Arrow's flight boosts Alboostan

Simon Holt of Channel 4 Racing gives a runner-by runner analysis of today's Lingfield Derby Trial
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Achilles: Won at Doncaster before making The Glow-Worm fight hard in the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom. Boasts solid form and, just as importantly, a willing attitude.

Alboostan: Third to Second Empire at Longchamp last autumn following wins at Goodwood and Beverley. Ran a blinder when going under by a neck to subsequent 2,000 Guineas-third Border Arrow in the Feilden Stakes on his Newmarket reappearance. Sure to improve from that (his home work suggests he has) and must take plenty of beating.

Banker Dwerry: Has shown promise in fair company without getting his head in front.

Dashing Chief: Could only stay on at one pace when third to The Glow- Worm and Achilles. Takes a keen hold.

High-Rise: Bolted up in a minor Pontefract event last month, giving the impression he was Listed or Group class. Has reportedly been working well since and looks a very interesting prospect.

Sadian: Beautifully bred son of the Derby winner Shirley Heights out of the French Oaks winner Rafha. Unbeaten in two minor outings and open to any amount of improvement. Well regarded.

Conclusion: With Border Arrow doing so much to boost the form of the Feilden Stakes, ALBOOSTAN is sure to be hard to beat here. Barry Hills's colt appears to have done very well during the winter and was not knocked about unduly at Newmarket. The danger is likely to be High-Rise who showed an excellent turn of foot at Pontefract and looks a good performer in the making.

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