Trainer Hugo Palmer admits improvement is needed from Emissary (33/1 Derby Winner) as he prepares to run in the Investec Derby on Saturday.

The three-year-old has spent his entire career at Palmer’s Newmarket stable, and he has impressed during his two outings so far.

Emissary won on debut at Wolverhampton back in October, before finishing second at Goodwood earlier this month.

Khalifa Sat proved too good on that occasion, but Palmer believes the delayed Derby has given his charge a chance of winning.

Palmer paid the £10,000 fee needed to enter him during Monday’s final declarations, and he has booked Jim Crowley for the ride.

When asked about Emissary’s chances, Palmer told Daily Mail: “When you train a horse with a pedigree like his it is impossible not to dream a little about the Derby from the moment they walk into the yard.

“I wasn’t pleased he didn’t win at Goodwood, but we thought afterwards it was down to inexperience. In March I wasn’t happy enough with him to push on. He would not have been ready for the original Derby date, and he was only just ready to start when he went to Goodwood.

“He needs to come on hugely for that, and we hope he has.”

English King remains the 5/2 favourite for the Derby, with Frankie Dettori booked for Ed Walker’s stable star.

Kameko (4/1) and Russian Emperor (6/1) are also well fancied, while Max Vega and Gold Maze are the outsiders at 50/1.

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