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Twenty in contention for Epsom Derby glory

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The open nature of the race has attracted a large field of runners, and many will be hoping to overturn current favourite City Of Troy. The Justify colt has been well-supported despite his poor performance in the 2000 Guineas, with many racing fans remembering how trainer Aidan O’Brien achieved the same feat to turn around Auguste Rodin from Newmarket disappointment to Epsom glory last season.

Epsom Racecourse.
Epsom Racecourse. Picture: Getty Images

Ambiente Friendly, trained by James Fanshawe, will be ridden by Rab Havlin after connections made the decision to jock off regular rider Callum Shepherd. His easy victory in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial Stakes puts the colt firmly in the mix for Epsom glory, alongside Roger Teal's Dancing Gemini, who worked during the Epsom Gallops morning on Tuesday. 

Aidan O'Brien could also represented by Diego Velazquez - who is currently favourite for Sunday's Prix du Jockey Club - Euphoric, Illinois and Portland. Another interesting Irish contender could be Dallas Star from the Adrian Murray yard, who surprised many with a victory in the Ballysax Stakes at 50/1.

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