Dawn Approach favourite for Epsom Derby

Racing looks to put controversies to one side with prestigious race

Dawn Approach is a 5/4 favourite for the illustrious Epsom Derby on Saturday, one of seven Irish-trained horses in a field of 12.

The 2,000 Guineas winner, who is part owned by the Godolphin stable, is comfortably ahead in the eyes of the bookmakers, ahead of Battle of Marengo (11/2), Ocovango (8/1), Ruler of the World (8/1) and Chopin (11/1).

While the Irish horses are favoured in the odds, many punters will be attracted to the two continental horses attempting to win one of England's greatest flat races. Ocovango will be representing France, while Chopin becomes the first German-trained horse ever to feature in the competition.

16/1 shot Libertarian is rated as the best British chance, but whoever wins fans will simply be happy to be enjoying racing again after a tough few weeks for the sport. Incidentally, Frankie Dettori is set to return from his six-month drugs ban at the meeting, but has not been afforded a ride in the showpiece run.

A crowd of around 100,000 is expected at Epsom Down, proof of the high esteem in which the race is held.

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All odds correct on 31/5/13.