Ballydoyle colts prominent amongst Derby three-year-old entries

Filed on 7 Mar 2013 @ 18:46

Kingsbarns heads the market at 4-1

111 three-year-olds go forward to the Investec Derby at Epsom on 1 June following this week's scratchings stage. Ireland's champion trainer Aidan O'Brien has his customary strong hand with 35 entries looking to add to the success of the brilliant Camelot in 2012.

Kingsbarns, like Camelot the winner of the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster as a two-year-old, is among the powerful O'Brien entry and is currently 4/1 favourite with bookmaker Coral.

The highly-touted Mars, runaway winner of a Dundalk maiden on his only start in July, is another O'Brien entry (priced at 10/1), along with Group One Keeneland Phoenix Stakes scorer Pedro The Great, Group Two Juddmonte Beresford Stakes winner Battle Of Marengo and The United States, successful in a Curragh maiden on his only outing.

While O'Brien has won the Investec Derby three times (he was also successful with Galileo - sire of Kingsbarns - in 2001 and High Chaparral in 2002), three-time Champion British Flat trainer Richard Hannon has not yet made a big impact in the Epsom Classic during a career spanning over 40 years. But Hannon is hoping that the unbeaten Toronado may be able to put that record straight.

Sir Alex Ferguson is part of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing's Wavertree syndicate that owns 12/1 chance Telescope, who was saddled by Sir Michael Stoute to win a Newmarket maiden impressively in September, while the Manchester United manager is also one of the owners of The Welsh Wizard, trained by Charlie Hills, who finished runner-up in a Wolverhampton maiden last week on his only start.

Newmarket trainer Sir Henry Cecil, successful in the Derby four times, has three entries, including Lingfield maiden winner Mighty Yar.

There are 16 split between Godolphin's two trainers, Mahmood Al Zarooni (11) and Saeed bin Suroor (5), including Chesham Stakes winner and Champagne Stakes third Tha'ir with the latter.

The Wildenstein family have recently returned to ownership in Britain and their Investec Derby entries include Parker Ridge, a half-brother to Peintre Celebre, among an unraced trio based with Newmarket-based Luca Cumani, who has twice sent out winner of the Epsom Downs Classic.

There are 12 French-trained entries (compared to six at this stage 12 months ago) and many have still to show their full potential.

The Aga Khan's Baradari, trained in Pau by Jean-Claude Rouget, scored at Toulouse in February.

Andre Fabre, successful with Pour Moi in the 2011 Investec Derby, trains Ocovango who won a Saint-Cloud maiden on his debut in November.

Adding to the international theme, there are two entries from Germany, the Andreas Wohler-trained Saint And Sinner and Superplex, based at Michael Figge's Munich stable.

Eye-catching Irish-based entries away from the O'Brien contingent include the Jim Bolger-trained Trading Leather, winner of the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Newmarket in October.

Filed on 7 Mar 2013 @ 18:46