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Battle the best of Ballydoyle bunch

BATTLE OF MARENGO can emerge the best of the Ballydoyle battalion and present trainer Aidan O'Brien with his fourth victory in the Investec Derby at Epsom.

O'Brien struck gold with Camelot last year to add to the successes of Galileo (2001) and High Chaparral (2002) and he is once again mob-handed in the premier Classic.

The presence of five Ballydoyle runners suggests they are planning to stretch the stamina of favourite Dawn Approach to the extreme, confident they have one that stays the trip in Battle Of Marengo.

While he has yet to prove his stamina, Battle Of Marengo should relish every yard on breeding and the fact he has shown he can handle a testing surface is a massive plus.

On what should be another red-letter day for O'Brien, ST NICHOLAS ABBEY can smash through the £5m prize-money mark and complete a hat-trick in the Investec Coronation Cup.

The six-year-old recorded his first triumph since claiming this race last year when winning at Meydan in March, seeing off top Japanese runner Gentildonna in the Sheema Classic.

CAPTAIN DUNNE has not won since claiming the Investec Specialist Bank Dash back in 2011 but could go well at a big price in the five-furlong heat.

He is now rated some 10lb lower than that winning mark and showed sparks of a return to form when second at Chester on his seasonal bow.

Eve Johnson Houghton thinks plenty of COOL BAHAMIAN and after opening his account at Lingfield, he is the choice in the Listed Investec Woodcote Stakes.

Away from the Classic action, Burke can get on the Doncaster scoresheet with STEPPING AHEAD, a seven-length winner last time who will be going for a hat-trick in the Ladbrokes Conditions Stakes.

VAN PERCY claimed a competitive handicap at Haydock last week and can go in again in the totepool Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh, while ARBEEL is the shout in the Premier Actuarial Maiden Stakes at Lingfield.

CARTHAGINIAN could also hold the aces stepped up to 10 furlongs in the Betfred Mobile Lotto Maiden Stakes at Newcastle.

ONE TERM can get on the board in the John William Deeley Classic Handicap Hurdle at Worcester.


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