'I seriously think he can run a blinder and finish in the first three or four,' says trainer The ambulance usually finishes behind the last placegetter and trainer Caspar Fownes cannot think of any other reason why so little positive attention has been placed on a horse who used to race under the name Ambulance in Australia. Lightning Star, bought by gambling tycoon Stanley Ho Hung-sun specifically for the Derby, had form in Australia to rival Grand Zulu and is proven at the 2,000 metres distance, but Fownes said the gelding had literally been the forgotten horse of this year's race. 'I made sure he was in the entries last week it was so quiet,' quipped Fownes, who will land a quirky father-son double if Lightning Star wins the Derby with jockey Craig Williams in the same colours Gerald Mosse wore to win the race on Super Fit for Lawrie Fownes 11 years ago. 'I seriously think he can run a blinder and finish in the first three or four, but he's hardly received any attention.' That may be due to his light racing preparation for the race, with just three starts this season and no wins, but Fownes said there was never going to be a lot of racing in the lead-up to the Derby. 'This is the race he is here for, and since he arrived with a high rating that virtually assured him of a start if he showed any form at all, we could take our time,' Fownes said. 'Having said that, he may have had one or maybe two more races if the horse had not had a few internal problems. I've had to bring him along as best I could but he's been given some very serious gallops lately and really responded well. Lightning Star's picked up his form and he will go into the race the best he's been. If it happens to rain I wouldn't be concerned either.' Lightning Star has not been disgraced in any of his three runs, even the latest in the Classic Mile when he finished 10th to Scintillation. 'It was impossible for horses to come from the back and make ground in that race so I wasn't disappointed, he wasn't beaten that far and was running home,' Fownes said. 'Look through his form in Australia and you'll see he finished second in a group one in his only 2,000m run - beating home Makybe Diva - and all his form was impressive against the best horses there as a three-year-old. There's no doubt he is up to the job.' While most believe the potential is there for a steadily run Derby due to the number of untried stayers in the event, Fownes is hoping that is the very factor which contributes to a better tempo. 'I've lived here a long time and I can't recall a Derby with so many horses which are untested beyond sprinting distances,' he said. 'It can be a slowly run race, but if even one or two of the sprinters start to pull with that slower tempo, they might have to be allowed to run along by their riders and that could pick the speed up.'