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Horse Racing: Bearer of good news for Stoute.

TARTAN BEARER can restore family honour and present Sir Michael Stoute with a fifth Vodafone Derby victory at Epsom tomorrow.

Stoute is a master trainer of Classic contenders as the wins of Shergar (1981), Shahrastani (1986), Kris Kin (2004) and North Light (2005) all prove, and in Tartan Bearer he has another worthy candidate.

He is a full-brother to Golan, who won the 2,000 Guineas in 2001 before finishing second in the Derby, so there are relatively few questions about his stamina on the pedigree book.

Tartan Bearer has also been progressing well on the racecourse, shrugging off defeat on his only start at two to register a workmanlike victory in a Leicester maiden on his reappearance this term.

He then showed just how much improvement he had made when grinding out a win in the Dante at York - a race that has a rich recent history of producing Derby winners.

Tartan Bearer held Frozen Fire by a head that day and although the margin was not impressive, Stoute's charge idled in front and will have learned plenty more in what was only the third outing of his life.

This year's renewal of the Derby has taken on lots of extra spice in the last few days with Jim Bolger throwing New Approach back into the equation.

That horse must go close, but the selection is very much on an upward curve and runners from the late Lord Weinstock's Ballymacoll Stud always improve with age and experience.

He provides a satisfactory solution to the conundrum with the excellent Ryan Moore in the saddle. Kandahar Run is the best of those at bigger prices and can sneak a place for four-times Derbywinning trainer Henry Cecil.


MASTER: Michael Stoute; Chance: Ryan Moore
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2008
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