Racing: Silca sets hot pace

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The Independent Online
SILCA BLANKA got Derby day underway with one of the best performances by a two- year-old this year in winning the Woodcote Stakes. Pat Eddery's mount - his 50th winner this season - swept past Shamanic in style.

The winner will now head for Royal Ascot, where his trainer, Mick Channon, landed the Windsor Castle Stakes 12 months ago.

Channon said: 'We were going straight for the Chesham Stakes, but you have to have guts in this business and we might go for the Coventry instead. I've always thought he's a bit special.'