Updated on 09/15/2011 12:22PM

Shuback: Dilshaan can eke out Epsom win


Dilshaan, Michael Stoute's second string entry in the 222nd running of the $1.39 million , can eke out victory in England's Blue Riband of the Turf before an expected crowd of 100,000 at Epsom Downs on Saturday.

A son of the recently deceased stallion Darshaan, Dilshaan will be reunited with Johnny Murtagh in the 1-1/2-mile classic. The winner of this race last year aboard Sinndar, Murtagh rode Dilshaan to victory in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy last October but surrendered his place to Kieren Fallon when Dilshaan took the Group 2 Dante Stakes on May 16.

Dilshaan beat Storming Home, one of four Barry Hills-trained entries in the Derby, by three quarters of a length in the Dante, which is beginning to look like a key race as its fifth-place finisher, Olden Times, took the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly last Sunday.

But Dilshaan, 7-2 with William Hill, must fight off the attentions of the Aidan O'Brien-trained Irish raider, Galileo. Unbeaten in three starts, the Sadler's Wells colt has been working up a storm since landing the Group 3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial in a professional manner five weeks ago. Michael Kinane has the call on the Mrs. John Magnier / Michael Tabor entry.

The impressive last-to-first winner of the 2,000 Guineas, Golan is Stoute's first string runner. He is the 2-1 favorite with most British bookies but two factors leave him vulnerable to Dilshaan and Galileo. Not only has Golan lost the services of his rider, the suspended Fallon, but he worked indifferently at Newmarket this week. Pat Eddery replaces Fallon in search of his fourth Epsom Derby victory.

Perfect Sunday, the most highly rated of the Barry Hills quartet, is coming off a 2-1/2-length score over Derby rival Putra Sandhurst in the Lingfield Derby Trial. The other two Hills runners, Chester Vase winner Mr Combustible and Sandown Classic Trial winner Chancellor, are also dangerous. Ladbrokes offers 4-1 on one of the four Hills' trainees landing the $806,000 first prize.

The field of twelve, the smallest since that many went to the post in 1989, includes one Godolphin entry in Tobougg, the mount of Frankie Dettori. A two-time Group 1 winner at two, the son of Barathea was only ninth in the 2,000 Guineas and cannot be expected to stay a mile and a half. The other three, Cashel Bay, King Carew, and Sunny Glenn, are rank outsiders.

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