Some of the most celebrated trainers in flat horse racing are scheduled to collide on Saturday, June 3, as the Investec Derby highlights next weekend’s sparkling schedule at the 2017 Epsom Festival.
Among the leading runners sits 4/1 (5.00) shot Cracksman, one of three entries in the field mentored by John Gosden, but Aidan O’Brien charge Cliffs of Moher is level pegging with the bookmakers and will be out to spoil his good form.
O’Brien has already won five titles in the Epsom Derby and returns to Surrey seeking a sixth for his collection. His chances look good, too, considering eight of the 24 remaining runners are trained in his stable.
The Irish icon did have nine among the field until he confirmed Churchill was likely to go for the 2,000 Guineas instead, although that doesn’t reduce his chances by that much.
Another contender to watch out for will be 12/1 (13.00) outside chance Permian, trained by Mark Johnston, who requires only another 141 wins to join the elusive ‘4,000 winner club’, likely to happen some time in 2017.
Epsom Derby Top Contender Odds
- Cracksman: 4/1 (5.00)
- Cliffs Of Moher: 4/1 (5.00)
- Eminent: 7/1 (8.00)
- Best Solution: 10/1 (11.00)
- Permian: 12/1 (13.00)
- Venice Beach: 14/1 (15.00)
- Dubai Thunder: 16/1 (17.00)
- Capri: 20/1 (21.00)
- Waldgeist: 20/1 (21.00)
- Douglas MacArthur: 20/1 (21.00)
- Wings Of Eagles: 25/1 (26.00)
- Rekindling: 25/1 (26.00)