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Gosdenlooking for answers.

CONTENDER Fencing FENCING,beatenbyCamelotin hislasttwostarts,stepsoutofthe shadow of the Investec Derby favourite today for a test that will determine the direction of histh ree-year-oldcampaign .

The colt, owned and bred by George Strawbridge, finished sixthinthe2,000Guineaswithouth avinghadthebenefitofa warm-uprace,butasencouraging asthateffortwasa rematchwith Camelot at Epsom is not guaranteedwere Fencingtowin today 'skeyClassictrial.

Eventhough h ehasaDerby entry, F encing'strainerJohnGosdensuspectslastyear'sRacing Post Trophythirdmaybebettersuitedtotoday 'sextended1m2ftrip thantheEpsomClassicdistance of1m4f. Atilt a tthePrixduJockey Club may bea more likely goal.

"I don't think we really are [lookingattheDerby],"saidGosden "

"We probably feel a mile andquarterishistrip.Heiscertainly bred that way. He got a punctureinahoofsohemissed the Craven Stakes and he ran well in the Guineas. I have alwayswantedtotryhimovera mile and quarter and this is an opportunitytodoso. He was somewhat in need of the race at Newmarketwhichisnotnormal butit'sbeensuchastrangespring." JonLees Prosandcons? Bound toc omeon for2,000 Guineas run whensixth behind Camelota fter earliermin ors etback ? Newmarketf orm not boostedby Coupe DeV ille,aplaceinfront of Fencingin2,000Guineas, finishing seventhinFrench equivalent
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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 17, 2012
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