Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Prussian Can Take Prize; Racing Preview

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Prussian Can Take Prize; Racing Preview

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

PRUSSIAN can make the long journey from North Yorkshire worthwhile by claiming the pounds 32 Free At 32Red.com Median Auction Maiden Stakes (4.00) at Kempton.

Middleham maestro Mark Johnston is not averse to sending runners to the Sunbury venue, but it is worth noting that this filly makes the trek south on her own.

The daughter of Dubai Destination is related to a clutch of winners and came very close to making the perfect start to her career at Lingfield earlier this month.

Having run green, Prussian was making up ground hand over fist in the final furlong and only failed to get up by a head.

With normal improvement, she should be extremely difficult to beat this time.

Veroon remains capable of winning off his current mark and has a good opportunity to do just that in the 32RedBet.com Handicap (4.30).

The six-year-old has won and been placed three times round this track and is just 1lb higher than when scoring here in October.

He ran well over course and distance on his latest start, coming from a long way back to finish fourth and he should be involved in the finish again.

A strong pace would seriously aid his cause.

It will be a big shock if Derivatives does not finally find the target in the Bet At Blue Square Maiden Stakes (1.20) at Southwell.

The three-year-old filly is clearly not one of John Gosden's leading lights, but she has run some fair races in defeat, most notably when third in France a couple of starts back.

She looked a little one-paced when third again at Kempton recently, but this track might suit her a little better and connections could not have found her an easier maiden in which to open her account.

Even Stevens has been victorious on six of his seven starts at Southwell and can continue his rise through the ranks in the Download The Blue Square Bet App Handicap (2.50).

A ready triumph here on New Year's Day elevated him to a career-high mark of 96, but the ease of that victory suggests he should be up to the task. …

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