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Last Updated: Friday, 1 June 2007, 08:29 GMT 09:29 UK
Derby runners and riders
Vodafone Derby, Epsom, 1m 4f,
1620 BST, Saturday 2 June

(Number, form, horse's name, age, weight, jockey, trainer)

BBC pinsticker's choice:
1 Authorized 2 Salford Mill 3 Archipenko

Acapulco
1 12 ACAPULCO 3-9-0
Fran Berry Aidan O'Brien IRE
Had a promising run on his debut in Navan and shows promise but with only two runs to date, lack of experience could be a disadvantage to his chances here.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 40-1

Admiralofthefleet
2 131-71 ADMIRALOFTHEFLEET 3-9-0
Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien IRE
The winner of last year's Royal Lodge Stakes and had an impressive victory in the Dee Stakes at Chester over 1m 2f and will relish the longer trip this time.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 16-1

Anton Chekhov
3 31-51 ANTON CHEKHOV 3-9-0
Declan McDonogh Aidan O'Brien IRE
Named after the famous Russian playwright but form so far has resulted in mixed reviews. Another one who should benefit from the longer distance.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 40-1

Aqaleem
4 32-1 AQALEEM 3-9-0
Richard Hills Marcus Tregoning
Claimed his first win with success in the Lingfield Derby trial and is a serious contender here but with only three starts so far, the best could be in the future.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 10-1

Archipenko
6 021-1 ARCHIPENKO 3-9-0
Mick Kinane Aidan O'Brien IRE
The leading challenger from the Aidan O'Brien camp. Won the Derrinstown Stud Trial at the Curragh so definitely has the ability and is one for the shortlist.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 8-1

Authorized
7 31-1 AUTHORIZED 3-9-0
Frankie Dettori Peter Chapple-Hyam
Can the favourite give Frankie Dettori a first Derby win in 15 attempts? A real class act, as shown by his Dante Stakes win and definitely the one to beat.
Rating: 9/10 Odds: 4-5

Eagle Mountain
8 2214-5 EAGLE MOUNTAIN 3-9-0
Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien
Finished fourth behind Authorized in the Racing Post Trophy last year and fifth in the 2000 Guineas. He could see out the trip and sneak a place.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 14-1

Kid Mambo
10 512-23 KID MAMBO 3-9-0
Joe Fanning Terry Mills
Chased home leading Oaks fancy Light Shift on his seasonal debut at Newbury and fared well in the Lingfield Derby trial. Likely to be outclassed here, however.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 100-1

Leander
1142 LEANDER 3-9-0
Mark Gallagher Brett Johnson
Finished second in an ordinary Salisbury race last time and yet to get off the mark. Very long odds and unlikely to feature in this company.
Rating: 3/10 Odds: 500-1

Lucarno
12 211 LUCARNO 3-9-0
Steve Drowne John Gosden
Won at Kempton and Newmarket in the space of three weeks and has great potential. Should not be ruled out if connections opt to run him.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 33-1

Mahler
13 911 MAHLER 3-9-0
Pat Smullen Aidan O'Brien IRE
Taking a big step up in class, although won in his second start at Leopardstown, took a Classic trial at Gowran Park and is a decent each-way chance.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 33-1

Petara Bay
14 010-17 PETARA BAY 3-9-0
Dane O'Neill Terry Mills
Owned by wife of F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone but unlikely to find the gears needed here. However, breeding suggests he should stay the trip.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 66-1

Regime
15 4127-1 REGIME 3-9-0
Martin Dwyer Michael Bell
Easily beaten by Authorized in the Racing Post Trophy last year but came from last to first to win the Sandown trial. A good each-way bet.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 16-1

Salford Mill
16 2-121 SALFORD MILL 3-9-0
Ted Durcan David Elsworth
Finished second to Petara Bay before impressing at Newmarket last time out. A big step up in class, but cannot be ruled out.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 14-1

Soldier of Fortune
17 212-11 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE 3-9-0
Wayne Lordan Aidan O'Brien IRE
Has shown battling qualities and is proven to stay. Pipped Arabian Gulf in the Chester Vase last time out but a lack of speed may prove his undoing at this level.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 14-1

Strategic Prince
18 5113-8 STRATEGIC PRINCE 3-9-0
Eddie Ahern Paul Cole
Showed good form in finishing third in the Dewhurst behind Teofilo and Holy Roman Emperor and ran well when racing on the wrong side in the 2000 Guineas.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 16-1

Yellowstone
19 73-502 YELLOWSTONE 3-9-0
Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien IRE
Never better than midfield in the 2000 Guineas but finished second to Archipenko in the Derby Trial at Leopardstown. Likely to be outclassed in this company.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 33-1



SEE ALSO
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Epsom Derby entries
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