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Friday 9 December 2016

Looks written in the stars for Marlowe

John Gosden
John Gosden

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE can put himself in line for a tilt at Classic glory by writing a successful chapter in the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom tomorrow.

The John Gosden-trained colt has several lofty entries, not least in the biggest three-year-old Flat race of them all, and faces four rivals on the back of perfect juvenile record.

After making a winning debut at Sandown in mid-September, his only other appearance interestingly came on this specialist track two weeks later.

Christophermarlowe may have beaten little of note in a four-runner affair, but he did it easily enough and gained crucial experience of the unique undulations.

Gosden has won this race twice in the past 10 years and this colt, jointly owned by his wife Rachel Hood and Michael Tabor, can now take the prize though he has to give 2lb to the opposition.

WHAT ABOUT CARLO is another previous course winner who can put that to good use in the Investec City And Suburban Handicap.

Eve Johnson Houghton's charge won a competitive handicap over the course and distance on Derby day last June and looked to be coming to the boil when fourth in the Lincoln at Doncaster last month.

Predictably, he found the mile a shade too short and was putting in his best work at the finish.

A return to 10 furlongs is sure to suit the four-year-old.

LUNGARNO PALACE can also reap the benefit of a run at Doncaster by taking the Investec Great Metropolitan Handicap.

The John Gallagher-trained four-year-old should be all the better for finishing an eyecatching close fifth to Mica Mika over an extended mile and a quarter on Town Moor.

He can improve upon his previous appearance on this track when he was only beaten a neck and a head behind Yaakooum in September.

JACKBEQUICK is expected to go well in the Eat Sleep Drink Nags Head Pickhill Handicap at Catterick.

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