Horse Racing
Derby Stakes - Form Comments

03/07/2020 17:25

G1 – 2405m – Turf

1 Amhran Na Bhfiann Improved from his 2019 debut to finish fourth in a Leopardstown maiden last month, but hasn’t the profile of a Derby winner.
2 Emissary Won his first start and nearly his second, just held in a Listed event at Goodwood, a slowly-run race that turned into a sprint. Half-brother Workforce won this Classic.
3 English King The probable favourite for this G1 Classic after his hugely impressive surge up at Lingfield to win a significant trial for this. No stamina concerns. Dettori takes over.
4 Gold Maze Returned with a solid second in a G3 at The Curragh but couldn’t make an impact in last Saturday’s Irish Derby, racing too freely early.
5 Highland Chief Carrying top weight and in first-time cheekpieces, he missed the break and raced too freely but still delivered a winning punch in a hot Royal Ascot handicap. Fast progressing and should stay.
6 Kameko Made dramatic progress late in 2019 including a G1 win, then returning to win the G1 2000 Guineas over 1600m at Newmarket. Classy with G1 acceleration – the issue is stamina.
7 Khalifa Sat Kicked off 2020 with a Listed win at Goodwood, proving that he could handle a tricky track. He’ll need to improve but he has a willing attitude and is versatile groundwise.
8 Max Vega A comprehensive winner of his last two two-year-old starts including in a soft-ground Newmarket G3. His disappointing 2020 return suggests that he has a mountain to climb here.
9 Mogul A G2 winner at two, he started favourite in a Royal Ascot G2 even though his trainer insisted he would need that 2020 return, finishing fourth. Should be sharper now.
10 Mohican Heights Won his first two starts but probably did best on his latest start when a staying-on third in a Royal Ascot G2 on ground slower than ideal. Stamina not an issue.
11 Mythical Only a maiden winner, and though he ran decently in G1  company in 2019, he was a bitterly disappointing favourite on his 2020 return.
12 Pyledriver Unfancied from a relatively unfashionable stable but, always travelling easily, he then used his stamina to easily fend off rivals in a Royal Ascot G2 at this trip.
13 Russian Emperor The figures suggest he has improved race by race and his strong challenge from off the speed cemented a G3 Royal Ascot victory. More stamina required for this longer journey.
14 Serpentine An interesting candidate even though his trainer is talking in terms of longer distances than this. A very stylish front-running maiden winner last weekend.
15 Vatican City Whilst not having the gears of the winner, his running-on second in the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas proved that he is a serious colt. If he can thrive on this trip rise, he’s got chances.
16 Worthily Could do no more than easily beat his eight rivals in a Newbury maiden on his only start. This is a giant class rise, but he is bred to thrive at this trip.