Bangkok chasing emotional Derby success for the family of late Leicester chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha

EMOTIONS will run high if Bangkok crosses the line in front in the Derby on Saturday.

The Andrew Balding-trained colt is a general 8-1 shot for the Epsom showpiece this weekend and he will carry the colours of the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in the process of building a racing empire when he was tragically killed
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When the horse was just a year old, former Leicester chairman Srivaddhanaprabha knew he had Classic potential.

He stumped up over half a million back in October 2017 to land the colt, who is unbeaten in two runs this season.

He heads to Epsom with a huge chance, but Vichai’s tragic death in a helicopter accident in October means he won’t get to watch his pride and joy chase an historic victory.

Vichai’s horses, who race under the banner of King Power Racing, have been in brilliant form this year.

Beat The Bank won the bet365 Mile, Morando won a big prize at Chester and Fox Champion defeated the Germans on their own patch in the German 2000 Guineas.

It’s no real surprise that the winners are starting to flow, with Srivaddhanaprabha becoming a near-overnight superpower in British racing before his untimely demise.

Bangkok is a general 8-1 shot for the Derby
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The Thai spent over £20,000,000 in a two-year shopping spree, purchasing some of racing’s blue-bloods.

Bangkok is bred to relish the unique test of the Derby, with his dad Australia successful in the race in 2014.

And if he can find the back of the net this weekend, you can guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house when his son Khun Aiyawatt collects the trophy.

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