Sir Dragonet gets Ryan Moore’s vote in the Investec Derby – and he gets mine too after the way he shot clear from his rivals to win the Chester Vase.

Of course, picking the likeliest winner from Aidan O’Brien’s seven starters is not a straightforward matter, as previous Derby results have shown.

But Ryan is sure to have given the matter plenty of thought and it looks significant to me that he has chosen Sir Dragonet, despite Donnacha O’Brien having been on board at Chester.

While I respect Telecaster’s Dante Stakes victory a great deal, I suspect that Ballydoyle probably have another Derby in the bag, whether with Sir Dragonet or another of their team.

It was good to get another winner on the board this week with the Jedd O’Keeffe-trained Proton scoring at Carlisle. It might have been two had Yarrow Gate had a little more luck earlier on the same card. Once again, she was staying on at the finish and having just bumped into one again, she will hopefully be breaking her duck soon.

Although plenty of eyes will understandably be on the action down at Epsom, I’m at Musselburgh for two rides today. They’ve put some good prize money on offer and it’s a strong card as a result – fair play to them.

Dancin Boy is a nice young horse who was a bit unlucky not to win a race at two, but we always thought a bit of him and it was good to see him win on his first start back at Redcar a few weeks ago.

The step up to a mile and a quarter seemed to suit him there and although he has gone up 6lb for that win and he faces tougher opposition in the Gaynor Winyard Handicap, I’d be hopeful that he can run a big race.

My other ride is Makanah in the McGladery And Friends Handicap. He’s been running well already this year and although he has gone up in the weights, stall three ought to be a decent draw and it looks like a good opportunity for him.

We’ve had a few days to reflect upon the result in the Temple Stakes and it wasn’t a bad run at all from Mabs Cross. It was a very sharp five furlongs and, on that ground, she could never quite get to grips with them, but Battaash was brilliant and you can’t crab him at all when he is in that kind of form. He is a very talented performer.

Thankfully, she seems to have come out of the race in good order and it’s on to Royal Ascot now. Hopefully another big prize will be coming her way soon because she doesn’t know how to run a bad race.

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