By Andrew Atkinson
Aiden O’Brien will saddle seven of the 13 runners going to post in Saturday’s Investec Derby over 1 mile 4 furlongs at Epsom Downs.
“Every horse is bred and raised to go to the Derby,” said O’Brien, who saddles Sir Dragonet (tipped to win) Circus Maximus, Norway, Sovereign, Broome, Japan, and Anthony Van Dyke.
Derby favourite Sir Dragonet was supplemented at a cost of £85,000 having opted to run in the Derby, instead of the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly.
Sir Dragonet, ridden by Ryan Moore, was an eye-catching winner of the Chester Vase when gaining an eight-length victory on the Roodee.
Italian star Frankie Dettori is up on outsider Circus Maximus; Jamie Spencer rides Norway, and Donachie O’Brien takes the ride on Broome.
Telecaster, the mount of Oisin Murphy, tipped each way, is a threat in O’Brien’s stable bid to land a seventh equalling record winning Derby.
Telecaster, trained by Hughie Morrison, who ran against Bangkok at Doncaster, and gained success in the Dante Stakes, expected to stay the trip, was also supplemented at £85,000.
“Telecaster was an impressive winner of the Dante Stakes” said 23 year old Murphy, riding in his fifth Derby.
“Telecaster had a hard race at York in May – but we’ve been perfectly happy with him leading up to Epsom,” said Morrison.
Bangkok, trained by Andrew Balding, the winner of a Classic Trial at Sandown in April, is worthy of each way support at 8-1.
“Bangkok is a very well balanced horse with a wonderful pedigree – an ideal type for the race,” said Balding.
Masar, Derby winner in 2018, followed in the footsteps of legends Nijinsky (1970), Mill Reef (1971), Shergar (1981), and Slip Anchor (1985).
The Derby, dating back to 1780, restricted to 3 year olds, is the richest race in Britain.
DONCASTER’S Saturday meeting stages the Support Jack Berry House Handicap (C3) over 1m 2f, with Black Lotus (3.40), ridden by George Wood, tipped to win, and Simon Crisford trained Bobby K, ridden by Jack Mitchell, worthy of each way support.
MUSSELBURGH stages the Ladies Day Gold Cup fillies stakes (C1) over 7f, with Ed Walker trained Indian Blessing (4.00) tipped to win, and the Joseph O’Brien trained Cava, ridden by Hayley Turner, worthy of each way support.
INVESTEC DERBY 1 mile 4 furlongs Epsom. 13 runners.
- Anthony Van Dyck (stall 7) jockey Seamie Heffernan
- Bangkok (stall 12) jockey Silvestre de Sousa
- Broome (stall 8) jockey Donnacha O’Brien
- Circus Maximus (stall 5) jockey Frankie Dettori
- Hiroshima (stall 3) jockey Brett Doyle
- Humanitarian (stall 9) jockey Robert Havlin
- Japan (stall 11) jockey Wayne Lordan
- Line Of Duty (stall 1) jockey James Doyle
- Madhmoon (stall 6) jockey Chris Hayes
- Norway (stall 10) jockey Jamie Spencer
- Sir Dragonet (stall 13) jockey Ryan Moore
- Sovereign (stall 4) jockey Padraig Beggy
- Telecaster (stall 2) jockey Oisin Murphy.
Investec 2019 Derby betting: 11-4 Sir Dragonet, 9-2 Broome, 11-2 Telecaster, 6-1 Anthony Van Dyke, 8-1 Bangkok, 9-1 Japan, 14-1 Madhmoon, 20-1 Surtman, 22-1 Circus Maximus. 25-1 Bar.
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