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Ed Dunlop: considering supplementing Red Verdon for the Derby

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Dunlop mulls Derby for Haydock star Verdon

AN INVESTEC DERBY set to be full of supplementary entries could yet feature another with the connections of last weekend's runaway Haydock handicap winner Red Verdon contemplating an audacious assault on the Epsom Classic.

The Ed Dunlop-trained son of Lemon Drop Kid sauntered to a five-length victory off a mark of 88 on Saturday, leading most observers to note him down as a major contender for the King George V Stakes at Royal Ascot.

However, Dunlop and owner Ronnie Arculli will consider the colt's revised BHA rating, published on Tuesday, before determining whether to pay £75,000 to add him into the Derby, for which Wings Of Desire, Cloth Of Stars and Humphrey Bogart are already due to be supplemented.

Dunlop said: "A supplementary entry for the Derby is under consideration - but at this stage it is only a consideration. It's an open year for the race and the conversation has happened.

"He is improving a lot and was very impressive at Haydock. Once we've seen his new rating we'll discuss whether he should stay in handicaps or step into Pattern company."

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