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Saturday, June 4, 2011

INVESTEC DERBY DAY, EPSOM DOWNS

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SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011

 

After racing

 

TREVELYAN DELIGHTED BY INVESTEC DERBY FESTIVAL

 

Today’s paying crowd at Epsom Downs on Investec Derby day was up 6,000 on last year leading to an estimated total attendance of around 120,000. Today’s crowd rise follows an attendance increase of 2,700 on Friday, Investec Ladies’ Day.

 

"It’s been a fantastic Festival and wonderful to see so many people here having fun both in the paying Enclosures and on the Hill," said Rupert Trevelyan, Managing Director at Epsom Downs Racecourse. "It has been a good preparation for our Jubilee celebrations next year.

 

"The best horse won the Investec Derby and while everyone wanted Her Majesty to win it was good that a French-trained horse was successful because it is an international race and the result was good for racing."

 

INVESTEC REACTION

 

Raymond van Niekerk, Global Head of Marketing, Investec, said after racing today: "Investec is so proud to support the Investec Derby Festival.

 

"This was an historic occasion and we are thrilled that the British Royal Family showed their support for the racing industry by attending one of the most important days in the British social calendar."

 

 

INVESTEC LADIES’ DAY WINNERS

 

1.40pm Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored by Investec) (Group Three)

 

ANTARA (GER) (Godolphin) Saeed bin Suroor 5-9-6 Frankie Dettori [7] 11/8f

 

2.10pm Investec Mile (Handicap)

 

DANCE AND DANCE (IRE) (Mohammed Rashid) Ed Vaughan 5-9-4 Ryan Moore [4] 15/2

 

2.45pm Investec Coronation Cup (Group One)

 

ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE) (Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 4-9-0 Ryan Moore [1] Evens Fav

 

3.25pm Investec Investment Stakes (Handicap)

 

RESURGE (IRE) (Chris & David Stam) Stuart Kittow 6-9-5 Fergus Sweeney [8] 8/1

 

4.05pm Investec Oaks (Group One)

 

DANCING RAIN (IRE) (Martin & Lee Taylor) William Haggas 3-9-0 Johnny Murtagh [7] 20/1

 

4.50pm Investec Surrey Stakes (Listed)

 

HOORAY (Cheveley Park Stud) Sir Mark Prescott 3-9-3 Seb Sanders [5] 8/11f

 

5.25pm Investec Opportunity Stakes (Handicap)

 

NORSE BLUES (Jeff Smith) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-7 James Doyle [7] 8/1

 

 

INVESTEC DERBY DAY WINNERS

 

 

1.40pm Investec Horses Help the Heroes Handicap

 

CHARLES CAMOIN (IRE) (Chris Wright & Catherine Corbett) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-6ow1lb Liam Keniry [7] 10/1

 

2.10pm Investec Woodcote Stakes (Listed)

 

FULBRIGHT (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-0 Silvestre De Sousa [8] 3/1

 

2.40pm Investec Diomed Stakes (Group 3)

 

FANUNALTER (Scuderia Rencati Srl) Marco Botti 5-9-4 Adam Kirby [1] 16/1

 

3.15pm Investec Entrepreneurial Class 'Dash' (Handicap)

 

CAPTAIN DUNNE (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing XV & Partners) Tim Easterby 6-9-10p David Allan [9] 13/2

 

4.00pm Investec Derby (Group One)

 

POUR MOI (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Andre Fabre FR 3-9-0 Mickael Barzalona [7] 4/1

 

4.50pm Investec Surefooted Handicap

 

FOX HUNT (IRE) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-9-5v1 Silvestre De Sousa [3] 15/2

 

5.25pm Investec Specialist Bank Handicap

 

1 SWISS CROSS (Alan Spence) Gerard Butler 4-9-0t Neil Callan [4] 9/2f

 

 

INVESTEC DERBY DAY, EPSOM DOWNS

RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE

SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011

 

fifth race news -the 232nd running of the Investec Derby

 

POUR MOI STARS UNDER BARZALONA

 

French teenage riding sensation Mickael Barzalona starred in the Investec Derby when bringing 4/1 chance Pour Moi up on the line to win by a head from Treasure Beach. The Queen’s Carlton House, who was sent off 5/2 favourite, finished third.

 

It was a first success in Flat racing’s Blue Riband for Chantilly-based trainer Andre Fabre, whose 34-year training career feature victories in many of the world’s other big races. Pour Moi was the first French-trained winner of the Investec Derby since Empery in 1976.

 

"Finally!" said Fabre. "I think the bad luck we have had here before has been more because the horses were not good enough but I thought here we had a proper horse for Epsom. The reality is that you have to have the horse. This is one of the races everyone wants to win and now it’s over. Everyone knows about the Derby and I’ve tried a long time, it has not been a good track for me!

 

"This is the horse that I would like to win because he is such a good horse and it is not by hazard that he has won.

 

"What surprised me was that he had two accelerations - the first one to catch up and then he hit another extra gear. This was the sign of a champion and it was his first time at a mile and a half.

 

"It was a pleasure that Mickael is a home-made jockey and I know his family. Obviously it is such a pleasure to win this race and under these conditions, with a young jockey and this big crowd. I couldn’t be more happy.

 

Asked about beating the Queen, Fabre said: "It is a race between horses, not between persons otherwise I would have finished far behind Her Majesty."

 

Barzalona, who celebrated by standing up in his irons and saluting, said: "It is fabulous! It is brilliant and I came so fast at the end that I knew I was going to win."

 

Part-owner Michael Tabor said: "It was sensational. He was at the back of the field as everybody saw - I always knew that he had to be ridden that way - but, having said that, it was a tall order. We knew that he was very good and so it was not a surprise.

 

"Obviously, we want to win - it goes without saying - but, if we didn’t we certainly wanted the Queen to win. It was one of those things.

 

"It was utopia and I could always seeing Pour Moi winning because of what Andre told us about the horse. The only problem was the first time in a race at Epsom - it’s all very well in a gallop but it’s slightly different in a race. That’s always the question mark when you come here."

 

Fellow part-owner Derrick Smith added: "I have to confess that I was cheering home Treasure Beach, not seeing where Pour Moi was coming from. It’s incredible. That is the fourth time that I have been second in the purple colours. Hopefully it will happen - if I live long enough!"

 

John Magnier, whose wife Sue’s colours were carried by the Montjeu colt, added: "I wish that somebody else owned the third horse but that’s racing. Andre was confident. All the way throughout the last few weeks, he has been saying how good he was. He said how he was going to be ridden and he told us that he had more speed than Peintre Celebre.

 

"He was telling all of the youngsters up in the box to back him. Usually trainers go off the horses when they get close to the race but he was confident."

