British trainer Hugo Palmer will saddle his first ever runner in the Investec Epsom Derby on Saturday with Emissary looking to make history in the race for the handler.
The son of Kingman is bred to go over the mile and a half in the Epsom Classic contest being a half-brother to Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Workforce.
The Prince Khalid Abdullah owned three year old has only been seen on a race-track twice, winning impressively on debut at Wolverhampton but he could only manage second on his seasonal return a few weeks back in the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes, finishing behind the Andrew Balding trained Khalifa Sat.
Connections believe it is worth taking a chance with the unexposed colt and Teddy Grimthorpe, Abdullah’s racing manager has been pleased with the colts progress since his seasonal return.
(Credit AtTheRaces) He said: “In this rather strange year we have to roll the dice.
“He’s by Kingman but his half-brother Workforce was by King’s Best, so you can look at it either way.
“There might be some stamina limitations, but he stayed nearly a mile and a half at Goodwood all right.
“I don’t think he’d mind whatever the ground was, so that is one thing we don’t need to worry about.”