Looking for his third successive Vodafone Derby winner, Kieren Fallon moved a step closer to naming his choice for Saturday’s Epsom showpiece today.
The Irishman, who took the premier Classic with Kris Kin (2003) and North Light (2004), says it is a “toss up – a very difficult decision” between the Dee Stakes winner Gypsy King and Irish 2000 Guineas runner-up Oratorio.
Fallon is planning to let boss Aidan O’Brien make a final decision, which is expected on Wednesday.
“I will probably let someone else make that decision for me because that way, if it doesn’t work out, I can blame someone else,” quipped Fallon.
“Oratorio has the form, but my heart says Gypsy King. He was always going to be my Derby ride but then Oratorio went and ran so well at the Curragh in the Irish Guineas.
“The decision is up to Aidan. It is a toss up – a very difficult decision. The main thing is that the stable does the business, whichever one it is.”
O’Brien has also left in Almighty and Grand Central at the five-day stage which saw a total of 15 horses stand their ground, meaning connections of favourite Motivator look likely to get their desired small field.
The Michael Bell-trained colt is the 9-4 favourite with William Hill after recording an impressive success in the Dante Stakes at York.
Vodafone Derby betting:
William Hill: 9-4 Motivator, 4-1 Dubawi, 6-1 Gypsy King, Oratorio, 11-1 The Geezer, 12-1 Fracas, Grand Central, 14-1 Walk in the Park, 20-1 Shamardal, 25-1 Kong, 33-1 Unfurled, 40-1 Hattan, 50-1 Almighty, 150-1 First Row, 200-1 Kings Quay.
Coral: 9-4 Motivator, 4-1 Dubawi, 11-2 Gypsy King, 6-1 Oratorio, 10-1 The Geezer, 12-1 Fracas, Walk In The Park, Grand Central, 16-1 Kong, 20-1 Unfurled, 25-1 Hattan, 40-1 Almighty, 66-1 First Row, 100-1 Kings Quay.
Ladbrokes: 5-2 Motivator, 4-1 Dubawi, 5-1 Oratorio, 6-1 Gypsy King, 12-1 Fracas, Grand Central, The Geezer, 14-1 Walk In The Park, 20-1 Kong, Shamardal, 33-1 Hattan, Unfurled, 40-1 Almighty, 100-1 First Row, 200-1 Kings Quay.