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Derby 2016: Biggest field in a decade will chase £1.5m prize fund

• Four supplementary entries took the field to 18 for Saturday’s race
• ‘It would be really quite something,’ said Epsom’s Andrew Cooper

The biggest Derby field for a decade is in prospect after 18 horses were left in Saturday’s race at the latest entry stage. An unprecedented four supplementary entries were made on Monday, with the £75,000 paid by each owner helping to boost the prize fund to £1,545,000 – making the 2016 Derby the richest race ever run in Britain.

Connections of those that remain will be seeking weather updates through , when the amount of rain that falls on Epsom will have a major impact on going conditions for the Classic. Andrew Cooper, the clerk of the course, expects around 5mm but has seen varying forecasts and reports that three times that amount is perfectly possible.

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