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O'Brien dominates Derby possibles


John F Kennedy

John F Kennedy

John F Kennedy

Ante-post favourite John F Kennedy heads the 102 entries left in this year's Investec Derby following the latest forfeit stage.

The son of Galileo, who is a general 6-1 market leader, is one of 21 horses in the £1.325 million contest on June 6 for trainer Aidan O'Brien.

The master of Ballydoyle, responsible for the last three winners of the mile-and-a-half Classic, can also call on Group Two winners Highland Reel and Ol' Man River.

Godolphin have 11 contenders, including the unbeaten Charlie Appleby trained Festive Fare, as does Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose entries feature Royal Lodge Stakes runner-up Nafaqa and the highly regarded Algaith, both trained by Barry Hills.

Five-time Derby-winning trainer Sir Michael Stoute has eight contenders going forward, headed by winning debutants Consort and Peterhof along with Sandown maiden winner Dartmouth, who is owned by the Queen.

Newmarket handler Hugo Palmer has Kempton maiden winner Spanish Squeeze entered.

Palmer said: "I am very happy with Spanish Squeeze at this stage - he has filled out and wintered really well.

"On official ratings, Spanish Squeeze has got a long way to go before Epsom but I do hold him in the highest possible regard and hopefully he will confirm that."

There are eight French-trained entries, topped by the Aga Khan-owned and Alan de Royer-Dupre-trained pair of Zarkar and Zourkhan.

Andre Fabre, who sent out Pour Moi to win the 2011 renewal, has Harlem, Heredity and Hipparchus for owner Khalid Abdullah.

The unraced Andreas Wohler-trained Rogue Runner is one of two German entries, and six owned by Qatar Racing, who also share an entry in Indian Monsoon with Al Shaqab Racing, who have four separate possibles still remaining.

A second entry stage, where Racing Post Trophy winner Elm Park and Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes winner Gleneagles are likely to enter the fray, will take place on April 7.

PA Media