The five-day entries for the Derby have been released, with 18 runners still remaining in Saturday’s contest at Epsom.
DESERT CROWN leads the current market, with the colt catching the eye with a commanding victory in the Dante Stakes.
Sir Michael Stoute’s recruit is the leading hope for the British and he could well be the one to beat if he continues to show promise for his connections.
Following Luxembourg’s withdrawal, STONE AGE is considered to be the leading fancy from Aidan O’Brien’s yard after garnering plaudits for his performance at Leopardstown last month.
The Galileo coly made light work of his rivals in the Irish Derby Trial Stakes, thundering home to win by five and a half lengths.
The three-year-old could be joined by a handful of stablemates, with Chester Vase winner CHANGINGOFTHEGUARD and Dee Stakes victor STAR OF INDIA both holding entries in the contest.
Trainer Charlie Appleby has taken a chance on NATIONS PRIDE for this contest, after supplementing the colt for the Derby following a comfortable success in the Listed Newmarket Stakes in April.
The Teofilo colt heads a trio of Godolphin runners in the 1m4f Classic, with WALK OF STARS and NAHANNI both entered as well.
Ballysax Stakes winner PIZ BADILE is given his chance in Group 1 company for Donnacha O’Brien and he even has the bonus of experienced jockey Frankie Dettori in the saddle.
Roger Varian’s EYDON will aim to build on his fourth place finish in the 2000 Guineas, while WESTOVER could show further improvement after landing the Classic Trial at Sandown back in April.
Consistent sort ROYAL PATRONAGE features in Group 1 company once again for Charlie & Mark Johnston and hints at each-way value and WEST WIND BLOWS is set a seriously tough assignment following two successes in novice company for Simon & Ed Crisford.
Listed winner MASEKELA features at a big price for Andrew Balding, with stablemate HOO YA MAL also holding an entry for the Epsom Classic.
SONNY LISTON showed hints of potential in the Dee Stakes but he will need to make rapid progress to be competitive here for Charles Hills, while Charlie Fellowes’ GRAND ALLIANCE carries some course form after finishing second in the Blue Riband Trial in the season opener at Epsom.
Andy Oliver’s GLORY DAZE and Stan Moore’s EL HABEEB complete the list of entries.