Epsom Derby Day - 5th June 2010 

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Desert Myth Could Follow Kris Kin for Stoute

Saeed Suhail and Sir Michael Stoute teamed up to win the Group One Investec Derby in 2003 with the lightly-raced Kris Kin and the owner and trainer could have another progressive colt with the potential to land the premier Classic at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 5.

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Desert Myth carried Suhail’s blue and yellow silks to a comfortable victory on his racecourse debut in a 10-furlong maiden at Newmarket on April 14.

The Smart Strike colt could follow the Kris Kin route by attempting to win the 10-furlong Group Three Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes at Chester on Friday, May 7, before heading to Epsom Downs, while Saturday’s Group Three totesport Derby Trial over an extended 11 furlongs at Lingfield is also an option.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Suhail, revealed today: “It is possible that Desert Myth could go for the Dee Stakes on Friday or the Derby Trial at Lingfield on Saturday.

“He has an Investec Derby entry but his Newmarket win leaves him a long way off being a Derby horse at this stage. We will know a lot more about whether he is an Epsom horse if he runs this week.

“We were delighted with his maiden win and we think he is potentially a very nice horse. The second, Deauville Post, came out afterwards and won well enough - in a race he should have won - and he is nowhere near Group class, so Desert Myth will need to improve a lot on that form. But we think he will.

“I haven’t seen him doing anything spectacular on the gallops but Sir Michael would not have put him in these races if he didn’t think he was a decent horse.

“We are confident he will get a mile and half - we actually think he needs a mile and a half.

“Kris Kin came out of nowhere. He won the Dee Stakes and finished up one of the favourites for the Investec Derby on the day. You just never know.”

Stoute has won the Investec Derby on four occasions with Shergar (1981), Shahrastani (1986), Kris Kin (2003) and North Light (2004).

There are Classic clues aplenty this week. The Group Three MBNA Chester Vase on Thursday, May 6, is one of four Investec Derby trials this week, along with the two races being considered for Desert Myth and the Group Two Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on Sunday, May 9.

Chester’s May Meeting also hosts the Listed Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks for Group One Investec Oaks hopefuls on Wednesday, May 5, and Saturday brings the Listed Oaks Trial at Lingfield. The Investec Oaks takes place at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 4.

Investec Derby entries engaged in this week’s Derby trials:

MBNA Chester Vase (Chester)
Chink Of Light
Rocket Man
Ted Spread

Addleshaw Goddard Dee Stakes (Chester)
Desert Myth
Midas Touch
Tamaathul Derby Trial (Lingfield)
Bullet Train
Captain James Cook
Desert Myth
Don Carlos
Hot Prospect
Ted Spread

Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Leopardstown)
At First Sight
Cape Blanco
Midas Touch


Investec Oaks entries engaged in this week’s Oaks Trials:

Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks (Chester)
Dance On BY
Gertrude Bell
Miss Miracle Oaks Trial (Lingfield)
Ceilidh House
Bikini Babe
Dyna Waltz
Golden Waters
Blast Furnace

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