By Simon Jackson at Epsom Downs.
Giovanni Canaletto is taken to win the Investec Derby and complete a high-profile double for trainer Aidan O’Brien who landed the Investec Oaks on Friday with 50-1 outsider Qualify.
Qualify’s shock victory in the Oaks was O’Brien’s fifth success in the fillies’ long-distance Classic for the Irish handler who has won the last three Derbies and five in all.
Giovanni Canaletto, a son of O’Brien’s 2001 Derby winner Galileo, won one of his two starts as a two-year-old before he was narrowly beaten on his comeback in a Group 3 at the Curragh on May 24.
Jockey Ryan Moore, who has retained the mount, believes that he will come on for the run and Giovanni Canaletto is fancied to prevail at odds of 9-1 in one of the most open Derbies in recent years.
Kevin Buckley, the British representative for owners Coolmore said: “Giovanni Canaletto has come out of [his last] race fine. He was beaten but Aidan O’Brien was pleased with his performance.”
Giovanni Canaletto is one of three runners in the race for O’Brien who also saddles Kilimanjaro (14-1) and Hans Holbein (16-1).
Yet the main dangers may come from the John Gosden-trained duo Golden Horn (7-4) and Jack Hobbs (5-1) who finished first and second in the Betfred Dante at York.
Frankie Dettori rides Golden Horn but expects Jack Hobbs (William Buick) to improve on his last run where he finished two and three quarter lengths adrift of his stablemate over 10 and a half furlongs in the Dante.
“The Dante is a telling factor at this stage and Golden Horn is thriving but don’t dismiss Jack Hobbs, who is a very good horse too,” Dettori said. “A mile and a half is definitely within Jack Hobbs’ compass and he is rawer than Golden Horn and has more improvement in him.
“Golden Horn is a very laid-back character and the important thing was to get him to whiz around the bend,” Dettori said after working the colt at the recent Breakfast with the Stars event at Epsom. “He gave me a good feel. But he is the sort of horse who needs the crowd to rev him up and he is a better horse on a raceday.”
Gosden’s runners are selected to fill the places in today’s Derby that has attracted a field of 12 runners.
For those looking for a longshot the best each-way bet may be Storm The Stars at 20-1. His trainer William Haggas has a tremendous record in the Classic races at Epsom.
Simon Jackson’s Investec Derby tips: 1st Giovanni Canaletto; 2nd Jack Hobbs; 3rd Golden Horn. Best outsider/each way bet: Storm The Stars
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