IT'S Derby day at Epsom and our man Templegate could not be in better form heading into the big day.
Read on to find our man's top tips for Saturday as the Derby Festival continues.
BOLSHOI BALLET (4.30 Epsom, nap)
The fact Aidan O’Brien pulled out his other five hopefuls shows just how confident ‘The Lads’ are of success.
And it’s easy to see why. This son of superstar sire Galileo kicked off this season by winning the Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown before returning to take the Derrinstown Stud Trial by six lengths in a scorching time.
Stepping up to the Classic trip should bring more improvement.
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KING FRANKEL (2.00 Epsom, nb)
He ran the useful Bay Bridge close at Newbury last time on the back of a romp at Pontefract.
He is one of the few proven stayers in the field and the ground will be fine.
BELL ROCK (3.10 Epsom, treble)
He clocked a personal best when winning a hot Newmarket handicap on comeback latest.
This trip suits on any ground and Andrew Balding continues to send out winners galore.
2.00 King Frankel (nb)
In cracking form and went close in hot company at Newbury latest.
Impressive winner at Goodwood and has more to offer.
3.10 Bell Rock (treble)
Looked well up to this level when scoring at Newmarket last time.
3.45 Stone Of Destiny
Consistent and another good run at Goodwood latest.
4.30 BOLSHOI BALLET (NAP)
Looks a cut above his Derby rivals after Derrinstown win.
5.15 Group One Power
Won over C&D before going close at Ascot last time out.
5.50 Desert Safari
Had a bit up his sleeve when scoring at Goodwood latest.
1.20 Sir Charles Punch
Get closer to a first win and solid effort at Carlisle latest.
Expensive buy who should know her job on debut.
2.30 Rodrigo Diaz
Good comeback second at Newmarket and has more to come.
3.05 Dancing King
Made it three wins on the spin at Leicester last time out.
Should be helped by going up in trip with first-time hood on.
4.15 Never Say Never
Improved on debut when going close at Redcar last time.
Plenty in hand at Ripon so can defy 5lb hike in weights.
1.30 Hats Off To Larry
Decent on Flat and has opened account over hurdles.
2.05 Wor Verge
Went close in decent race over C&D last time out.
Consistent and will appreciate this decent surface.
3.15 Koi Dodville
Decent on the level in France and should be primed for this.
3.50 Ballyegan Hero
Plenty in hand when winning at Stratford last time out.
4.45 Sheriff Garrett
Good win over course and distance on latest run.
5.20 Holme Abbey
Up fair 5lb for winning over course and distance.
5.55 King Golan
Good winner on debut for this yard at Huntingdon last time.
Caught the eye when scoring on debut at Beverley.
Has shown best here and solid run at Beverley latest.
2.50 Captain Cooper
Handicapped to go close from this mark.
Plenty in hand when winning at Haydock and more to come.
4.00 Zaffy’s Pride
Will find this easier than the Irish 1,000 Guineas.
4.55 Primo’s Comet
Landed his third course and distance win last time.
5.30 Iconic Belle
Made it five wins on the spin at Doncaster latest.
1.45 Captain Tom Cat
Won stronger race than this at Aintree last time out.
2.20 Docte Dina
Good second at Ludlow latest and has more to come.
2.55 Shareef Star
Has really improved since going chasing with two wins.
Bred for this game and comes from top connections.
Good winner at Exeter latest and can improve further.
5.00 Clay Rogers
Fair form in Ireland and has joined a top trainer.
Good winner over course and distance last time out.
Not won for a while but usually goes well here.
Plenty in hand when winning at Southwell last time out.
7.00 Dora Penny
Won well latest and has much more to offer.
Did well to score at Brighton and right there again.
Good run at Wolverhampton and likes this track too.
8.30 Waltzing Queen
Showed promise when second at Lingfield last time.
9.00 Triple Nickle
Likes it here and has dropped right down the weights.
Can be forgiven one poor run at Brighton last time out.
6.15 Silent Escape
Had plenty in hand when winning on debut at Wolver.
6.45 Burtonlodge Beauty
Good start when backed at Wolver and more to come.
Has shown promise on this better ground should suit.
7.45 Pledge Of Honour
Will be happier going back up to this distance.
8.15 Steel An Icon
Improved when winning at Leicester last time out.
Went close on AW here last time and this longer trip will suit.
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