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RACING: HORSES TO FOLLOW.

Balladeer heading for Royal Ascot

HORSES nominated recently by connections as ones to look out for include:

BALLADEER: On course for Royal Ascot following his all-the-way win at nearby Windsor.

"We decided to make the running because he needs to get a good stride to make things happen in his races," said trainer John Hills.

"We might take him to the King George V and have a bit of fun at Ascot. He might go well too."

ECHO RIVER: Made all under Kevin Darley in a juvenile event at Windsor to improve the already-impressive record of trainer David Loder with his two-year-olds.

"It was a bit of a stroll in the park for her," said Loder's representative, Ricky Bowman. "She's highly-regarded back home. Kevin said that she ran very green in front and could have done with a bit of company but like us he thinks she is very good.

"She is unlikely to go to Royal Ascot but may go to Newmarket's July meeting or there may be a Group race in Italy for her."

EXEAT: The former top two-year-old gained his first victory for almost three years at Goodwood under Pat Eddery.

Jimmy Lindley, representing owner Lady Harrison, said: "He showed top form as a two-year-old when John Gosden but he's had his problems.

"Pat's ridden a lovely race and this will have done his confidence a lot of good. Hopefully, he'll come back but for now he'll be kept at the shallow end."

GOOD GIRL: Heads for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot after scoring under Jamie Spencer at Beverley.

Trainer Tim Easterby said: "I know she only just won but she is a very good filly - she came there a bit quick, but Jamie said he had to go when the gap came and she went through it like a knife.

"She will be even better with a bit of cut in the ground, she is better than this form and she will go for the Queen Mary."

GRANDERA: Likely to be aimed at the Budweiser Irish Derby on July 1 after finishing an unfortunate third in the Prix du Jockey-Club.

"He ran a good race, he was a bit shut in on the rails," trainer James Fanshawe said.

"He will go anywhere with good fast ground but we will probably aim him at the Irish Derby."

Grandera's jockey Michael Hills was less diplomatic about the race. "We were murdered the moment we came out of the stalls," he stormed.

RAAJIYA: A half-sister to the former top two-year-old Mujahid can go on to better things after winning her maiden at Goodwood.

Trainer Marcus Tregoning said: "This filly has had a few problems. She's cow-hocked and kept pulling muscles behind, so hopefully she'll come on.

"She's got plenty of speed and she won that very well. I think that was quite a nice little race."

SYDENHAM: John Gosden's colt ran a fine race when seventh in the Prix du Jockey-Club in what was only the second race of his life.

Trainer John Gosden said: "He's run a good race, it was a tall order but if he'd held his position he might have done better. They backed the pace up on the bend. He'll win his maiden then we'll go for the Great Voltigeur."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 8, 2001
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