 

 

FABRE, BARZALONA AND TABOR EXPRESS DELIGHT

 

 

          Trainer Andre Fabre said: “This is special as he is a horse with a great deal of speed and style which wouldn’t really fit Epsom so it makes it all the more exceptional. His acceleration is that of a champion.

          “The plan was to come from last to first. It was ideal that there were just the 13 runners – if there had been 25 then it would have been more complicated.

          “I train horses day by day so it was only after he won the Prix Greffulhe that we decided to run here as he was entered and he had the right breeding for the race.

          “He missed (disappointed) on his first race but then came from last to first on his second start in heavy ground at Longchamp so we knew then he was a very good horse.

“He came and galloped on the track here last month and I would like to thank Epsom who were very helpful and very well organised.

          “He will have a summer break now and we will bring him back for the Arc. The King George comes too soon for these young horses.”

          When asked about jockey Mickael Barzalona’s celebratory finish which included him standing up in the irons before the winning line, Fabre added: “He is only 19.”

          Barzalona added: “I was not worried about being last for much of the race as I had all the other good horses before me. I hoped they would take me along and that is what happened.

          “He gave me an immediate response and horse after horse came to me when I asked him to go. I thought I would finish fourth or fifth but he went on and on.

          “During the whole race I was comfortable and that is what won me the race.

          “I didn’t really plan the celebrations at the finish – it just happened.

          “This is fabulous. I do not yet realise what has happened.”

          Part-owner Michael Tabor commented: “The first time I realised we had something special was after the last race he won. It was a Group Three and he came from last to first.

          “If you watch that race again he was cantering all over the field. I don’t know the other horses in the race but he looked something special to me and Andre filled us with confidence.

          “The Arc is the race to win in France. Every trainer wants to win it and Andre has won it a few times.

          “Plans can change but the Arc will be the plan and he will have a prep race before it.

          “Andre compared this horse to Peintre Celebre but said he had more instant acceleration.

          “We were here to win but we hoped that if we didn’t win that The Queen would, but we can’t change the result.”

 

 

BARZALONA GETS ONE-DAY BAN AND WARNING

 

Investec Derby-winning jockey Mickael Barzalona has been given a one-day whip ban and a warning following his premature celebration.

 

At a stewards’ inquiry the teenager was found to have used his whip with excessive frequency and without allowing time for his mount, Pour Moi, to respond. He was suspended on Sunday, June 19.

 

The stewards also expressed their concern to the rider in regard to the timing and manner of his celebration, which began before the line and saw him standing up in the stirrups and waving his whip in the air, risking defeat by a fast-finishing rival.

 

 

CARLTON FAILS TO BRING THE HOUSE DOWN

 

The Queen’s horse Carlton House, ridden by Ryan Moore, had to settle for third in today’s Investec Derby.

 

Sent off the 5/2 favourite to become Her Majesty’s first winner of the great race, Carlton House turned into the home straight some way off the pace and could not quicken when it mattered. He also lost a front shoe in the final furlong.

 

John Warren, racing and bloodstock advisor to The Queen, said: “Ryan is disappointed, but said it was a messy race and the horse marginally missed the kick. He said a few horses, the long outsiders, came back on him and that didn’t help him get into that smooth rhythm he wanted. As a consequence he had to make his run from further back than he wanted.

“He felt if the circumstances had been different so would the result. I would say it was just the run of the race that did us no favours. If he takes on the same horses again, who knows, the result might be different.”

 

Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of Carlton House, referred to the injury scare which centred on the horse this week when he suffered filling in a foreleg. Sir Michael said: “He’s run very well, but things just haven’t gone right. He had a hold up close to the race and during it he got too far back and then had to run wide into the straight.

 

“He’s still a high-class horse and he will have a big day.”

 

 

FACTS & FIGURES AFTER THE 2011 INVESTEC DERBY

 

It was a first Investec Derby victory for both the trainer Andre Fabre (with his 10th runner) and the jockey Mickael Barzalona (his first ride in the Investec Derby).

 

Pour Moi became the first French-trained horse win the Investec Derby since Empery in 1976.

 

The owners Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith came together as a Coolmore partnership and similar partnerships, without Derrick Smith, have been successful in the Investec Derby with High Chaparral (2002) and Galileo (2001), both trained by Aidan O’Brien.

 

The winning time of 2m 34.54s was between last year’s record time of 2m 31.33s achieved by Workforce and the 2009 time of Sea The Stars, 2m 36.74s.

 

Pour Moi’s sire Montjeu was enjoying his third Investec Derby winner, following on from Motivator (2005) and Authorized 2007).

 

This was the 232nd running of the Investec Derby.

 

 

O’BRIEN AND DUNLOP PLEASED WITH PLACED RUNNERS

 

 The Coolmore triumvirate of Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith landed a one-two in the Investec Derby with their French-trained Pour Moi swooping late to gain glory while the best of their four Irish-based runners proving to be runner-up Treasure Beach, who was ridden by Colm O’Donoghue and trained by Aidan O’Brien. Another of O’Brien’s charges, Memphis Tennessee, made the early running and held on to take fourth.

 

O’Brien said: "They all ran well and Treasure Beach has run a really good race."

 

Ed Dunlop, trainer of Native Khan, who finished a close-up fifth, said: "He was slightly boxed in but he’s run a great race. The first thing that Johnny said was maybe he could have finished a length closer, but he stayed well and it was a really good run.

 

"Johnny said that he’s only just beginning to become a racehorse. Well done to the ones in front of us."

 

Dunlop added: "He’s in the Irish Derby but we’ll take him home and see how he is. There are many options."

 

 

BEATEN JOCKEYS’ REACTIONS AFTER THE INVESTEC DERBY

 

Colm O’Donoghue, rider of the second Treasure Beach, said: "I am delighted with him."

Joseph O’Brien, rider of the fourth Memphis Tennessee, said: "He ran well."

 

Johnny Murtagh, partner of the fifth home Native Khan, commented: "He got a little tight for room but ran well. He will definitely come on for the race."

 

Pat Smullen, who came home sixth on Recital, said: "We had a lovely run down in to the straight but once we got there he didn’t handle the camber and kept lying over the top of the fence."

 

Christophe Lemaire, seventh on Vadamar, said: "I had a good race. He made his effort but was a bit one paced. The ground was against him and he will be better on softer going."

 

William Buick, who was eighth on Masked Marvel, said: "He ran well. He is a mile and six horse and would be one for the St Leger."

 

Jimmy Fortune, ninth on Pisco Sour, said: "He ran too keen."

 

Christophe Soumillon, rider of the 10th home Seville, said: "He was completely unbalanced all the time and couldn’t react."

 

Frankie Dettori, who was 11th Ocean War, said: "He didn’t handle the track."

 

Mark Coumbe, who finished 12th on Castlemorris King, said: "He didn’t run badly and will certainly win races over further."

