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Main event in Trial run; RACING.

MAIN Sequence puts an unbeaten record and his Epsom dreams on the line in today's Betfred Derby Trial Stakes.

David Lanigan's colt was a shock winner on his racecourse debut at Yarmouth last September but he has since proved that was no fluke with two victories at Newmarket.

Main Sequence, a best-priced 50-1 for the Investec Derby at Epsom next month, now tests his Classic credentials in this recognised trial, which has this year been switched to the all-weather from the unraceable turf course.

The last horse to complete the Lingfield-Epsom double was High-Rise in 1998.

"He's in good order and we're looking forward to running him," said Lanigan.

"I would have preferred to have gone to Chester for the Dee Stakes but we didn't want to run him on really heavy ground.

"I thought his last race at Newmarket was a decent contest and we started him off in a handicap because I thought the handicapper had given him a quite favourable mark over the winter, so it was a nice place to start.

"On his homework, he does everything right and we didn't learn a lot at Newmarket last time as they went steady early on.

"He's a strong horse and I don't think running on the all-weather will be an excuse."

Another horse who has registered three victories from as many starts is the Rae Guest-trained Ed De Gas.

Guest said: "He's not a horse who works like a superstar but he has improved with every run and he's the type of horse that just does enough. I think he deserves to take his chance in a Derby trial. We really wanted to run on the grass to find out if he handled the track."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 12, 2012
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