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QIPCO 2000 & 1000 Guineas winners Kameko and Love entered for more Classic glory

29 Jun 2020

Both Newmarket winners face quality fields at entry stage as Epsom hosts Investec Derby and Oaks on bumper Saturday

Team Kameko aim for Classic honours

QIPCO 2000 Guineas hero Kameko was the headline act amongst the 17 entries submitted today for the Investec Derby , as he seeks to keep his to double up his maiden Classic success. The son of Kittens Joy will be partnered by regular rider Oisin Murphy.

The pair look to face a stiff challenge, most notably from impressive Lingfield Derby-trial winner English King, who will be the mount of Frankie Dettori. He won’t be the only threat however. As is customary, Aidan O’Brien has entered a sizeable raiding team from Ireland including Mogul, Vatican City and Royal Ascot hero Russian Emporer. It will be fascinating to see which mount their number one rider Ryan Moore will be on board.

Fairy-tale entrant Pyledriver will aim to complete his own Cinderella story; having been unsold at 10,000 gns at the sales as a two-year-old, before winning at Royal Ascot a fortnight ago. Veteran rider Martin Dwyer partners him, and will be looking to emulate his win in the race 14 years ago aboard Sir Percy.

Amhran Na Bhfiann, Armory, Emissary, Gold Maze, Highland Chief, Khalifa Set, Max Vega, Mohican Heights, Mythical, Serpentine  and Worthily complete the entries.

The Oaks to feel the Love

In the Investec Oaks Aidan O’Brien holds a strong hand with four entrants –  Peaceful, Passion, Ennistymon and most notably QIPCO 1000 Guineas heroine Love.

She could face up to 10 rivals, with hugely impressive Ribblesdale Stakes winner Frankly Darling appearing the most dangerous contender; especially as she’s being handled by the red-hot Frankie Dettori and John Gosden partnership.

Bharani Star, Dubai Love, Gold Wand, Oriental Mystique, Queen Daenerys and Tiempo Vuela make up the other entries.