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2021 Cazoo Derby at Epsom: the runners, the odds, the verdict

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Your guide to Saturday's Cazoo Derby (4.30 Epsom), the colts' Classic at Epsomand the most prestigious Flat race in the world.

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Has scope but improvement is needed and a more conventional track may suit better.

Trainer:Charlie Appleby
Jockey:Adam Kirby

2Bolshoi Ballet

Made very good impression with recent Group 3 win; looks sure to stay 1m4f; fine prospect.

Trainer:Aidan O'Brien
Jockey: Ryan Moore
Odds:5-4 favourite

3Gear Up

Group 1 winner at two (1m2f, heavy); just a respectable reappearance fifth in the Dante.

Trainer:Mark Johnston
Jockey:Ben Curtis

4Hurricane Lane

Won on heavy and good; fighting spirit to win at Newbury and the Dante; bred to stay well.

Trainer:Charlie Appleby
Jockey:William Buick

5 John Leeper

Progressive in minor company; should be suited by 1m4f; complex task early in career.

Trainer:Ed Dunlop
Jockey:Frankie Dettori

6Mac Swiney

Two Group 1 wins on testing going, the latter in Irish 2,000 Guineas; likely to stay 1m4f.

Trainer:Jim Bolger
Jockey:Kevin Manning

7 Mohaafeth


8 Mojo Star

Promising in defeat in novice/maiden company but a mighty leap forward is needed.

Trainer:Richard Hannon
Jockey:David Egan

9One Ruler

Chased home Mac Swiney on finaltwo-year-oldrun; not guaranteed to stay 1m4f on pedigree.

Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Jockey:James Doyle
Odds: 11-1

10 Southern Lights

Maiden winner on reappearance; no inroads on Bolshoi Ballet in Group 3 over 1m2f since.

Trainer:Joseph O'Brien
Jockey:Declan McDonogh

11 Third Realm

Convincing winner of Lingfield Derby Trial (soft); a handy type who can improve further.

Trainer:Roger Varian
Jockey:Andrea Atzeni

12 Youth Spirit

Nothing flash in earlier runs but pleasing win upped to 1m4f in Chester Vase; has a squeak.

Trainer:Andrew Balding
Jockey:Tom Marquand

The verdict

This can go to Bolshoi Ballet, so impressive at Leopardstown and the only runner for the yard that has won six of the last nine runnings.

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