Racing: Dunlop favours tilt at Derby with Lucido

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JOHN DUNLOP indicated at Newbury yesterday that he is leaning towards recommending that his Lingfield Derby Trial winner, Lucido, be supplemented for the Derby.

"We thought we would wait and see what happened at York, and nothing very convincing happened in the Dante, I don't think," Dunlop said.

Pat Eddery, making his return from a four-day suspension for excessive use of the whip on Dunlop's Silver Patriarch in Newmarket's Jockey Club Stakes a fortnight ago, completed a 81-1 double on Brian Meehan's Gipsy Anna in the opener and Dunlop's Vision Of Night in the Sun Life of Canada Stakes.

In the latter, Gary Hind took the 4-6 favourite, Lionhearted, to the front over a furlong from home but Eddery tracked his move on Vision Of Night, who wore his rival down in the final strides for a short-head win.

Dunlop, who is considering Royal Ascot's Cork & Orrery Stakes for the winner, reserved words of praise for the jockey, saying: "He did well to win from where he came from because he was stuck in a pocket and had three lengths to make up. He is a nice, tough horse. He's in some fancy sprints and if all went well we'd think of the Cork & Orrery."

Vision Of Night finished a well-beaten fifth to Bertolini when 11-8 favourite for the Free Handicap at Newmarket last month and Dunlop added: "We really fancied him for the Free Handicap and I was disappointed. You never know with horses, do you?"

Meehan is also aiming Gipsy Anna at the Royal meeting after she kept her unbeaten record intact in the Highclere Stud Stakes. "Pat said she had won easily," the winning trainer said. "She got a little bit lazy in front but he has given her a smack and away she has gone."

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