SATURDAY’S Derby at Epsom looks a sensational renewal with several blisteringly exciting colts set to lock horns.
But can anyone get past Telecaster and Sir Dragonet, the two big hopes from GB and Ireland?
Aidan O’Brien’s colt Sir Dragonet looked the real deal at Chester, destroying his rivals in the mud to run out a very impressive winner of the Vase.
That can be a decent pointer to this race and he couldn’t really have sluiced home more easily than he did.
He’s bred in the purple, is trained by a master and Ryan Moore has elected to ride him over six other Ballydoyle bruisers.
So what’s not to like?
Well, he’s had just two starts which is a bit of a negative as he could find a rough-and-tumble race of this nature coming a bit soon.
The ground could be a bit fast for him and so far he’s actually not beaten a lot, with Norway not producing much firepower on the Roodee.
That said, he’s clearly got bags of potential and could be anything, so he looks a worthy favourite for his maestro trainer.
Jockey: Ryan Moore
Biggest win: Chester Vase
Hughie Morrison isn’t necessarily a name associated with Group 1 winners but his Telecaster could be the real deal.
He hadn’t seen a racecourse before the end of March, but quickly put that right with a close second to Bangkok before absolutely hosing up at Windsor.
He’s since improved again to land the Dante, laying to rest the hype surrounding Too Darn Hot, and is likely to progress further considering he’s so lightly raced.
But can he win a Derby?
He’s certainly bred to the job, being out of fellow Derby winner New Approach and classy dam Shirocco Star.
He needs to prove he gets another two furlongs but the way he travels suggests he should have no trouble in that regard and he should be at home on the ground.
Oisin Murphy is a massive plus from the saddle and if he can get a clear run then he’s a massive player.
Sire: New Approach
Jockey: Oisin Murphy
Biggest win: Dante
VERDICT: Sir Dragonet is hugely respected but these are very different conditions and he could get found out. TELECASTER is a big brute of a horse and boasts arguably the best form, so I reckon he’s the one to come out on top.