Tuesday 23 January 2018

Epsom rivals in short supply for Camelot

Richard Forristal

Richard Forristal

Camelot's aura of invincibility has resulted in the smallest Epsom Derby field for over 100 years, with just eight horses set to tackle the odds-on shot tomorrow.

Aidan O'Brien's cool 2,000 Guineas hero will be ridden by the trainer's son Joseph, who will also take the mount on St Nicholas Abbey in the Coronation Cup. Ryan Moore will be aboard Chester's Dee Stakes winner Astrology (8/1).

Mob-handed in the race in recent years, O'Brien's Derby delegation is his smallest since 2004. When he won the race in 2001, Galileo was his sole representative, while he ran just three when High Chaparral and Hawk Wing were the first two home a year later.

Imperial Monarch, one of those taken out, is due to contest Sunday's French equivalent at Chantilly instead.

Meanwhile, at Stratford today, Rodger Sweeney's Salsify (Colman Sweeney) and Ian Ferguson's Zemsky (Derek O'Connor), the last two winners of the Foxhunters' at the Cheltenham Festival, face off in the Champion Hunters' Chase. Ferguson also has Casson on duty earlier on the card.

Irish Independent

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