 

OOH LA LA – BOOKIES AVOID A DISASTER

 

Bookmaker William Hill, the official betting partner to the 2011 Investec Derby Festival, will be singing the Marseillaise following Pour Moi’s victory for France in today’s big race.

 

Although strongly fancied – and tipped by Pricewise in the Racing Post – any result bar a win for The Queen’s Carlton House was a good result for bookmakers.

 

Kate Miller, head of PR at William Hill, said: “We were top-priced 6/1 on Pour Moi this morning, but there was only interest in one horse – Carlton House.

 

“His defeat has been a good result for us today, but at the same time it’s disappointing when a horse like that is beaten. A victory for The Queen would have meant the eyes of the world would be on racing, which would have been good for everyone involved in the industry.

 

“We reckon there would have been a £10,000,000 to £15,000,000 pay out if Carlton House had won, and while Pour Moi was backed – from 6/1 this morning to 4/1 at the off – the sum involved will be nothing like as big.”

 

 

POUR MOI (IRE) FACTFILE - THE 2011 INVESTEC DERBY WINNER

b c Montjeu (IRE) - Gwynn (IRE) (Darshaan)

Form: 01-311 Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Trainer: Andre Fabre FR

Breeder: Lynch Bages Ltd Jockey: Mickael Barzalona

 

 

Pour Moi

Pour Moi emerged as a serious Investec Derby contender following an impressive victory in the 10-furlong Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on May 7. In that contest, he was partnered by Mickael Barzalona and quickened well in the final quarter mile to register a length and a half victory over Bubble Chic with Vadamar in third. A three-parts brother to Gagnoa, who was placed in both the French and Irish Oaks in 2001, Pour Moi made his debut over a mile at Fontainebleau in September, finishing eighth and five lengths adrift of the winner. The promise of his debut was fulfilled on his next start the following month, when he posted a neck success in a nine-furlong conditions event on soft ground at Longchamp. This season began with a staying-on third in the Group Three Prix La Force over an extended 10 furlongs at Longchamp on April 10 when he pulled hard and he followed up that effort with his Prix Greffulhe success. Today he became the first French-trained winner of the Derby since Empery in 1976 when coming with a tremendous late run to score by a head from Treasure Beach.

Race Record: Starts: 5; Wins: 3; 2nd: -; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £798,893

 

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derek Smith

Sue Magnier's dark blue silks are a common sight in Europe's top races and have been carried by several of the sport's true champions. Few in racing can boast better connections than Magnier, whose father, the late Vincent O'Brien, was arguably the greatest trainer of the 20th Century and saddled six Derby winners. Her brother David O'Brien also saddled a Derby winner, while another brother, Charles O'Brien, is a successful trainer. She is married to John Magnier, one of the most powerful men in the bloodstock world as owner of the global Coolmore breeding empire. In the 1970s, John Magnier (born February 10, 1948), the son of a County Cork dairy farmer and stud owner, teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy potential stallions as yearlings. They enjoyed great success, counting Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird amongst those they bought. Magnier, a former Irish senator who owns the magnificent Ballydoyle training establishment, eventually bought out his partners at Coolmore, which has huge offshoots in Australia and the USA. His fortune was estimated at Ⓤ592 million in the 2011 Times Rich List. His myriad of other business interests include investment in the Barchester chain of nursing homes, a stake in British pub group Mitchells & Butlers, a property portfolio, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. He and top jumps owner J P McManus held a 28.7% stake in Manchester United, which they sold to US tycoon Malcolm Glazer in 2005. Sue Magnier, along with Michael Tabor and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, in whose colours he ran, owned the brilliant champion miler Rock Of Gibraltar, who set a new European record of seven consecutive Group One victories in 2001/02. Magnier's colours were carried to an unprecedented four successive triumphs in the Ascot Gold Cup aboard the great Yeats between 2006 and 2009. Other champions to sport the dark blue include Galileo, King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator and Rip Van Winkle. This season, Magnier’s dark blue silks have been carried to victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas with Roderic O’Connor. Today her silks were carried to success in the Investec Derby by Pour Moi. Michael Tabor's silks are blue with orange disc, blue and orange striped sleeves and cap. They first gained prominence aboard the Neville Callaghan-trained hurdler Royal Derbi, winner of the 1993 Irish Champion Hurdle and have since been carried to Group One success in Flat races around the globe. London-born and Monaco-based Tabor founded the Arthur Prince bookmaking firm and sold it for £28 million in 1995. That same year, Thunder Gulch won the 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in his colours and at around that time he became a partner in many of the Coolmore horses. He spends a lot of his time in Barbados and was valued at £480 million in the 2011 Sunday Times Rich List. The best horses to carry his colours also include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langry, Peeping Fawn and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. Misty For Me wore Tabor’s colours when successful in this season’s Irish 1,000 Guineas. Derrick Smith is a former Ladbrokes trading director based in Barbados. He is also an investor in Barchester Healthcare and has made huge profits from currency trading. In 2011, the Sunday Times Rich List estimated his wealth at £550 million. In 2004, he became a Coolmore investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco. The latest star to run in Smith’s colours is Australian import So You Think, a five-time Group One winner Down Under who has won both his starts in Ireland in imperious fashion, most recently the Group One Tattersalls Gold Cup. Investec Derby Record: 2006-10 Papal Bull; 2007-5 Soldier Of Fortune; 2007-11 Mahler; 2009-4 Rip Van Winkle, 2009-10 Black Bear Island; 2011-1 POUR MOI

 

OTHER PARTNERSHIPS: Sue Magnier 1996-9 Chief Contender; 2000-10 Aristotle; 2002-2 Hawk Wing; 2003-2 The Great Gatsby, 2003-12 Alberto Giacometti, 2003-16 Brian Boru; 2004-14 Meath; 2005-5 Gypsy King, 2005-9 Grand Central, 2005-12 Almighty Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle 2006-PU Horatio Nelson Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Eduard Mordukhovitch 2009-7 Age Of Aquarius; Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor 1998-15 King Of Kings; 2001-1 GALILEO: 2002-9 Louisville; 2005-10 Oratorio, 2006-3 Dylan Thomas Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family 1999-7 Saffron Walden; Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Denford Stud 2010-5 Midas Touch; Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor 2006-8 Mountain, 2006-12 Septimus; 2007-2 Eagle Mountain; 2007-9 Acapulco; 2008-5 Washington Irving, 2008-12 King Of Rome; 2009-2 Fame And Glory; 2010-2 At First Sight Michael Tabor 2000-15 Kingsclere; 2003-9 Magistretti; 2004-5 Salford City; 2005-2 Walk In The Park; 2007-10 Admiralofthefleet Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier 1997-4 Entrepreneur; 1998-8 Second Empire, 1998-10 Saratoga Springs; 2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL; 2003-5 Balestrini; 2007-17 Archipenko Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Derrick Smith 2007-8 Yellowstone Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier 2007-12 Anton Chekhov; 2008-6 Alessandro Volta, 2008-11 Frozen Fire, 2008-15 Bashkirov; 2009-3 Masterofthehorse, 2009-5 Golden Sword; 2010-4 Jan Vermeer

