

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Storm The Stars aiming to enter Derby picture

ONLY Troy in 1979 has graduated from winning the Casco EBF Stallions Cocked Hat Stakes - when it was known as the Predominate Stakes - to Epsom glory, and it would be a major shock if one of today's seven runners went on to emulate him on June 6.

However, there are several useful colts in the field for the Listed prize, and an impressive performance from the winner could conceivably open the door to an Investec Derby challenge.

William Haggas is still contemplating the premier Classic for Storm The Stars, who finished runner-up to Hans Holbein in the Group 3 Chester Vase this month after landing his maiden at Leicester in fine fashion.

Storm The Stars boasts one eyecatching line of form from last season, when narrowly denied by unbeaten Derby favourite Golden Horn at Nottingham.

His trainer said: "He's taking his racing well and we'll see if he shows any improvement. We're running in a Derby trial and it's an open year. It's a long shot, but we're strongly considering the Derby at this stage."

Best Of Times, winner of three of his four starts, including the Listed Newmarket Stakes, is another who retains a Derby entry.

His trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said: "He's come back well from his last run and I was very pleased with his latest piece of work. He's in good form."

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