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Another Cocktail can shake up Epsom rivals

ANOTHER COCKTAIL can state a reasonable case for the Investec Derby in June by claiming a dress-rehearsal success at Epsom.

The Investec-sponsored Derby Trial is not the race it once was, but this colt has a nice-looking profile over middle distances and could easily emerge a solid each-way shout for the big one back in Surrey.

Being by Dalakhani and closely related to Fame And Glory, Another Cocktail was always going to be in his element over a mile and a half following a satisfactory, if unspectacular, juvenile campaign.

SPANISH DUKE might also hold all of the aces in the Investec Property Investments City And Suburban Stakes.

Brian Ellison's six-year-old has shown a fondness for the Epsom peaks and troughs over the years and was a ready winner of this race in 2011 off a 3lb higher mark, when in the care of John Dunlop.

ALHAARTH BEAUTY is worth a look in the Pin Point Recruitment Handicap at Catterick.

The Ismail Mohammed-trained filly has been in decent nick on the all-weather since her switch from Richard Hannon and ran an interesting race on her last start in March.

PAINTBALL has gone into tailspin since his Imperial Cup victory last season, but all can be forgiven in the Try Crabbie's Curiously Crisp Scottish Raspberry Handicap Hurdle at Perth.

HOUSE PARTY also deserves to be followed in the Amco Rail Maiden Hurdle at Sedgefield, with RED COURTIER taken to add to his gains at Stratford in the Porter Dodson Solicitors And Advisors Novices' Hurdle at Taunton.

Meanwhile, at Punchestown, the highlight is the Bet Online With TheTote.com Punchestown Gold Cup.

Slight preference is for Ryanair Chase runner-up FIRST LIEUTENANT, who showed English racegoers how good he in the Betfred Bowl Chase at Aintree.


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