REPEAT PERFORMANCE? Golden Horn, ridden by William Buick winning the Betfred Dante Stakes at York
REPEAT PERFORMANCE? Golden Horn, ridden by William Buick winning the Betfred Dante Stakes at York

Newmarket trainer John Gosden is hopeful that Golden Horn can live up to his favourite tag at the famous Epsom Investec Derby on Saturday.

Gosden heads to Surrey this weekend with two runners competing in Britain’s richest flat race, and in one of them, the bookmakers’ favourite.

After winning the Dante Stakes last month in York, Golden Horn is the favourite to complete the one-mile-four furlongs and 10 yards race first on Saturday afternoon (4.30pm).

“The preparation has gone fine,” said Gosden, who also has the second favourite Jack Hobbs competing. “I’m pleased with their work ethic.

“Jack Hobbs had his third race at Dante so he is still a work in progress. But I’m keen to run him in the Derby.”

World-famous jockey Frankie Dettori returns to compete in the Derby for the first time since 2011, as he partners with Golden Horn looking to add a second Derby win to his glittering career.

A win for either Golden Horn or Jack Hobbs on Saturday would also bring up a second Derby success for Gosden. But the Newmarket trainer knows his two runners face stiff competition from the rest of the field.

“There’s some nice horses coming from Ireland, France and even Germany,” he said. “It’s our premier race and every trainer aspires to have a horse worthy of running it.

“It’s a tough, demanding race, which is going to be hugely competitive.”

Gosden has trained more than 2,000 winners in a career spanning over three decades, however the 54-year-old insists he has no plans to call time on an illustrious career.

“I enjoy working with the horses and training them,” he said. “I’m lucky to be able to do something that I’m passionate about.”

Gosden also faces competition from fellow Newmarket trainer William Haggas, who has 25/1 outsider Storm The Stars listed among the 15 runners set to race.

Storm The Stars is looking to become only the second horse to win both the Cocked Hat Stakes and Epsom Derby races, having claimed victory in the former last month.

n Another Newmarket trainer, Luca Cumani, will also be hoping for success at Epsom this weekend, when his Lady of Dubai horse competes in the Epsom Oaks tomorrow.