Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has been booked to ride Adayar in the Cazoo Derby
Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has been booked to ride Adayar in the Cazoo Derby by Charlie Appleby, with the Godolphin trainer set to run three contenders at Epsom on Saturday.
Appleby also has Dante Stakes winner Hurricane Lane (William Buick) and 2,000 Guineas sixth One Ruler (James Doyle) in the line-up.
The trio were among 19 entries left in the £1.125million Derby at the penultimate declaration stage, opening up the possibility that the Classic could have the biggest field since 20 runners lined up for Kris Kin’s Derby in 2003.
Adayar, a son of Frankel, has been runner-up in both the Lingfield and Sandown Classic Trials.
Murphy said: ‘I had a sit on him last week. He is a gorgeous horse, an improving sort and bred for the job.’
Aidan O’Brien’s remaining six entries are headed by 7-4 favourite Bolshoi Ballet, the expected mount of Ryan Moore, while Frankie Dettori has been linked with O’Brien’s Dante Stakes third, High Definition.
Trainer Charlie Appleby also has Hurricane Lane One Ruler in the line-up for the race
Murphy has ridden Andrew Balding-trained 33-1 shot Youth Spirit in three of his five races but Tom Marquand, who won the Chester Vase on the colt, will be on board on Saturday.
The colt is owned by Ahmad Al Shaikh, whose colours were carried by Marquand in last year’s Derby on Balding’s 50-1 runner-up Khalifa Sat.
Al Shaikh was not able to attend last year’s behind-closed-doors Derby but is undergoing quarantine protocols so he can travel from Dubai to be among the 4,000 attending Epsom on Saturday.
Youth Spirit (second right) will be running in the Derby 50 years after Andrew Balding’s father Ian trained Mill Reef to win the race
Balding said: ‘It’s a big deal to have a runner in the Derby and he is making every effort to be there this year.’
Youth Spirit will be running in the Derby 50 years after Balding’s father Ian trained Mill Reef to win the race.
Balding added: ‘He hasn’t got the profile of Mill Reef but he has won a trial and that’s all we could have asked of him.’