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Sunday, June 3, 2001


Following Michael Hills's decision to partner Storming Home in Saturday's Vodafone Derby, Richard Quinn will take the mount on another of trainer Barry Hills's four Epsom runners, Chancellor, winner of the Group 3 cantorindex.com Classic Trial at Sandown.

Quinn's retaining Henry Cecil stable will not have a runner in the £1 million classic and the Scotsman is delighted to have picked up the mount.

"It's always nice to ride in a unique race like the Derby," said Quinn. "He's one of few horses in the race that has won a Group race so he would have an outstanding chance on that. The horse wants to win so he has every chance."

Chancellor beat subsequent Compass UK Leisure Predominate Stakes winner Asian Heights in the Sandown classic trial in April. The horse is expected to have a workout at Epsom on Friday.

Michael Hills, who had widely been expected to partner Chancellor, decided to ride Dante Stakes third Storming Home after a gallop yesterday. He said: "I just feel, the way they went, that he worked the nicest and in the style of an improving horse. His form is very good, he has improved a lot and is on the upgrade."

Richard Hills, Michael's twin brother, will ride the stable's Chester Vase winner Mr Combustible while Lingfield trial winner Perfect Sunday will be partnered by owner Khalid Abdulla's retained jockey Richard Hughes.

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