Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pinstickers' Derby Guide

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pinstickers' Derby Guide

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American post (Criquette Head-Maarek, France): High-class performer but seemed below par when a lucky winner of the French 2000 Guineas last time. Yet to race beyond a mile but gives the impression he needs further. Has shown Group One form on soft ground and a fast surface. If back to his best, will take all the beating. Rating (out of 10) 10

COMING AGAIN (Barry Hills): Yet to win a race and looks well below the standard required to figure in a Derby finish.................1

ELSHADI (Marcus Tregoning): Disappointed on final start last season but had looked smart prior to that run. Reported to be training well and could be a dark horse..............................................................6

GATWICK (Mick Channon): Progressing at a rate of knots and latest impressive victory convinced connections to fork out pounds 75,000 to add him to the premier Classic. Faces a huge task stepping out of handicap company, although there is sure to be plenty of interest in him on the big day as he is owned by a syndicate that includes Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.................................4

HAZYVIEW (Neville Callaghan): Another supplemented for the big race, he has also done really well this season. But he was a full 10 lengths behind Percussionist at Lingfield and no obvious reason why he should get much closer this time.....................................4

LET THE LION ROAR (John Dunlop): Third in the totesport Dante last time when he appeared to find the 10 furlongs too short. Will appreciate the step up to a mile and a half but still has something to find with the Dante principals.............................................5

MASSIF CENTRALE (David Elsworth): Still a maiden and little or no chance of being involved at the business end on what he has shown so far..................................................1

MEATH (Aidan O'Brien, Ireland): Good winner at the Curragh last time and is progressing along the right lines. …

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