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Kameko bids for Guineas-Derby double
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Kameko bids for Guineas-Derby double
on 02 July 2020
A field of 16 has been declared for Saturday's Derby at Epsom, and it includes the 2000 Guineas winner

The Andrew Balding-trained Kameko already has one classic win on his CV after landing the 2000 Guineas last month and on Saturday at Epsom he will try to emulate Camelot, who supplemented his Newmarket win with Derby glory back in 2012.

Oisin Murphy's mount is one of 16 colts declared for the Derby on Saturday. The ante-post favourite is English King. Ed Walker’s charge booked his place in the Derby line-up with an impressive victory in the Lingfield Derby Trial and will be the mount of Frankie Dettori, as the Italian chases a third Derby success, after Authorized (2007) and Golden Horn (2015).

Aidan O’Brien fields a six-strong challenge as he bids for a record eighth Derby success, with only Armory removed from his seven initial entries.

Royal Ascot winner Russian Emperor is the shortest O’Brien contender in the betting, but King Edward VII Stakes fourth Mogul features prominently along with Irish 2000 Guineas runner-up Vatican City. Mythical, Serpentine and Amhran Na Bhfiann also represent Ballydoyle.

Ryan Moore is on Mogul, who was well-backed after the final declarations were made known and is now a 5/1 shot. Seamie Heffernan rides Russian Emperor, Padraig Beggy is on Vatican City, Emmet McNamara is aboard Serpentine, James Doyle rides Mythical and William Buick has been booked for outsider Amhran Na Bhfiann.

Pyledriver was a surprise winner of the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and he takes his chance for William Muir, with third-placed Mohican Heights reopposing for David Simcock.

Paul and Oliver Cole’s Royal meeting winner Highland Chief features, as does Balding’s Khalifa Sat, who was a listed winner at Goodwood on his reappearance.

The field is completed by Jessica Harrington’s Irish raider Gold Maze, Emissary from Hugo Palmer’s yard, the Ralph Beckett-trained Max Vega and Worthily, who won on his only start to date for John Gosden.

Click here to read what winning the Epsom Classic would mean to Andrew Balding.

DERBY BETTING: 5/2 English King, 4/1 Kameko, 5/1 Mogul, 13/2 Russian Emperor, 8/1 Vatican City, 16/1 Highland Chief, 16/1 Pyledriver, 20/1 bar

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