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Goodwood - Racing: Lysander out to boost Classic bid

The well-regarded Lysander will bid to bolster his Classic credentials by taking his place in the Listed British Stallion Stud EBF Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on Friday.

The William Haggas-trained Derby hopeful finished a good third over a mile on his debut, his only juvenile start, and showed plenty of ability when romping home by eight and a half lengths when upped to 1m2f at Newcastle on reappearance in April.

Lysander the Derby hope for Highclere

The three-year-old colt is owned by Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, who have already tasted Classic success this year with Cachet claiming the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket and who will be hopeful of a runner in the Epsom showpiece.

The son of New Approach is Haggas' sole Derby entrant and is 20/1 to give the trainer that elusive first victory in the Epsom Classic.

"I was very happy with his run (at Newcastle)," said Haggas. "He's taken a bit of time, but he ran well and landed the race easily. This is a big jump up in class and it'll be interesting to see how he goes.

"He's a work in progress and this will tell us what we want to know for his immediate future."

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The Cocked Hat Stakes is widely regarded as a Derby trial, but with Epsom being just over two weeks afterwards, it doesn't provide many winners.

In fact the trial has only provided one Derby winner - Troy in 1979 - but Khalifa Sat, the victor in 2020, enhanced the credentials of the 1m3f event when 50-1 runner-up at Epsom behind Serpentine, providing hope for the connections of Lysander.

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