The 239th Epsom Derby is upon us.
And Aidan O’Brien expects Ryan Moore to adopt patient tactics on red-hot Investec Derby favourite Saxon Warrior after he was handed stall one in the Epsom Classic.
No horse since Sir Henry Cecil’s Oath in 1999 has defied the inside stall, and the statistics in handicaps over the Derby distance of a mile and a half do not make pretty reading for favourite-backers.
The unbeaten Saxon Warrior oozed brilliance in winning the 2000 Guineas to spark dreams of winning the Triple Crown by claiming the Derby and the St Leger at Doncaster.
“He’s in good form and everything has gone well since the Guineas. We’ve been happy with him since then,” said O’Brien, who saw Forever Together hand him victory in Friday’s feature race, the Investec Oaks.
When is the race?
The 2018 Epsom Derby takes place on Saturday June 2, from Epsom Racecourse, in Surrey. It’s the climax of two days racing at Epsom with Ladies Day being held on Friday June 1.
What time will it start?
The race will be live at 4.30pm this Saturday.
Where can I watch it?
The race will be shown live on ITV.
The full Epsom card will also be broadcast on Racing UK.
Racing UK is on Sky channel 426, Virgin channel 536, and UPC in Ireland on channel 411.
You can also follow Mirror Sport’s live blog.
Who is the favourite?
Saxon Warrior, the Aidan O’Brian-trained horse, is the undisputed favourite as he continues his quest to become the first Triple Crown winner in 48 years (Nijinsky, 1970).
Having already won the 2000 Guineas, this is the second leg of his attempt to go down in history, and after four successive victories – and with him being the only winner of a Group One in the field – he is a big favourite.
Who else is tipped?
Young Rascal doesn’t lack stamina and finished strongly to win the Chester Vase last month.
Roaring Lion pushed Saxon Warrior close at Doncaster in October and might fancy another go at it here.
Hazapour is expected to continue improving, and with Frankie Dettori to guide him, is a contender at 9/1.
Newsboy’s Epsom Derby tips – for all the day’s races
2.35 ANNA NERIUM (NB)
3.10 CENTURY DREAM
3.45 CASPIAN PRINCE
4.30 HAZAPOUR (NAP)
5.15 STAR OF THE EAST
5.50 SHANGHAI GLORY
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