Aidan O & # 39; Brien supplemented ante-post favorite and Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet

The 2019 Derby on Epsom: the essential guide for anyone who wants to offer glory in the richest race in Britain

  • Sam Turner (Robin Goodfellow) offers a horse-to-horse guide for racing
  • Up to 15 runners participate in the 240th Derby, the richest race in Great Britain
  • Aidan O & # 39; Brien has eight participants in the race, including the favorite Sir Dragonet

As Derby gets closer on Saturday, Sam Turner (Robin Goodfellow) looks at those bids to write history and win & # 39; the world's largest flat race at Epsom.


Up to 15 runners participate in the 240th Derby, eight of which are trained by Aidan O & # 39; Brien.

O & # 39; Brien complemented ante-post favorite and Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet.


Third in last season's Dewhurst Stakes and took the step up in travel in his stride in a smooth trial addict Lingfield by Pablo Escobarr. Looks like an important player because the endurance is assured and the ability to handle undulations is confirmed.



Made a pleasant return to action with a nice defeat of the later Dante winner Telecaster on Doncaster for the landing of the Sandown Classic test. Could improve again for stiffer endurance test.

Aidan O & # 39; Brien supplemented ante-post favorite and Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet

Aidan O & # 39; Brien supplemented ante-post favorite and Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet


Placed more than a mile in Group 1 Company as a young person and has shown all the credentials needed to be a major force in this event with emphatic wins in the Ballysax and Derrinstown trials. Can race lazy, but thinks a lot about the bridle and this research seems like a perfect test.



Has valuable experience on the circuit thanks to a pleasant test win in April and qualifies as one of the better outsiders, purely on that basis. Perhaps the class of one or two of his stabemates is missing, but there seems to be further improvement in the distance.


The last French Derby winner Persian King and Guineas hero Magna Grecia had traveled home last fall and started his 3yo campaign with a stubborn defeat of stablemate Mohawk in the Dee Stakes while learning the job. Suspected that many more will come now that he tackles 12 stages.



A Southwell girl (12f) landed emphatically but outclassed in the Lingfield test for this race and probably a repeat scenario.

Broome has shown all the credentials needed to be an important force in this event

Broome has shown all the credentials needed to be an important force in this event

Broome has shown all the credentials needed to be an important force in this event


Slightly won novice events in Lingfield and Salisbury, the last more than 10 stages long after he returned. The type appears to continue to flourish and remains good.



A stallion foal appeared to stop this season following winsover 7f and a mile last year, but allegedly slow to be on hand and watched the experience and outing in the Dante behind Telecaster. He finished nicely on the Knavesmire and was much too early to give him a discount at this level.


Enjoyed a great youth season, culminating in a Fokker & # 39; s Cup youth celebration in November last year. Does not seem to have grown much from two to three and was a big disappointment in the Dante as a well-beaten seventh.



Claimed the scalp of Broome at Leopardstown in Group 2 company last installment and has been ready to go one step further at both this installment begins, including when a deserving 4th in the 2,000 Guineas. Whether 12 stages will be his optimal journey is a matter of debate, but has the class to find out if he will stay.


Although he failed to combine the twist of foot produced by Mr. Sir Dragonet in the Chester Vase (wearing first cheek pieces), this full brother of Derby winner Ruler Of The World still appeared with great honor and it would no surprise to see him outperform his chances with his endurance insured.


Was only seen at the end of April on a racecourse, but his development since a smooth Tipperary success has gone fast. Dismantled his six rivals in the Chester Vase when, after patiently chasing in the rear, he produced a wonderful turn of foot to win a quick time. There is little doubt that he seems to be a foal with enormous potential and he can be a big opponent for anyone if he can cope with the atmosphere.



Has made an effort to match the twist of foot shown by stablemate Broome in both the Ballysax and Derrinstown this spring. Probably the class is missing to win such a race, but seems to require this stiffer endurance test and could clearly outperform his chances as he passes 12 stages for the first time.


Forcing Colt to significantly advance from minor victories in Nottingham and Newcastle to secure third place in the Dante behind Telecaster when it is poorly positioned at the rear. Should arrange something better to see this new trip, but a horse to stay on-side for the rest of the season.



Another stallion foal who missed his youth campaign and who had to stop his upbringing in a short time. An encouraging Doncaster debut behind Bangkok preceded an impressive Windsor havoc and he improved at least one more stone in York when he sold off Too Darn Hot in the Dante. Can be fanned a little for his races, so his temperament will be in the spotlight here.

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