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Who will shine at Epsom this weekend? *H&H Plus*

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  • With the Derby and Oaks taking place behind closed doors at the Surrey racecourse, it’s set to be a very different meeting this year, but the horses will remain the stars of the show. Carl Evans takes a look

    The Investec Derby

    English King – bay colt by Camelot out of Platonic (Zafonic)
    Form: 71-1
    Foaled: 11 April 2017
    Breeder: Ecurie Des Monceaux Et Al
    Owner: Bjorn Nielsen
    Trainer: Ed Walker
    Jockey: Frankie Dettori

    Businessman and racehorse owner/breeder Bjorn Nielsen has enjoyed a run of success with brilliant Stradivarius, who recently won a third Ascot Gold Cup. Nielsen jokes he has been trying to breed a Derby winner for years and instead created one of racing’s great stayers. However, English King – a horse bred in France and bought by Nielsen as a yearling for €210,000 – could provide him with Epsom glory. A winner at Newcastle last year (the second and third placed won next time out), he then showed acceleration and power when winning last month’s Lingfield Derby trial. Frankie Dettori has since been booked for the ride and English King is by a stallion who won the Derby.