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Wings of Desire: has been supplemented for the Derby

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Four added to Derby field as 18 remain

DANTE STAKES winner Wings Of Desire was one of four horses supplemented for Saturday's Investec Derby on Monday, as 18 colts remain engaged in what is one of the most open Classics in years.

The 9-2 second favourite was added to the field along with Red Verdon, Cloth Of Stars and Humphrey Bogart, at a cost of £75,000 each.

With the supplementary fees helping contribute to the prize-money, a total fund of £1,545,000 will be on offer, making this year's Derby the richest race ever run in Britain.

If all the remaining Derby contenders stand their ground it will be the first time since 2006 that 18 runners line up for the race, which was won a decade ago by Sir Percy.

Strong O'Brien team

Aidan O'Brien still has seven runners to potentially whittle down, with The Gurkha as expected taken out.

US Army Ranger heads O'Brien's remaining entries, with Beacon Rock, Bravery, Deauville, Idaho, Port Douglas and Shogun completing his squad.

The ground was described as good, good to firm in places on Monday, but rain is forecast in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Palmer relishing Gurkha clash

O'Brien confirmed on Sunday The Gurkha would be heading to Royal Ascot for the St James's Palace Stakes, and the French 2,000 Guineas winner could meet the British and Irish 2,000 Guineas winners in what would be a crackerjack clash.

Hugo Palmer, trainer of Newmarket Classic winner Galileo Gold, told At The Races on Monday: "He's a very good Group 1 winner and racing is going to be the winner when three Guineas winners turn up in the St James's Palace. It's a very exciting prospect for a racing fan.

"I think I would possibly fear The Gurkha more than Awtaad as he produced his Guineas win on quicker ground."

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