Kameko Living the Balding Dream Come Derby Day

When it comes to horse racing, trainers have a select list of races they would love to win. In fact, some of the most noted handlers saw their very high-profile careers come and go without realising their dream.

On such race is the Epsom Derby.

A race that is noted for excellence. The best of the best racehorses in the world. One day to shine and write your name in the history books. A fleeting moment to achieve an ambition that may never come again.

That's the reason a trainer's job is never done until they have that ultimate success. Kameko has already proven himself to be a star performer. He achieved Group 1 success at two. On returning to racing as a three-year-old, he won the 2000 Guineas at odds of 10/1. It was an impressive victory. The type of win that makes you think anything is possible.

The Balding family has been in training for generations. In fact, Andrew Balding's father, Ian, has achieved the mantle of the first of his family to win the Epsom Derby. In 1971, Mill Reef won this race by two lengths after being beaten by Brigadier Gerard by three lengths in the 2000 Guineas.

This time it is the opportunity for Andrew Balding to see if he can go one better winning both the Guineas and the Epsom Derby. In a 17-strong field, he has to take on a host of very talented horses with the likely favourite English King and an army of Aidan O'Brien three-year-olds who will be racing for victory.

This American-bred son of Kitten's Joy out of a winning mare has raced just five times but won on three starts, twice at the highest level.

The 4th of July will bring a clash of Titans, but also a story which crosses both decades and a generation. The horse racing world is one of immense money but that cannot buy success, especially when it comes to the Derby. At 4:55 Epsom (Saturday) many racing fans will be watching this fascinating race from two perspectives. Those that remember the victory of Mill Reef and his successful trainer, Ian Balding. And those who are hoping to see his son replicate a victory that often comes once in a lifetime.

Good luck to all.

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