IT is an Investec Derby and Oaks special on Saturday at Epsom Racecourse.
Don't miss a minute of the top-class action with Sun Racing's live blog.
There have been floods of money for Frankly Darling in the Oaks – and if you watch her Royal Ascot win back you can see why.
🏆 Frankie Dettori is off the mark for the week as shock horror he’s in the A1 position on Frankly Darling
She looks a smart filly and Betway make her 3-1 for the Oaks 👀
— Sun Racing (@SunRacing) June 16, 2020
ON THE CLOCK
There were some interesting sectional times in the key Classic trials at Royal Ascot last month.
The clock shows that both the King Edward VII Stakes (won by Pyledriver) and the Ribblesdale (won by Frankly Darling) were steadily run – you basically had no chance if you weren't bang there when the pace lifted.
But the most intriguing is the time recorded by Russian Emperor in the Hampton Court over the same C&D as the Prince Of Wales's Stakes – a top Group 1 for older horses.
Overall, he was around a length (!) slower than Lord North on just his fourth career start… 👀
Don't be fooled by his narrow margin of victory – it was a massive performance.
– In the last 20 years, there has only been one winner of the Derby drawn in the three lowest stalls (New Approach, 2008)
– 13 of the last 16 winners have been in the top three in the betting
– Wings Of Eagles (40-1) became the longest priced winner of the Classic since 1974 when successful three years ago
– Only 1 of the last 12 winners had a previous win over 1m4f going into the Derby
– Robert Robson, John Porter, Fred Darling and Aidan O'Brien are tied on seven wins apiece in the Derby
JUMPING FOR JOY
Will we see Frankie's famous flying dismount after today's Derby?
He rides the favourite English King and this is what he had to say about his horse…
“I count myself very lucky to be riding him. Being drawn in stall one is not ideal… it might be better to miss the kick slightly and work into a position.
“He is a very nice type who is light on his feet. You only have to look back at Lingfield to see how much ability he has. He has already seen the distance out well, so that is a big tick.”
LUCK OF THE IRISH
A few of the Ballydoyle string have arrived at Epsom. Aidan O'Brien runs six in the feature and if he comes out on top he'll go into the record books as the winning-most trainer in Derby history with eight.
📽️ Mythical, one of six runners in The Derby for Aidan O'Brien, who is looking for a record-breaking eighth success in the world's greatest Flat race… pic.twitter.com/sEmxogmpNl
— Epsom Downs Racecourse (@EpsomRacecourse) July 4, 2020
GOING, GOING, GONE
The all important going report from Epsom is that it's officially Good ground.
No excuses for any horses then despite the rain around on Friday and overnight.
It's expected to stay dry for the rest of the day.
There's only two non-runners to report. Desert Icon in the 3.00 and Buridan in the 5.35.
DERBY DAY FANCIES
The big one is off at 4.55pm – the sixth race of seven at Epsom.
Here's who our team fancy for the race like no other.
Callum Jamieson: Highland Chief EW
Jack Keene: Mohican Heights & Vatican City EW
Matt Chapman: English King
Templegate: Russian Emperor
Tom Pepper: Mogul
KAM HE DO IT?
The 2000 Guineas winner Kameko is on his way to Epsom too.
He has the best form in the race but has to step up an extra half-a-mile here. Will he stay?
ON HIS WAY
Ed Walker's Derby favourite English King is up and ready for his journey to Epsom.
All you have to do is jump on the sofa and stay tuned.
Ladbrokes has revealed that punters have latched onto Russian Emperor and Pyledriver ahead of the Derby later today.
The mount of Ryan Moore, Mogul, has been ignored at 7-1 (from 5-1), while Russian Emperor has been slashed into 9-2 from 13-2.
Royal Ascot winner, Pyledriver, has also been immensely popular at odds of 18-1.
In the Oaks, Frankly Darling is the one coming for money and is closing the gap with 11/-0 favourite Love. She is now just 13-8 from 2-1.
