Epsom Derby Runners 2024: A guide to the 16 contenders

 | Thursday 30th May 2024, 11:10am

Thursday 30th May 2024, 11:10am

Betfred Derby 2024 Runners Guide

It's the turn of the colts at Epsom on Saturday (16:30) as 16 three-year-olds are set to contest the Betfred Derby.

To guide you ahead of the big race, I've detailed all the Epsom Derby runners and riders, listing their latest odds and passing comment on their chances.

Epsom Derby Runners

  • City Of Troy @ 11/4
  • Los Angeles @ 10/3
  • Ancient Wisdom @ 4/1
  • Ambiente Friendly @ 6/1
  • Dancing Gemini @ 11/1
  • Macduff @ 12/1
  • 20/1 bar

City Of Troy (Aidan O'Brien/Ryan Moore) @ 11/4

Last year's Champion Juvenile failed to fire when odds-on for the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket earlier this month, but his trainer has clearly lost no faith in him, saying "I'm not sure we ever sent a horse to the Derby with as much ability as this" during a recent stable tour. Forgiveness is required and he'll need some luck from stall 1, but he ought to take plenty of stopping if back to his best.

Los Angeles (Aidan O'Brien/Wayne Lordan) @ 10/3

O'Brien's second string who's attracted a lot of support in recent days. The Camelot colt is unbeaten in three starts, including a Group 1 success across The Channel as a juvenile, and he won the G3 Derby Trial at Leopardstown on his reappearance a few weeks ago. Big chance despite being rated 13lbs inferior to stablemate City Of Troy.

Ancient Wisdom (Charlie Appleby/William Buick) @ 4/1

The €2million son of Dubawi won the G1 Futurity Trophy at Doncaster to sign off last season and earned short Epsom Derby Odds. He drifted after an underwhelming comeback in the Dante Stakes at York the other week, but he probably needed that and should be a different proposition on Saturday. It would be unwise to rule him out.

Ambiente Friendly (James Fanshawe/Robert Havlin) @ 6/1

Boasted nothing more than decent form until he hacked up in the Derby Trial at Lingfield earlier this month on his first run over further than a mile. Very interesting off the back of that.

Dancing Gemini (Roger Teal/Dylan Browne McMonagle) @ 11/1

Camelot colt who was a very good second in the French 2000 Guineas following a classy juvenile campaign. He's never raced over further than a mile though, and his draw in stall 15 is far from ideal. Each-way shout if anything.

Macduff (Ralph Beckett/Rossa Ryan) @ 12/1

Although he keeps coming up short, the son of Sea The Stars has classy form in the book, looks sure to stay the trip and connections seem quietly confident about his chances. He needs to take a step forward, but there's every chance he could do just that.

Bellum Justum (Andrew Balding/Oisin Murphy) @ 20/1

Won round Epsom on his comeback in a competitive Listed race, but this is another kettle of fish. He's likely to prove a much better three-year-old than he was a juvenile, but I suspect he may find it a bit too hot at this level.

Voyage (Richard Hannon/Pat Dobbs) @ 20/1

Interesting in that he's the only contender with just one run under his belt and therefore we've got no idea how high his ceiling is, but he'd be a major trend-buster - especially after landing the widest draw (no winner has ever come from stall 16).

Deira Mile (Owen Burrows/Jim Crowley) @ 20/1

His fourth in the Futurity Trophy at Doncaster late last year is good form, but other than that he's done little to justify his rating of 109. At the same time, he's hard to weigh up as we're unlikely to have seen the best of him yet. Not without a chance.

Dallas Star (Adrian Murray/David Egan) @ 28/1

50/1 winner of the G3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown last month. That was a major step up from his juvenile form and he isn't to be taken lightly this weekend.

Euphoric (Aidan O'Brien/Declan McDonogh) @ 33/1

The least-fancied of O'Brien's trio, but the fact is he was only a length behind Los Angeles in Leopardstown's Derby Trial and yet he's a significantly bigger price. He's overpriced in my book and rates good each-way value.

Sayedaty Sadaty (Andrew Balding/Tom Marquand) @ 40/1

Failed to win two Listed contests already this season, so it's hard to imagine him winning one of the biggest races of the calendar year from a stall (2) that's never produced a Derby winner.

God's Window (John & Thady Gosden/Kieran Shoemark) @ 66/1

The Dubawi colt has been drawn in stall 10 - the winning most stall - but he's also come up short at a lower level than this a few times now and hard to advise.

Kamboo (Richard Hughes/Richard Kingscote) @ 100/1

Very unexposed, but he's only ever raced on the all-weather, over no further than a mile, and his form leaves a lot to be desired. He would be one of the more shocking Derby winners we've seen.

Tabletalk (Tom Clover/James Doyle) @ 100/1

Similar to the aforementioned Kamboo, who runs in the same colours, in terms of being lightly-raced, but he too only has experience on polytrack and needs to take a sizeable step forward.

Mr Hampstead (Dominic Ffrench Davis/Sean Levey) @ 150/1

As a full-brother to last year's Betfred Oaks runner-up Savethelastdance he's certainly bred for the occasion, but the fact is he's yet to achieve anything that suggests he's up to winning the Derby. Place claims at most.

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