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Grand designs on Belmont prize

Grandeur faces six rivals as he bids for Grade One glory in the Man O'War Stakes at Belmont on Sunday.

Jeremy Noseda's charge landed a nice pot when winning the Easter Classic on all-weather finals' day at Lingfield last month, making amends for a surprise defeat in the Winter Derby on his penultimate outing.

Grandeur was a Grade Two winner in America as a three-year-old and is a leading fancy for the one-mile-three-furlong feature in New York, in which he will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.

The Newmarket trainer told his website: "Grandeur arrived safely in New York. He is in great form and I am happy with him.

"We are looking forward to Sunday's race."

Shug McGaughey has won the race for the last two years, sending out Point Of Entry in 2012 and Boisterous last year.

This season he saddles Imagining, winner of the Grade Three Red Smith Handicap last year.

McGaughey said: "His last three races have been good races.

"One of the reasons I was so impressed with the Red Smith was that he was laying off the pace.

"Going down the backside, I said to myself, 'This is going to be interesting'.

"He laid off the pace at Gulfstream, too. If there's no speed in there, if we get the lead, that's good, too."

Ex-French runner Vertiformer represents Christophe Clement, while the Bill Mott-trained Amira's Prince will be a familiar name having been trained by David Wachman up until 2013.

Ken McPeek's Frac Daddy, the Neil Drysdale-trained Lucayan and ex-Italian runner Real Solution complete the line-up.