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Winter Derby preview: Skies can Clear away to win
Nick Seddon uses Timeform's Early Position Map to work out the best bet in Saturday's Group 3 Winter Derby at Lingfield.
Trials tend to have a mixed record when it comes to offering up clues for the actual race itself, with some proving to be more helpful than others. Whilst Lingfield's Winter Derby Trial may initially fail to convince on that front - only Grendisar in 2016 went on to win the Winter Derby in the last ten renewals - Saturday's Winter Derby looks like it could turn out to be a mirror image of the trial from a pace perspective.
Who is likely to set the pace?
Timeform's Early Position Map predicted a lack of early pace in the trial three weeks ago, something which the winner Utmost took full advantage of - making all under Robert Havlin, who according to our Jockey Dashboard rides horses from the front/prominently more frequently than your average jockey.