Walker excited by Epsom Derby hope English King

English King impressed when winning the Lingfield Derby Trial on Friday afternoon for Ed Walker.
English King impressed when winning the Lingfield Derby Trial on Friday afternoon for Ed Walker.

Ed Walker has revealed he’s excited about his Derby prospect English King, who showcased his classic credentials with an impressive victory in Friday’s Epsom trial at Lingfield Park. 

The three-year-old impressed on the clock when sealing a two and three quarter length victory over Berkshire Rocco on Friday, a performance which saw his price for Epsom slashed from 66/1 into 4/1 joint favouritism. 

And Walker has admitted that while his hopes are high for this son of Camelot, he is keeping his feet on the ground having been left disappointed by another live contender for a classic back in 2016. 

He told Racing TV’s Luck on Sunday: “It’s very, very exciting. We’ve been in a similar position before which didn’t end so well when Stormy Antarctic won the Craven, and he was second favourite for the Guineas. 

“That was a very disappointing day so we know not to get too excited, but it is great and a lovely position to be in. 

“He’s never missed a beat through the winter, he’s been training well but has been quite a hard horse to really gauge, because he’s very relaxed and very straight forward and just does what he has to. 

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“He’s not flashy at home, he always works well and moves well and is a gorgeous horse, so we’re very hopeful and the Derby was the whole reason he was bought - especially with Bjorn Nielsen owning him.

“Everyone has to work back from the Derby, so we had to go in there and see whether he was a genuine Derby contender. 

“I think (Linigfield) is a really good place to educate a Derby horse, and obviously last year’s winner came from there, and with the timings it just seemed the perfect spot really.”

English King was temporarily installed as the outright favourite for the Epsom Derby on Friday afternoon, before being joined at the head of the betting the following day by the 2000 Guineas hero Kameko - and both horses are currently available at around the 4/1 mark.

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