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Investec Derby runner-by-runner guide

Sat 3 Jun 2017

Tom Peacock runs the rule over each of the 19 runners in Saturday's Investec Derby and watch all the key analysis from Tony Calvin and Nick Lightfoot from The Betting Lab

By Tom Peacock

1.BENBATL:

Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor; Derby wins 1: Lammtarra (1995)

Jockey: Oisin Murphy

General odds: 25-1

Made good progress to get here after making a winning debut at the start of April. Seemingly beaten fair and square in the Dante and probably not quite up to this.

2. BEST SOLUTION:

Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor; Derby wins 1: Lammtarra (1995)

Jockey: Pat Cosgrave

General odds: 14-1

Does not have the obvious pedigree or profile to be a Derby winner yet defied some of those concerns as an easy winner of the Lingfield trial. Although clearly rated by connections, he needs to do that again and more to figure.

3. CAPRI:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Derby wins 5: Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014)

Jockey: Seamie Heffernan

General odds: 12-1

Looked very much a Derby sort last season, especially in winning the Beresford Stakes. Suspicion he has not yet shown his full hand in 2017 but his two trial outings have been too confusing to make a cast-iron case.

4. CLIFFS OF MOHER:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Derby wins 5: Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014)

Jockey: Ryan Moore

General odds: 4-1

Leopardstown maiden win last season set tongues wagging and did very little wrong in returning in the Dee Stakes. Ryan Moore suggested that the outing would do him a lot of good and has an attractive blend of speed and stamina. Leading chance.

5. CRACKSMAN:

Trainer: John Gosden; Derby wins 2: Benny The Dip (1997), Golden Horn (2015)

Jockey: Frankie Dettori

General odds: 4-1

Inexperienced and missed the Dante because of the rain. Plenty in his favour, though, having beaten Dante winner Permian on this course and appears the right sort of horse for the right sort of connections.

6. CROWNED EAGLE:

Trainer: John Gosden; Derby wins 2:  Benny The Dip (1997), Golden Horn (2015)

Jockey: Andrea Atzeni

General odds:40-1

Half brother to Eagle Top and Wings Of Desire, who were both up to this level, and has made a positive start to the year. However, huge difference between the Derby and bolting up in a Windsor handicap when rated 85.

7. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR: 

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Derby wins 5: Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014)

Jockey: Colm O'Donoghue

General odds: 25-1

Immaculate breeding and entitled to appear after winning the Derrinstown Derby Trial. Has to be a concern, though, that he had only landed one of his previous six starts.

8. DUBAI THUNDER:

Trainer: Saeed Bin Suroor (Derby wins 1: Lammtarra (1995))

Jockey: Adam Kirby

General odds: 14-1

A real wildcard, having burst onto the scene when coming 10 lengths clear at Newbury a fortnight ago. That was a soft ground maiden and while he could yet be very smart, the percentage call is that this is a step too far at the moment.

9. EMINENT:

Trainer: Martyn Meade

Jockey: Jim Crowley

General odds: 7-1

Likeable type who looked up to this sort of job when finishing with plenty of vigour in the Craven Stakes. The concern is that he was only sixth in the Guineas and may not have more to offer.

10. GLENCADAM GLORY:

Trainer: John Gosden; Derby wins 2:  Benny The Dip (1997),Golden Horn (2015)

Jockey: James Doyle

General odds: 50-1

Markedly more a social runner than a contender and, having been tricky in the stalls already, has the Epsom atmosphere to cope with too.

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11. KHALIDI:

Trainer: John Gosden; Derby wins 2:  Benny The Dip (1997),  Golden Horn (2015)

Jockey: Pat Smullen

General odds: 20-1

Sporting of owner Nizar Anwar to produce the £85,000 to supplement after his success in the Cocked Hat at Goodwood, but on bare form just recouping some of that outlay with a place would be the best he can hope for.

12. PEALER:

Trainer: John Gosden; Derby wins 2: Benny The Dip (1997), Golden Horn (2015)

Jockey: Silvestre De Sousa

General odds: 150-1

Won a Southwell maiden by 19 lengths a month ago but was used as a galloping companion for stablemate Cracksman at the Breakfast With The Stars event.

13. PERMIAN:

Trainer: Mark Johnston

Jockey: William Buick

General odds: 9-1

Supplemented after winning what is usually the top trial in the Dante and well worthy of inclusion. Clearly improving, but held by Cracksman on their previous meeting.

14. REKINDLING:

Trainer: Joseph O’Brien

Jockey: Wayne Lordan

General odds: 25-1

Won the Ballysax and by no means disgraced when fourth in the Dante. That effort still looks short of what is required.

15. SALOUEN:

Trainer: Sylvester Kirk

Jockey: Fran Berry 

General odds: 66-1

Twice Group One-placed as a two-year-old and not a complete no-hoper. Nonetheless, he was beaten in a Listed race on his only start this season.

16. THE ANVIL:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Derby wins 5: Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014)

Jockey: Ana O'Brien

General odds: 50-1

Regularly discarded by Coolmore number one Ryan Moore, once again when third in the Chester Vase. Will find better opportunities later on. Ana O'Brien becomes just the third woman to ride in the Derby. 

17. VENICE BEACH:

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien; Derby wins 5: Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014)

Jockey: Donnacha O'Brien

General odds: 14-1

Unflashy but seemingly reliable sort, as demonstrated by a rugged victory in the Chester Vase. May find a few too good but will be in the shake-up.

18. WINGS OF EAGLES

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien (Derby wins 5: Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014))

Jockey: Paddy Beggy

General odds: 28-1

Very much caught the eye when finishing second to stablemate Venice Beach in the Chester Vase. Concern is that effort is far and above anything else he has produced so far.

20. DIORE LIA:

Trainer: John Jenkins

Jockey: Paddy Pilley

General odds: 500-1

Maiden filly will garner more headlines in the build-up than the race, provided she doesn’t get in the way.

Racinguk.com verdict:

The Derby is the Derby, however much this year’s quality has been criticised, and it takes a champion to win it. As much as an upset is conceivable, the eye is continually drawn to past masters Aidan O’Brien and John Gosden and the former’s CLIFFS OF MOHER is favoured to continue his trainer’s remarkable Classic hot streak. His figures add up and there could be any amount of improvement to come. Cracksman showed pleasing application to record a course victory over Permian and can chase him home, while O’Brien’s grey-coloured dark horse Capri can feature amongst the placings. 

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