Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have entry in Epsom Derby
Last Updated: 07/04/16 4:01pm
Carntop, owned and bred by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, is among nine second entries for the Investec Derby at Epsom on June 4.
The Dansili colt, trained by Ralph Beckett, showed plenty of promise in two starts as a juvenile. Third on his debut over a mile at Doncaster in September, he got off the mark in good style when taking a similar contest at Newmarket in October.
Connections of each of the nine colts have paid #8,000 to be added to Britain's premier Classic, which now has 141 entries going forward.
Blue De Vega, trained in Ireland by Michael O'Callaghan, has raced exclusively over seven furlongs, winning on two of his three starts.
He ended last season with an impressive three and a half-length victory in the Group Three Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown in October.
O'Callaghan said: "Blue De Vega's first target is the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
"He has done very well over the winter and I am very happy with how he is progressing through the spring.
"We have entered him for the Investec Derby because we think a bit of him. We will get Newmarket out of the way first and then take it from there.
"He has got a phenomenal amount of natural pace and that just makes you wonder whether he would get the Derby trip, but when you look at his pedigree, especially the dam side, he is very stoutly bred."
Other high-profile second entries include Group Two Vintage Stakes scorer Galileo Gold, who wound up his juvenile campaign finishing third to Godolphin's Ultra in the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp in October.
Godolphin are responsible for two exciting colts in the Saeed bin Suroor-trained pair of Brave Hero and Prize Money, who posted wide-margin victories in maidens at Lingfield and Newmarket respectively on their only outings last year.
Owner the Aga Khan, seeking a fifth Derby victory, has added Vedevani. Alain de Royer-Dupre's charge was in action in the Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte today.
Completing the second entries are maiden scorers Harrison, trained by Mick Channon, Owen Burrow's Mustajeer and Stellar Mass from Jim Bolger's Irish stable.