DAWN APPROACH, unbeaten after seven runs including three Group 1's, is the logical choice. He's the obvious form pick having been a very impressive winner of the 2000 Guineas and the only doubt has to be his stamina, or lack of it. There were similar doubts about his own sire New Approach despite him being by Derby winner Galileo and he had no problems wining this race but it's also the lack of a stand-out rival, with not a single Group 1 winner amongst them, that suggests Jim Bolger and Kevin Manning will be landing their second Epsom Derby. Aidan O'Brien is once again mob handed and it hasn't always been the stable's first choice that has done best so Battle Of Marengo, unbeaten in his last five though none at the highest level, isn't a certainty to beat any of his four stablemates home with 2000 Guineas sixth Mars likely to prove best of them. Andre Fabre scored with Pour Moi in 2011, his first Derby winner after many years of trying. He's represented here by Ocovango, who is undoubtedly improving but will need to be after a narrow success in a Group 2 at Saint-Cloud where he's run all of his races. The German raider Chopin has a fine middle-distance pedigree so the fact that he was able to win a Group 3 at Krefeld over 1m1f by 8l speaks volumes. It's a very long time since Yorkshire won the Derby but it was a long time since they won the Grand National so the Dante winner Liberterian won't be running for the fun of it while those looking for an outsider with a chance could do worse than side with Galileo Rock, who has been performing with credit over trips too short.
Battle Of Marengo (IRE) 2-13fav (9-6) Tracked leader in 2nd, led after 4f, ridden over 1f out, kept on strongly final furlong, comfortably, won at Leopardstown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) in May beating Loch Garman (9-6) by 1 3/4l, 4 ran.
Chopin (GER) (9-2) won at Krefeld(GER) 1m 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr beating Global Bang (9-2) by 8l, 7 ran.
Dawn Approach (IRE) 11-8fav (9-0) Chased leader, led over 1f out, ridden and ran on strongly, impressive, won at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May beating Glory Awaits (9-0) by 5l, 13 ran.
Festive Cheer (FR) 2-1fav (9-2) 3rd of 8, hd behind Tableaux (9-2) at Longchamp(FR) 1m 3f 3yo Grp 2 (1) hvy in May.
Flying The Flag (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) Soon well off pace towards rear, ridden along from 3f out, no impression in moderate 6th and kept on same pace from over 1f out, 6th of 10, 12l behind Magician (9-0) at Curragh 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Galileo Rock (IRE) 8-1 (9-0) Chased leaders on outside, pushed along over 4f out, went 3rd 3f out, driven 2f out, soon not quicken, edged right inside final furlong, stayed on again towards finish and going on close home, 3rd of 7, 3/4l behind Sugar Boy (9-0) at Sandown 1m 2f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in Apr.
Libertarian 33-1 (9-0) Towards rear, pushed along 7f out, ridden 3f out, headway approaching final furlong, led inside final furlong, ran on, won at York 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gd in May beating Trading Leather (9-0) by 1 1/4l, 8 ran.
Mars (IRE) 9-1 (9-0) Held up, ridden 3f out, kept on final furlong, never nearer, 6th of 13, 9l behind Dawn Approach (9-0) at Newmarket 1m 3yo Grp 1 (1) gf in May.
Mirsaale 5-1 (8-13) Keen led 2f, with leader until ridden to lead again over 1f out, ran on, won at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo stk (2) gd in Apr beating Another Cocktail (8-13) by 1 1/2l, 8 ran.
Ocean Applause 66-1 (8-13) Outpaced, ridden 3f out, never on terms, last of 8, 36l behind Mirsaale (8-13) at Epsom Downs 1m 2f 3yo stk (2) gd in Apr.
Ocovango (9-2) won at Saint-cloud(FR) 1m 2f 3yo Grp 2 (1) gs in May beating Bravodino (9-2) by 1/2l, 5 ran.
Ruler Of The World (IRE) 10-11fav (8-12) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden and quickened clear final furlong, won at Chester 1m 4f 3yo Grp 3 (1) gd in May beating Mister Impatience (8-12) by 6l, 4 ran.