 

Andre Fabre FR

Andre Fabre's record rivals any trainer in the world. Born on December 9, 1945, Fabre is a qualified lawyer and the son of a diplomat and is married to Elisabeth, France's first female jump jockey. He won more than 250 races as a jump jockey himself, including the Grand Steeplechase de Paris in 1977, and started training jumpers the same year with great success, following the death of his boss Andre Adele. Fabre's first high-profile Flat horse Al Nasr, was one of his initial three yearlings and won five Group races in 1981 and 1982. By 1983 he had switched solely to the Flat. Fabre was his country's champion trainer for 21 consecutive years between 1987 and 2007. He registered a 22nd championship in 2010. He has a string of big-race wins to his name, including seven Prix de l'Arc de Triomphes (Trempolino 1987, Subotica 1992, Carnegie 1994, Peintre Celebre 1997, Sagamix 1998, Hurricane Run 2005 and Rail Link 2006). The Investec Derby was one of very few major European races to have eluded Fabre, but he gained his victory in the Classic with Pour Moi today. He has also won every other British Classic - the Investec Oaks (1993 Intrepidity), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1993 Zafonic and 1995 Pennekamp) and Ladbrokes St Leger (1991 Toulon). He won three consecutive Investec Coronation Cups at Epsom with Apple Tree (1994), Sunshack (1995) and Swain (1996), having earlier won the Group One race with Saint Estephe (1986) and In The Wings (1990). A sixth Coronation Cup success came his way with Shirocco in 2006. Stateside, the victory of Shirocco in the 2005 Breeders' Cup Turf, cemented Fabre's position as the most successful European trainer in Breeders' Cup history, with four victories and numerous places. In 2008, Fabre sold one of his yards to Sheikh Mohammed and is Godolphin’s French trainer. Investec Derby Record: 1981 Al Nasr (17th); 1991 Toulon (9th); 1992 Rainbow Corner (11th); 1994 Sunshack (19th); 1995 Pennekamp (11th); 1997 Cloudings (10th); 1999 Val Royal (11th); 2006 Visindar (5th), Linda’s Lad (9th); 2011 POUR MOI (WON)

 

Mickael Barzalona

The 19-year-old Mickael Barzalona is the hottest young riding talent in Europe. Born at Lyon on August 3, 1991, he is the nephew of dual-purpose jockey Armand Barzalona and grandson of Corsican trainer Christian Barzalona. He was more interested in rugby as a child but spent four years at the French jockeys’ school in Gouvieux before joining Andre Fabre’s stable, on the recommendation of Sylvain Guillot, in 2009. His talents were quickly noticed and he started riding Godolphin’s French runners in September, 2009, and has ridden for the stable in Dubai, winning the UAE Derby on Khawlah. He is also now second rider behind Olivier Peslier to owners Alain and Gerard Wertheimer. He had a win on only his second ride in Britain aboard Ocean War in a maiden at Newmarket on April 13 and enjoyed his first Group One success aboard Wavering in the Prix Saint-Alary in May. Today he won the Investec Derby on his first ride aboard Pour Moi and is the youngest jockey to have scored since Walter Swinburn won on Shergar in 1981 as a 19-year-old. Investec Derby record: 2011 POUR MOI (WON)

 

 

FIFTH RACE RESULT - 4.00pm INVESTEC DERBY (GROUP ONE)

 

£1,250,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f 10y. For 3yo, entire colts and fillies Weights colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb Entries 456 pay £400 Confirmed 17 pay £ 2500 Penalty value 1st £709,625.00 2nd £269,000.00 3rd £134,625.00 4th £67,125.00 5th £33,625.00 6th £16,875.00

 

1 POUR MOI (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Andre Fabre FR 3-9-0 Mickael Barzalona [7] 4/1

2 TREASURE BEACH (D Smith, S Magnier, M Tabor) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Colm O'Donoghue [12] 25/1

3 CARLTON HOUSE (USA) (The Queen) Sir Michael Stoute 3-9-0 Ryan Moore [13] 5/2f

4 MEMPHIS TENNESSEE (IRE) (S Magnier, M Tabor, D Smith) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Joseph O'Brien [6] 20/1

5 NATIVE KHAN (FR) (Ibrahim Araci) Ed Dunlop 3-9-0 Johnny Murtagh [3]

6 RECITAL (FR) (S Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Mordukhovitch) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Pat Smullen [4]

7 VADAMAR (FR) (Aga Khan) Alain de Royer-Dupre FR 3-9-0 Christophe Lemaire [9]

8 MASKED MARVEL (Bjorn Nielsen) John Gosden 3-9-0 William Buick [5]

9 PISCO SOUR (USA) (Michael Kerr-Dineen) Hughie Morrison 3-9-0 Jimmy Fortune [1]

10 SEVILLE (GER) (M Tabor, D Smith, S Magnier) Aidan O'Brien IRE 3-9-0 Christophe Soumillon [2]

11 OCEAN WAR (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 3-9-0 Frankie Dettori [10]

 

12 CASTLEMORRIS KING (Charles O’Connell) Michael Attwater 3-9-0v1 Mark Coumbe [11]

13 MARHABA MALYOON (IRE) (Ahmad Al Shaikh) David Simcock 3-9-0 Jamie Spencer [8]

 

13 ran Time: 2m 34.54s

Distances: hd, 3/4, 3/4, 3/4, 2, nk, 4, 19, 3, 7, 3 1/4, 55

Breeder: Lynch Badges Ltd

Breeding: b c Montjeu (IRE) - Gwynn (IRE)

Totes: Win: £5.30 Places: £1.90, £7.80, £1.40 Exacta: £151.20

 

