Ryan Moore rides Lingfield double

Heavy support for Grandeur pays off  

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 toconsider 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.

Source: Racing Post, 22 February 2014


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