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Deauville (right) finishes second to Wings Of Desire in the Dante Stakes

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O'Brien pair trimmed but Ranger drifts after rain

DEAUVILLE and Idaho were the market movers for the Investec Derby on Tuesday as heavy rain fell at Epsom, while their Aidan O’Brien-trained stablemate US Army Ranger was pushed out to as big as 11-2 with Betfred.


Betfair spokesman Barry Orr said: “There has been sustained support for two Ballydoyle Derby entries today, and neither was US Army Ranger.

“We had to trim Deauville to 8-1 from 10-1 and Idaho to 14-1 from 20-1 following some significant wagers, and we pushed US Army Ranger out to 9-2 from 7-2.

“In fact US Army Ranger is absolutely friendless, especially on the exchange, and the rain must be an issue.”

The 20mm of rainfall turned the going from good, good to firm in places, to good to soft, soft in places.

While the rain that fell between 8am and 2pm far exceeded expectations, the track took it well and there is still a possibility  Saturday’s Classic could be staged on good ground.

'Slowly improving picture'

“We had 20mm of steady rain in a six-hour spell,” said clerk of the course Andrew Cooper. “I walked the track at 2.30pm just after it had ceased, and I must say it has taken it quite well. I think it will settle down a bit now, and we’ll stick to good to soft, soft in places, overnight.”

Cooper added: “I don’t think there’s much in the way of rain to come. There’s the chance of showers around Wednesday lunchtime, but it’s a slowly improving picture, with the temperature picking up to 20C by Saturday.

“It’s not going to be rapidly drying weather – there’s no great sunshine forecast – but the course should dry out and I would expect us to lose the soft in places before too long and be good to soft for some time.”

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