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2017 Epsom Derby news - What connections have to say about their Derby contenders

Jonathan Vine in Latest News 2 Jun 2017
See what the trainers and jockeys have to say about their horses Derby chances.

The Epsom Derby is one of the most storied sporting contests in the world and with a huge prize pot up for grabs in 2017, we look set to be treated to one of the most open and exciting Derby's in recent memory.

19 top quality combatants will line up in the Epsom stalls on Saturday. Their trainers will all be dreaming about their charge passing the post first and etching their names into the sporting history books.

Here's what the leading contender's connections this about their charge's chance of winning the Derby on Saturday afternoon.

Cliffs Of Moher - 4/1 bet365
"We were a little bit worried with him going to Chester as he had a very soft run the first time and won very easily on his second run as a two-year-old." Aidan O'Brien said to SkySports. "He's a horse that always showed plenty of pace, so we weren't even sure about going up to a mile and a half, but he galloped out well to the line at Chester."

Cracksman - 4/1 Ladbrokes
“He’s a horse that’s only run twice and you’d expect him to improve." John Gosden told The Guardian. "What happened at Epsom (in April) was a blessing, because it was a slow-run race, he had to move out and quicken and do a lot of things and he answered every call. It was great to see the second winning the Dante. It gives me a lot of confidence going into the race that we have a horse that can be very competitive and go to war with something that’s going to be close to favouritism. He’s not Golden Horn yet by any means, but potentially he can be anything and a week Saturday, we’ll find out.”

Eminent - 7/1 BetVictor
Jockey Jim Crowley talking to Coral. "I think he'll stay (the trip). Good horses like that should travel round very well. The indication I've had off his races is that he's always been strong at the finishing line and he's galloped out well. My only worry early on was that he wouldn't be quick enough for a Craven or a Guineas, so for him to come out and run those sort of races over an inadequate trip bodes well for him over a mile-and-a-half."

Permian - 11/1 Ladbrokes
Trainer Mark Johnston said to The Sun, when comparing his charge to Cracksman. “There’s nothing in it. They would have expected Cracksman to improve on that and beat us further, but this is the same track and a different distance and I think we’re the more assured of the pair to benefit from the step up in trip. I don’t think there’s any doubt in anybody’s mind that Permian has come on considerably since that Epsom encounter and Cracksman is going to have to improve significantly to beat him this time.”

Capri - 12/1 bet365
"Capri has had two runs this year. He ran first time in the Ballysax and we were very happy with his run. Then he progressed nicely to his second run. Everything seems to be fine since with him." Aidan O'Brien told SkySports.

Best Solution - 12/1 Ladbrokes
Trainer Saeed Bin Suroor speaking to RacingUK, "Best Solution has been a horse who has never shown much in the morning. But now, after his win at Lingfield, he is working very well. He is thriving."

Venice Beach - 14/1 bet365
Jockey Ryan Moore said after he won the Chester Vase earlier this month. "I thought it was a very good performance from a lightly-raced colt. We are still learning an awful lot about him. He picked up and he won his race. He’s still learning about it and it’s still early days for him. He has a beautiful pedigree and he has a good brain."

Dubai Thunder - 16/1 BetVictor
Dubai Thunder is a great ride to have.He has the speed for a mile, and having speed is going to be important, but he also stays well and I don't think a mile and a half will trouble him." Jockey Adam Kirby said to the Racing Post. "I know one day he'll be something special. I like him very much for the Derby, despite his lack of racecourse experience." 

Douglas Macarthur - 20/1 Ladbrokes
Trainer Aidan O'Brien speaking to SkySports, "Douglas Macarthur is a horse we always thought would stay more than a mile and a quarter and that is what he showed at Leopardstown when he came back on the line and put his head down in front. He will improve for going the mile and a half."

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2017 Epsom Derby news - What connections have to say about their Derby contenders

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