Ante-Post Focus

Gary picked out winner Headman (10-1) on Saturday to add to recent winner Making Miracles (12-1) at Chester and has a selection in the Investec Derby at Epsom on the 1st of June

Published 20 May

Aidan O’Brien is lining up his usual battalions for the Investec Derby yet it’s conceivable the best-bred colt for the job is not even in his stable.

Andrew Balding’s BANGKOK has impressed with the manner of both victories this spring, beating subsequent Dante winner Telecaster in a Doncaster maiden and showing a smart turn of foot to land the Classic Trial at Sandown.

Those two races were over 1m2f and on pedigree he leaps out as one who will improve further going up another quarter-mile.

By the 2014 Derby hero Australia, himself the product of a Derby and Oaks winner (Galileo-Ouija Board), he’s got plenty of stamina on the dam’s side too.

It’s a high-class family that features Irish 1000 Guineas winner Mehthaaf as well as Group winners at up to 1m6f (Bangkok’s half-brother Tactic won the Curragh Cup for John Dunlop nine years ago).

Bangkok was a bit too keen in the early stages at Sandown - a trait that initially prevented him building on last year’s highly promising debut second to Sangarius at Newmarket - but it was noticeable how he dropped the bridle once he got some cover in the small field.

The uphill start and bigger field at Epsom should help Silvestre De Sousa to get him settled - vital if he’s to conserve energy for the expected turbo charge later on.

Gary provides regular ante-post updates on Twitter. His username is @horsetraderinfo.@horsetraderinfo

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