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “Pyledriver is the best backed horse in the Derby this morning which has taken us by surprise. That’s closely followed by Russian Emperor as punters have abandoned the mount of Ryan Moore.”
Wakey, wakey, rise and shine – it's Derby day folks!
The pubs may be reopening this weekend after three and a half long months…
But the hottest ticket in town is to your sofa for an afternoon of mouthwatering racing at Epsom.
Frankie Dettori rides the favourite English King, while Guineas hero Kameko will put his stamina to the test at 4.55pm.
We've also got the Oaks at 3.40pm – will it be Dettori delight aboard Frankly Darling, or will one of Aidan O'Brien's crack fillies give their trainer another Classic?
We will have all bases covered for you right here throughout the day with all the latest news, tips, replays and results.
You won't miss a thing.
DON'T BE SHY
Get involved with our poll on the biggest race of them all…
🏆 So then, who wins the big one, the Investec Derby?
— Sun Racing (@SunRacing) July 3, 2020
WHAT A WEEKEND
Our team have covered all bases with their preview of the Derby, Oaks and Eclipse.
Don't miss out…
WALKIN' IN A DERBY WONDERLAND
Trainer Ed Walker gives us thelatest before his stable star English King goes in the Derby.
He said: “The nerves have been kicking in for quite a long time, to be honest.
“It's pleasing the string seems in good order. A couple of weeks ago I was a little anxious, as a lot of them were running well but some were needing their first runs.
“Quite a lot now are having their second runs and hitting the bullseye, which always helps settle the nerves a bit.
“I have to say the draw doesn't worry me.
“Frankie has seen and done it all before. A few weeks ago I was expecting a smaller field, so it may be more tactical than normal, but then it's always tactical in the Derby.
“We've got the right man on board to navigate the waters.”
Here's the latest straight from Epsom on the conditions punters can expect tomorrow.
A HELPING HAND
For those of you not as familiar with your horses, here's a handy explainer about tomorrow's Derby and just what it all means in the great game.
Ladbrokes have pushed the Derby favourite English King out to 7-2 from 5-2 with Mogul the best-backed horse now 5-1.
In Sunday's blockbuster Coral-Eclipse Enable is out to odds against for the first time.
Nicola McGeady of Ladbrokes said: “The Derby looks wide open so we are happy to take on English King. Even though he’s now as big as 7-2, it is Mogul who is attracting the bulk of support.
“The same can be said about the Coral-Eclipse. Given its competitiveness, Enable will have to be at her best to win so we are happy to push her price out too.”
HOW GOOD IS THIS…
Now this teaser should get you in the mood for tomorrow.
The main man Frankie Dettori won the Oaks last year with Anapurna.
He partners Frankly Darling in this year's running and they take on Aidan O'Brien's impressive 1000 Guineas winner Love.
The betting has Love at around 11-10 with Frankly Darling no bigger than 2-1.
The Derby is the main event on Saturday and you can watch the race on ITV as well as RacingTV.
The seven-race card kicks off at 1.50 with the feature off at 4.55 – with the first six races all on ITV.
Punters are obviously still banned from the track, but for the first time more media will be allowed on course, as well as a limited number of owners per horse.
And the winning connections of the Derby victor will even be allowed on the podium to collect the famous Derby trophy.
ROLL UP, ROLL UP
The top-class racing comes thick and fast this shortened season.
Just two weeks after Royal Ascot, this weekend we get the Investec Derby and Oaks on one afternoon at Epsom, followed by a out-of-this world Coral-Eclipse at Sandown on Sunday.
The Derby is like no other race. Three-year-old colts get one shot at glory, and this year English King is your favourite for Epsom rookie Ed Walker.
The Oaks looks a powerhouse showdown between Aidan O'Brien's Love and John Gosden's Frankly Darling.
While at Sandown, we have a clash of the titans as Enable returns and takes on Ghaiyyath, one of the best in the world.
So stay tuned, and don't miss a minute of the racing, all summed up and reported on here.