Winter Derby Guide

1. Bangkok

Trainer - Andrew Balding

Jockey - Silvestre De Sousa

The first runner in this contest is the favourite for the ever growing King Power Racing Group and this four year old looks a class above this field on past exploits.

Tipped to go close in the Epsom Derby last season after bolting in the Group Three Sandown Classic Trial, he was poor when it came to the big race and he sort of lost his way since then.

He was a long way second to the superstar Japan in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot and he has also placed in some other nice events that read better than this field.

During the turf off season he has been prepped for an all weather campaign and made his debut on the sand at the start of the month when taking the Derby trial over course and distance at Lingfield fairly comfortably.

He looks the one to beat off the back of his career to date and how he performed last time out and on ratings leads the field.

2. Court House

Trainer - John Gosden

Jockey - Kieran O'Neill

John Gosden has two chances in the contest that he won last season but Court House looks the most vulnerable of the two having been campaigned on the all weather for a long time now and never really fulfilling his potential.

The last two outings over course and distance at Lingfield he has been brushed aside by Bangkok and stablemate Dubai Warrior and it makes him hard to back with him having to give a career best to reverse the form.

Place claims may be his best chance in this contest after finishing second in this exact race last year but this field looks slightly stronger.

3. Dalgarno

Trainer - Jane Chapple-Hyam

Jockey - Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis has been the man to watch on the all weather over the last few months and when he is sitting on a 25/1 shot you should take note.

The seven year old landed a decent Listed contest three starts ago over in France but since coming back over to England has been beaten quite easily over course and distance by some of his opponents on Saturday.

Reversing the form will be tough but still holds credentials if getting back to his Deauville form.

4. Dubai Warrior

Trainer - John Gosden

Jockey - Frankie Dettori

The partnership that landed the event last season have another huge chance with Dubai Warrior with the four year old landing four out of his five contests on the all weather, including over course and distance last time out.

This unexposed son of Dansili has raced six times during his short career winning some decent events that certainly see him in the mix in this one.

His victory at Lingfield last time out saw him beat many of Saturday's runners which firmly puts him in the frame if being able to match the favourite.

5. Entangling

Trainer - David Elsworth

Jockey - William Carson

David Elsworth is another trainer with two in the contest both of them at 33/1 and the first one is this six year old who has placed in nine of his last 10 events winning five of them.

However, they have all came in much lesser events and this looks a huge step up for the gelding who would have to give a career best to go close.

6. Master The World

Trainer - David Elsworth

Jockey - David Probert

The other recruit from the yard is the seasoned veteran Master The World who it would take him a miracle to go close here after what he has done over the last 12 months.

The nine year olds best effort over the last year was winning a Listed contest over course and distance and he did land the contest back in 2018 but it does look like his best days are behind him.

7. Pactolus

Trainer - Stuart Williams

Jockey - Richard Kingscote

The final runner of the Group Three contest is the big outsider of the field who is another nine year old who will have to be a lot better than his recent form.

He does like Lingfield being a previous course and distance winner and he did finish third in last year's renewal of the contest but again it looks like has it all to do in this stronger field.

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