Epsom Derby and Oaks entries revealed for super Saturday

Ante-post favourites English King and Love are among the entries for the first Classic double-header on the same day at Epsom.

The duo, at the top of the market for the Investec Derby and Oaks respectively, were confirmed for Saturday's top class card.

Both races will be run during a stellar hour and a quarter period, the fillies taking their turn at 3.40pm and the colts at a later time than usual of 4.55pm.

Delayed by a month due to the coronavirus pandemic, the potential fields for the races were revealed after reverting to a six-day entry stage.

English King, an impressive winner of Lingfield's Derby Trial, is one of 17 entries for the Derby, which is normally held on the first weekend of June.

A 5/2 shot with bet365 to give Frankie Dettori his third win in the race, he could face seven runners from Aidan O'Brien's powerful stable, as well as 2,000 Guineas hero Kameko.

Russian Emperor, Mogul and Vatican City look O'Brien's leading hopes in the 1m 4f feature, as the trainer seeks a record eighth triumph.

The team is completed by Serpentine, Armory, Mythical and Amhran Na Bhfiann.

In the Oaks, 13/8 favourite Love is one of 11 contenders put forward for the Group One, alongside Royal Ascot heroine Frankly Darling for Dettori and John Gosden, who won last year's renewal with Anapurna.

The trainer could also run Tiempo Vuela, three years on from seeing Enable record the fastest winning time in the race's history.

Love's stablemate Peaceful, a two-length winner of the Irish 1,000 Guineas, is another leading fancy.

Epsom Derby facts

  • Longest winning margin – Shergar, 10 lengths (1981)
  • Longest odds for winners – 100/1 shots Jeddah (1898), Signorinetta (1908) and Aboyeur (1913)
  • Shortest odds winner – 2/9 favourite Ladas (1894)
  • Fastest winning time – Workforce, 2m 31.33 (2010)
  • Top current trainer – Aidan O'Brien, 7 wins
  • Leading all-time jockey – Lester Piggott, 9 wins
  • Most runners – 34 (1862)
  • Fewest runners – 4 (1794)

The Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes over a mile for three-year-olds takes place at 4.15pm on Saturday, between the classics.

The change in start time from 4.30pm for the Derby has been made to try and increase its audience from home, as one of six races shown live from Epsom on ITV.

Investec Derby entries

Amhran Na Bhfiann

Armory

Emissary

English King

Gold Maze

Highland Chief

Kameko

Khalifa Sat

Max Vega

Mogul

Mohican Heights

Mythical

Pyledriver

Russian Emperor

Serpentine

Vatican City

Worthily

Investec Oaks entries

Bharani Star

Dubai Love

Ennistymon

Frankly Darling

Gold Wand

Love

Oriental Mystique

Passion

Peaceful

Queen Daenerys

Tiempo Vuela

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