Van Der Neer to Gala victory

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Van Der Neer can record a deserved success in what looks an interesting running of the Ambant Gala Stakes at Sandown.

The Richard Hannon-trained colt was a smart juvenile and has carried on his progression this season, most notably when running a screamer to be third in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Not many expected him to be ahead of much-vaunted stablemate Toronado that day at HQ but he stayed on strongly to nick a place.

The form of the Guineas is open to interpretation but Dawn Approach is top class and when all said and done Toronado’s next run did see him push Jim Bolger’s star to the limit at Ascot.

Van Deer Neer’s next run was on the face of it disappointing in the Irish Guineas in what was a messy race, albeit with some smart horses contesting the finish, including the Irish Derby winner.

He bounced back to run really well at the Royal meeting when a close third to a potentially very good one in Remote over 10 furlongs.

That is probably his trip and with Mandour also bringing Group One form to the table, his price should hold up on what is a fair drop in class.

Preference in the Coral Dragon Stakes is for Survived. A well-regarded type with plenty of speed, she went to the Queen Mary Stakes off the back of a Lingfield maiden win and was far from disgraced in sixth, beaten just over four lengths.

Fourth home Fig Roll has already come out to win a Listed race and the William Haggas-trained Survived should be at home here having already run a good second over course and distance on debut.

Diapenko went into many a notebook as a future winner following his run here last month and gets his chance in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden Stakes.

Quite a bit went wrong for Brian Meehan’s charge that day and he did well to finish like he did for second. Just normal improvement from that should suffice.