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Twin Options For Van Der Neer

Wednesday, 10th April 2013

In UK racing news, trainer Richard Hannon told racingpost.com that last start Listed-winning 3YO colt Van Der Neer (Dutch Art-Lalectra, by King Charlemagne) will now head to either the English or Irish Guineas. Hannon is in the enviable position of trying to juggle the needs of his 3YOs which is why he elected to run Van Der Neer in the Listed Lingfield Stakes rather than trial him against some of his other young stars. Hannon, who also has crack 3YOs Olympic Glory & Toronado observed, "We have so many balls to juggle and we don't want our Guineas contenders taking each other on in the trials, so the Lingfield race suited Van Der Neer nicely. We also used it as a stepping-stone for Dubawi Gold, who went on to finish second to Frankel in the Guineas, and Van der Neer will have learned a lot from that and looked as if the mile suited him well. They cannot all run in the Craven and Greenham Stakes, but Van der Neer has confirmed our opinion that he is a Guineas horse, though whether it will be Newmarket or The Curragh has not yet been decided."

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