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Since 1st March, 1999
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It is going to be a close contest, says Javed

Calcutta, Jan. 4: Most of the professionals were unanimous in their views that the Kingfisher Calcutta Derby Stakes, tomorrow was going to be a straight contest between the 2,000 Guineas winner Network and Another Time, the winner of the Calcutta Oaks. The following are the opinions of some of the leading trainers in the city:

Daniel David: My filly Another time and other runners in the Derby will run prominently. If the filly wins it will be a bonus for her as she will be scoring a classic double. We will have to beat Network.

Richard Alford: Network won the 2,000 Guineas very comfortably. He has class and built that give him an edge over others in the seven horse Derby field. Nationalistic and Smart ruler are the two horses who may finish close to Network.

Javed Khan: It is a straight contest between Network and Nationalistic. While Network may call the shots on his better class, Nationalist has in him to see the trip comfortably.

Bharath Singh: Coming out of a training setback network ran a hell of a race in the Calcutta 2,000 Guineas that he won comfortably. He is a good miler and possesses class to last the Derby trip.

Vijay Singh: All my horses are in fine fettle. They have all done what they were expected to do all these weeks. Network and Romantic Notes both have won me a classic each. Any of them them coming good in the Derby will make me happy.

Trackman: It is difficult see beyond Network who was seen going double handful in his final spurt on Thursday. Smart Ruler is the dark one in the filed.

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