Camelot heads Derby dozen

Camelot heads just 12 remaining entries for the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.

There were no supplements into the blue rib and Classic, with the 2000 Guineas winner due to go off the shortest-priced favourite for years.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, he became Montjeu’s first winner of a Classic over a mile which led some to believe he could be a Triple Crown candidate.

O’Brien has also left in Astrology, Father Of Science, Imperial Monarch and Tower Rock.

Andrew Balding, who won the Oaks in 2003 with Casual Look, is represented by second-favourite Bonfire, winner of the Dante Stakes at York.

David Lanigan’s Main Sequence is defending an unbeaten record after his victory in a trial at Lingfield, while Richard Fahey will have his first Derby runner in Mickdaam.

Rugged Cross, Thought Worthy, Minimise Risk and Hayley Turner’s mount Cavaleiro complete the possibles.

The going is currently described as good to firm, good in the home straight, but clerk of the course Andrew Cooper is unsure what to expect in the coming days in terms of rainfall and will be watering.

St Nicholas Abbey could face up to eight rivals when he defends his crown in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup at Epsom on Saturday.

Aidan O’Brien’s five-year-old gained a narrow verdict over top-class mare Midday in the mile-and-a-half Group One last season, which has this year been switched from its traditional Friday slot to Investec Derby day.

St Nicholas Abbey has been beaten into second on his two starts this year, most recently when failing to catch his pacemaker Windsor Palace in the Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh.

Windsor Palace is also engaged in Saturday’s race, along with fellow Ballydoyle inmates Treasure Beach and Robin Hood.

Ed Dunlop’s Melbourne Cup runner-up Red Cadeaux gained a deserved victory in the Yorkshire Cup earlier this month and could bid to supplement that victory this weekend.

Beaten Up lost his unbeaten record when sixth in the Dubai Sheema Classic in March, but remains an interesting horse for William Haggas.

John Gosden’s St Leger hero Masked Marvel could aim to bounce back to form after a disappointing start to the year at Newmarket, while Godolphin’s Dubai World Cup star Monterosso and Quest For Peace from the Luca Cumani yard complete the confirmations.

Meanwhile, a clash between the equine superstars of the northern and southern hemispheres has been ruled out at Goodwood, with brilliant Australian mare Black Caviar not among the entries for the Qipco Sussex Stakes on August 1.

Prize-money was to be boosted to £1million if Black Caviar and Frankel could be enticed for what would have been one of the races of all time, with the pair unbeaten in 31 outings between them.

Black Caviar, who is trained by Peter Moody, is due to arrive in Britain next month for a run at Royal Ascot.

His racing manager, Jeff O’Connor, said: “Moody Racing does not intend running Black Caviar at a mile in the Qipco Sussex Stakes, Frankel or no Frankel, as we are looking at getting her back to Melbourne for racing later in the year if she comes through Ascot as well as she can.

Black Caviar’s British campaign needs to finish by mid-July, taking quarantine into account, if she is to return home in time to be prepared for the Spring Carnival in Melbourne.

* John Murphy is keeping his fingers crossed for rain at Epsom to allow Gossamer Seed to make the journey from Ireland for Friday’s Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

The four-year-old took her game to a new level on her recent seasonal reappearance at the Curragh, running away with the Group Three Athasi Stakes in testing ground.

* British raider Caspar Netscher came with a withering late run, easily picking up Amarillo, to win the German 2,000 Guineas at Cologne.

The other British challenger, Red Duke, finished third.

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