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Lanigan considers Warrior plan

David Lanigan is considering plans for Warrior Of Light, a horse he hopes can develop into a candidate for the Investec Derby at Epsom.

Although the son of 2002 Derby hero High Chaparral has not yet achieved anything on the racecourse to suggest he is a realistic Classic contender, he looked smart when winning at Kempton in November and is from the family of 2007 Investec Oaks heroine Light Shift and Group One winner Shiva.

Lanigan did consider starting his three-year-old's new campaign in a Newmarket handicap later this week, but is keeping his powder dry for the time being.

Warrior Of Light holds an entry in the Dante Stakes at York on May 15.

"We are treating Warrior Of Light as a potential Derby horse," said Lanigan.

"He is training very well at the moment, but we are yet to decide where we will start him off this season.

"There is nothing wrong with him, but we just want to take our time. He will tell us when he's ready and he won't go to Newmarket later this week.

"He has strengthened up well over the winter and is a very attractive looking horse.

"We expected him to win on his second start at Kempton. I did have the idea of putting him away after his first run, but he held on to his coat and looked well so we thought we would get him out again.

"On pedigree, he should get mile and a half, but ideally we would like to start him over a mile and a quarter and go from there."