At first glance this does not appear to be a vintage Derby though it's entirely possible that either CAPE BLANCO or Monterosso could turn out to be well up to standard. Aidan O'Brien is bidding for his fifth successive victory and eighth in all with the Dante Stakes winner, who blotted his copybook when sent to Chantilly for the French Derby. His victory at York over an unlucky Workforce has of course been massively boosted by the runner-up at Epsom and it's worth giving him another chance. Monterosso has been supplemented at huge cost after a very impressive victory in the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot where he had shock Epsom runner-up At First Glance back in fourth. O'Brien's Jan Vermeer and Midas Touch, fourth and fifth at Epsom, should reverse placings with stablemate At First Glance here but Johnny Murtagh prefers Cape Blanco and that should be good enough. Chabal was the proverbial mile behind the selection at York when favourite so it's a surprise to see him entered here though that can't have been his true running. Coordinated Cut was quietly fancied at Epsom but never really got involved until too late and will need to show massive progress to take a hand here.
At First Sight (IRE) 5-2fav (8-12) Led, pushed along over 2f out, headed 2f out, outpaced to 3rd soon after, hard driven over 1f out, no chance with leading duo and lost 3rd last strides, 4th of 8, 5l behind Monterosso (8-12) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf.
Bright Horizon 8-1 (9-1) Held up towards rear on inside, ridden well over 2f out, no impression when switched right 2f out, 12th of 18, 11l behind Dandino (8-13) at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo hcp 0-105 (2) gf.
Cape Blanco (IRE) 2-1fav (9-2) 10th of 22, 9l behind Lope De Vega (9-2) at Chantilly(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 1 (1) sft.
Carraiglawn (IRE) 7-2 (8-10) Chased leaders, 5th halfway, ridden to challenge 2f out, soon led, kept on well final furlong, won at Curragh 1m 2f Listed stks (1) gf beating Choose Me (9-9) by 1l, 13 ran.
Chabal (IRE) 7-4fav (9-0) Raced in last place of the pace, pushed along over 4f out, ridden 3f out, beaten 2f out, eased final furlong, 4th of 5, 20l behind Cape Blanco (9-0) at York 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in May.
Coordinated Cut (IRE) 20-1 (9-0) Stumbled leaving stalls, held up in rear, 10th straight, effort on outside and kept on final 2f, never reached challenging position, 7th of 12, 12l behind Workforce (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf.
Dubawi Phantom 8-1 (8-12) Held up in rear, headway on inside over 2f out, chased leaders over 1f out, stayed on well inside final furlong, no chance with winner, 2nd of 7, 2 1/4l behind Bullet Train (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Jan Vermeer (IRE) 9-4fav (9-0) Held up towards rear, headway on outside to mid-division 9f out, 6th straight, stayed on to well held 3rd over 2f out, weakened to 4th 1f out, 4th of 12, 12l behind Workforce (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf.
Midas Touch 6-1 (9-0) Chased leaders in 4th, 3rd straight, chased clear leader over 3f out until 3f out, ridden 2f out, soon weakened, 5th of 12, 12l behind Workforce (9-0) at Epsom Downs 1m 4f 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf.
Monterosso 7-2 (8-12) Tracked leading trio, effort on outside over 2f out, led 2f out, soon hung right to far rail, ridden and in command over 1f out, stayed on strongly, won at Royal Ascot 1m 4f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf beating Arctic Cosmos (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.
Puncher Clynch (IRE) 12-1 (9-1) Always prominent, led narrowly from 2f out, strongly pressed final furlong, all out close home, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in Apr beating At First Sight (9-1) by shd, 8 ran.