Winning trainer:-Name: Fabre, Andre (FR) Date of Birth December 9, 1945. Trains at Chantilly, France Background: The son of a diplomat, Fabre spent much of his youth in Germany, where his father worked in the French-occupied zone. He dropped out of a career in law to work for jump trainer Andre Adele, first as a groom and schooling rider, and then as an amateur rider. He went on to become the leading jump jockey in France of his day, winning over 250 races, including the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in 1977 with Corps A Corps. He made a successful start to his training career, landing the Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris for four consecutive years (1980-1983) before switching his attentions to the Flat at the end of 1983. Fabre finished the 1987 season as champion Flat trainer in France and won the title for 21 consecutive occasions until Alain de Royer-Dupre became champion trainer in 2008. Married to: Elisabeth, the first woman to ride in a jumps race in France, and has three children British Classic wins (5): Investec Derby (2011 Pour Moi), Oaks (1993 Intrepidity), 2000 Guineas (1993 Zafonic, 1995 Pennekamp), St Leger (1991Toulon French Classic Wins: Prix du Jockey Club (1997 Peintre Celebre, 2010 Loup de Vega); Prix de Diane (1985 Lypharita, 1992 Jolypha, 2003 Nebraska Tornado); Poule d’Essai des Poulains (1984 Siberian Express, 1987 Soviet Star; 2001 Vahorimix; 2003 Clodovil, 2010 Loup de Vega), Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (1990 Houseproud; 2003 Musical Chimes, 2011 Golden Lilac) Royal Ascot Wins (7): Coronation Stakes (1989 Golden Opinion, 2001 Banks Hill), Queen’s Vase (1993 Infrasonic), Ribblesdale Stakes (1996 Tulipa), Queen Anne Stakes (2005 Valixir), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2007 Manduro, 2010 Byword) First Royal Ascot win: Golden Opinion (June 21, 1989 - Coronation Stakes) Wins in Britain this year: 1

 

 

Winning Jockey: Barzalona, Mickael Born: August 3, 1991, Avignon Background: Nephew of former Flat and National Hunt jockey Armand Barzalona and grandson of Corsican trainer Christian Barzalona. Spent four years at the French Jockeys’ School in Govieux before joining the legendary stable of Andre Fabre in 2009 under the recommendation of former jockey Sylivain Guillot. Rides mainly for Fabre and is retained by the Wertheimers as their second jockey in France behind Olivier Peslier. Started riding Godolphin’s French runners in the September 2009 and rode out for the operation in Dubai the following winter. British Classic winners (1): Pour Moi (2011 Investec Derby) First Ride for Godolphin: Colonial (6th), Prix de la Rochette, Longchamp, September 6, 2009. First Win in Britain: Ocean War, Download Blue Square iphone App Maiden Stakes, Newmarket, April 13, 2011 (his second ride in the country) First Group One Win: Wavering, Montjeu Coolmore Prix Saint-Alary , Longchamp, May 22, 2011 Other Big Race Wins Include: DRC Gold Cup (2010 Sabotage), UAE Derby Sponsored by the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (2011 Khawlah) UK Wins in 2011: 8

 

 

First race news

 

CHARLES CAMOIN BREAKS OWNER’S DUCK IN STYLE

 

The result of the first race on Investec Derby Day, the Investec Horses Help Heroes Handicap, went to the judge as Charles Camoin flashed past the post in tandem with Trojan Nights. The photo-finish showed the former had held on by a short-head under Liam Keniry, who had put up a pound overweight on the Sylvester Kirk-trained three-year-old.

 

Winning trainer Sylvester Kirk said: "I’m very pleased with him. The extra two furlongs helped - that’s what he was looking for. He was probably lucky he was out the back and could come round the outside - that made the difference.

 

"He’ll probably get a mile and a half in time but that was plan A today. He’s a smashing horse and very good-looking and he could go on and improve."

 

Liam Keniry said: "He didn’t come down the hill very well so I just held him together a bit until we got to the bottom. They went a good gallop and that helped him to relax."

 

Winning owner Chris Wright added: "We’ve had a lot of seconds since the season started and this is the first winner we’ve had so I was beginning to get a bit despondent. I thought to break our seasonal duck on Derby Day at Epsom was a big ask but we’ve done it.

 

"Sylvester did say that he was worried about how he’d come down the hill and we heard the commentator say that he came down the hill badly. He should have been a lot closer than he was coming into the straight but he just found another gear and off he went."

 

OAKS-WINNING HAGGAS SETTLES FOR SECOND

 

 

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A day after Dancing Rain won the Investec Oaks, trainer William Haggas had to make do with second place in today’s opening race when Trojan Heights was beaten a short-head.

 

"We were lucky yesterday but we’ve also been beaten in a few photos recently," said Haggas. "But I’m delighted Trojan Heights ran so well and he was given a beautiful ride (by Eddie Ahern)."

 

Reflecting on yesterday, Haggas added: "We didn’t actually have a huge celebration last night. Today was a big work morning for all our Royal Ascot runners and we have to concentrate on that at the moment.

 

"Dancing Rain seemed fine this morning and has come out of the race well. She’ll go for the Irish Oaks as long as she’s OK."

 

 

CAMBER CATCHES OUT BOOGIE SHOES

 

Lightly-raced 9/4 favourite Boogie Shoes had to settle for third place in the opening event, the Investec Horses Help The Heroes Handicap, on Investec Derby day.

 

Trainer Roger Varian said: “He didn’t do much wrong, but when Neil [Callan] let him down in the straight he was rolling up and then down the camber. He just didn’t seem to handle the track, but apart from being beaten a length he hasn’t done anything wrong.

 

“That was the hardest race he has run in and it was only the fourth race of his career. He stayed the trip alright, but I don’t think I’d want to ask him to go any further just yet – he’s got a bit of speed to travel, but he was just caught in the last 50 yards up the hill.

 

“We’ll take him home and see how he is before making any further plans.”

 

 

GOING AFTER THE FIRST RACE

 

 Liam Keniry, rider of the 10/1 winner Charles Camoin, said: "Good to firm but safe."

 

Eddie Ahern, partner of second-placed Trojan Nights, said: "Good to firm."

 

Neil Callan, jockey of the third Boogie Shoes, said: "Lovely fast ground."

 

Richard Hills, rider of fourth Tanfeeth, said: "It is good fast ground but with no sting."

 

Paul Mulrennan, rider of Sergeant Ablett, said: "Good fast ground."

 

Cathy Gannon, partner of Gottany O’s, said: "Quick."

 

Chris Catlin, rider of Arabian Star, said: "Good to firm."

 

Silvestre De Sousa, on board Malthouse, said: "It is on the quick side of good."

