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LUCKY DIP FOR WILLIE.

The Derby dream team, Willie Ryan and Benny The Dip, are set to be re-united in the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday.

But, according to Timeform handicapper Chris Williams the pair will do well to make super-filly Bosra Sham break into a sweat.

Williams, who yesterday knocked Benny The Dip's rating down in racing's bible by 2lb to 128 in the wake of Epsom runner-up Silver Patriarch's poor show in the Irish Derby, said tellingly: "He will be doing well to get within five lengths of her."

While not giving up on the three-year-olds just yet, Williams feels the older horses have the edge.

Described as: "the best I have ever trained,"" by Henry Cecil after she had won at Royal Ascot, the filly faces a maximum of four opponents at Sandown and is 4-6 with Coral.

Benny The Dip, now 9-2 from 3-1, is shaded out of second-favouritism by Breeders' Cup hero Pilsudski, a 4-1 shot.

The rest of the field is made up of Geoff Wragg's improving Sasuru (8- 1) and Godolphin's Royal Ascot scorer Allied Forces at 14-1.

Frankie Dettori, first choice to ride Benny The Dip, looks like being claimed by Godolpin leaving Ryan free to partner the Derby winner for the second time.

"Allied Forces is a likely runner and we will probably confirm him as definite tomorrow,"" said spokesman Simon Crisford.

"Frankie Dettori is our retained rider and will ride him if he runs."

Sponsors Coral were far from downcast with the small field.

"We are delighted," said spokesman Simon Clare. "Coral are happy to be associated with such a high-quality race.

"In the past when there have been eight or nine runners there have often been three at 25-1 or longer but this year we have got pure quality.""
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Mitchell, Dave
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jul 1, 1997
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