Romsdal added to Derby

  • Last Updated: June 3 2014, 10:35 BST

Romsdal has been supplemented into Saturday's Investec Derby for which there are 17 acceptors after the latest declaration stage.

Romsdal (right): Supplemented for the Investec Derby
Romsdal (right): Supplemented for the Investec Derby

John Gosden's charge worked at Newmarket on Friday and evidently sufficiently impressed connections to book his place in the Epsom Classic at a cost of £75,000 to his owners. The King Edward VII Stakes at Royal Ascot was his alternative target.

Australia tops the list of acceptors and Aidan O'Brien's charge could be joined in the field by stablemates Geoffrey Chaucer, Kingfisher and Orchestra.

Godolphin have a strong numerical hand too with True Story, Sudden Wonder and Pinzolo standing their ground.

Ebanoran and Fascinating Rock, first and second past the post before the stewards reversed their placings in a controversial Derrinstown Stud Trial at Leopardstown, are on track to renew rivalry with third-home Geoffrey Chaucer on Saturday.

Speaking at Naas on Monday, Dermot Weld said of Fascinating Rock: "He is very well. He did his final piece of work on Sunday morning and Pat Smullen was very pleased with him.

"He's very sound and very well. His work is more or less complete now. Provided everything is OK he's a definite runner. Whatever way the ground goes he will run."

John Oxx, who was also in winning form at the County Kildare venue, said of Ebanoran: "He is in good form - no problems thank God. Hopefully the next week goes well and it's so far so good, he's in good shape.

"We'll find out on Saturday how good he is.

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"He won his maiden on good ground and I think he'll go well on fast ground, although soft doesn't bother him either. We don't have any issues with ground, not until he tells us differently anyway."

Our Channel gained an entry when winning the Investec Derby Trial at Epsom in Apri. His trainer William Haggas has a 100 per cent record in the Investec Derby, having scored with his sole starter Shaamit back in 1996.

Bruce Raymond, racing manager to Our Channel's owner Abdulla Al Mansoori, said: "Silvestre de Sousa will ride Our Channel who did his final piece of work on Thursday and William (Haggas) was very happy with him.

"We know he handles the track - there's no problem there - and we are hoping he gets the trip.

"If we finish in the money, we will be absolutely delighted. I can't see him beating the front two favourites but the fact he handles the track is a huge positive.

"I was second on 150/1 shot Blue Judge and there were a few good ones behind me. It's possible in the Derby because horses who act on the track have a huge advantage. You might think a horse will act, but, until you try, you never know."

Arod, second to subsequent French Derby hero The Grey Gatsby in the Betfred Dante at York, is set to represent Qatar Racing and Impulsive Moment, Kingston Hill, Red Galileo, Snow Sky and Western Hymn complete the field.