Oisin Murphy confident Kameko can do the double

CHAMPION jockey Oisin Murphy is confident Kameko has the class to win the Investec Derby.

Kameko and Oisin Murphy, winners of the Qipco 2000 Guineas, are among the favourites for today's Investec Derby.

CHAMPION jockey Oisin Murphy is confident Kameko has the class to win the Investec Derby.

Trained by Andrew Balding whose father Ian saddled Mill Reef to Derby glory in 1971, Kameko won the 2000 Guineas last month over a mile. However the extra four furlongs at Epsom, part of the Qipco British Champions Series, is the big unknown.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Like Roaring Lion who was third in 2018 for Murphy, he’s sired by Kitten’s Joy whose progency normally excel over a mile and a quarter. “That is the big question and the one I’ve been asked all week,” says Murphy.

This was Kameko and Oisin Murphy wnning the Qipco 2000 Guineas.

“We just don’t know if he’ll stay. When he won the Vertem Futurity at two last year I thought his best trip might be 10 furlongs, while he wasn’t stopping when he won the Guineas. But we don’t know and we won’t know until the final quarter mile in the Derby.

“What I do know is that his temperament gives him a chance of staying. He can be feisty in his box at home, wanting to get on with things, but as soon as you sit on him he’s relaxed and he’s very calm. The way he races in the early stages gives him a chance of getting the trip.”

Editor’s note: first and foremost - and rarely have I written down these words with more sincerity - I hope this finds you well.

Almost certainly you are here because you value the quality and the integrity of the journalism produced by The Yorkshire Post’s journalists - almost all of which live alongside you in Yorkshire, spending the wages they earn with Yorkshire businesses - who last year took this title to the industry watchdog’s Most Trusted Newspaper in Britain accolade.

And that is why I must make an urgent request of you: as advertising revenue declines, your support becomes evermore crucial to the maintenance of the journalistic standards expected of The Yorkshire Post. If you can, safely, please buy a paper or take up a subscription. We want to continue to make you proud of Yorkshire’s National Newspaper but we are going to need your help.

Postal subscription copies can be ordered by calling 0330 4030066 or by emailing [email protected] Vouchers, to be exchanged at retail sales outlets - our newsagents need you, too - can be subscribed to by contacting subscriptions on 0330 1235950 or by visiting www.localsubsplus.co.uk where you should select The Yorkshire Post from the list of titles available.

If you want to help right now, download our tablet app from the App / Play Stores. Every contribution you make helps to provide this county with the best regional journalism in the country.

Sincerely. Thank you.

James Mitchinson

Editor