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Derby hero Workforce primed for June return

Workforce could start his 2011 campaign in the Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom in June.

The hero of this year's Derby and Arc will be aimed at the top middle-distance races, but connections have not ruled out dropping him back to a mile and a quarter should the right opportunity present itself.

“They went a tremendous pace in the Derby and he settled really well,” said Teddy Grimthorpe, racing manager to owner Khalid Abdullah.

“The good thing is he handled the track very well and came down the hill on the bridle. His pedigree says he can improve as a four-year and his trainer is more than adept in bringing horses on.

“We will see how he winters and see how he goes, but the Coronation Cup would be a fairly obvious starting point.

“We want to try and make him what we believe him to be — a very high-class horse. We want him to do that in a range of top-class races.”

Grimthorpe also revealed Frankel could make his seasonal debut in a Classic trial before going for glory in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in May.

Connections of the unbeaten champion two-year-old, trained by Henry Cecil, may consider the Greenham Stakes at Newbury in April ahead of his date with destiny at Headquarters.

“Frankel's great and is relaxed and in his winter quarters at Warren Place,” said Grimthorpe. “His initial target will be in the 2000 Guineas, but whether he has a race beforehand I don't know.”

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