Jockey Adam Kirby is hopeful of a big run from Investec Derby hope Dubai Thunder who will contest the Epsom Classic on just his second career start.
Winner of a Newbury maiden earlier this month by ten lengths over a mile and a quarter, the colt made a very positive impression in the way he quickened clear under Kirby as he bids to become trainer Saeed bin Suroor’s first winner in the Derby since Lammtarra in 1995 who also had just one run prior to running in the Epsom Classic on Saturday.
However, Kirby who also has his first ride in the Derby believes the three-year-old colt will be street-wise enough to do himself justice in the one and a half-mile contest despite his inexperience.
Bookmakers have also reported good each-way support for bin Suroor’s charge this week who is a general 14/1 chance for the event.
Kirby, who has picked up some nice rides for the Godolphin operation in recent times, said:
Dubai Thunder is a great ride to have and I don’t think the trip will be a problem. He has the speed for a mile and having speed is going to be important, but he also stays well and I don’t think a mile and a half will trouble him. I think he’s pretty decent and he’s entitled to take his chance.
He obviously has a lot of class and is going to need to show that class. He needs to raise his game a bit, but I’m sure he’ll have come on for the Newbury race. He’s very well-balanced, he’s clear-winded and he has a good gear change. I want to let the horse do the talking, but I think he’ll run a big race.