Arod wins the 1m 2f maiden Windsor 14.4.14

Arod: the Dante Stakes is under consideration for the Windsor winner

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Chapple-Hyam mulls options for 'exciting' Arod

AROD, who caused a stir in the Investec Derby market after an emphatic success in a Windsor maiden earlier this month, is thrilling Peter Chapple-Hyam as the trainer plots the next move for his Classic hope.

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The Betfred Dante Stakes, the trial which Chapple-Hyam won in 2007 with subsequent Derby hero Authorized, is under consideration for the Qatar Racing-owned colt, who is a general 33-1 chance for Epsom.

The trainer said: “We have left Arod in the Betfred Dante as all options are open to him. He won his maiden very easily and is a very exciting colt. I haven’t discussed plans with his owners yet but he’s in good form and I am happy with him.”

The Group 2 at York on May 15 has already been identified as the likely destination for the Richard Hannon-trained Bunker and, as one of the premier Derby trials, is likely to give a thorough examination of Arod’s credentials, should Chapple-Hyam opt to go there.

The trainer does appear set on York for another of his Classic contenders as he is keen to run Investec Oaks hopeful Inchila in Tattersalls Musidora Stakes the day before the Dante.

Inchila won what is traditionally a very good maiden at Newbury,” he added. “She did it well and will be suited to faster ground. She is a nice filly and the plan is to aim her at the Musidora Stakes.”

Fellow Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams is targeting the Group 2 Duke Of York Clipper Logistics Stakes, also run on May 14, for nine-year-old Eton Rifles, who struck on his seasonal reappearance in a Listed sprint at Fontainebleau last month.

“I would love to run Eton Rifles at York,” said Williams. “If the ground is good or softer he’ll take his chance. If he gets his preferred ground he is very good and although he is getting on a bit, he seems as good as ever.”

“He has already won a Listed race this year and I would like to step him up to Group company. He has been in great form at home since his win in France and is training well.”

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