Claudio Monteverdi to stake Derby claims at Epsom

Aidan O'Brien

Aidan O’Brien will send Claudio Monteverdi to Epsom on Wednesday

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CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI, as short as 14-1 for the Derby on June 4, will test his Classic credentials on the course after he was among nine declarations for the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom on Wednesday.

A superbly-bred colt, being a brother to triple Group 1 winner Lush Lashes, Claudio Monteverdi  took three attempts to get off the mark in maidens but was impressive when winning over a mile at Leopardstown earlier this month.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien told the Racing Post on Monday: “My daughter Ana rode Claudio Monteverdi this morning and she’s pleased with him. We also had entered Deauville and Unicorn for the race but he will be our only runner in it.

“He’s been good since Leopardstown and we are looking forward to stepping him up in distance. Ryan [Moore] felt the ground wouldn’t be too bad at Epsom for him.”

Chance to impress

The race offers a guaranteed entry to the Investec Derby itself and Claudio Monteverdi is one of only two runners on Wednesday with an existing entry for the race, the other being Top Beak, who can be backed for the Derby at 100-1.

Claudio Monteverdi’s likely chief rival So Mi Dar might be unlikely to take up a Derby entry if offered, as she is already in the Investec Oaks. She is the second foal of former top middle-distance mare Dar Re Mi and won her only start to date at Windsor last October.

Most of the field have their credentials to prove, as only two of them – Prince Of Arran and Viren’s Army – have won outside maiden company.

A few have already featured at a high level, however, including last year’s Coventry Stakes fourth Beaverbrook and Humphrey Bogart, who was beaten only a head in the valuable sales race at the St Leger meeting.

 

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