Horse racing Derby tips: Templegate all over big favourite for Derby at Epsom as he sides with master Aidan O'Brien

IT'S Derby day at Epsom and our man Templegate could not be in better form heading into the big day.

Read on to find our man's top tips for Saturday as the Derby Festival continues.

BOLSHOI BALLET (4.30 Epsom, nap)

The fact Aidan O’Brien pulled out his other five hopefuls shows just how confident ‘The Lads’ are of success.

And it’s easy to see why. This son of superstar sire Galileo kicked off this season by winning the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown before returning to take the Derrinstown Stud Trial by six lengths in a scorching time.

Stepping up to the Classic trip should bring more improvement.


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KING FRANKEL (2.00 Epsom, nb)

He ran the useful Bay Bridge close at Newbury last time on the back of a romp at Pontefract.

He is one of the few proven stayers in the field and the ground will be fine.

BELL ROCK (3.10 Epsom, treble)

He clocked a personal best when winning a hot Newmarket handicap on comeback latest.

This trip suits on any ground and Andrew Balding continues to send out winners galore.


2.00     King Frankel (nb)         

In cracking form and went close in hot company at Newbury latest.

2.35     Illykato 

Impressive winner at Goodwood and has more to offer.

3.10     Bell Rock (treble)        

Looked well up to this level when scoring at Newmarket last time.

3.45     Stone Of Destiny         

Consistent and another good run at Goodwood latest.

4.30     BOLSHOI BALLET (NAP)           

Looks a cut above his Derby rivals after Derrinstown win.

5.15     Group One Power       

Won over C&D before going close at Ascot last time out.

5.50     Desert Safari   

Had a bit up his sleeve when scoring at Goodwood latest.


1.20     Sir Charles Punch        

Get closer to a first win and solid effort at Carlisle latest.

1.55     Allayaali          

Expensive buy who should know her job on debut.

2.30     Rodrigo Diaz    

Good comeback second at Newmarket and has more to come.

3.05     Dancing King   

Made it three wins on the spin at Leicester last time out.

3.40     Tawaareq        

Should be helped by going up in trip with first-time hood on.

4.15     Never Say Never         

Improved on debut when going close at Redcar last time.

4.50     Grantley          

Plenty in hand at Ripon so can defy 5lb hike in weights.


1.30     Hats Off To Larry         

Decent on Flat and has opened account over hurdles.

2.05     Wor Verge      

Went close in decent race over C&D last time out.

2.40     Fitzroy 

Consistent and will appreciate this decent surface.

3.15     Koi Dodville     

Decent on the level in France and should be primed for this.

3.50     Ballyegan Hero           

Plenty in hand when winning at Stratford last time out.

4.45     Sheriff Garrett 

Good win over course and distance on latest run.

5.20     Holme Abbey  

Up fair 5lb for winning over course and distance.

5.55     King Golan       

Good winner on debut for this yard at Huntingdon last time.


1.40     Boonie 

Caught the eye when scoring on debut at Beverley.

2.15     Muntadab       

Has shown best here and solid run at Beverley latest.

2.50     Captain Cooper           

Handicapped to go close from this mark.

3.25     Dhushan          

Plenty in hand when winning at Haydock and more to come.

4.00     Zaffy’s Pride    

Will find this easier than the Irish 1,000 Guineas.

4.55     Primo’s Comet 

Landed his third course and distance win last time.

5.30     Iconic Belle      

Made it five wins on the spin at Doncaster latest.


1.45     Captain Tom Cat         

Won stronger race than this at Aintree last time out.

2.20     Docte Dina      

Good second at Ludlow latest and has more to come.

2.55     Shareef Star    

Has really improved since going chasing with two wins.

3.30     Quickbuck       

Bred for this game and comes from top connections.

4.05     Shentri 

Good winner at Exeter latest and can improve further.

5.00     Clay Rogers     

Fair form in Ireland and has joined a top trainer.

5.35     Howdilyoudo  

Good winner over course and distance last time out.


6.00     Aquadabra      

Not won for a while but usually goes well here.

6.30     Moonraker      

Plenty in hand when winning at Southwell last time out.

7.00     Dora Penny     

Won well latest and has much more to offer.

7.30     Mostallim        

Did well to score at Brighton and right there again.

8.00     Fieldsman       

Good run at Wolverhampton and likes this track too.

8.30     Waltzing Queen          

Showed promise when second at Lingfield last time.

9.00     Triple Nickle    

Likes it here and has dropped right down the weights.


5.45     Aiguillette       

Can be forgiven one poor run at Brighton last time out.

6.15     Silent Escape   

Had plenty in hand when winning on debut at Wolver.

6.45     Burtonlodge Beauty    

Good start when backed at Wolver and more to come.

7.15     Horsefly          

Has shown promise on this better ground should suit.

7.45     Pledge Of Honour       

Will be happier going back up to this distance.

8.15     Steel An Icon   

Improved when winning at Leicester last time out.

8.45     Rafiot  

Went close on AW here last time and this longer trip will suit.


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