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Dunlop thrilled by Red run

Ed Dunlop was delighted to see Red Galileo justify the decision to add him to the Investec Derby with an excellent run to finish fifth at Epsom

The Dubawi colt was well beaten in the Sandown and Lingfield Derby Trials, but owner Ronald Arculli stumped up the required 8,000 to add him to the field for the premier Classic at the second entry stage in April.

Ridden by apprentice of the moment Oisin Murphy, having his first Derby ride, Red Galileo came from a long way back to pick up minor place money and Dunlop is looking forward to the rest of his campaign.

"It was a very good run and if he hadn't got a little unbalanced coming into the straight he possibly could have finished fourth, so we're delighted," said the trainer.

"He fully vindicated the decision of his owner and myself to supplement him having run in his trials on soft ground and when our horses were ill.

"Oisin gave him a great ride and really enjoyed himself. The plan was to take his time and try and run on in the straight and he did that perfectly.

"We haven't made any decision on future plans. We'll let him get over the race first."

While 100-1 shot Red Galileo ran above the expectations of many in the Derby, his stable companion Amazing Maria was disappointing in Friday's Investec Oaks.

Making her first appearance of the season, the three-year-old finished completely tailed off and Dunlop has revealed his filly was struggling in the immediate aftermath.

Dunlop said: "She was very distressed after the race and we think she was suffering from heat exhaustion.

"The vet saw her immediately and she had to be given a lot of water, but thankfully she seems fine now.

"We haven't made any plans for her either. We'll just see how she recovers."