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Stoute worried by untried Workforce

Michael Stoute has said he would prefer to have given Workforce more experience ahead of the Investec Derby on Saturday.

The Dante Stakes runner-up, who has just two starts under his belt, is among a field of 12 declared for the blue riband Classic at Epsom.

However, Stoute, chasing a fifth Derby triumph, still expects the King's Best colt to run well.

"I'm just disappointed we didn't get two races into him (this season). That was the original plan but in the spring he had a dirty scope and he wasn't really thriving with the weather we were having," said the Newmarket trainer.

"He's a bit short on experience. He only had one race at two -- a maiden -- and then the Dante, which was unsatisfactory really.

"At Epsom they have to be sharp mentally, they have to go for the openings when they are available, but the good thing is there are only 12 runners and not 24. That's a help.

"I took him to Lingfield for him to accelerate down the hill on a left-handed turn as he got the bit through his mouth at York.

"That was a one-off, we will be able to eliminate that sort of thing.

"He has sharpened up from his Dante race, as one would expect. We are running him because we feel he is entitled to go there.

"He has a chance. I couldn't say I'm confident because he lacks that additional race I would have liked him to have had," Stoute added.

Coordinated Cut was one place behind Workforce when third to Cape Blanco in the Dante and his trainer Michael Bell hopes his contender has improved from the run.

"His preparation has gone smoothly, he looks healthy and well and we are hopeful of a good run," he said.

"He has been training very well and he blew hard after the Dante, so I'm hoping there is improvement to come."

"Seeing is believing and we will see on Saturday if that is correct. It's a relatively small field for the Derby so I don't think there's much significance in the draw (nine). They should be able to sort themselves out over a mile and a half with only 12 runners."

Workforce's owner Prince Khalid Abdullah has a strong second string, the Henry Cecil-trained Bullet Train.


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