1pt win Across The Stars @33/1, Epsom Derby, Saturday 4th June

Saturday’s Investec Derby Stakes at Epsom looks wide open this year, with Guineas winner Galileo Gold not running and nothing from Ballydoyle hyped to the level of their previous winners – they’ve won three of the past four renewals.

Bookmakers are already offering non-runner-no-bet and I’ve been tempted to side with ACROSS THE STARS early after race jockey Kieren Fallon posted a hugely positive bulletin on the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt.

A 33/1 chance, Fallon said this of his chances:

“I couldn’t be going into the race with more confidence. This is a horse we really like. The more times I’ve ridden him the more confident I’ve become.

“He’s a lovely, big, easy type who covers a lot of ground. He’ll definitely stay and I’d have said he’s an ideal type for the Derby. Knowing the feel my lad has given me, I wouldn’t swap him for anything.”

Fallon knows what it takes to win the race; he’s won it three times.

Across The Stars is by the mighty Sea The Stars, who won won the Derby and the Arc in a stellar three-year-old season back in ’09, and his dam was by Mark Of Esteem, a brilliant miler in the ’90s.

He’s got the pedigree of a Derby winner and is so lightly raced – this would be his fifth start – that he could be anything despite an underwhelming impact on the track thus far.

If the Stoute stable is confident then, in what appears a lukewarm renewal of the famous race, he could be a steal at such generous odds.

1pt win Across The Stars @33/1, Epsom Derby, Saturday 4th June

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