Thursday, 8 June, 2000, 10:49 GMT 11:49 UK
Hollow the one to Beat
With the one-time favourite King's Best out of the running due to injury, Beat Hollow is the one they all have to overcome in Saturday's Vodafone Derby. His trainer, Henry Cecil, has proved a master when it comes to the Epsom showpiece, having already won the race four times.
Gives Michael Kinane a good chance of repeating his 1993 victory on Commander In Chief. Ireland's leading fancy may have run just three times, winning his first two, but he still inspires respect.
Philip Robinson aims to complete a rare Anglo-French double following his win at Chantilly on board Holding Court. The odds are good too. Robinson partners a horse who will relish the trip up after finishing third in the 2000 Guineas.
He has been pleasing handlers at home but faces a step up in class at Epsom. Still, his stamina is guaranteed and trainer Henry Cecil has a proven record in the race, having won with Slip Anchor, Reference Point, Commander In Chief and Oath.
Best Of The Bests
With Frankie Dettori sidelined after his plane crash, American Chris McCarron has been booked to ride Godolphin's "first string", who finished third in the Dante Stakes at York. Any rain will help his cause.
Finished fifth in the French Derby and is something of a surprise declaration by Godolphin, although he is reportedly in fine form after his Chantilly exertions.
Asking a lot for this horse to triumph after only winning a Brighton maiden last month. Having said that, jockey Michael Hills has got what it takes having won on Shaamit in 1996.
A first Derby runner for trainer Sean Woods, although jockey John Reid has ridden in the race no fewer than 14 times, winning on Dr Devious in 1992. Runner-up to Saddler's Quest in the Gartner Derby Trial at Lingfield last month, Going Global still needs to improve to have any chance.
Not much is known about this lightly-raced Goldophin charge. But the brother of Oaks winner Moonshell, who finished fifth in the Glasgow Stakes at York, is bred to get the trip.
Runs well fresh, which is just as well. He hasn't been seen in public since April, when he finished fourth in the United Arab Emirates version of the race. Has only run twice but has Pat Eddery in the saddle.
French champion jockey Olivier Peslier is in the saddle and will hope to repeat his 1998 success, when he won on High-Rise. Kingsclere, an experienced campaigner, won the Easter Stakes at Kempton and was unlucky when finishing fifth in the Chester Vase.
History suggests this horse has a great chance. Gave trainer John Dunlop his third triumph in the Dante Stakes at York last
month - his previous two, Shirley Heights and Erhaab, both went on to win the Derby.
Trainer John Oxx has never had a Derby runner but Sinndar's owner, the Aga Khan, has tasted victory in the race with Shergar, Shahrastani and Kahyasi. The progressive Irish colt made it three wins from four starts at Leopardstown last month.
Any Geoff Wragg horse entering this race must be treated with respect. The trainer has saddled just four Derby runners in his training career, three of which have made the frame, including 1983 winner Teenoso. The longer trip will suit.
Stiff test for a horse who has won just two minor races at Newmarket this season. But jockey Willie Ryan is upbeat about his chances of victory on Henry Cecil's "second string".
At first glance, Zyz hasn't got a hope. But trainer Barry Hills sent out 150-1 chance Blues Traveller to finish third in 1993 and has saddled four runners-up as well.