 

FIRST RACE RESULT - 1.40pm INVESTEC HORSES HELP THE HEROES HANDICAP

 

£40,000 guaranteed, 1m 2f 18y. For 3yo Rated 0-105 Weights highest weight not less than 9st 7lb Weight raised 6lb Minimum weight 7-12 Penalties after May 28th, each race won 6lb Malthouse's Handicap Mark 98 Entries 18 pay £200 Penalty value 1st £24,924.00 2nd £7,464.00 3rd £3,732.00 4th £1,868.00 5th £932.00 6th £468.00

 

1 CHARLES CAMOIN (IRE) (Chris Wright & Catherine Corbett) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-6ow1lb Liam Keniry [7] 10/1

2 TROJAN NIGHTS (USA) (Mohamed Obaida) William Haggas 3-8-7 Eddie Ahern [6] 6/1

3 BOOGIE SHOES (Alan Spence) Roger Varian 3-8-12 Neil Callan [3] 9/4f

4 TANFEETH (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 3-8-11 Richard Hills [1]

5 MALTHOUSE (GER) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-7 Silvestre De Sousa [4]

6 ARABIAN STAR (IRE) (Jackie & George Smith) Mick Channon 3-8-3ow1lb Chris Catlin [2]

7 SERGEANT ABLETT (IRE) (J Barson) James Given 3-8-13 Paul Mulrennan [9]

8 GOTTANY O'S (Dr Marwan Koukash) Mick Channon 3-8-2 Catherine Gannon [10]

 

8 ran

Non-runners: 5 Rain Mac (vet certificate - other); 10 Great Shot (self certificate - sore wither)

Time: 2m 06.32s

Distances: sh, 3/4, 1 1/2, 1 1/2, 8, 3/4, 2

Breeder: Pat Grogan

Breeding: b c Pentre Celebre (USA) - Birthday (IRE)

Totes: Win: £11.40 Places: £2.50, £1.80, £1.30 Exacta: £78.00

 

Winning trainer:-Name: Kirk, Sylvester Born: May 31, 1963 Based: Cedar Lodge Stables, Upper Lambourn Background: Son of Irish trainer Syl Kirk. Spent 8 years at Coolmore Stud and seven months working for Mouse Morris before replacing Brian Meehan as assistant to Richard Hannon, from 1992-2000. Married to Hannon’s daughter Fanny. Date of first trainer’s licence: December 2000 First Winner (Flat): Social Contract, Bet Direct On ITV Text Page 368 Handicap, Lingfield, February 3, 2001 First Winner (Jumps): Old Tim, Buy A Horse On Course Selling Handicap Hurdle, Market Rasen, November 21, 2002 - his first runner over jumps Big Race Wins Include: Autumn Stakes (2006 Caldra); £100,000 Tattersalls Autumn Auction Stakes (2002 Michelle Ma Belle); Prestige Stakes (2003 Gracefully); Rosemary Stakes (2005 Salamanca); Sporting Index Stardom Stakes (2006 Caldra); Weatherbys Super Sprint (2006 Elhamri), Windsor Castle Stakes (2006 Elhamri), £250,000 Tattersalls October Auction Stakes (2006 Caldra)First Royal Ascot Winner: Elhamri, Windsor Castle Stakes, June 20, 2006 Royal Ascot Wins (1): Windsor Castle Stakes (2006 Elhamri) Horses in training (2003-11): 40; 53; 66; 58; 61; 65; 32; 21; 54; Wins (2002-10): 23; 28; 35; 31; 29; 27; 50; 30; 39; Wins in 2011: 11

 

Winning jockey:- Name: Keniry, Liam Background: Brother of jumps jockey Barry. Formerly apprenticed to Kingsclere-based trainer Ian Balding. Big race wins: Cambridgeshire (2004 Spanish Don), James Seymour Stakes (2004 Spanish Don), Old Borough Cup (2005 Balkan Knight) Royal Ascot wins (1): Britannia Handicap (June 20, 2002, Pentecost) Wins (2001-2010): 12; 30; 26; 19; 39; 27; 49; 72; 74; 90; Wins This Year: 23

 

 

 

Second race news

 

FULBRIGHT WINS

 

Fulbright scored under the watchful eye of The Queen in the Investec Woodcote Stakes and is in line to again hit Her Majesty’s radar with an outing in the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot.

 

Mark Johnston’s colt gained a tenacious success at Musselburgh last time out and followed up under Silvestre de Sousa.

 

The juvenile colt was always handily placed in the colours of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum and the 3/1 chance held on by a length and a quarter from Evervescent having taken the lead over a furlong from home.

 

Paddy Power introduced Fulbright in to the betting for the Coventry Stakes at 10/1.

 

Johnston said: “I would like to think he is a horse with a big future.

       

“I would not say this track did not suit him but one of the other horses came off the rail and he became a bit unbalanced, but he picked up again.

 

“Silvestre said he felt he had the race covered turning for home.

 

“I would like to think he will be our Coventry Stakes horse and he obviously gets the six furlongs.”

 

EVERVESCENT FINISHES FAST TO SNATCH SECOND

 

A fast-and-late finish by the Stan Moore-trained Evervescent was not quite enough to snatch victory in the Investec Woodcote Stakes.

 

Moorewas delighted by the gelding’s effort under jockey Neil Callan, and said: “He ran a super race – Neil said that three furlongs out the leaders stole a few lengths on him and he couldn’t physically go with them, but he stayed on so well.

 

“A stiff six furlongs or ever seven would suit him better and he still has his winter coat, so we have to be delighted with that.”

 

Explaining the reason why the son of Elnadim was gelded, Moore said: “He only cost Ⓤ3,500 and doesn’t have a stallion’s pedigree, and in the week before Christmas I go round my two-year-olds and any that need gelding or flu jabs are sorted out then before having three weeks off. He was on the list, but he’s a big horse and has a bright future.

 

“He’s in the £150,000, Tattersalls’ sales race over seven furlongs at Newmarket, and on that run it could be a goal. He might go to Ascot first.”

 

ASCOT NEXT FOR ON THE DARK SIDE

 

Trainer Kevin Ryan is likely to drop On The Dark Side back in trip to five furlongs for the Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot after finishing third in the Investec Woodcote Stakes.

 

"It was a brilliant run and you’d have to say that with the speed she showed today that she would want to step back to five furlongs. She showed a lot of speed out of the gates, she’s far from slow and stuck on well," said Ryan.

 

"In the last month she has got quicker and quicker at home and we’ll have to consider the Queen Mary. She handled the preliminaries well here so that should serve her well at Ascot."

 

SECOND RACE RESULT - 2.10pm INVESTEC WOODCOTE STAKES (LISTED)

 

£25,000 guaranteed, 6F. For 2yo Weights colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb Penalties a winner of a Listed race 3lb; of a Pattern race 5lb Entries 15 pay £125 Penalty value 1st £14,192.50 2nd £5,380.00 3rd £2,692.50 4th £1,342.50 5th £672.50 6th £337.50

 

1 FULBRIGHT (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-0 Silvestre De Sousa [8] 3/1

2 EVERVESCENT (IRE) (Ever Equine) Stan Moore 2-9-0 Neil Callan [1] 12/1

3 ON THE DARK SIDE (IRE) (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 2-8-9 Paul Mulrennan [7] 8/1

4 CASPAR NETSCHER (Charles Wentworth) Alan McCabe 2-9-0 Johnny Murtagh [6] 11/4f

5 PRINCESS BANU (Mrs T Burns) Mick Channon 2-8-9 Catherine Gannon [2]

6 HE'S SO COOL (IRE) (E Brook) Bill Turner 2-9-0 Kieren Fox [5]

7 NORSE GOLD (David Elsworth) David Elsworth 2-9-0 Kieren Fallon [4]

8 MISS MUGA (Saywell Farm Partnership) Edward Creighton 2-8-9 Eddie Creighton [3]

 

