Arthur Kitt out to book Derby return

Epsom’s Blue Riband Trial offers Classic route

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Royal Ascot winner Arthur Kitt is looking to book his ticket to the Derby by winning the Investec Blue Riband Trial at Epsom.

Tom Dascombe’s Camelot colt won the Chesham Stakes on his second start, before chasing home Too Darn Hot in the Solario.

After a slightly disappointing fifth in the Royal Lodge Stakes, he finished a thoroughly creditable fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

The winner of Wednesday’s Listed race receives a wildcard entry into the Investec Derby, if not already entered.

“Arthur Kitt is in good form, and the Epsom Derby Trial will be his first run of the year,” said Dascombe.

“It’s another step up in trip, but we are hopeful he will get 10 furlongs.

“We’re looking forward to getting his season started.”

Ed Walker’s Cap Francais won his last two starts as a juvenile, having finished second on his debut, and his trainer is optimistic he will handle the unique contours of Epsom.

“He is a very well-balanced horse – and while Epsom is a very unique track, I am hopeful that he will cope with the undulations,” said Walker.

“He has wintered well and was impressive in two starts at Salisbury and Haydock last season.

“He is a horse that will stay well and is going to definitely improve for a step up in trip. It is very exciting to have a horse going for the trial at Epsom with real Derby ambitions.”

Two of the seven runners are already engaged in the Classic itself – Aidan O’Brien’s Cape Of Good Hope, who was placed in both the Royal Lodge and the Superlative Stakes last term, and Roger Varian’s Mackaar.

John Gosden’s Turgenev, Mark Johnston’s Massam and James Tate’s Sameem complete the seven-runner field.

In the Investec City And Suburban Handicap, Johnston runs Mildenberger – who has not been seen since finishing second to Roaring Lion in the Dante.

He takes on Gosden’s Crossed Baton, winner of the Blue Riband Trial 12 months ago.

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