Epsom Derby 2020: Runner-By-Runner Preview
While it be may be taking place a month late, the 2020 Epsom Derby promises to be one of the races of the year. Here we take a look at every runner lining up on the famous Epsom Downs.
ENGLISH KING - 4.5
Trainer: Ed Walker | Jockey: Frankie Dettori
A winner in two of his three starts and ultra-impressive when winning the recent Derby Trial at Lingfield. Has every right to be favourite but his draw in stall one is far from ideal (3 winners since 1967), even with Dettori on board.
KAMEKO - 5.6
Trainer: Andrew Balding | Jockey: Oisin Murphy
Dual Group 1 winner over a mile including the 2000 Guineas and the classiest runner in the race. Major question marks over whether this longer trip will suit but breeding suggests there's hope. Big player despite tough draw in 11.
MOGUL - 6.8
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien | Jockey: Ryan Moore
Fourth behind Kameko in the Vertem Futurity last season and recently beaten at odds-on in the King Edward VIII Stakes at Royal Ascot. Should strip much fitter for this and is the stable's leading hope based on Moore being booked. Has to overcome stall two which has never produced a Derby winner.
RUSSIAN EMPEROR - 8.2
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien | Jockey: Seamie Heffernan
Won the Hampton Court Stakes at Royal Ascot and the form of that looks strong in the context of this race. 1m4f should suit and he won't mind if ground comes up on easy side. Should be bang there at the finish.
VATICAN CITY - 11.5
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien | Jockey: Padraig Beggy
Second in last month's Irish 2000 Guineas and was talked up as a major player for this race early in the season. Step up in trip shouldn't hold any fears and he could be a danger to all. Jockey Padraig Beggy piloted the surprise 2017 Derby winner, Wings of Eagles.
PYLEDRIVER - 20.0
Trainer: William Muir | Jockey: Martin Dwyer
A surprise winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Ascot - beating Mogul comfortably. Proven over the trip and any ease in ground would boost his claims; may prefer a flatter track however. Can go well.
HIGHLAND CHIEF - 24.0
Trainer: Paul Cole Cole | Jockey: Ben Curtis
Royal Ascot handicap winner, taking a big step up in class but clearly going the right way and extra two furlongs here should be no issue. Each-way chance most likely.
MOHICAN HEIGHTS - 27.0
Trainer: David Simcock | Jockey: Andrea Atzeni
Third behind Pyledriver at Ascot, possibly left with too much to do but stayed on strongly. The form of his win in the Stonehenge Stakes last season looks good now and he could run well at a big price.
SERPENTINE - 29.0
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien | Jockey: Emmet McNamara
Unknown quantity, 1m2f maiden winner by nine lengths last time out and the yard is no stranger to big-priced winners in the race. His dam was second in the Oaks and this colt could take a major step forward.
EMISSARY - 36.0
Trainer: Hugo Palmer | Jockey: Jim Crowley
Second to Khalifa Sat in the Cocked Hat Stakes, he's bred for this being a half-brother to Workforce and it's likely that inexperience was his undoing last time out. Top jockey on board and one of the likelier longshots.
WORTHILY - 44.0
Trainer: John Gosden | Jockey: Martin Harley
Easy winner on debut last month at Newbury, and the second has won since. His dam has produced some top-class runners, including two that ran well in the Derby. Likely to find this above his station but Gosden is not one to tilt at windmills.
KHALIFA SAT - 48.0
Trainer: Andrew Balding | Jockey: Tom Marquand
Twice a winner at Goodwood so should handle Epsom's undulations, no trip concerns but may get tapped for toe. Balding also runs leading fancy Kameko so should have a good idea where he stands with this colt.
MAX VEGA - 50.0
Trainer: Ralph Beckett | Jockey: Harry Bentley
Disappointed in the Classic Trial at Kempton but the form of his Zetland Stakes win last season would give him place claims. Soft ground would increase chances but he still needs to show significant improvement.
MYTHICAL - 90.0
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien | Jockey: James Doyle
Well backed on seasonal reappearance but disappointed and was subsequently found to be lame. Another who would benefit from some ease in the ground but looks well down the stable pecking order.
AMHRAN NA BHFIANN - 90.0
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien | Jockey: William Buick
Still a maiden but incredibly well-bred - brother to Oaks winner. He was last seen finishing fourth to subsequent Irish Derby runner-up so may have more to offer, but would certainly be a surprise winner.
GOLD MAZE - 100.0
Trainer: Jessie Harrington | Jockey: David Egan
Highly tried but remains a maiden, finished midfield in the Irish Derby last week where he was very keen. Will run his race if settling better but looks considerably out of his depth here.
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