8 ran

Time: 1m 09.44s

Distances: 1 1/4, 1/2, 2, hd, 1 1/2, 1/2, 7

Breeder: Robin & Scarlett Knipe

Breeding: b c Exceed And Excel (AUS) - Lindfield Belle

Totes: Win: £4.30 Places: £1.50, £3.30, £2.20 Exacta: £39.70

 

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born: Glasgow, 10/9/59 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practised as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA British Classic wins (2): 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Irish Classic wins (1): Irish 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Rheinland-Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Dubai Sheema Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Gran Criterium (1997 Lend A Hand, 2003 Pearl Of Love 2006 Kirklees), Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Sun Chariot Stakes (2004 Attraction), Preis Von Europa (2009 Jukebox Jury), Matron Stakes (2005 Attraction), Phoenix Stakes (1997 Princely Heir), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2009 Awzaan), Royal Ascot wins (32): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fantastic Love, 2006 Linas Selection), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad, 2005 Bandari), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue, 2006 Soapy Danger, 2009 Holberg), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay, 2009 Drill Sergeant), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction), Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel, 2010 Monterosso), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall) First Royal Ascot win: Double Trigger (June 22, 1995 - Gold Cup) 1000th winner: Double Honour, Hamilton, September 4, 2000 2000th winner: Leamington, Southwell, February 5, 2008 (passed both landmarks faster than anyone else in history) Wins in a year (1987-2010): 1: 5: 15: 24: 25: 52: 77: 116: 111: 115: 123: 100: 113: 130: 116: 134: 139: 119: 141; 158; 161; 164; 216; 211; Wins in 2011: 70

 

Winning jockey:-Name: de Sousa, Silvestre Born: December 31, 1980, Brazil Background: Formerly a leading apprentice in Brazil where he partnered 82 winners, riding alongside his good friend Nelson de Souza. Worked for Dermot Weld in Ireland before joining Dandy Nicholls’ yard in 2004. First Brazilian to ride in the 2000 Guineas when partnering Danum Dancer for Neville Bycroft in 2007. Big Race Wins: GNER Scottish Sprint Cup (2006 Handsome Cross), totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy (2006 Danum Dancer, 2010 Ladies Are Forever), Indian Derby (2009 Antonios) First winner in Britain: Sonic Anthem, Southwell, January 1, 2006 Wins (2006-2010): 27; 21; 35; 68; 100; Wins in 2011: 45

 

 

Fourth race news

 

A DUNNE DEAL AS ALLAN LANDS FIRST EPSOM DERBY-DAY WIN

 

 

Jockey David Allan revelled in the thrill of a first Epsom Derby-day victory thanks to Captain Dunne.

 

The Tim Easterby-trained six-year-old won the meeting’s fastest race, the Investec Entrepreneurial Class “Dash”, having finished runner-up in it two years ago.

 

Allan, surrounded by the massed ranks of joyous syndicate owners Middleham Park Racing, said: “That’s my first winner at Epsom on Derby day, although I’ve probably only had two rides here in the past seven years. The owners are great to ride for – they are always so noisy and enjoy themselves so much.

 

“He’s an extremely fast horse – sometimes he tries to go too fast, but on this track his speed is deadly. I wanted to get a lead for longer than I managed, but he had his own ideas and wanted to get on with it. It was pointless waiting.”

 

Captain Dunne ran in cheekpieces, and Allan said: “At Longchamp last time he got to the front and just dossed for a couple of strides, and that cost him the race when we were caught on the post. He was better today.

 

“He’s so consistent and always placed on the big occasion.”

 

Easterby, who also trained runner-up Confessional, was absent at Musselburgh. Confessional was given a quote of 25/1 for the Wokingham Stakes by bookmaker Victor Chandler, who also cut fourth-placed Sohraab to 33/1 for that Royal Ascot handicap.

 

MURPHY PRAISES TOUGH AND SPEEDY LA FORTUNATA

 

Mike Murphy was proud of the efforts of third-placed La Fortunate, a diminutive filly who relished the downhill course at Epsom and was only beaten a neck and a short-head.

 

The trainer said: "She’s very tough. She got to the front and then she got outbattled a little bit and then drifted a little. But she’s run a cracking race - she loves it here, she loves a quick five (furlongs).

 

"She’s not the biggest but she loves getting out and bowling along in front. There was perhaps almost a bit too much juice in the ground for her today - she likes it really fast. If there was a four-furlong race no-one would beat her."

 

Carole Middleton, the mother of the Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied trainer Hughie Morrison to check on fourth-placed Sohraab, whom she part-owns, after the race.

 

Morrison said: "If we’d been drawn better we’d have won and we’re a bit disappointed. I don’t think we’ll be going to Ascot because he’s only rated 83 and he won’t get in there."

 

FOURTH RACE RESULT - 3.15pm INVESTEC ENTREPRENEURIAL CLASS 'DASH' (HANDICAP)

 

£75,000 guaranteed, 5F. For 3yo+ Weights highest weight not less than 9st 10lb (any horse rated above 110 (117 if 3yo) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb; subsequently, the excess over 110 (117 if 3yo) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted) Minimum weight 7-12 Penalties after May 7th, a winner 4lb; a winner of 2 or more races 7lb Weight for age 3 from 4yo+ 7lb Captain Dunne's Handicap Mark 105 Entries 37 pay £115 Confirmed 21 pay £80 Penalty value 1st £46,732.50 2nd £13,995.00 3rd £6,997.50 4th £3,502.50 5th £1,747.50 6th £877.50

 

1 CAPTAIN DUNNE (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing XV & Partners) Tim Easterby 6-9-10p David Allan [9] 13/2

2 CONFESSIONAL (Terry & Margaret Holdcroft) Tim Easterby 4-8-10e/s Paul Mulrennan [13] 10/1

3 LA FORTUNATA (James Patton) Mike Murphy 4-7-13 Andrea Atzeni [10] 16/1

4 SOHRAAB (Pangfield Racing) Hughie Morrison 7-7-12 Kieran O'Neill (5) [1] 25/1

5 FATHOM FIVE (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing LXIII & B Haynes) Dandy Nicholls 7-8-10 Adrian Nicholls [17]

