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JUMP ON THE DYCK; O'Brien's artist can brush off rivals and seal a magnificent seven for master of Ballydoyle.

Byline: CRAIG SWAN

ANTHONY VAN DYCK can brush his own distinctive touches on today's picturesque Epsom scene and land another Investec Derby for dominant Aidan O'Brien.

This afternoon sees the 240th staging of a spectacular summer showpiece in Surrey.

Naturally, given the standard of the contest there is a host of strong contenders for the title.

Unsurprisingly, given his iron grip on the flat racing scene, O'Brien holds all the aces and, having had 78 runners in the race prior to 2019, he sends seven of the 13-strong field into battle this time around.

The master of Ballydoyle has won the contest six times with Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017).

Now he will look to equal the record of seven set by Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling in the pre-War days.

SIR DRAGONET is at the top of supplemented at a cost of PS85,000 five days ago.

O'Brien had little choice to add him to the team after a devastating run from last to first in the Chester Vase having made a winning debut in a Tipperary maiden in April.

Sir Dragonet, sired by 2012 winner Camelot, is one of O'Brien's team among the three-year-old colts going forward for clash over 12 furlongs and six yards.

The concern for Sir Dragonet fans is the ground will be much quicker today than it was for those two victories.

Sunny, dry weather is expected to continue on the Downs through the day and second favourite BROOME has run well on fast terrain in the past.

Sired by Australia, he'll surely get the trip and his success in the Derrinstown Trial at Leopardstown was eye catching.

JAPAN was defeated in the Dante but is expected to bounce back while CIRCUS MAXIMUS, who was just beaten by Guineas hero Magnia Grecia at Chester, the talented NORWAY and SOVEREIGN are three more from O'Brien.

Anthony van Dyck is No.1 on the racecard and can be No.1 on the day.

O'Brien's Wings of Eagles was missed by the market at 40-1 two years ago but, interestingly for punters, he and Masar are the only winners since 1998 to go off at odds of 7-1 or bigger. And the previous 13 victors all came from the first three in the betting.

That suggests it will be one near the head of the betting again but fourth in line is the talented Anthony van Dyck and he can follow the lead of Wings of Eagles and Masar.

Named after a famous artist, the colt was placed in classy juvenile races in England and Ireland last term and has been a slow burner.

Anthony van Dyck wasn't that well liked in the markets for the recent Lingfield Trial but looked very good going over the mile for the first improvement in his form with Epsom in mind.

The colt was relentless that day at Lingfield and that's just the type of powerful performance you are looking for in the big one. He might even end up a star all season in middle-distance races.

Kevin Prendergast doesn't take wild swings at big contests for no reason so the form of MADHMOON, fourth in the Guineas from a bad draw, must be taken seriously.

Charlie Appleby, who sent Masar out to win 12 months ago, has LINE OF DUTY in the line-up while HIROSHIMA and HUMANITARIAN go at long odds for John Ryan and John Gosden respectively.

TELECASTER, trained by Hughie Morrison, is a strong contender, having been the second colt supplemented alongside Sir Dragonet.

Sired by Derby winner New Approach, who triumphed in 2008, he is another who did not race at two but the three starts this year culminated in winning the Dante at from Too Darn Hot.

(1886), Common (Fox (1899).

Fred Darling Cuttle (1922), Coronach (Cameronian Roussel (l'Eveque (Tudor (1941).

That was a cracking display yet, looking at the markets, you have to think there has been some recent bias in the odds compiling when you consider Telecaster has already been beaten this term by BANGKOK who is available at almost double the price.

LEADING (includes Sue Magnier, Tabor - Chaparral ((2011), Camelot Of The World Australia (Eagles (2017).

If there is to be an emotional take from the 2019 Investec Derby, victory for Bangkok would it be due to the tragic loss of owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in last October's helicopter crash outside the King Power Stadium after watching his club Leicester in action.

The Thai businessman, who made Leicester champions of England Sainfoin (1890), 1891), Flying his racing and set up the King Power Racing team.

Bangkok was Vichai's best animal and trainer Andrew Balding said: "He bought and named them.

- Captain Manna (1925), 1926), (1931), Bois 1938), Pont 1940), Owen "That is why it is extra special that Bangkok has got the best name of all of them. He must have found something special in Bangkok to name him that.

OWNER (7 wins): part ownership) Micha- Galileo (2001), High 2002), Pour Moi (2012), Ruler (2013), 2014), Wings of "He goes to the Derby as a serious runner. Bangkok thrived and strengthened over the winter. We are very excited about his chances."

Bangkok is the each-way play to go with Anthony van Dyck but it's a wide open renewal and it's going to be special.

details LEADING JOCKEY (9 wins): Lester Piggott - Never Say Die (1954), Crepello (1957), St. Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977), Teenoso (1983).

LEADING TRAINER (7 wins): Robert Robson - Waxy (1793), Tyrant (1802), Pope (1809), Whalebone (1810), Whisker (1815), Azor (1817), Emilius (1823). John Porter - Blue Gown (1868), Shotover (1882), St Blaise (1883), Ormonde (1886), Sainfoin (1890), Common (1891), Flying Fox (1899).

Fred Darling - Captain Cuttle (1922), Manna (1925), Coronach (1926), Cameronian (1931), Bois Roussel (1938), Pont l'Eveque (1940), Owen Tudor (1941).

LEADING OWNER (7 wins): (includes part ownership) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Pour Moi (2011), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014), Wings of

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