John Ferguson hopeful of Derby delight for Godolphin

John Ferguson is hoping Godolphin can be in the mix “at the sharp end” in this year’s Investec Derby.

John Ferguson hopeful of Derby delight for Godolphin

While Saeed bin Suroor trained 1995 Epsom victor Lammtarra, the colt ran in the colours of Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum, meaning the famous royal blue silks have yet to pass the post first in the premier Classic.

The in-form Godolphin outfit have a lengthy list of candidates at present, headed by Cloth Of Stars, a colt who hails from the family of Oaks winner Light Shift and landed the Prix Greffulhe for French handler Andre Fabre last time out.

Jim Bolger has a live contender in the shape of Moonlight Magic, winner of the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown earlier this month.

His dam Melikah was third in the Oaks for Godolphin in 2000 and is a half-sister to previous Derby heroes Galileo and Sea The Stars.

Bin Suroor has Prize Money, who runs at Goodwood today, as his possible Epsom runner, while John Gosden’s Linguistic completes what Ferguson believes could be a strong hand.

He said: “Cloth Of Stars will come to Epsom for Breakfast With The Stars. He will have a gallop around the track, which I think Andre did with Pour Moi. He’s certainly taking the same route and he’s very happy with him.

“We have Moonlight Magic, Jim Bolger’s colt by Cape Cross who is very similarly related to Sea The Stars and Galileo. He won the Leopardstown trial very well.

“Jim entered him in the Irish 2,000 Guineas and then decided he didn’t need that and to come to Epsom and make that the number one priority.

“We have got two interesting runners coming up as we have got Prize Money running in the Cocked Hat at Goodwood. He’s an Authorized who Saeed likes a lot and I know James Doyle, who rides him, thinks the world of him. He runs tomorrow, so we will know more after that.

“John Gosden is going to run Linguistic on Saturday in the Fairway Stakes at Newmarket and we will see how he runs.

“It is the definite intention to run Cloth Of Stars and Moonlight Magic, that’s the plan, and with Prize Money and Linguistic, we’ll see how they get on tomorrow and on Saturday.

“We have got a strong team this year and I’m looking forward to the blue colours being there at the sharp end.”

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