The highlight of the British flat season – the Investec Derby – is on Saturday run over the famous mile-and-a-half Epsom Downs course, with two supplemented horses, Sir Dragonet for Aidan O’Brien and Hughie Morrison’s Telecaster right up at the head of the market in the 13-runner race.
SIR DRAGONET (Pictured; Trainer: Aidan O’Brien, Jockey: Ryan Moore) 11-4: Unraced as a 2yo, two wins this year so far have been extremely impressive.
BROOME (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Donnacha O’Brien) 4-1: Solid form but a suggestion that he prefers some cut in the ground.
TELECASTER: (T: Hughie Morrison, J: Oisin Murphy) 5-1: Supplemented after impressive victory in the Dante at York and rightly respected.
ANTHONY VAN DYCK (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Seamie Heffernan) 7-1: Trip to America did not work out last year but big step up in trip was rewarded in Lingfield trial. To be respected.
BANGKOK (T: Andrew Balding, J: Silvestre De Sousa) 15-2: Been better up to 1m2f and clearly trained with this in mind and on beating of Telecaster must have a chance.
JAPAN (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Wayne Lordan) 10-1: Well beaten in Dante, but interestingly was keeping on at the finish.
MADHMOON (T: Kevin Prendergast, J: Chris Hayes) 11-1: Can be forgiven Newmarket Guineas fourth given draw bias, but others look to have stronger claims.
CIRCUS MAXIMUS (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Frankie Dettori) 16-1: Little to quibble about with displays to date, price probably fair but jockey knows how to win the race.
LINE OF DUTY (T: Charlie Appleby, J: James Doyle) 25-1: Excellent 2yo career but was disappointing in the Dante. Still a market move would be interesting.
NORWAY (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Jamie Spencer) 33-1: Took while to shake off maiden tag but very creditable second behind stablemate Sir Dragonet at Chester; good outside EW bet.
HUMANITARIAN (T: John Gosden, J: Robert Havlin) 50-1: Not been in this sort of company before and hard to see him competing.
SOVEREIGN (T: Aidan O’Brien, J: Padriag Beggy) 50-1: Won’t be beaten the length of the straight but hard to see him making the frame.
HIROSHIMA (T: John Ryan, J: Brett Doyle) 200-1: Form is a long way from what is needed.