Mogul primed to lead O'Brien's Derby contingent

01 July 2020 00:36:11 GMTPlus10

Aidan O’Brien plans to run up to six of his seven Investec Derby entries in the Epsom Classic on Saturday, with Royal Ascot disappointment Mogul earning good reports from the Ballydoyle trainer.

Mogul showed smart two-year-old form last year but could only finish fourth in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot behind fellow Derby entry Pyledriver.

O’Brien will be bidding to win the Derby for a record eighth time just one week after he incredibly saddled the first four home in the Irish Derby at the Curragh.

None of those who represented him in the Irish Derby will run in the Epsom equivalent, but O’Brien confirmed most of his seven entries remain set for the race, with the possible exception of Irish 2,000 Guineas fourth Armory, who could run in the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly the following day.

Russian Emperor, Vatican City, Serpentine, Mythical and Amhran Na Bhfiann are O’Brien’s other Derby entries.

However, it was Mogul at the centre of O’Brien’s Derby briefing on Tuesday, which also revealed no decision has been made over which of the trainer’s Derby squad will be ridden by Ryan Moore.

O’Brien said: "I would say we will run five anyway, possibly six at Epsom. I'm not sure who Ryan [Moore] will ride yet. It's not going to be an easy one for him, that's for sure.

"Mogul has progressed nicely since Ascot, as we knew he would. It was a big ask doing what we did and bringing him to Ascot first time. He has progressed plenty over the last couple of days and we're very happy with him. He's improving every day. He's always been a lovely colt."

Mogul is 6.00 to win Saturday's Derby with Russian Emperor a 7.00 chance.

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