After the Irish fleet claimed victory in both the 2000 & 1000 Guineas at Newmarket over the weekend, the British set their sights on victory in the Epsom Derby in a month’s time.
The rapid-improving Mohaafeth threw down his claims over the weekend, with the son of Frankel producing an impressive showing in the Listed Newmarket Stakes on Saturday.
The three-year-old colt looked a different class to his rivals and saw his price smashed down from 33/1 to 7s for the Epsom Classic.
William Haggas stated the Derby “is a tempting proposition” and Mohaafeth could well be the best of the British squad if he is to run in the 1m4f contest.
Adayar made an intriguing reappearance when claiming second in the bet365 Classic Trial and could hold further improvement in time, while Yibir showed progress when finishing a neck behind his stablemate in the same contest.
The unbeaten Hurricane Lane holds an entry in the Derby Trial Stakes at Lingfield on the weekend, while One Ruler finished a creditable sixth in the 2000 Guineas.
The colt caught the eye at Doncaster when making late progress to finish fourth and Ed Dunlop’s runner confirmed that promise when winning a 1m2f novice stakes on the all-weather at Newcastle.
John and Thady Gosden possess 10 entries in the Epsom Classic, with three runners standing out from his Newmarket yard.
Uncle Bryn was disappointing at the April Meeting but he should put that run behind him and show progress on his next outing, which will most likely be in the Dante.
Polling Day has won his first two starts and will be introduced to Group level next, while Enable’s half-brother Derab could show further improvement after placing in both of his runs.
Sired by the 2006 European Champion Two-Year-Old Teofilo and brother to three winners, the three-year-old showed his staying ability when claiming Group 1 honours in the Criterium de Saint-Cloud in October.
Johnston’s colt will be targeted for the best contests this season and he could well cause an upset at a big price in the Derby.
It will take a top-class contender to dismantle the Irish threat at the Epsom Downs, but the British do possess some firepower across several yards for this season’s renewal of the Derby.
– John Leeper E/W @ 20/1
– Gear Up E/W @ 33/1