Investec Derby
Group 1, Epsom Downs 16:30
£1,500,000 added
3yo only,
1m, 4f, 10y
  
Saturday 3rd June 2017

A total of 26 contenders remain engaged in the £1.5 million Investec Derby, the premier Classic and Britain's richest race, at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 3, after the scratchings' stage on May 23.

Churchill
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Churchill
 
Aidan O'Brien, seeking a sixth Investec Derby victory, has nine going forward including QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner Churchill, who is 3/1
favourite with Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival. All Unibet odds for the Investec Derby are now offered on a non-runner, no bet basis. O'Brien also trains Cliffs Of Moher, who is the second favourite with Unibet following his impressive success in the Listed Dee Stakes at Chester on May 12. 
 
Douglas Macarthur
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Douglas Macarthur
The contingent from Ireland's champion Flat trainer, also contains the G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial 1-2-3, Douglas MacarthurYucatan and Capri, plus Venice Beach, Wings Of Eagles and The Anvil, who were first, second and third respectively in the G3 Chester Vase. Finn McCool  completes the Ballydoyle contingent. 
 
O'Brien's son Joseph, who partnered his father's Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014), could saddle his first runner as a trainer with Rekindling, winner of the G3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown in April and fourth in the G2 Dante Stakes at York last week. 
 
Newmarket handler John Gosden is seeking a third Investec Derby success and has a quartet of entries going forward headed by the unbeaten Cracksman, who proved his ability to handle Epsom Downs when taking the Investec Derby Trial by a short-head from Permian on April 26. 
 

Gosden's other possible starters are Listed Lingfield Derby Trial runner-up Glencadam Glory, recent impressive Windsor handicap scorer Crowned Eagle and Pealer, a 19-length winner at Southwell on May 8.

Best Solution
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Call To Mind
 
The Maktoum family's Godolphin operation has six entries going forward - G2 Dante Stakes second Benbatl (Saeed bin Suroor), the 2016 G2 Royal Lodge Stakes scorer Best Of Days (Hugo Palmer), Listed Lingfield Derby Trial winner Best Solution, recent 10-length Newbury maiden victor Dubai Thunder (Saeed bin Suroor), plus G3 Chester Vase fourth Tamleek (Saeed bin Suroor) and Thunder Snow (Saeed bin Suroor), winner of the G2 UAE Derby at Meydan in March.
 
Andre Fabre was the last French-based to train to saddle an Investec Derby winner when Pour Moi was successful in 2011. This year Fabre could be represented by Waldgeist, who landed the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud last year and was second on his reappearance in the G2 Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on May 8.
 
Other contenders going forward include G3 Craven Stakes scorer and QIPCO 2000 Guineas sixth Eminent (Martyn Meade) and Mirage Dancer, who was a staying-on fourth in the Dee Stakes and hails from the stable of five-time Investec Derby-winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute.
 
The next acceptance stage for the Investec Derby is on Monday, May 29, when there is also a final chance for horses to be added to the field with the £85,000 supplementary entry stage. Permian (Mark Johnston, 14/1
), winner of the G2 Dante Stakes, is expected to be added to the field at the supplementary entry stage.

Investec Derby (Group 1)
£1,500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
26 remaining entries
Five-day confirmations & £85,000 supplementary stage May 29, final declarations June 1. Maximum number of runners 20.

Horse
Owner
Trainer
BENBATL
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
BEST OF DAYS
Godolphin
Hugo Palmer  
BEST SOLUTION (IRE)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
CAPRI (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CHURCHILL (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE)
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CRACKSMAN
Anthony Oppenheimer
John Gosden  
CROWNED EAGLE
Lady Bamford
John Gosden  
DIORE LIA (IRE)
Ms M Todd
Jane Chapple-Hyam  
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE)
Markus Jooste/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DUBAI THUNDER
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
EMINENT (IRE)
Sir Peter Vela
Martyn Meade  
FIERCE IMPACT (JPN)
Qatar Racing Limited
David Simcock  
FINN MCCOOL (IRE)
Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/AnneMarie O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien IRE
GLENCADAM GLORY
Angus Dundee Distillers Plc
John Gosden  
MIRAGE DANCER
Khalid Abdullah
Sir Michael Stoute  
PEALER (GER)
Emma Capon, Andrew Lloyd Webber & Rachel Hood
John Gosden  
REKINDLING
Lloyd Williams
Joseph O'Brien IRE
SALOUEN (IRE)
H Balasuriya
Sylvester Kirk  
TAMLEEK (USA)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
THE ANVIL (IRE)
Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/AnneMarie O'Brien
Aidan O'Brien IRE
THUNDER SNOW (IRE)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
VENICE BEACH (IRE)
Smith/Sue Magnier/Tabor/Flaxman Stables
Aidan O'Brien IRE
WALDGEIST
Ammerland/Newsells/Magnier/Tabor
Andre Fabre FR
WINGS OF EAGLES (FR)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
YUCATAN (IRE)
Flaxman Stables/Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE