It's a very long time since this had any bearing on the Derby. Mark Johnston has two entries and will be hoping for plenty of rain for Hartnell, whose three victories on ground with plenty of give have earned him a penalty. Stars Over The Sea won a maiden and a handicap before finishing last of five in a Haydock Listed contest and he'll need to do much better than that. John Gosden is represented by the Polytrack winner Marzocco and the ex-Italian Nonno Giulio but neither are in the classic though the former has an entry in the Dante. MOONTIME has already been gelded so won't be in the Derby but the son of Sea The Stars created a good impression when beating a subsequent winner at Newmarket in October and with plenty of scope is handed the vote. Winning a Beverley maiden wouldn't necessarily point to Epsom but Our Channel did it well and should win more races this term. Signposted won a couple of minor events before failing in the Tattersalls Millions at Newbury and Trip To Paris was beaten in a nursery on his final start in August.
Hartnell (8-13) 3rd of 12, 7l behind Prince Gibraltar (8-13) at Saint-Cloud(FR) 1m 2f 2yo Grp 1 (1) sft in Nov.
Arantes 16-1 (8-9) Held up in rear, headway over 1f out, ran on inside final furlong, never reached winner, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Montaly (9-1) at Leicester 1m 2f 3yo hcp 0-85 (4) gs.
Marzocco (USA) 7-1 (9-5) Slowly into stride, soon recovered and in touch after 1f, closed on leading pair over 2f out, challenged over 1f out, led inside final furlong, ran on well, won at Kempton 1m 2yo mdn stks (5) pol in Oct beating Roskilly (9-5) by 1 3/4l, 11 ran.
Moontime 14-1 (9-5) Keen prominent, ridden to lead entering final furlong, ran on, just held on, won at Newmarket 1m 2yo mdn (4) sft in Oct beating Munjaz (9-5) by ns, 12 ran.
Nonno Giulio (IRE) (9-0) won at Capannelle(ITY) 7f 2yo mdn gd in Sep beating Zamuja (9-0) by 1 1/2l, 7 ran.
Our Channel (USA) 2-1 (9-5) Awkward start, always prominent, led over 3f out, driven clear entering final furlong, ran on strongly, won at Beverley 7f 2yo mdn (5) gf in Sep beating Rawoof (9-0) by 8l, 7 ran.
Signposted (IRE) 9-1 (9-3) Towards rear, never near leaders, 9th of 17, 9l behind Oklahoma City (9-3) at Newmarket 7f 2yo aut (2) gf in Oct.
Stars Over The Sea (USA) 7-2 (9-0) Keen led, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened final furlong, last of 5, 6l behind Chief Barker (9-0) at Haydock 1m Listed stks 2yo (1) gs in Sep.
Trip To Paris (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Close up, ridden and every chance 2f out, soon led, headed final strides, 2nd of 6, 1/2l behind Chief Barker (9-7) at Newmarket 1m 2yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.