Guineas hero Kameko to bid for Derby glory

03 July 2020 00:33:39 GMTPlus10

Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko is among 16 declarations for the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.

The Andrew Balding-trained colt was an impressive winner of the first Classic of the season at Newmarket and will be trying a mile and a half for the first time.

Oisin Murphy's mount has been drawn in stall 11, while Frankie Dettori's mount English King is in stall one - a draw that has not been lucky with just three winners from that Derby berth since 1967.

Kameko is 3.50 to win the Derby on Saturday with English King 3.50.

Elsewhere, Ryan Moore has plumped for King Edward VII Stakes fourth Mogul, one of six runners for Aidan O'Brien.

O'Brien said: "We've been happy with Mogul since Ascot. We think he's gone the right way since his last run."

The Ballydoyle trainer has also declared Russian Emperor (Seamie Heffernan), Vatican City (Padraig Beggy), Amhran Na Bhfiann (William Buick), Mythical (James Doyle) and Serpentine (Emmet McNamara).

Heffernan and McNamara will then head to Chantilly to ride in the French Classics on Sunday.

O'Brien said: "Seamie will ride in the Derby and Oaks in England and France. We spoke with France Galop and they have told us he can do that."

Pyledriver, who defeated Mogul at Royal Ascot, is an interesting contender for William Muir and Martin Dwyer, as is the David Simcock-trained Mohican Heights (Andrea Atzeni), who finished well for third in the same race.

Highland Chief was also successful at the royal meeting, producing a career-best performance in the Golden Gates Handicap, and is a first Derby mount for Ben Curtis, as is Gold Maze for David Egan.

The field is completed by Cocked Hat Stakes one-two Khalifa Sat (Tom Marquand) and Emissary (Jim Crowley), once-raced Newbury maiden winner Worthily (Martin Harley) and the Ralph Beckett-trained Max Vega (Harry Bentley).

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