sport news The Derby 2018: Harry Dunlop bids to get it all right on the Knight To Behold

At his palatial stable in County Tipperary, six-time Derby-winning trainer Aidan O’Brien has some of the best bred and fastest horses in the world.

Of those 200 thoroughbreds, seven will run in the £1.5million Investec Derby, including hot favourite Saxon Warrior.

John Gosden, who has second favourite Roaring Lion, is also in the 200 club over in Newmarket, as is William Haggas, who sends out his Chester Vase winner Young Rascal.

Harry Dunlop's Knight To Behold will take on Saxon Warrior and Roaring Lion (above)

Harry Dunlop's Knight To Behold will take on Saxon Warrior and Roaring Lion (above)

And yet the established order could be turned upside down by a trainer who has never even saddled a horse in the Derby. Harry Dunlop is taking on the giants of the training game with Knight To Behold — one of just 45 horses at his Windsor House Stable in Lambourn.

‘I feel like an underdog, big time!’ said Dunlop, 42. ‘I am realistic about how tough it will be, but it is fantastic to take on the might of Aidan and John.’

Not that the Dunlop family lack big-race training pedigree. Harry’s father John won the Derby twice — with Shirley Heights in 1978 and Erhaab in 1994, when young Harry was his dad’s assistant. Harry’s older brother Ed has trained two winners of the Oaks.

Erhaab’s victory stands out for Harry. ‘I can remember how Willie Carson manoeuvred him out almost at a right angle to get around the whole field, because he was so far back,’ he said. ‘It was a very dramatic race.’

On top of that, Harry spent three years as assistant to his godfather, the legendary Sir Henry Cecil, who trained four Derby winners. ‘I will never

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