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Winter Derby Stakes preview: Rab Havlin backing Lord North to outshine Lingfield rivals on Saturday | Racing Information

Lord North is the star attraction as he kicks off his 2023 marketing campaign within the £100,000 Group Three BetUK Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday, dwell on Sky Sports activities Racing.

The three-time Group One winner chased dwelling Alenquer in a top-quality renewal of the 10-furlong contest 12 months in the past, with Lord North subsequently dead-heating with Panthalassa within the Dubai Turf.

Lord North, who heads three runners for John & Thady Gosden, has been sidelined since ending a detailed fourth behind Vadeni within the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown Park in July.

The seven-year-old’s jockey Robert Havlin stated: “Lord North appears rather well. I’ve ridden him in his final two items of labor and I feel he’s a bit of sharper than he was coming into the race final yr.

“We’re utilizing this as a prep for the Dubai Turf once more however I hope for an actual huge run. He simply feels that bit extra switched on than he was this time final yr.

“We took him for an away day at Chelmsford lately. He didn’t gallop however had a pleasant canter round and that may have achieved him good mentally greater than something.

“He’s a seven-year-old now and may be fairly lazy at dwelling however his work has definitely been a bit brighter. He’s the perfect horse within the race by far and hopefully he can present that.”

Forest Of Dean in winning action at Goodwood
Forest Of Dean in profitable motion at Goodwood

The Gosdens have a powerful hand because the secure bids for a fourth victory from the final 5 editions of the race, with Lord North joined by 2021 victor Forest Of Dean and Harrovian.

South African jockey Collen Storey made the headlines after guiding Forest Of Dean to a decisive victory in a Quick-Observe Qualifier at Newcastle in January, a race through which Harrovian was third.

Storey, who moved to Newmarket in October 2021 having ridden 222 winners in his homeland, stated: “Forest Of Dean could be very properly in himself. I sat on him once more this morning and he had a little bit of freshness in him. I truly assume he has come on a bit from Newcastle.

“Rab [Havlin] rode him fairly useful after they received the Winter Derby a few years in the past, whereas at Newcastle I dropped him in and he flew once I pulled him out. It was spectacular the best way he quickened up.

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Jamie Spencer fears the John Gosden contenders however is hopeful King Of The South can run into some prize-money within the Winter Derby.

“I received a Stakes race in Zimbabwe on a filly referred to as Raven Woman and have positioned in just a few different Stakes races as properly. It’s onerous to get rides in these huge races and I’m very excited for this chance. Optimistically, hopefully we will pull it off.

“After I received on Forest Of Dean at Newcastle, I stated my purpose is to journey a Group winner over right here. If I may tick that off, I want to see what the yr forward is ready to give me.”

The race is a Quick-Observe Qualifier for the £200,000 Easter Basic, with the type of final season’s Finals Day spotlight represented by runner-up Tyrrhenian Sea (Roger Varian).

Lucander makes a fast reappearance for George Baker after profitable a neighborhood Group Two in Bahrain final week, whereas Andrew Balding can be hoping a gelding operation can rejuvenate Group Three winner Foxes Tales.

William Knight’s all-weather specialist King Of The South and John Ryan’s Pistoletto full the sector.

Tone The Barone tuned up for Hever check

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Jockey Rossa Ryan was in a assured temper as he appeared forward to Tone The Barone’s outing within the Listed Hever Dash Stakes at Lingfield on Saturday, dwell on Sky Sports activities Racing.

Elsewhere on the cardboard, prolific sprinter Tone The Barone bids for his tenth all-weather success for Stuart Williams within the Listed BetUK Hever Dash over 5 furlongs.

A aggressive line-up additionally options John Quinn’s quickly enhancing filly Miss Nay By no means and David O’Meara’s Alligator Alley, who received three races on the spin earlier within the season.

The Robert Cowell-trained Arecibo, third within the Group Two Temple Stakes final yr, makes his first all-weather look since 2019, whereas Karl Burke’s Exalted Angel has a first-time visor after ending a detailed third within the Listed BetUK Kachy Stakes.

Look Out Louis (Julie Camacho) and final yr’s winner One Night time Stand (Scott Dixon) are different names to notice.



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