Aidan O’Brien is set to saddle seven of the 13 runners in todays Investec Derby (5.30) as he seeks a record-equaling seventh success in the Epsom Classic.
The Ballydoyle trainer possesses an extremely strong hand with favourite Sir Dragonet leading a team including Broome, Anthony Van Dyck and Japan.
Dante Stakes winner Telecaster, supplemented at a cost of 85,000, and Bangkok lead the British challenge.
Like he did in Authorized’s Derby in 2007, O’Brien could have saddled eight runners, but Cape Of Good Hope will go for tomorrows Prix du Jockey Club, with the Roger Varian-trained Surfman also heading for Chantilly over Epsom.
Completing the O’Brien septet are Circus Maximus, Norway and Sovereign as the trainer looks to join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as a seven-time Derby winner. Circus Maximus and Godolphin’s Line Of Duty will be equipped with first-time cheekpieces.
Sir Dragonet, an impressive winner of the Chester Vase on just his second start, shades favouritism at a general 11-4. Broome (9-2) and Telecaster (5-1) are next best in the market with Anthony Van Dyck (7-1) and Bangkok (8-1) the others quoted at single figures.
The race will be shown live on Super Sport and Tellytrack.
Investec Derby line-up
1 Anthony Van Dyck – stall 7
2 Bangkok – stall 12
3 Broome – stall 8
4 Circus Maximus – stall 5
5 Hiroshima – stall 3
6 Humanitarian – stall 9
7 Japan – stall 11
8 Line Of Duty – stall 1
9 Madhmoon – stall 6
10 Norway – stall 10
11 Sir Dragonet – stall 13
12 Sovereign – stall 4
13 Telecaster – stall 2
*Aidan O’Brien-trained runners