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Ground The Key To True Story's Dante Bid

Thursday, 15th May 2014

True Story (Manduro-Tanzania, by Darshaan) will put his imposing reputation on the line in tonight's Gr2 Dante Stakes (10 furlongs) at York, provided the ground is suitable, reports 1.skysports.com. Godolphin's big Investec Derby hope announced himself as a serious Classic contender when demolishing his rivals by 7-lengths in the Listed Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on 16 April. The 3YO son of Manduro has won 2 of his 3 starts, with his only defeat coming at the hands of Godolphin stable-mate Outstrip, winner of last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor said that True Story is primed for a bold showing at York, but will only run if the ground is deemed suitable. "I think that True Story will be fine on good to soft ground but we wouldn't want the going to be too soft for him," Suroor said on Tuesday. "The forecast at York is for dry weather from Wednesday onwards and we will make a final decision about his participation nearer the time. True Story is ready to go and we are aiming to run him at York at the moment." True Story is the highest-rated horse in this year's Dante field, the premier trial for the Investec Derby, having produced nine double winners. His main threat is likely to come from either the Qatar Racing-owned Arod or the highly regarded Richard Hannon trainee Bunker, who boasts a stakes victory over French 2,000 Guineas victor Karakontie.

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