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RYAN MIGHTY; Geoffrey Chaucer can give Moore famous third Derby victory DERBY SPECIAL In association with.

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RYAN MOORE, the man to place your faith in when it matters most, can land a third Investec Derby (4.00, CH4) by driving GEOFFREY CHAUCER to victory at Epsom this afternoon.

Moore, 30, fully deserves his reputation as the punters' Pied Piper. Four years ago he won the iconic Classic for the first time on Workforce, and he doubled his Derby tally aboard Ruler Of The World 12 months ago.

In Geoffrey Chaucer, Moore has the mount to return him to the treasured winner's circle - and in the process give trainer Aidan O'Brien an unprecedented hat-trick of triumphs in the world's greatest Flat race.

To come home in front today, the son of the late and lamented stallion Montjeu must reverse last month's TURN TO PAGE 2 watch out for flying chaucer FROM FRONT PAGE placings in Leopardstown's Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial with today's rivals Fascinating Rock and Ebanoran.

But Geoffrey Chaucer, beaten two and three-quarter lengths, had to concede 3lb to his opponents as a result of winning the Group 2 Beresford Stakes at the Curragh last September - and met with interference as the race was hotting up.

"I'm very excited CLASSYCirrus Des Aigles will be tough to beat about riding him," said Moore. "He had to carry a penalty in his trial - that's never easy - and he's taken a step forward since."

Geoffrey Chaucer's stablemate Australia, the mount of O'Brien's son Joseph, has been the favourite for the Derby all winter.

As a son of Epsom winners Galileo (2001 Derby) and Ouija Board (2004 Oaks), Australia was bred for the job, and his fine third to Night Of Thunder in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket last month - over a one-mile trip that didn't play to his strengths - saw his odds contract still further.

Australia will be hard to beat, but no horse is invulnerable and, with Moore riding at the peak of his powers, Geoffrey Chaucer is the choice to upset the market leader.

Kingston Hill, eighth in the 2,000 Guineas, is expected to step up on his Newmarket effort now he is allowed to tackle a mile and a half, but statistics anoraks see his stall two inside draw as a big disadvantage.

Next-door neighbour True Story (stall one) is similarly troubled, while Western Hymn, running for yesterday's Oaks-winning trainer, John Gosden, must find more to defend the only unbeaten record in this year's race.

Those looking for each-way options are advised to back O'Brien's Chester winner Orchestra, while Fascinating Rock, awarded the Derrinstown Stud Trial in the stewards' room, has also been underestimated by the layers.

t On Epsom's Channel 4 Racing undercard, CIRRUS DES AIGLES should pick up a sixth top-level prize in the Investec Coronation Cup (2.40).

The Investec Specialist Bank "Dash" (3.15) looks as hard as ever, but SMOOTHTALKINRASCAL is worth a bet to improve on his second of 2013.

The opening Investec Out Of Ordinary Stakes (1.35) can go to AL BUSAYYIR, while Frankie Dettori and BAITHA ALGA are the pairing to follow in the Listed Investec Woodcote Stakes (2.05).

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KING OF THE DOWNS Ryan Moore won last year's Derby on Ruler Of The World and can follow up aboard Geoffrey Chaucer

CLASSYCirrus Des Aigles will be tough to beat

CLASSIC CHANCE Aidan O'Brien's star Geoffrey Chaucer can upset the odds in today's Derby
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 7, 2014
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