Some of the shrewd punters who backed Mogul at 50-1 for Saturday’s Derby (4.55pm) at Epsom might have been dismayed at their fancy only mustering a fourth behind Pyledriver, who reopposes in the Blue Riband, in the King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot.

However, Cashel conjuror Aidan O’Brien has subsequently said that while he would have preferred to get two races into the Galileo colt before Epsom, covid-19 meant that the King Edward effectively had to act as two contests squeezed into one and he’s sure to have come on a bundle for the run.

It’s worth remembering that the fancy was beaten five and a half lengths on his racecourse debut at Gowran Park in August of last year, but that defeat did not deter his fans continuing to support him for the Derby after the race at 33-1.

His supporters must have felt very smug when he comfortably broke his maiden next time before justifying odds-on favouritism in the Group 2 Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend.

He then suffered another loss at the hands of subsequent English 2,000 Guineas hero Kameko, at time of writing second favourite for the Derby, in the Vertem Futurity Trophy at Newcastle on the first day of November.

There is every chance that he can turn that form around as the loss occurred on his first all-weather start and came over an inadequate mile – he’ll be suited by this additional four furlongs while there has to be a doubt about Kameko staying the trip.

And Mogul backers will be buoyed by champion pilot Ryan Moore, who presumably had the choice, selecting him from O’Brien’s six-strong battalion.

‘King’ Aidan also saddles Love in the Oaks (3.40pm) and this daughter of Galileo, who scooped the English 1,000 Guineas on her last outing, looks to have outstanding claims, although any juice in her price looks to have been extracted at around the even money mark.

On breeding she looks likely to stay the extra half a mile and she certainly wasn’t stopping at the line at Newmarket, but preference goes to ‘Big’ John Gosden’s Frankly Darling who was the talk of gallop watchers in Newmarket earlier in the year.

She proved she was no morning glory when winning a maiden at Newcastle on the first day of the resumption of racing June 1, when she comfortably got the better of Thibaan by five lengths.

The Suffolk sorcerer then raised his charge dramatically in class in the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, where she took the step up in grade in her stride with a length and three-quarter defeat of Love’s stable companion Ennistymon, who is also among the eight-strong field at the weekend.

Getting the better of Love will be no easy task, but Gosden knows exactly what it takes to land this classic having won it three times in the last six seasons.

Japan can complete a fine weekend for O’Brien in Sunday’s Eclipse Stakes (3.35pm) also on ITV.