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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Gosden supplements Khalidi to take his team to five

Khalidi, pictured winning Goodwood's Cocked Hat Stakes in style, will be partnered by Pat Smullen in the Derby as the rider bids to follow up last year's victory on Harzand
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John Gosden's addition of Friday's Goodwood winner Khalidi to the Investec Derby field at a cost of £85,000 caught many by surprise, but while he would have preferred more time between races he feels the colt merits his place in an open race.

Gosden, who has never previously had more than two runners, could have as many as five on Saturday, with Windsor handicap winner Crowned Eagle, runaway Southwell maiden winner Pealer, and Lingfield Derby Trial second Glencadam Glory in the mix alongside general 4-1 favourite Cracksman and 25-1 chance Khalidi, who landed the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes last week.

Gosden said: "It's a very open race and it's a great race, which means people can be bold and have a go.

"All of mine are in different ownership, and it's the Derby. We like to be part of it, although we go there more in hope than certainty."

Outlining his views on the quintet, Gosden, who has had two Derby winners from just 20 runners, plus ten more in the frame, said: "It's a pity Cracksman didn't get another run, but he goes there with two runs and two wins and he has been to Epsom twice, which helps. He'll stay well, so he's a legitimate 4-1 chance.

"Crowned Eagle comes off a nice win and will definitely appreciate the step up in trip. Pealer has gone very nicely with Cracksman twice, both at home and at Breakfast With The Stars and he'll stay well too.

"Glencadam Glory has always had the pedigree of a proper mile and a half horse and has been better at the gate since Lingfield, while Khalidi's owner [Nizar Anwar] called on Sunday to say he would like to supplement.

"Although I had been thinking of the King Edward VII, Khalidi is a grand horse who broke the track record, and he has taken his race well."

Investec Derby acceptors

All of mine are in different ownership, and it's the Derby. We like to be part of it, although we go there more in hope than certainty

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