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Harding To Watch English Derby With Interest
The world's most famous classic will carry some Kiwi interest this year, with a half-brother to a former champion New Zealand sprinter among the leading contenders. The Aidan O'Brien-trained Anthony Van Dyck is on the third line of betting for this weekend's Gr1 Investec Derby (2400m) at Epsom, having won the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial (2300m) by two and a quarter lengths in his most recent appearance. According to NZ Racing Desk, the only runners ahead of him in the market are his stablemates Sir Dragonet and Broome. Anthony Van Dyck is by Galileo out of the Exceed and Excel mare Believe'N'Succeed, making him a half-brother to Bounding. Carrying the white and orange colours of Tirau owner Gary Harding, Bounding won eight races including the Gr1 Railway Stakes (1200m) – the first three-year-old filly to win the Ellerslie sprint feature in more than three decades. Harding paid A$425,000 for Bounding as a yearling and she returned him more than $650,000 in prize-money, then sold her for A$1.9 million to major American breeders Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings. Bounding's dam, meanwhile, was bought by Coolmore's Tom Magnier for A$1.1 million, and Anthony Van Dyck was her first northern hemisphere foal.