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Cumani pleased with Curtain Call

Curtain Call and Drill Sergeant
Curtain Call (left) leads home Drill Sergeant at Nottingham in April

Curtain Call, second favourite for the Derby, is in peak condition, according to Newmarket-based trainer Luca Cumani.

The upbeat assessment comes despite the lack of a recognised trial for the Sadler's Wells colt who missed a key race at Lingfield due to fast ground.

Cumani told his website: "In his demeanour he is showing the right signs and is irrepressibly fresh in spite of the amount of work he has had."

Curtain Call is as short as 4-1 for the Epsom classic on 7 June.

Cumani says the decision to pull the unbeaten colt out of the Derby trial means preparations have been less straightforward.

"As a consequence of not being able to run at Lingfield we now have the difficult task of keeping him at his peak rather than building him back up after a run.

"Fortunately he is good at demonstrating his wellbeing and seems to be a horse that can take plenty of work and thrives on it; he looks in peak condition."

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