Rougemont can bounce back

Rougemont can bounce back
Rougemont can bounce back
Sky Sports Racing News

Richard Hannon is confident Rougemont can bounce back to form in Saturday’s Betfred Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield following a disappointing performance in testing conditions at Sandown.

“His Craven meeting victory over Mickdaam looks good form after the runner-up’s Chester Vase win on Thursday, and, though he did not run as well in the Sandown trial next time, the ground was awful,” the trainer told his website

“This will be his first run on the Polytrack, but he works on it regularly at home, so it should not be a problem.”

Main Sequence puts an unbeaten record and his Epsom dreams on the line.

David Lanigan’s colt was a shock winner on his racecourse debut at Yarmouth last September, but he has since proved that was no fluke with two victories at Newmarket.

Main Sequence, a best-priced 50-1 for the Investec Derby at Epsom next month, now tests his Classic credentials in this recognised trial, which has this year been switched to the all-weather from the unraceable turf course.

The last horse to complete the Lingfield-Epsom double was High-Rise in 1998.

Strong Horse

“He’s in good order and we’re looking forward to running him,” said Lanigan.

“I would have preferred to have gone to Chester for the Dee Stakes, but we didn’t want to run him on really heavy ground.

“I thought his last race at Newmarket was a decent contest and we started him off in a handicap because I thought the handicapper had given him a quite favourable mark over the winter, so it was a nice place to start.

“On his homework, he does everything right and we didn’t learn a lot at Newmarket last time as they went steady early on.

“He’s a strong horse and I don’t think running on the all-weather will be an excuse.”

Ed’De Gas

Another horse who has registered three victories from as many starts is the Rae Guest-trained Ed’De Gas.

Guest said: “He’s not a horse who works like a superstar, but he has improved with every run and he’s the type of horse that just does enough.

“I think he deserves to take his chance in a Derby trial.

“We really wanted to run on the grass to find out if he handled the track and if he did run really well, we’d consider maybe supplementing him for the Derby.

“He’s won on that track, so it’s not going to be against him, but for us it was a fact-finding mission as much as anything.

“He’s very well and he stays a mile and a half, so we’d be hopeful of a big run.”

Chip Off The Old Block

Marcus Tregoning saddled Aqaleem to win this race on turf in 2007 and he went on to run an excellent third behind Authorized at Epsom.

This year’s representative is Cavaleiro, who won his final two juvenile starts and is a son of Tregoning’s 2006 Derby hero Sir Percy.

The trainer said: “Obviously he’s never run on the all-weather, but I did take him there a week ago to work to make sure he handled it and he seemed to handle it OK.

“He seems in good form, but he’s quite a lazy horse to gauge whether he’s quite there yet or whether he’s quite good enough.

“He’s got a reasonable draw (stall three) and I think this is the right race for him.

“Aqaleem was more of a free-going type and he was a different horse to see work at home.

“Having said that, I didn’t fancy Sir Percy the first time he ever ran as he didn’t show’me a lot at home.”

As a gelding, Andrew Balding’s Goldoni is not eligible for the Derby itself, but has already won one Derby Trial, at Epsom last month.

The Kingsclere trainer said: “He’s in good form. I would rather the race was on the grass for him, but I’m glad it’s on.

“We were very pleased with him in the testing ground at Epsom and he should stay the extra two furlongs.

“It’s obviously another step up in class for him, but this is his Derby. He should shape up well.”

Maiden Tag

John Gosden’s Shantaram remains a maiden having twice been beaten a nose. The form of his last run at Newmarket looks strong, with his conqueror, Model Pupil, running a blinder to finish second in Thursday’s Chester Vase.

Hugo Lascelles, racing manager for Shantaram’s owner Lady Bamford, said: “John seems very pleased with him and his form looks solid, so we’re going to take our chance.

“John doesn’t seem to think there’ll be a problem with the all-weather – he’s worked on the Al Bahathri.

“We really want to find out if he stays a mile and a half and we want to find out where we are, basically. He goes well and let’s see how we go.”

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