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Winter Derby favourite set to run in France instead.

VICTORY Bond, a leading fancy for Saturday's group 3 Betway Winter derby at Lingfield, is to miss the race in favour of a possible alternative assignment in France, trainer William Haggas has revealed, writes David Milnes.

a 6-1 chance with the sponsor, Victory Bond had been favourite for the race before his defeat by Utmost in the Listed Winter derby Trial at Lingfield this month.

The five-year-old remains a likely runner in the Middle distance Championship Final at the track in late March, but won't be heading to Surrey before then.

Haggas said yesterday: "He won't be running in the Winter derby as he's not the sort to be going around Lingfield too often.

"There's a Listed race in France on March 11 that may be a better alternative. We do, however, want to run on all-weather finals day on good Friday."

Before that, Haggas is targeting a fourth success in the 32Red Lincoln Handicap at doncaster on March 24, and reports all to be well with addeybb, who is 12-1 co-favourite with the sponsor.

He said: "He needs a few to drop out out to make the cut, but should be okay. However, i don't think our other entry, original Choice, will get in."

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUFR
Date:Feb 19, 2018
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