Charlie Appleby, a two-time English Derby (Group 1) champion, is well-versed in the demands of the 2,400-metre contest, renowned for its rigorous nature in flat racing. His notable victories include Masar's triumph at Epsom Downs Racecourse in 2018 and Adayar's commanding win in the Blue Riband three years later.

Presently in his 11th year as head trainer at Godolphin's UK base in Newmarket, Appleby is displaying a burgeoning confidence that has elevated his standing in the British flat racing scene. His latest prospect, Ancient Wisdom, seeks to secure his second Classics win of the 2024 British racing season, following Notable Speech's success at the 2,000 Guineas (G1) in Newmarket.

Ancient Wisdom's bid for victory at the 215th Epsom Derby faces historical odds, considering no horse has won from stalls 2, 11, or 18. However, Appleby exudes optimism, asserting that their position is favorable and expressing faith in the horse's competitive abilities.

Ancient Wisdom, sired by Dubawi, aims to defy precedents by becoming the second Derby winner to have lost the Al Basti Equiworld Dante Stakes (G2). Despite a setback at the York trial, the colt's impressive track record, including a notable win at the Futurity Trophy (G1) in 2023, underscores his potential.

The upcoming Epsom Derby festival, set to commence with a captivating seven-race card featuring the Coronation Cup and the Oaks, promises riveting racing action.