Talking Horses: Hurricane Lane can blow rest of field away in Derby

By: Greg Wood Saturday 5 June 2021

Charlie Appleby’s colt has progressed with every run and looks a value each-way alternative to the hot favourite

A little over a week ago, a report suggested that Aidan O’Brien could send as many as eight colts to Epsom Downs for Saturday’s Derby. Instead, for the first time since 2004, O’Brien will rely on a single runner – Bolshoi Ballet, the favourite – just as he did two decades ago when Galileo, Bolshoi Ballet’s sire, gave him the first of his record eight victories in the Classic.

It could be pointed out that Meath, O’Brien’s only runner 17 years ago, finished last of the 14 runners, was subsequently gelded and then sold to race in Hong Kong. The parallels between Saturday’s market leader and his sire, though, are more compelling, not least the fact that both horses were impressive winners of the Derrinstown Derby Trial in May.

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Doncaster 1.20 Idilico 1.55 Nazanin 2.30 End Result 3.05 Reverend Hubert 3.40 Blu Boy 4.15 Mahale 4.50 Air To Air
Hexham 1.30 Sputnik 2.05 Snowed In 2.40 Fitzroy 3.15 Koi Dodville 3.50 Absolutely Dylan 4.45 Sheriff Garrett 5.20 Mackie Dee 5.55 King Golan
Musselburgh 1.40 Big Boy Harley 2.15 Donnelly’s Rainbow 2.50 Captain Cooper 3.25 Dhushan 4.00 Zaffy’s Pride 4.55 Primo’s Comet 5.30 My Girl Maggie
Worcester 1.45 Mill Green 2.20 Furius De Ciergues 2.55 El Borracho 3.30 Speedy Hooves 4.05 Umndeni 5.00 Papa Tango Charly 5.35 Simply Loveleh
Epsom 2.00 King Frankel (nb) 2.35 Statement 3.10 Century Dream 3.45 Recon Mission 4.30 Hurricane Lane (nap) 5.15 Group One Power 5.50 Ejtilaab
Lingfield 5.45 Fact Or Fable 6.15 Riknnah 6.45 Amber Dew 7.15 Maxine 7.45 Pledge Of Honour 8.15 Steel An Icon 8.45 Rafiot
Chepstow 6.00 Captain Ryan 6.30 Moonraker 7.00 Symphony Perfect 7.30 Mostallim 8.00 Fieldsman 8.30 Diffident Spirit 9.00 Plansina 

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