Legendary trainer Aidan O’Brien will bid to win The Derby for a record-equalling seventh time when he heads to Epsom Downs on June 1.
<div><p>The Ballydoyle maestro has indicated that he could saddle up to seven runners in the race, which he has previously called the Holy Grail of flat racing. The pick of the bunch looks to be the unbeaten Sir Dragonet, who romped to victory in the Chester Vase on May 8. He is a son of O’Brien’s 2012 Derby winner, Camelot, so he certainly has the pedigree to succeed at Epsom this coming weekend.</p><p>Sir Dragonet has won both starts so far and he prevailed by eight lengths in the Chester vase. The trainer’s son, Donnacha, rode him that afternoon. “He was very impressive,” said the winning jockey. “Four furlongs out, I knew I was going to win. If he was entered in the Derby, he would certainly be worth his place.” His father and connections agreed, and they stumped up the necessary £85,000 late-entry fee for him to compete. Sir Dragonet is now the 3/1 favourite with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&f=1" target="_blank" title="Bet365">Bet365</a> and various other bookmakers to win The Derby, and he is the most heavily backed horse.</p><h2>Derby Too Darn Hot for Morrison’s Charge</h2><p>Too Darn Hot was the pre-season favourite to win The Derby after emerging as the finest two-year-old in the land last year. However, he missed the 2,000 Guineas with an injury and then surrendered his unbeaten record when he finished behind Telecaster in the Dante Stakes earlier this month. Trainer Hughie Morrison scratched him from the Derbym and he went to the Irish 2,000 Guineas instead today. Magna Grecia, who won the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket, also competed in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and those two were expected to engage in a ferocious battle for success. In the end, however, Phoenix Of Spain surged to victory, with Too Darn Hot second, while Magna Grecia had to settle for fifth.</p><p>It means we will have no Triple Crown winner in England this year. The first three horses in the 2,000 Guineas – Magna Grecia, King Of Change and Skardu – are not competing in The Derby. Madhmoon, who finished fourth at Newmarket, is a 12/1 is a 14/1 shot at Epsom this coming weekend. Some punters might also fancy Telecaster at 13/2 with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&f=1" target="_blank" title="Betfair">Betfair</a>, after his strong victory over Too Darn Hot in the Dante. The second favourite is Broome at 4/1, while Anthony Van Dyck is 5/1. Both of them are part of the O’Brien stable, showing just what a strong hand he will have for Britain’s richest race.</p></div>