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Professional opinion

Bangalore, July 12: Most of the race professionals were unanimous in their opinion that favourite Grosvenor Square was the horse to beat in tomorrow’s Derby. The following are views of some of participants:

Trainers

Darius Byramji: Both my wards will give a good account of themselves. But whoever beats Grosvenor Square will be the winner.

Michael Eshwer: On his second to Grosvenor Square in the Colts Stakes, Lancaster is in with a chance. But it looks like Grosvenor Square and Fond Fantasy are the frontline contenders.

Ganapathy: Fond Fantasy has improved with every run. She will take some beating.

Padmanabhan: It is between Grosvenor Square and Fond Fantasy. The former is my choice. Ramjet, at the most, can be a place proposition.

Jockeys

David Badel: Grosvenor Square will be hard to toss except for any untoward incident.

Srinath: Going by his two mock races, Master Craft will be thereabouts at the busy end. But the stable-mate, Grosvenor Square looks a better bet.

P. Shroff: Lancaster will not go down without a fight. But he will have to produce his best to get ahead of the champion colt, Grosvenor Square and the filly, Fond Fantasy.

B. Prakash: Grosvenor Square looks to be the public choice. But Fond Fantasy will make him fight for every inch. She is looking much improved since the Fillies Trial Stakes victory.


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