Sir Dragonet leads seven-strong Derby raid for Aidan O'Brien

Other leading hopes Bangkok and Telecaster feature among 13 runners at Epsom

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Chester Vase winner Sir Dragonet heads Aidan O’Brien’s seven runners in a field of 13 declared for the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.

The son of O’Brien’s Derby hero Camelot earned the right to be supplemented at a cost of £85,000 when overcoming greenness to land a striking eight-length success over stablemate Norway on his second start.

Sir Dragonet had only made his debut at Tipperary two weeks earlier.

O’Brien has also declared Anthony Van Dyck, Broome, Circus Maximus, Japan, Norway and Sovereign.

Of those, Circus Maximus took the Dee Stakes at Chester, Anthony Van Dyck landed the Lingfield Derby Trial and Broome won both the Ballysax and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial.

O’Brien’s other Epsom possible Cape Of Good Hope has been declared for the French Derby at Chantilly on Sunday instead, as has Roger Varian’s Surfman. They were the only two withdrawals at the 48-hour final declaration stage.

When confirmation of the Ballydoyle jockeys came through Ryan Moore was alongside Sir Dragonet, with Donnacha O’Brien on Broome. Seamie Heffernan rides Anthony Van Dyck, Frankie Dettori is on Circus Maximus, Wayne Lordan rides Japan, Jamie Spencer is on Norway – with Padraig Beggy, successful on Wings Of Eagles two years ago, riding Sovereign.

The other Irish raider is Madhmoon, trained by 86-year-old Kevin Prendergast. The Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum-owned colt was fourth in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.

Like Sir Dragonet, Telecaster was added to the Derby field at Monday’s five-day confirmation stage.

Telecaster, trained by Hughie Morrison, booked his place by lowering Too Darn Hot’s colours in the Dante Stakes at York.

Andrew Balding has a leading contender in Bangkok, who defeated Telecaster on his seasonal debut in March and won the Sandown Classic Trial on his latest start.

Charlie Appleby, successful last summer with Masar, relies on Line Of Duty despite a disappointing run in the Dante.

John Gosden puts Humanitarian in at the deep end after minor wins at Lingfield in November and Salisbury two weeks ago.

John Ryan’s big outsider Hiroshima completes the field.

The draw was shown live on Racing TV with the first out of the hat being Bangkok, who will race from stall 12.

Sir Dragonet was handed the widest draw of all in stall 13, while Telecaster was put near the rail in stall two.

Anthony Van Dyck and Broome are next to each other in stalls seven and eight respectively, with Circus Maximus in five and Madhmoon six.

James Doyle has the ride on Line Of Duty, and he admits the colt’s Dante performance left connections perplexed.

He said: “We are on the comeback, and it was a bit of a head-scratcher after York.

“Maybe he just wasn’t quite there. But his work has been good since, and that is why we decided to let him take his chance.

“He is a 33-1 shot. But he is a Breeders’ Cup winner, so it seems silly he is that price, but we will see.

“He is a Galileo, so he should have no problem seeing out the extra two furlongs. We are drawn in stall one, so we have got to be lucky from draw.”

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Epsom Downs 16:30, 1 June 2019

Epsom Downs 16:30, 1 June 2019

Epsom Downs 16:30, 1 June 2019

Epsom Downs 16:30, 1 June 2019

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