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Trading options up in air

THE Betfred Dante Stakes at York is a possible seasonal starting point for Jim Bolger's smart colt Trading Leather, but it seems unlikely he will line-up in the Investec Derby.

The Teofilo colt was beaten by leading Derby contender Battle Of Marengo on his racecourse debut at Leopardstown in September before going on to win his next two starts.

He signed off his juvenile year with a fifth in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster, but has yet to reappear as a three-year-old.

He did hold entries in the French 2000 Guineas and Sunday's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown, but will not run in either. Asked whether the Dante could be an option, the trainer said: "It could. I have to find somewhere I can run him on some good ground."

Trading Leather holds an entry in the Investec Derby but Bolger appears set to rely on Dawn Approach.

Bolger said: "We'll have to see where he (Trading Leather) fits in (after his trial)."