IT’S perfectly true to say the Bernard Llewellyn stable has a runner in an Epsom Derby.

Their seven-year-old Nabhan takes part in the Ladies Derby for female amateur riders at the Surrey track tomorrow evening. Bernard’s granddaughter Jessica takes the ride. Nabhan has won three and been placed 13 times in his career, so a place bet on the Tote is the prudent option if you want to support them.

The Llewellyns have recently been sent a horse with quite a chequered past. As a two-year-old in 2017 De Bruyne Horse won at Ripon and was first past the post in the Woodcote Stakes at the Epsom Derby meeting, only to be deprived of the prize when failing a drugs test. He later ran respectably at Royal Ascot and was successful in a Listed race in the French provinces, only for his form to then go sharply downhill.

Numerous races since then, on the flat and over hurdles, and a couple of changes of owners and trainers have brought De Bruyne Horse to the Llewellyn yard. He bled during his first start for them and his second, at Leicester on Thursday, gave little encouragement. Nevertheless, if they can find the solution to whatever has gone wrong with him, and get him to show some form again, it will be a terrific training achievement.

Also at Epsom tomorrow, Milton Bradley’s Muraaqeb could make his first appearance on turf since amassing four victories this year. He didn’t have the clearest of passages when finishing fourth last time out. He’s now been freshened up with a month’s break.

Grace Harris’ runners at The Curragh last week didn’t make it into the winners enclosure, but Bungee Jump’s fifth place earned connections 2,000 euros and offset some of the expense involved shipping two horses to Ireland. The filly broke well and led for six of the seven furlongs, and while she has won over that distance before, this was a step too far in an ultra-competitive race.

Just Glamorous didn’t make his usual fast start, and although he made up ground to reach third place mid-race, he faded afterwards to finish well down the field. He has an entry in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood in a month’s time, but early odds of 100/1 are an accurate reflection of his chance.

Harris’ Tally’s Son, who’d shown very little in the last 12 months, ran much better at Windsor on Monday evening. Fitted with first-time blinkers, he started slowly and was repeatedly baulked, yet was beaten only a length in third place. However, it was a muddling affair, and two or three other horses could also be the subject of hard luck stories.

David Probert rode a double at Lingfield’s Saturday evening meeting to take his tally for the year to 61. At the end of June 2018 his score was 26, having ridden abroad in the first part of that year. A purple patch in the third quarter helped propel him to a final total of 102. He must have a good chance of beating his personal best of 107.

Several runners from local stables were in evidence at Chepstow’s meeting yesterday evening. The next action there is on Friday the 12th, when it’s Ladies Evening. There’s a Best Dressed Lady competition with £1,000 for the winner, and the rest of the top 10 will be awarded prizes as well. The chart-topping group All Saints are performing after racing.