Racing: Dunlop's faith can be franked by Stampi

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ACCORDING to the odds, the Derby is all over bar the shouting, but punters are still in the dark about the mount of Lester Piggott, nine times the winning jockey, writes Hyperion.

Piggott is widely expected to ride Fatherland on 2 June, but an alternative for him strides out at Goodwood today in the Predominate Stakes when Geisway has his first race of the season.

The Richard Hannon-trained colt appears to be substantially below Classic class, however a win this afternoon could see Piggott back in the saddle at Epsom if, for any reason, Fatherland failed to make what is expected to be a sub-standard field.

Geisway must first contend with fellow Derby possibles Salatin and Canaska Star, but has most to fear from two not entered for Epsom, Beneficial and Visto Si Stampi (3.10). The latter has disappointed so far this season but his trainer, John Dunlop, has not lost faith in the colt's ability and hopes he can take today's race before running in the Italian Derby.

Dunlop can also prove successful with Cloud Of Dust (4.10) in the Festival Stakes, though Geoff Wragg's Jeune is a tough opponent.

Seven winners of British Classic races have been trained at Castle Stables, Arundel, and visitors can take in the yard's special atmosphere during an open day this Sunday. There will be plenty to interest everyone, with the gates open from 10am to 1pm. Admission is pounds 2 ( pounds 1 for children under 12) and proceeds will go to Racing Welfare.

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