Derby attracts 20 colts at confirmation stage

Cliffs Of Moher is one of seven possible runners in the Derby for for Aidan O'Brien

Cracksman and Cliffs Of Moher head the betting as 20 colts were confirmed for Saturday's Investec Derby at Epsom.

The John Gosden-trained Cracksman, who carries the same colours as 2015 Derby hero Golden Horn, is unbeaten in two starts including a victory at the track in last month's Derby Trial.

That form has been well advertised since, with the runner-up, Permian, going on to land a Listed prize at Newmarket and the Dante Stakes at York. As expected, Permian has been supplemented for the Derby at a cost of £85,000.

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Dee Stakes winner Cliffs Of Moher is one seven possible runners for Aidan O'Brien as he bids to win the race for a sixth time.

The other potential Ballydoyle representatives are Capri, Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial winner Douglas Macarthur, Finn McCool and Chester Vase one-two-three Venice Beach, Wings Of Eagles and The Anvil.

Gosden also has a numerically strong hand, with Cracksman joined by stablemates Crowned Eagle, Glencadam Glory, Pealer and the supplemented Khalidi.

Other contenders include Martyn Meade's 2000 Guineas third Eminent, the Joseph O'Brien-trained Rekindling and Saeed bin Suroor's trio of Benbatl, Best Solution and Dubai Thunder.

Sylvester Kirk's Salouen and 1,000-1 outsider Diore Lia make up the field.

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