Loder double

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David Loder grabbed a juvenile double at York yesterday to emphasise that his string has fully escaped the clutches of debilitating sickness.

Bianca Nera stormed home in the Stakis Casinos Lowther Stakes to give the trainer his fourth Group race success in the last six days. And Loder also collected the opening Convivial Stakes with Indiscreet.

Loder had struggled early in the season with many of his horses needing the attention of the vet. But he knew he had turned the corner in the last few weeks and rated Bianca Nera one of his better juvenile fillies.

Unwilling to pitch her straight into the deep end of a Group Two event, he first decided to give her a blow-out in a low-key race.

The decision proved a wise one as Bianca Nera, fresh from a victory at Beverley seven days ago, beat Arethusa by a neck. The success earned the filly quotes of 25-1 from Coral and William Hill for the 1,000 Guineas.

"This makes up for a lot of the frustrations earlier in the year," admitted Loder. "I'm just now beginning to run most of the two-year-olds as they've been sick."