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Truth Or Dare was beaten out of sight on his seasonal bow but all hope is not lost ahead of the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown on Friday.

Richard Hannon has a wealth of Classic contenders in his yard this term and while Truth Or Dare may not be considered a leading light, victory in this Group Three heat appears well within his compass.

Winner of two of his five starts as a juvenile, Truth Or Dare posted a particularly notable performance when beaten just three lengths by subsequent Group One scorer and leading Derby contender Kingston Hill at Newmarket last October.

Truth Or Dare was Hannon's second string in the Feilden Stakes on his return earlier this month, but he emerged the better of the handler's two contenders in finishing third behind the well-regarded pair of True Story and Obliterator.

While he was beaten a total of 13 lengths, Truth Or Dare kept on well enough and this race, which has not produced a Derby winner for a few years now, does not appear to be quite so hot.

One of Truth Or Dare's defeats last year came at the hands of stablemate Cricklewood Green and he can initiate a double for the Hannon team in the bet365 Esher Cup.

His mark of 83 leaves plenty of scope for the summer campaign.

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All eyes will be on one-time Derby hope Telescope as he hits the comeback trail in the bet365 Gordon Richards Stakes.

Early-season niggles saw him miss last year's Classics but he impressed when annihilating his rivals in a Leicester conditions event in July before suffering a shock reverse at Haydock.

He got back on track with an impressive strike in the Voltigeur at York but another injury meant Sir Michael Stoute had to shelve a planned Group One engagement in the autumn and Telescope arrives here on the back of a lengthy break.

The Galileo colt showed he can win off such an absence last season, though, and while this is merely an intended stepping stone to better things, Telescope should still put some useful rivals to the sword.

Top Notch Tonto is another who boasts some excellent form, having finished second to Olympic Glory in the QEII on his final start in 2013.

He made astonishing progress last term, starting the campaign on a mark of 95 in a Musselburgh handicap before ending the year at Group One level with a rating of 115.

That final effort saw him go up a further 3lb and Brian Ellison has found a nice starting point in the bet365 Mile with the Lockinge a possible port of call next month.

Munatas should be much more streetwise in the Online Casinos @ bonus.co.uk Maiden Stakes at Doncaster after looking a bit green when third on his racecourse bow.

He was noted making good late progress at Pontefract earlier this month and should build on that effort for Roger Varian.

Final Pass holds obvious claims in the Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer "National Hunt" Maiden Hurdle at Perth, while the Venetia Williams-trained Lucky Sunny gets the nod in the Olive And Jack Oliver Memorial Handicap Chase at Newton Abbot.

Williams should also have a winner at Chepstow courtesy of Old Way, who runs in the Sun Trade Windows Handicap Hurdle.

SELECTIONS

CHEPSTOW: 5.00 Ned Stark, 5.30 Old Way, 6.00 Entertain Me, 6.35 Rydon Pynes, 7.10 Doc Wells, 7.40 The Last Bridge, 8.10 King's Opus.

DONCASTER: 1.20 Masai Moon, 1.50 Votary, 2.20 Munatas, 2.55 New Youmzain, 3.25 New Bidder, 4.00 Heartsong, 4.35 Red Baron.

DUNDALK: 6.15 Majestic Queen, 6.45 Six Silver Lane, 7.15 Wateed, 7.45 Misty Lane, 8.15 Belisarius, 8.45 Egyptian Warrior, 9.15 Zambezi Tiger.

KILBEGGAN: 4.50 Rudolf, 5.25 Macnicholson, 5.55 Roman Numeral, 6.30 Jim Bowie, 7.00 Layla Joan, 7.30 Hold Em Cowboy, 8.00 Aston Cantlow.

NEWTON ABBOT: 5.10 Foggy's Wall, 5.45 Lucky Sunny, 6.20 Silsol, 6.50 Mr Mole, 7.25 Chalk It Down, 7.55 Steeltown.

PERTH: 2.00 Final Pass, 2.30 Gud Day, 3.05 Oh Right, 3.35 Robbie, 4.10 Royale Knight, 4.45 Sybarite, 5.20 Clan Chief.

SANDOWN: 1.40 Cricklewood Green, 2.10 Telescope, 2.45 Top Notch Tonto, 3.15 TRUTH OR DARE (NAP), 3.50 Desert Ace, 4.25 Petticoat Lane, 4.55 Mannaro.

DOUBLE: Truth Or Dare and Telescope.

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