Disappointment for Dettori
Derby attracts field of 14
Gatwick flying ahead of Derby tilt
Handlers vote for strike action
Light at end of the tunnel
Percussionist on song for classic tilt
Dramatic win for Post
Derby due off later
Chester to leave trials unchanged
Fallon steers North Light to Derby delight
Disappointment for Dettori
Aidan O'Brien, their trainer, will now be represented by Meath at Epsom on Saturday.
Frankie Dettori, attempting to win the blue riband for the first time, rides the favourite Snow Ridge while last year's successful partnership of Sir Michael Stoute and Kieren Fallon saddle North Light.
The Criquette Head-Maarek-trained American Post will bid to give the French their first Derby triumph since Lester Piggott scored on Maurice Zilber's Empery in 1976.Gatwick flying ahead of Derby tilt
Gatwick shone in his winding up gallop for Saturday's Vodafone Derby when working over six furlongs at West Ilsley on Tuesday morning.
Mick Channon delayed the workout for 24 hours in the knowledge that rain was forecast and it was in a heavy downpour that big-race pilot Richard Quinn got acquainted with the colt.
The colt, who is owned by a syndicate which includes Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, worked in company with Millennium Force and Top Seed.
Millennium Force took the trio along with the three-year-olds on either side of him and, as they finished around a left handed bend, Quinn looked to have plenty of horse under him.
Gatwick was supplemented into the premier Classic at a cost of £75,000 on Monday following his successes in handicap company at Goodwood and Haydock.
And Channon believes the son of Ali-Royal has a good chance of a place.
"This horse has an attitude you could die for and he's the type of colt who will scramble and pick up," he said.
"Yes, it will be a different ball game at Epsom but he's a street fighter and he has a good chance of finishing in the money."
Top Seed, who is to run in the French Derby on Sunday, also looked in good order.
He will be Channon's first runner in the Longchamp showpiece after his fourth place behind North Light in the Dante Stakes at York.
They voted 29 to 4 in favour of a strike in a dispute with their employers RaceTech over new contracts.
Peter Medhurst, the Transport and General Workers' Union regional organiser and spokesman for the stalls handlers, said: "This is an overwhelming vote which sends a crystal-clear message to RaceTech and the industry that our members will fight back."
The handlers must give seven days notice of industrial action which effectively means they could walk out from June 4, the day of the Vodafone Oaks with the Derby 24 hours later.
A flip start involves stretching elastic across the course and then releasing it, allowing the horses to go.
Light at end of the tunnel
Percussionist, who carries the colours of the late Robert Sangster, staked his claim for the blue riband with a 10-length victory on soft going in the Lingfield Derby Trial.
"I know everybody is enjoying the weather, but I hope that comes to an end very quickly and it starts raining again as Percussionist is by Sadler's Wells and likes to get his toe in," Gosden, who tasted Derby glory with Benny The Dip in 1997, told BBC Sport.
"Percussionist is in great form. I took him to Newbury and schooled him on Saturday.
"He was as cool as a cucumber being saddled up because he got a bit bothered at Lingfield. We'll probably take him to Epsom give him a school there and wander round and see the place. He couldn't be in better form."
A decision has yet to be made on Salford City's participation in the Derby.
David Elsworth's colt won the Lane's End Greenham Stakes at Newbury before finishing a four-length sixth behind Haafhd in the UltimateBet.com 2000 Guineas at Newmarket at the beginning of the month.
"We've always considered him for the Derby," Elsworth said.
"After the Guineas we were pondering, but we were always going to declare him on Wednesday this week and it's still a strong consideration.
"However, I would emphasise a final decision still hasn't been made, but we will have him organised for the Saturday in June at Epsom. If we decide not to go there we'll go for the St James's Palace."
Antonius Pius looked all set to score for Ireland when he led well inside the final furlong.
However, Aidan O'Brien's colt, ridden by Jamie Spencer, appeared to collide with the running rail and was headed close home as Richard Hughes seized the opportunity to drive Khalid Abdullah's colt ahead to score from Diamond Green.
It came as no surprise when a stewards' inquiry was announced.
Spencer said of Antonius Pius, who finished fifth: "He just jinked, I don't know why - he hit the rail so hard and he did well to stay on his feet. I can't believe it."
"I rode him wrong last time (when second to American Post). There was no pace and I got caught out. But he has got a turn of foot to kill any horse and that's how I rode him."
Hughes said: "He was staying on again at the end. That's what won him the race and I certainly don't think the trip at Epsom (mile and a half) would be a problem.
"But he didn't stretch like he can. Personally, I wouldn't run him in the Derby if it was fast ground."
Mme Head-Maarek agreed, saying: "I thought he didn't have his normal action today. I'm not going to decide anything for at least a week, but Richard said he would need soft ground if we were to go to Epsom and I'm not about to disagree with him."
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