Zawraq out but twelve remain in the Derby
Zawraq was a notable absentee from today’s Derby declarations but twelve colts remain in the running for Saturday’s Classic at Epsom. Dermot Weld’s charge was found to be lame earlier in the week but, despite improving slightly, will not be risked.
John Gosden is responsible for the two main players in the remaining twelve, with recent Dante Stakes winner and runner up, Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs heading the market. Golden Horn, who was supplemented for the race after his impressive York victory, is currently 7/4 favourite, whilst Jack Hobbs, now part owned by Godolphin, is next best at 7/1.
Elm Park was behind the Gosden pair in the Dante and the Qatar Racing runner is available at 15/2. His owners also run the German raider Rogue Runner, whilst another foreign raider, is the French representative, Epicuris.
Aidan O’Brien has won the last three renewals of the prestigious race and the Ballydoyle trainer is treble handed, with the well backed Giovanni Canaletto the pick with Ryan Moore on board. Impressive Chester Vase winner, Hans Holbein is surprisingly as big as 16/1, whilst Kilimanjaro, who is set to be partnered by trainer’s son Joseph, can be backed at 20/1.
Completing the twelve strong field are Irish raiders, Success Days and Carbon Dating, William Haggas’ progressive Storm The Stars and the Richard Hannon trained, Moheet.
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