‘Permian has a realistic chance’ – Mark Johnston excited for The Derby

Charlie Johnston believes Permian has a ‘realistic chance’ of bringing Derby glory to Scotland.

Mark Johnston has saddled three classic winners, but the Derby is a prize he hasn’t yet received.

Permian won the Dante in good style, storming past Godolphin’s Benbatl and Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Ocean to land the Group Two prize.

“It was fantastic, and a brilliant result for everyone involved,” said Charlie Johnston, son to trainer Mark.

“He was absolutely brilliant in the Dante, he’s been a revelation this season for us.

“For any yard in the country it’s an exciting time to have a Derby entry, and one with a realistic chance.

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The three-year-old has previously lost out by a short head to leading Derby fancy Cracksman, before going on to win the Newmarket Stakes and the Dante.

He’s now priced as high at 14/1 to take the famous classic.

Mark Johnston hasn’t saddled a British classic winner since 2004, where Attraction won the 1000 Guineas.

“Epsom is a track he’s done well on before, and the Dante always seem to be a strong guide to the Derby itself.

“We’re looking forward to it and keeping our fingers crossed that the next week everything runs smoothly.”

Hit The Front will have exclusive previews, tips and more ahead of Derby weekend and Royal Ascot.

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