EPSOM RACECOURSE last week revealed 14 second stage entries for this year’s Derby with plenty of UAE owners paying the £9,000 supplementary fee, headed by Godolphin’s Line Of Duty, one of three added by Charlie Appleby who famously won the race last year with Masar, the first horse to land the race in the royal blue silks. A talented son of 2001 Derby hero Galileo, Line Of Duty has been successful on his three latest starts and signed off 2018 with a gutsy success in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs in November.Godolphin’s other second entries are the unbeaten Dubawi colts Al Hilalee, successful in a mile Listed contest at Deauville on his second start, and impressive Nottingham maiden victor Space Blues.
Veteran Irish trainer Kevin Prendergast has not saddled a runner in the Derby since 1996, though that could change in 2019 courtesy of Madhmoon. Sheikh Hamdan’s homebred, a 3yo colt by Dawn Approach, won both of his 2018 starts in taking fashion, including a mile Group Two event at Leopardstown on Irish Champions Weekend in September. He was second, trying to concede weight, in Saturday’s 2000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown. Owned by Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Kadar is another exciting winner among the second entries and a potential first Derby runner for the burgeoning operation. Trained by Karl Burke, the €700,000 Scat Daddy colt impressed on debut in a mile novice race at Haydock Park in September, striding out nicely to win by a length and a quarter.
Burke’s wife Elaine entered Libertarian at the second entry stage in 2013 and the New Approach colt duly landed the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York before a strong finishing second behind Ruler Of The World on Epsom Downs.Burke reported: “Kadar has wintered really well and we are delighted with him. “He will start off at Newmarket in either the Feilden Stakes over 9f or the Craven Stakes over the mile, that is the plan at the moment. “Then we will make a decision about where we go after that, whether it’s the 2000 Guineas or the Dante. “He has an interesting pedigree being by Scat Daddy and out of a Sinndar mare. I think he will definitely stay further than a mile. “I loved him last year and he is starting to show at home that he has a lot of ability.
“You can definitely compare Kadar and Libertarian in a lot of ways. They were both very athletic, long striding horses, and if anything Kadar is probably a bit more athletic than Libertarian.” Sir Michael Stoute is the only trainer to date to have won the Derby with a second entry, having done so with the Prince Khalid Abdullah homebred Workforce in 2010. The Newmarket trainer has engaged Almania, a Saeed Suhail-owned colt by Australia who scored second time out in a Sandown Park 7f maiden.