The demands of Epsom and in particular The Derby mean a horse has to be at its absolute peak to land the great race so the recent setback, however minor, suffered by Carlton House is obviously a major concern. The Dante winner looked the likely Derby winner when comfortably accounting for SEVILLE at York but there are reasons for suggesting the runner-up can reverse the form. The Dante was run at a crawl and the time was very slow. Neither of the first two would have been suited by a sprint finish given their breeding but Aidan O'Brien's colt, by Galileo out of a 1m4f Group 3 winner, was never likely to win a dash for the line. He'll get a much stiffer test of stamina here and coupled with The Queen's colt's injury scare is taken to reverse the form and take this. Pour Moi has come in for massive support in recent weeks following his Group 2 victory at Saint-Cloud where Vadamar was third. Andre Fabre's colt is another who will be ideally suited by a strong gallop and his trainer has issued an unusually upbeat verdict on the son of Montjeu. Recital is also by that sire and won the Derrinstown Stud Stakes at Leopardstown but he didn't please everyone with his action that day and again it wasn't a fast time. Native Khan doesn't appear certain to get the trip on breeding but like many Derby winners previously he was going on strongly at the finish of the 2000 Guineas so it would be foolish to write him off on pedigree alone and Johnny Murtagh is the ideal partner. Godolphin's Ocean War hasn't proved himself anywhere near this level and is another with suspect breeding for the trip though he's on the upgrade and could make his presence felt under Frankie.
Carlton House (USA) 11-4 (9-0) Pulled hard early tracked leaders, challenged between horses approaching 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, asserted close home, won at York 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gd in May beating Seville (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.
Castlemorris King 11-2 (9-1) Held up towards rear, headway over 2f out, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, no impression on leaders, 5th of 13, 5l behind Anton Dolin (9-7) at Warwick 1m 3f 3yo hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Marhaba Malyoon (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) In rear, never a factor, last of 6, 22l behind Dordogne (8-12) at Lingfield 1m 3f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in May.
Masked Marvel 13-2 (9-0) Held up, went 3rd over 5f out, waiting for gap to open over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Goodwood 1m 3f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd in May beating Namibian (9-0) by 3l, 5 ran.
Memphis Tennessee (IRE) 25-1 (9-1) Chased leader in 2nd, 3rd 3f out, ridden over 2f out, 2nd 1f out, no impression leader, kept on same pace, 2nd of 7, 1 1/2l behind Recital (9-4) at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in May.
Native Khan (FR) 16-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and headway to chase winner over 2f out, kept on, no chance with winner, 3rd of 13, 7l behind Frankel (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in Apr.
Ocean War 4-1 (8-12) In touch in rear, headway over 2f out, led over 1f out, edged right inside final furlong, ran on, won at Newmarket 1m 2f Listed stks 3yo (1) gf in Apr beating Cai Shen (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 7 ran.
Pisco Sour (USA) 40-1 (9-0) Set steady pace, quickened over 3f out, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 6, 4l behind Carlton House (9-0) at York 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Pour Moi (IRE) 12-1 (9-2) In rear, effort 2f out, ran on well, easily, won at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gs in May beating Bubble Chic (9-2) by 1 1/2l, 9 ran.
Recital (FR) 1-2fav (9-4) Tracked leaders in 3rd, headway into 2nd 3f out, improved to lead under 2f out, pushed out and hung left from over 1f out, kept on, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gf in May beating Memphis Tennessee (9-1) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Seville (GER) 5-4fav (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden to lead over 1f out, headed inside final furlong, stayed on, 2nd of 6, 1 1/2l behind Carlton House (9-0) at York 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gd in May.
Treasure Beach 7-2 (8-12) Keen tracked leaders, squeezed between horses over 1f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, soon pressed, always holding rival, won at Chester 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gf in May beating Nathaniel (8-12) by hd, 5 ran.
Vadamar (FR) 4-5fav (9-2) Tracked leader, stay on well, not quicken, 3rd of 9, 2 1/2l behind Pour Moi (9-2) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gs in May.