Middleham horse in running for Derby

A string of Mark Johnston horses in Middlham. Photo: Ian Preston.

A Middleham-trained racehorse is in the running for this weekend’s Investec Derby.

Mark Johnston’s runner in Saturday’s race, Dee Ex Bee, will be ridden by champion jockey Sylvestre dw Sousa, has been drawn in Stall Six this morning.

There is a 12-strong field for the Classic race.

If the Kingsley House runner lands the prize, it will be the first from the Northern Racing headquarters since the great Dante took the wartime event, run then at Newmarket and not at Epsom.

The horse’s odds are as high as 25-1 with some online bookies.

Saxon Warrior tops the field for the race as he chases a triple crown.