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Balding excited by rising star Bangkok's Derby mission

Andrew Balding could not hide his enthusiasm for Investec Derby hope Bangkok at Breakfast with the Stars, comparing him favourably to his two former star colts Elm Park and Bonfire.

The King Power-owned son of Australia, a general 10-1 chance for the Epsom Classic, has matured considerably over the winter according to the trainer and his form with Dante Stakes victor Telecaster makes him a leading British challenger.

Balding said: "He's a horse we've always liked. We were getting excited in March following his work at home and the maiden he won at Doncaster has worked out well.

"We've always had the Derby in mind for him and he's on a par with the two best colts I've trained."

The aforementioned Elm Park landed the Racing Post Trophy at two followed by a third in the Dante Stakes behind Golden Horn at three. Bonfire won the Dante in 2012 before finishing sixth behind Camelot in the Derby. 

King Power could also be represented by recent Newbury Listed winner Queen Power in the Oaks, but the daughter of Shamardal also has the option of the French Oaks.

Prendergast positive

Kevin Prendergast is hopeful of a bold show from the smart Madhmoon in the Derby following his fourth place in the 2,000 Guineas.

"He's doing very well and we're very happy with him. He's very straightforward and genuine. We would want good ground, not brick hard or soft, but Epsom usually produces beautiful ground."

The son of Dawn Approach holds some of the best juvenile form on offer, having defeated Broome two and a half lengths in the Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown last year, and Prendergast spoke of his family history with the Derby.

"My father had several placed runners, but never won. It would be a great thing for Madhmoon to run well or be placed," he added. 

"We've beaten Broome, who is nearly favourite, and if he gets the trip he's got every chance."

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