THE DERBY can make or break a horse in a matter of minutes.
The 2019 renewal – won by Anthony Van Dyck – was a thriller, but where will this next Derby class head now?
1. Anthony Van Dyck
An easy place to start. Aidan O'Brien put it pretty bluntly that his Epsom champ would head straight to the Curragh for the Irish Derby.
He was quickly made the 2-1 favourite for the Group 1 on June 21st.
As always, the 'lads' will make the final decision, but Anthony will be looking to become the first O'Brien horse since Camelot in 2012 to do the Derby double.
Connections seemingly doubted whether Madhmoon would get the mile-and-a-half, but that was put to bed with a massive run at Epsom.
Had he not hit the front so soon, he would have gone mighty close to winning and he now has a bunch of high class options.
He could take on the Ballydoyle battalion again in the Irish Derby, with the Irish Champion Stakes another possibility further down the line back at a mile-and-a-quarter.
There's no rush for Kevin Prendergast though – he has a talented horse on his hands.
Clearly wasn't expected to go this close after a massive drift in the betting out to 20-1 – the same happened at York.
But he stayed on powerfully here and may have gone even closer had Wayne Lordan not dropped his whip.
He could head to the Irish Derby, but he looks a prime candidate for the St Leger and is already around a 5-1 shot for that.
Something like the King Edward at Royal Ascot could be on the cards if he comes out of this fine.
Well found in the betting but doesn't look the most straightforward at this point in his career. He stayed on well enough suggesting he could be aimed at the St Leger too.
Will probably head to the Irish Derby next, but is more exposed than a few of the others at Ballydoyle and looks a horse that everything needs to fall right for.
5. Sir Dragonet
Faced up to this completely new challenge well enough and belied his inexperience to suggest there's a bit more to come from this horse yet.
Dealt with the quick ground well and again showed his turn of foot when briefly moving into the lead close to home.
Could yet prove the best of this bunch and a return to slower ground may also help.
6. Circus Maximus
Hard to read too much into this effort. Stumbled badly leaving the gates and probably raced too close to the pace to judge his effort confidently.
Also met a bit of traffic two furlongs out.
Unlikely to be a star in his current yard though and another probably heading to the Curragh for the Irish Derby.
Not given an aggressive ride and would have learnt plenty for this. Stayed on well enough passed beaten horses.
Was only his fourth start and looked a perfect prep for the King Edward at Royal Ascot. Unlikely to be challenging in Group 1s anytime soon though.
9. Line Of Duty
Has gone way off script now, perhaps a series too far for Charlie Appleby's colt.
He was never a factor here and has clearly not trained on. It's back to the drawing board for Godolphin, but he's in the right hands to maximise what ability is still there.
A huge disappointment for the Andrew Balding stable and King Power racing. Seemingly had little in the way of excuses but this clearly wasn't his running.
Raced a bit keenly and that prevented him from getting home though. Ten furlongs will be his bag and perhaps a race like the Eclipse may be the ultimate goal this season if they can get him singing again.
A horror show for connections who deserved more for their decision to supplement him.
He was never at the races and clearly the Dante had taken a whack out of him only sixteen days beforehand.
Raced very keenly early on after being rustled up from his low draw. Hard to judge him too much on this but he'll need some time off now before Hughie Morrison can come up with a new plan for his stable star.
Fingers crossed the last month hasn't taken too much out of him and the engine is still there for the remainder of the season.
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