The Investec Spring Meeting kicks off the 2014 season at Epsom Downs on Wednesday, April 23, with a six-race programme headlined by the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial (2.50pm).
The 10-furlong contest has attracted 14 entries and offers the winner, providing they are not already entered or a gelding, a wildcard entry into the £1.325-million Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 7.
One horse who could take advantage of this is Bremner, who is in line to have his first start for Newmarket handler Hugo Palmer.
The Manduro colt won a seven-furlong maiden and a mile novice stakes at Ayr for Kevin Ryan last season, after which he was purchased for 280,000 guineas at the Tattersalls Autumn Horse-In-Training Sale in October.
Palmer reported: ”Bremner has settled in brilliantly and the plan is to go for in the Investec Derby Trial on Wednesday.
“I have been delighted with his work. He was in the Feilden Stakes yesterday, but I took him out in favour of going to Epsom because he is a supremely well-balanced horse. I think he should be well-adapted to the unique test that Epsom poses and the race at Epsom is more valuable than the Feilden.
“He is owned by Australians (Team Down Under), so the ultimate dream goal is the Melbourne Cup one day. I was delighted to be sent him after he was bought and I can’t wait to get him on the track.
“We will be doing our best on Wednesday and if he wins I’m sure we will sit down and have a conversation about the Investec Derby. He has never had a Derby entry, so that would throw up an interesting question.
“He is by Manduro, so you would expect him to stay, but at the same time his dam was sprinter. His work suggests he will stay and I think 10 furlongs will be fine for him.”
Bremner’s potential rivals include Hartnell (Mark Johnston), a recent second entry for the Investec Derby who was third in the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud on his final start last season, Doncaster maiden winner Hymenaios (Richard Hannon) and the Ed Dunlop-trained pair of Red Galileo, another Investec Derby second entry, and Trip To Paris.
In-form handler John Gosden sent out Debussy to beat Midday in the 2009 Investec Derby Trial and has entered decisive Kempton Park scorer Marzocco and Italian importNonno Guilio.
Other notables include Stars Over The Sea (Mark Johnston), as well as once-raced maiden victors Moontime (Charlie Appleby) and Mannaro (Marco Botti).
The other highlight on the card is the £50,000 Investec Property Investments City And Suburban Handicap (3.25pm), also over 10 furlongs. Among the 23 entries is the lightly-raced four-year-old Ajman Bridge (Luca Cumani), last year’s Investec Derby Trial heroMirsaale (James Tate) and course winner Gatewood (John Gosden).
Racing gets underway at 1.45pm with the £20,000 Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap (21 entries) over the fastest five furlongs in the world.