Weights & Measures: Epsom
For all that it looked an open Investec Derby pre-race, there was a pretty convincing winner in the end in Harzand , who spread a plate and was stood in ice throughout the morning, with two potentially smart colts following him home in second and third.
The Irish-trained trio were five lengths clear of the Dante winner Wings Of Desire in fourth and the race was run at a decent gallop thanks to the front-running Port Douglas, so it's no surprise to see Harzand handed an official rating right up there with recent Derby winners.
He's rated 3lb superior to 2013 winner Ruler Of The World and just 1lb shy of the 124 post-Derby ratings awarded to fellow Irish raiders Camelot and Harzand's sire, Sea The Stars.
Since Sea The Stars ended his incredible career with victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, two further Derby winners have gone onto success at Longchamp in the same season; Workforce, who was rated 128 following the Derby and Golden Horn, who was rated 126 after Epsom.
The likely softer ground in October looks sure to play to Harzand's strengths and, after just four career starts, he looks sure to improve further throughout the season.
This year's Arc is at Chantilly, not Longchamp, due to redevelopments at its usual home, but Harzand looks a