Bonfire can prove too hot for short-priced favourite Camelot in the Investec Derby at Epsom tomorrow.
Aidan O’Brien’s Camelot is bidding to follow in the hoofprints of Sea The Stars three years ago by adding the premier Classic to his earlier victory in the 2000 Guineas.
However, Andrew Balding’s Bonfire can spoil the party and help his train emulate his father Ian, who famously sent out the great Mill Reef to victory in 1971. Bonfire certainly has something to find on the bare figures with Camelot but he will be having just his fourth career start here and remains on an upward trajectory. Only two of the nine runners tomorrow have actually won over the trip so there is a question mark over the majority, but jockey Jimmy Fortune is shrewd enough to utilise his mount’s strengths and snatch the glory.