Field of 12 for Epsom Derby

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June 1, 2018 - 08:30 AM

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The Aidan O'Brien-trained Saxon Warrior is odds-on favourite to add the Derby at Epsom to his 2000 Guineas victory.

But O'Brien has voiced concerns about the recent rain at Epsom as he goes in search of a record-equalling seventh win in the blue riband.

O'Brien has also declared Delano Roosevelt, Kew Gardens, The Pentagon and Zabriskie.

Dermot Weld won his first Derby two years ago with Harzand and is represented by a close relative of the 2016 winner, Hazapour, winner of the Derrinstown Stud Trial.

"Hazapour has an each-way chance, but I think it could be a really good renewal of the race," Weld said.

"It could be a very exciting Derby. The word is that the favourite is an outstanding colt, and the horse that won the Dante (Roaring Lion) was very impressive.

"I'm happy with my fella. He's so laid-back.

"I was satisfied with his work the other day, but Frankie (Dettori) was delighted."

Roaring Lion is one of two runners for John Gosden with the rain persuading him to let Sevenna Star take his chance. He will be a first Derby ride for Robert Havlin.

Young Rascal, owned by Isponsor nvestec's managing director Bernard Kantor, runs for William Haggas with Craven winner Masar aiming to be the first winner in Godolphin's blue silks.

Harry Dunlop's Knight To Behold was impressive in the Lingfield Derby Trial and has his supporters while Mark Johnston's Dee Ex Bee completes the field. He will be ridden by champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa.