Investec Derby
Group 1, Epsom Downs 16:30
£1,500,000 added
3yo only,
1m, 4f, 10y
  
Saturday 1st June 2019

O'Brien revealed that he could run as many as eight horses in the Investec Derby, as he seeks a record-equalling seventh success. A total of 18 colts remain engaged following today's scratchings deadline. 
 
Ireland's 21-time champion Flat trainer has a litany of talent at his disposal for the premier Classic, with a number of his team landing most of the recognised trials in the run-up to the 12-furlong event.
 
O'Brien's revealed that his team is likely to be spearheaded by the unbeaten Sir Dragonet
 
The son of Camelot backed up victory in a Tipperary maiden in April with a taking eight-length victory over stable companion Norway in the G3 Chester Vase over an extended 12 furlongs earlier this month.
 
Despite talk earlier this week of Sir Dragonet potentially heading for the French Derby at Chantilly a week later, the Coolmore triumvirate of John Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor are now reportedly favouring supplementing the colt for the Epsom Downs showpiece at a cost of £85,000. 
 
Also at the head of the market is Broome  who has captured a pair of G3 races at Leopardstown this term. An impressive eight-length winner of the Ballysax Stakes in April, the son of Australia landed the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial on May 12 last time out.

O'Brien's other contenders include Listed Lingfield Derby Trial victor Anthony Van Dyck, Listed Dee Stakes scorer Circus Maximus and Dante Stakes fourth Japan

Trainers Quotes

Hughie Morrison will make a decision in the next "seven to 10 days" about the participation of Telecaster
 
He won the G2 Dante Stakes at York last week over an extended 10 furlongs, the son of New Approach having finished second on his first start at Doncaster to fellow Investec Derby entry Bangkok  and Morrison is in no rush to make a decision as to whether to stump up the £85,000 supplementary fee.
 
He revealed: "Telecaster had a very hard race against Too Darn Hot last week at York. We are going to need a bit more time before we make a decision. 

"There is only a 16 day gap between the Dante and the Derby. We are perfectly happy with him and we are doing everything we would like him to do after a race. We will bide our time until as late as possible."

Veteran Irish trainer Kevin Prendergast is set to be represented by G2 winner Madhmoon, who finished fourth behind Magna Grecia in the G1 QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.
 
The Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt, who defeated Broome impressively in a G2 contest at Leopardstown in September, has yet to race over further than a mile.
 
Andrew Balding believes Bangkok, who is owned by emerging powerhouse King Power Racing, is up there with the best three-year-old colts he has every trained. 
 
After three starts without success in 2018, Bangkok defeated Telecaster in a maiden at Doncaster on March 30 and followed that up with a dominant success in the G3 Classic Trial at Sandown Park on April 26.
 
Balding said of the Australia colt: "Bangkok is a horse we have always liked. He probably did not achieve what he should have done last year, but the way he wintered and relaxed in his work at home, we were getting pretty excited in March.

Investec Derby (Group 1)
£1,500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
18 remaining entries
Five-day confirmations & £85,000 supplementary stage May 27, final declarations May 30.

Horse
Owner
Trainer
ALFAATIK
Hamdan Al Maktoum
John Gosden  
ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BANGKOK (IRE)
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Andrew Balding  
BROOME (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE)
Flaxman Stables/Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
HIROSHIMA
Graham Smith-Bernal
John Ryan  
HTILOMINLO
Rohan Balasuriya
Sylvester Kirk  
HUMANITARIAN (USA)
HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing
John Gosden  
JAPAN
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
LINE OF DUTY (IRE)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
MADHMOON (IRE)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Kevin Prendergast IRE
MOHAWK (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
NORWAY (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
PABLO ESCOBARR (IRE)
Hussain Alabbas Lootah
William Haggas  
PRIVATE SECRETARY
Denford Stud
John Gosden  
SOVEREIGN (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SURFMAN
Peter Winkworth
Roger Varian