Wednesday 23 May 2018

Dee day for Derby hopes

Century and Kingfisher will represent Aidan O'Brien in the Dee Stakes
Century and Kingfisher will represent Aidan O'Brien in the Dee Stakes

Aidan O'Brien will be double-handed in Friday's Betfair Cash Out Dee Stakes at Chester.

The 10-furlong race has been downgraded to Listed from Group Three status this year, but the Ballydoyle handler still runs English Derby entries Century and Kingfisher in a contest he landed last year with Magician.

Century won a maiden last term and was last seen finishing last in the Racing Post Trophy, while Kingfisher finished fifth in the Ballysax Stakes on his reappearance this season.

Mark Johnston also runs two - Bow Creek, who was a Listed winner at Lingfield last month, and stablemate Somewhat, who was recently fifth in the Feilden Stakes and finished second in last year's Royal Lodge Stakes.

Andrew Balding's Zampa Manos takes a jump in class after winning a Lingfield conditions heat on his most recent outing.

Jeremy Noseda fields Sloane Avenue, a nine-length winner at the Surrey venue on his racecourse debut back in February.

Pat Shanahan's Drummore Road and the Charlie Hills-trained Randwick have yet to win a race and they complete an eight-strong line up.

Sir Michael Stoute's Kris Kin was the last horse to win the Dee before going on to Derby glory, in 2003.

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