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Punchestown News

Punchestown News: Dunlop gives green light to Red Verdon Derby tilt

Posted: 29th May 2016

RED VERDON

Red Verdon was a wide margin winner at Haydock earlier this month

  PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)  

Dunlop gives green light to Red Verdon Derby tilt

RED VERDON will be supplemented for the Investec Derby on Monday after delighting Ed Dunlop and his big-race jockey Silvestre De Sousa in a gallop on Sunday morning.

Before parting with the £75,000 required for the supplementary entry, Dunlop will scope Red Verdon and make the usual checks on his well being.

The trainer believes he has the colt in tip-top shape though and hopes he can maintain this season's steep rate of improvement for at least one more run and get right in the thick of the action at Epsom.

"There are a few ‘I's  to dot and ‘T's to cross in the morning, but subject to health checks he will be supplemented," confirmed the trainer, who enjoyed Oaks success with Ouija Board in 2004 but has yet to win the Derby.

"Silvestre rode him for the first time this morning and he did a very nice piece of work over a mile, led by Dark Red, who is a pretty good horse himself. We were both very happy with the way he went."

De Sousa will be Red Verdon's sixth rider in six races, but Dunlop describes him as "very uncomplicated" and is delighted to be continuing an association with the reigning champion jockey that has already yielded 14 wins from 28 rides at a strike rate of exactly 50%.

Bookmaker reaction

Bet Victor responded to Ed Dunlop's announcement by making the son of Lemon Drop Kid a 33-1 chance for Derby glory but were forced to trim that to 25-1 a few hours later.

"Red Verdon's involvement adds yet further spice to one of the most open looking Epsom Classics in years," said the firm's spokesman, Jack Milner.

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