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The Derby is the most famous race of the Flat season and as always has the potential to be a cracking renewal once again this year, with Aidan O'Brien seemingly holding all the aces at this early stage.

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It was no surprise to anyone last year when the winning trainer of the Flat season’s most famous race was Aidan O’Brien but the price tag of the 40/1 winner Wings Of Eagles left a few jaws hanging open. It will also be no surprise to anyone that O’Brien once again holds a strong hand in the antepost market for the race and the current favourite is Racing Post Trophy winner Saxon Warrior. He was unbeaten in three starts as a two-year-old and showed both determination and staying power when battling back to beat Roaring Lion in his final start. He is by Deep Impact out of a Galileo mare so could hardly be more regally bred and has plenty going for him even at this early stage. Ballydoyle will be hoping for a star flag bearer for their Japanese sire who they have given so much support as of late and this could be the horse to do it.

The market is completely dominated by Aidan O’Brien at this stage and although The Pentagon was very disappointing on his seasonal reappearance it would be foolish to rule him out so quickly. He had a setback before the Racing Post Trophy and despite drifting in a huge way he ran a very eye-catching race to finish third. He drifted again on his reappearance this season which probably indicates he wasn’t entirely fit and will come on plenty for the run. He showed enough behind two very useful stablemates to suggest he will still be a player at middle distances this season. Ahead of him that day were both Delano Roosevelt and Nelson and it may be the latter that goes on to achieve most this season. He popped out in front that day, staying on powerfully to reassert in the closing stages so looks another Derby prospect. He is by Frankel out of Oaks winner Moonstone so is another beautifully bred Ballydoyle colt and is one to watch out for.

Looking away from Aidan O’Brien’s string, which is admittedly a bit difficult to do, a recent winner for John Gosden called Sevenna Star could make up into a very nice three-year-old. He was eye-catching when third on debut in a strong maiden at two and broke his maiden tag at the third time of asking on his first start as a three-year-old at Windsor when winning by an enormous fourteen lengths. He is by Champion Sire Galileo so should stay the trip and is in the right hands to progress through the ranks and reach the top level of middle distance colts.

Godolphin have struggled to make an impact on the Classics in more recent times but look to have a nice horse on their hands in the shape of Ghaiyyath. He was an easy winner of a maiden on his second start and progressed again when bolting up in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket where he was notably strong at the finish. He is by Dubawi so will get better with age and looked one that would probably relish a step up in trip when given an opportunity, his trainer Charlie Appleby has become a rising star and could make a big impact this season.

Mark Johnston had a fancied runner with the late Permian last year and has another big hope this time around with Elarqam, who will bid to be the first son of Frankel to win this famous race. He was impressive on his debut against a decent horse and stepped up on that to win the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes in great style on his final start as a two-year-old. He looks to have plenty more to give and his galloping style may well suit this tricky track. He will likely stay this trip and has bags of talent so it would be no surprise to see him heavily involved when the big one comes around.

Aidan O’Brien had a huge amount of success with the lovable mare and 2016 Arc winner, Found, and could continue the family trend with her full brother James Cook. He was sent off favourite on his racecourse debut at Naas and showed plenty of ability without winning as he was not given a hard time by Ryan Moore in the closing stages. He made his first appearance as a three-year-old a winning one when taking care of Joseph O’Brien trained colt Latrobe in professional fashion and looks one to keep progressing, just as his sister did.

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20-05-2018 16:39:38pm