Epsom preview: Hugo Palmer hoping for a Derby clue with The Revenant

Sat 30 Sep 2017

By Racinguk.com staff

Hugo Palmer hopes he still has an Investec Derby contender on his hands in the shape of The Revenant after Sunday's totepool Conditions Stakes at Epsom.

The winner of the race, if not already entered, would receive an automatic entry into the blue riband Classic, however, that is not something Palmer needs to worry about.

His son of Dubawi, out of the smart mare Hazel Lavery, is already entered for next June but Palmer sees this as an early opportunity to check his suitability on the track.

"The Revenant is out of a mile-and-a-half Group Three winner and he's by Dubawi, who can do absolutely no wrong, so we thought we would go to Epsom and see how he handled the track," said Palmer.

"If he didn't handle it then we might have to think about a different Derby for him. We're delighted he won so nicely on debut and he seems to have come on since then and we are really looking forward to him."

Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee is looking to bounce back after being a beaten favourite the last twice since a sparkling debut.

Richard Hannon's Regimented and Move Over, Mick Channon's Veejay, John Queen's Lisheen Castle and John Gosden's Bowditch complete the seven-runner field.

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