By Andrew Atkinson

Ed Walker trained English King, ridden by Frankie Dettori, is among 17 entries for Saturday’s 2020 Investec Derby Classic at Epsom, over 1 mile 4 furlongs.

Ballydoyle trainer Aidan O’Brien has a plethora of entries, including Russian Emperor, Vatican City, Mogul, Amhran Na Bhfiann, Armory, Mythical and Serpentine.

Kameko, trained by Andrew Balding, winner of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and Goodwood winner Khalifa Sat, go to post.

Willie Muir trained Pyledriver, a winner at the 2020 Royal Ascot meeting, ridden by Martin Dwyer, Paul Cole trained Highland Chief, Emissary, Gold Maze, Max Vega, Mohican Heights and Worthily also go to post. Cole saddled Generous to win the 1991 Derby.

Upper Lambourn, Hungerford based Walker said of Lingfield Derby Trial winner and Derby favourite English King: “I’ve been thinking about (winning) it since I discovered horseracing –  since I was 13 years old.

Walker at his racing headquarters at Kingsdown Stables.
Walker at his racing headquarters at Kingsdown Stables.

“I wouldn’t run a horse in the Derby, who didn’t deserve his place – nice horses get ruined in the race.”

Walker, based at Kingsdown Stables, who took out a trainer’s licence in 2010, added: “I’m very hopeful and confident he genuinely deserves to take his chance.”

Walker and his wife Camilla have two children, Matilda and Rupert. And Walker, said:  “Whether he’s good enough? We’ll find out – he ticks a lot of boxes. I think that’s why he’s at the top of the market.”

The 2020 Derby will finally be run after being postponed, due to COVID-19 lockdown, amid the delayed Royal Ascot meeting in June and the Irish Derby. *Photographs: courtesy Ed Walker racing.