Cape Of Good Hope is the only one of Aidan OBriens eight entries at the five-day stage who will miss the race
Cape Of Good Hope is the only one of OBriens eight entries at the five-day stage who will miss the race, having been declared instead for the Prix du Jockey Club (French Derby) at Chantilly the following afternoon. Roger Varians Surfman, third behind Telecaster in the Dante Stakes, will also skip Epsom to run in France.
Read more OBriens complete squad for the race, with stall numbers, is: Anthony Van Dyck (7), Broome (8), Circus Maximus (5), Japan (11), Norway (10), Sir Dragonet (13) and Sovereign (4).
Telecaster, the Dante Stakes winner, was added to the field at a cost of £85,000 earlier in the week and will break from stall two, which has yet to produce a Derby winner since starting stalls were introduced in 1967.
Line Of Duty, whose trainer Charlie Appleby saddled the first Derby winner in Godolphins royal blue colours last year, will set off alongside Telecaster from stall one, while Bangkok, who beat Telecaster in a maiden race at Doncaster earlier in the season, is in 12.
Frankie Dettori will ride Circus Maximus, the Dee Stakes winner, while Ryan Moore will be aboard the likely favourite, Sir Dragonet. Circus Maximus was available at 25-1 overnight, but he is already starting to attract some support and is now priced up at between 16-1 and 20-1 with the major firms. Sir Dragonet is top-priced at 3-1.
Donnacha OBrien rides Broome (9-2), while Jamie Spencer and Wayne Lordan are aboard Norway (40-1) and Japan (10-1), respectively. Seamie Heffernan is booked for Anthony Van Dyck (7-1), who took the Lingfield Derby Trial, while Padraig Beggy, who won the Derby on 40-1 chance Wings Of Eagles two years ago, is on the outsider of the OBrien party, Sovereign, at 100-1.
Full draw:1 Line of Duty2 Telecaster3 Hiroshima4 Sovereign5 Circus Maximus6 Madhmoon7 Anthony Van Dyck8 Broome9 Humanitarian10 Norway11 Japan12 Bangkok13 Sir Dragonet
The pick of Thursdays action is at Sandown Park, where Fox Leicester (7.05) is sure to go close for Andrew Balding and King Power Racing, who have high hopes for Bangkok in Saturdays Derby.
The three-year-old was a little disappointing over this course and distance last time out but that was in a Class 2 event and barely a week after a more promising performance on his handicap debut. This race is two rungs down the ladder and gives him an obvious chance to return to winning form.
Rowland Ward (6.30) improved significantly to get off the mark at the fourth attempt at Doncaster in late April and should continue his progress off a 6lb higher mark, while Parknacilla (3.20) and Regimented (3.30) have obvious chances on the cards at Yarmouth and Lingfield Park, respectively.
Show Hide Lingfield Park 2.00 Mistress Nellie 2.30 Cafe Espresso 3.00 Dubai Philosopher 3.30 Regimented 4.00 Poetic Motion 4.30 Calippo 5.00 Dashed Wetherby 2.10 Rebel Soldier Boy 2.40 Mokammal 3.10 Maulesden May 3.40 Frankelio 4.10 Makawee 4.40 Macs Blessings 5.10 Antico Lady 5.50 Misscarlet Yarmouth 2.20 John Clare 2.50 Herman Hesse 3.20 Parknacilla 3.50 Hard Toffee 4.20 Velorum 4.50 Dragon Sun 5.20 Hi Ho Silver Carlisle 5.05 Stars In The Night 5.40 Gallaside 6.10 Three Castles 6.45 Skyman 7.15 Stone Mason 7.50 Beaufort 8.20 Corton Lad 8.50 Banksys Art Sandown Park 5.55 Divine Covey 6.30 Rowland Ward (nap) 7.05 Fox Leicester (nb) 7.35 Sameem 8.10 Maiden Castle 8.40 Hallalulu
Aidan OBrien is set to saddle seven of the 13 runners in Saturdays Investec Derby (4.30) as he seeks a record-equalling seventh success in the Epsom Classic.
The Ballydoyle trainer possesses an extremely strong hand with favourite Sir Dragonet, the mount of Ryan Moore, leading a team including Broome, Anthony Van Dyck and Japan.
Time: 4.30pm on Saturday, June 1Location: EpsomDistance: 1m4fTV channel: ITV, Racing TVFavourite: Sir Dragonet
Dante Stakes winner Telecaster, supplemented at a cost of £85,000, and Bangkok lead the British challenge.
Corals David Stevens said: “Recent history tells us that Ryan Moore does not always end up on the Ballydoyle big race winner, but his presence on board Sir Dragonet in Saturdays race will almost certainly ensure the impressive Chester Vase winner is sent off favourite for this years Investec Derby.”By contrast a low draw has done Telecasters claims no favours, and the Dante winner has been eased slightly in the betting, leaving Broome as clear second favourite behind his stablemate.”
Like he did in Authorizeds Derby in 2007, OBrien could have saddled eight runners, but Cape Of Good Hope will go for Sundays Prix du Jockey Club, with the Roger Varian-trained Surfman also heading for Chantilly over Epsom.
Completing the OBrien septet are Circus Maximus, Norway and Sovereign as the trainer looks to join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as a seven-time Derby winner. Circus Maximus and Godolphins Line Of Duty will be equipped with first-time cheekpieces.
Sir Dragonet, an impressive winner of the Chester Vase on just his second start, shades favouritism at a general 11-4. Broome (9-2) and Telecaster (5-1) are next best in the market with Anthony Van Dyck (7-1) and Bangkok (8-1) the others quoted at single figures.
The race, like all of the other Classics in Britain, is restricted to three-year-olds, so, unlike other prestigious races such as the Arc or Melbourne Cup, you only get one shot at the Derby.
It is a unique test of the thoroughbred, requiring a rare blend of speed, stamina and good balance to negotiate the undulating terrain and camber in the home straight.
It is the most illustrious prize in British racing and perhaps even the world when you take into account the value of the winner from a breeding perspective. Geldings cannot run, so victory at Epsom launches a future stallion career to breed the next generation of Derby prospects.
1 Anthony Van Dyck (stall 7) Seamie Heffernan2 Bangkok (stall 12) Silvestre de Sousa 3 Broome (stall 8) Donnacha OBrien 4 Circus Maximus (stall 5) Frankie Dettori5 Hiroshima (stall 3) Brett Doyle6 Humanitarian (stall 9) Robert Havlin7 Japan (stall 11) Wayne Lordan8 Line Of Duty (stall 1) James Doyle9 Madhmoon (stall 6) Chris Hayes10 Norway (stall 10) Jamie Spencer11 Sir Dragonet (stall 13) Ryan Moore12 Sovereign (stall 4) Padraig Beggy13 Telecaster (stall 2) Oisin Murphy*Aidan OBrien-trained runners
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