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Horse Racing - Racing: Chester chance for Star Of India

Aidan O'Brien has won the Derby a record eight times and Star Of India could confirm himself as a realistic part of the Ballydoyle battalion with a step up in trip in Thursday's Dee Stakes.

The three-year-old is a 5/2 chance for the Listed contest at Chester and could see his ante-post Derby odds of 50/1 slashed, if impressing at the Roodee, with the race available on our Sports Live Streaming service.

Third start

The son of Galileo's seasonal reappearance in the Craven was just his second career start, having made a winning two-year-old debut in a Leopardstown maiden over 7f in October.

Despite only beating one rival home at Newmarket last month, Star Of India led for much of the race before being outpaced at the finish, suggesting that this step up in trip to 1m2½f should suit.

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O'Brien has taken the Dee Stakes six times in the last decade and if Star Of India can add to that impressive recent record, it could set him up for a significantly busier campaign as a three-year-old than he was as a juvenile.

Busy summer plans

The colt also entered in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes and the Irish Derby, should that Royal Ascot race fall too soon after Epsom.

"We always thought that he'd be able to step up in trip," O'Brien said. "He had his first start of the season in the Craven; we wanted him to get some experience and it was a race that came along at the right time for him.

"This will be his third start, after winning a maiden over seven furlongs last year, and we're hoping for a good run."

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