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Newmarket trainer Charlie Fellowes hoping to get some Derby answers from King's Carney's Lingfield trial

Charlie Fellowes is hoping to have some questions answered with regards to King Carney’s Derby credentials during tomorrow’s run at Lingfield.

The son of 2014 Derby winner Australia is currently the 4/1 favourite with bookmakers for the Listed Betsafe Derby Trial Stakes.

It will be the three-year-old’s first outing since back-to-back wins in October of last year at Nottingham and Pontefract, where the going was soft on both occasions.

Charlie Fellowes. Picture: Mark Westley
Charlie Fellowes. Picture: Mark Westley

The ground is set to be good to firm in Surrey on Friday, but Bedford House Stables’ Fellowes is not duly concerned by conditions under foot.

“It feels like the right race to go for and it should answer the few questions we have,” he said.

“It is not just about the ground because I don’t think those two wins were only about him handling the soft. They were as much about him becoming a more street-wise and clued up racehorse.

“He also ran well on debut (at Haydock) when the going was good to firm and he was still a bit green.

“We want to be running him in some nice races this summer, so he needs to show it on Friday.

“He has always been a forward-going horse, pretty exuberant and enthusiastic at home, which makes my life easy because he keeps himself fit.

“I am confident the track – at Lingfield and Epsom – will not be a problem. He is a well-balanced horse so there is no fear on that, it is just going to come down to class.”

Saturday, meanwhile, is set to see the return to action of Fellowes’ Melbourne Cup hero Prince Of Arran. The popular seven-year-old, who has finished second and third in Australia’s most famous race during the last two years, will go in the Group 3 Betway Sagaro Stakes at Newcastle alongside stable-mate Jeremiah.

“They are both very talented stayers,” added Fellowes.

“Prince Of Arran loves the track and he did well there in the Northumberland Plate (finishing second in 2018).

“I expect him to run a good race and go close.

“Jeremiah is coming back from injury and it is going to be a big ask, but he is a very good horse. The race will do him good.”

Fellowes’ King Ottokar also holds an entry for Sunday’s Group 3 Betway Brigadier Gerard Stakes at Haydock, although his participation is very much dependant on the ground.

“We know he wants soft ground. There is some rain expected so he may get his chance,” said Fellowes.