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Grandeur team to use headgear

Grandeur is set to wear cheekpieces for the first time in the coral.co.uk Winter Derby at Lingfield on Saturday.

Connections feel it will be a way to counteract the horse idling as he did when winning the Winter Derby Trial over the course and distance last month.

Grandeur is a short-priced favourite in the ante-post market for the Group Three contest and his trainer Jeremy Noseda wants the horse's supporters to view the move as a positive one.

"He is going to run in sheepskin cheekpieces on Saturday, but I don't want anyone to be concerned," the Newmarket handler told At the Races.

"It's just a decision between Ryan (Moore) and myself that he idled so much last time when he hit the front, we felt he just needed something to focus his mind.

"I don't want anyone taking it as a negative and I actually think it would be a positive towards Saturday. If people see that come Saturday, I'd look at it as more of a positive than a negative."

In contrast, Rebellious Guest is an outsider at around 20-1, but his trainer George Margarson believes his five-year-old is now at the top of his game with three wins from five starts this year already.

"He has shown us he is the horse we actually thought he was as a three-year-old," said the Newmarket trainer.

"He's coming right back to form and has gone up to a rating of 100. He's in the Winter Derby and I'm under no illusions he's going to have to improve another 10lb."