Hoards of people head to the Downs today to enjoy a day of fun and festivities that is Derby Day, but for the majority of the 19 entries for the Derby it is the day of reckoning they've been waiting for.
Aidan O'Brien has his usual battalions entered, but this seasons doesn't appear to see a stand out individual among them. There is no Camelot or Australia coming here with a big reputation and certainly no Galileo at this stage. His number one hope and choice of retained jockey Ryan Moore is trial winner Cliffs of Moher. An unexposed son of Galileo he won the Dee Stakes at Chester's May Meeting. Looking inexperienced for most of the contest he stayed on powerfully to land the prize, but it didn't make you scream that will win the Derby.
This seasons challengers to The Ballydoyle domination of the contest sees John Gosden, Sir Anthony Oppenheimer and Frankie Dettori return to the scene of their triumph with Golden Horn, this time with an equally live chance in the form of a lightly raced son of Frankel by the name of Cracksman.
He visited Epsom for the first time in the Spring Trial, where he took time to extricate himself from a pocket before striding out powerfully to mow down the subsequent dual winner, and Dante scorer Permian in the shadows of the post. Mark Johnston has been quoted recently saying he will of have to improved to confirm the placing but just looking at him he is an individual that lookslike he will do nothing but improve.
A trip to York was aborted because of the ground and the proximity to the main event and that can prove beneficial as he didn't have to have a hard race chasing the fast time produced by Permian that day.
There are many others to discuss, including Eminent who ran a solid race in the Guineas as well as the Godolphin contingent, but although an open race at 4-1 the field, it does have the feel of a race that could see a special horse at the top of the market and Cracksman could well hold the key to success.