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Derby 2016: Ulysses launching Sir Michael Stoute on new Classic journey

Newmarket trainer, who won the race 35 years ago with Shergar, concedes the colt has ‘a lot to prove’ but ‘he’s got the pedigree, he’s got the action’

The clever line about next Saturday’s Derby, if one is needed, is that it is the most open for many years. No outstanding colt has emerged to frighten away the others, everybody reckons to have half a chance and the upshot could be a field of 20 fighting each other for the inside rail on the downhill run to Tattenham Corner.

One happy consequence is that there is room once more in the famous race for Sir Michael Stoute. The Newmarket knight, now 70, has a long association with the Derby going back 35 years to the day he first won it with Shergar. For three decades he could be relied on to produce at least one runner every other year but no longer. He last saddled one up for the Epsom race in 2011.

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