6 INDIAN TRAIL (Martin Love, Dandy Nicholls) Dandy Nicholls 11-8-1v Paul Quinn [16]

7 JAMESWAY (IRE) (Middleham Park Racing XIX) Richard Fahey 3-8-0 Jimmy Quinn [5]

8 MASAMAH (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Kevin Ryan 5-9-9 Jamie Spencer [8] 9/2f

9 FALASTEEN (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Dandy Nicholls 4-8-11 William Buick [12]

10 OLDJOESAID (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 7-8-2 Silvestre De Sousa [3]

11 BERTOLIVER (Mrs A Shone) Stuart Williams 7-8-2 Luke Morris [4]

12 PERFECT BLOSSOM (Ann Morris) Kevin Ryan 4-8-7 Amy Ryan (3) [6]

13 BEAT THE BELL (D Pryde & J Gringan) David Barron 6-8-9 Graham Gibbons [7]

14 ARCTIC FEELING (IRE) (Percy/Green Racing 2) Richard Fahey 3-9-0 Jack Mitchell [15]

15 MASTA PLASTA (IRE) (Lady O’Reilly) David Nicholls 8-9-1 Andrew Mullen [2]

16 STRIKE UP THE BAND (Barker, Moser, Nicholls,Short) Dandy Nicholls 8-8-3b1 Catherine Gannon [11]

 

16 ran

Non-runner: 10 Crimea

Time: 54.30s

Distances: nk, sh, sh, nse, nse, hd, 3/4, hd, 3/4, sh, 1/2, nse, 2 1/2, nse, 7

Breeder: Ballybrennan Stud Ltd

Breeding: b g Captain Rio - Queen Bodicea (IRE)

Totes: Win: £7.60 Places: £2.20, £2.80, £4.20, £5.10 Exacta: £88.00

 

 

Winning trainer:- Name: Easterby, Tim Date of first licence: 1995. Previously amateur rider and assistant to father Peter Easterby Trains at Habton Grange, Great Habton, Malton, North Yorkshire Classic Wins (1): St Leger (2002 Bollin Eric) Major wins: Duke Of York Stakes (1998 Bollin Joanne), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2004 Fayr Jag), Hilary Needler Trophy (1998 Flanders; 2001 Good Girl; 2002 On The Brink), Lowther Stakes (1999 Jemima), Prix de la Foret (2004 Somnus), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2004 Somnus), Queen Mary Stakes (2000 Romantic Myth), Haydock Sprint Cup (2000 Pipalong, 2003 Somnus), Stewards’ Cup (2001 Guineau Hunter), Tote Festival Handicap (1997 Jo Mell), Weatherbys Super Sprint Stakes (1998 Flanders), Windsor Castle Stakes (1998 Flanders), Wokingham Stakes (2003 Fayr Fag) First Goodwood winner: For Your Eyes Only (The William Hill Mile - July 30, 1998) Total Goodwood Wins: 2 (2 at July Meeting) Royal Ascot Wins (4): Windsor Castle Stakes (1998, Flanders), Queen Mary Stakes (2000, Romantic Myth), Wokingham Stakes (2003 Fayr Jag (dead-heat with Ratio), Golden Jubilee Stakes (2004 Fayr Jag) First Royal Ascot Win: Flanders (June 19, 1998 - Windsor Castle Stakes) Wins (1996-2010): 29; 34; 54; 62; 58; 73; 81; 58; 62; 58; 54; 58; 51; 54; 98; Wins in 2011: 21

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Allan, David Major Races Won: Chipchase Stakes (2006 Fayr Jag); Cumberland Plate (2006 Cresta Gold); Hackwood Stakes (2006 Fayr Jag); Royal Windsor Festival Handicap (2001 Beyond The Clouds), totesport.com Stakes (2007 Teslin), DBS St Leger Yearling Stakes (2009 Midnight Martini), Investec Entrepreneurial Class ‘Dash’ (2011 Captain Dunne), Indian Derby (2011 Moonlight Romance) First Ride: Scintilating Sound (Cheshire Cheese Apprentices' Maiden Handicap, Beverley, June 22, 1999) First Winner: Peter’s Imp (Grandstand Apprentices' Handicap, Warwick, July 22, 2000) Wins (2000-2010): 2; 13; 23; 43; 49; 53; 56; 57; 61; 41; 72; Wins This Year: 11

 

 

sixth race news

 

JOHNSTON IN THE HUNT WITH A DERBY DAY DOUBLE

 

Trainer Mark Johnston and owner Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum enjoyed a double on Derby day courtesy of Fox Hunt’s victory in the Investec Surefooted Stakes, which followed Fulbright’s earlier success in the Investec Woodcote Stakes.

 

"The race has gone well for him and the first-time blinkers might have helped. It’s hard to say with him - he has a little bit of a mind of his own but he looked perfectly straightforward there which he hasn’t always done," said Johnston.

 

"It’s fantastic, it’s lovely to have a double on Derby day."

 

 

BERLING INCHES BENNY CLOSER TO EPSOM WIN

 

Swedish pop legend Benny Andersson came close to a hallowed place in Epsom winner’s enclosure today when his Berling finished runner-up in the Investec Surefooted Handicap.

 

Andersson’s Beatrice Aurore was sixth in yesterday’s Investec Oaks for the former ABBA member, and Berling improved on that when running a fine race and closing down the Mark Johnston-trained winner Fox Hunt.

 

Eddie Ahern, who rode Berling for trainer John Dunlop, said: “They went steady and he’s a hold-up horse who doesn’t like to feel a tap from the whip. If you hit him he ducks across the track. The winner has kicked and I just couldn’t pull him back.

 

“He has loads of ability and always runs a good race, but he needs things to fall right.”

 

SIXTH RACE RESULT - 4.50pm INVESTEC SUREFOOTED HANDICAP

 

£20,000 guaranteed, 1m 4f 10y. For 4yo+ Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below) Weights highest weight 9st 7lb Weight raised 2lb Minimum weight 8-2 Penalties after May 28th, each race won 6lb Blizzard Blues's Handicap Mark 97 Entries 32 pay £100 Penalty value 1st £12,462.00 2nd £3,732.00 3rd £1,866.00 4th £934.00 5th £466.00 6th £234.00

 

1 FOX HUNT (IRE) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-9-5v1 Silvestre De Sousa [3] 15/2

2 BERLING (IRE) (Benny Andersson) John Dunlop 4-8-12 Eddie Ahern [7] 7/1

3 ZUIDER ZEE (GER) (HRH Princess Haya Of Jordan) John Gosden 4-9-1 William Buick [6] 8/1

4 LIFE AND SOUL (IRE) (Alan Spence) Amanda Perrett 4-9-2 Neil Callan [15]

5 AURORIAN (IRE) (Martin Mitchell) Richard Hannon 5-8-11 Richard Hughes [10]

6 RAMONA CHASE (Bagden Wood Building Services Ltd) Michael Attwater 6-8-3t Andrea Atzeni [14]

7 COIN OF THE REALM (IRE) (B Siddle & B Haynes) Gary Moore 6-9-1 Ryan Moore [9]

8 DOUBLE HANDFUL (GER) (Venetia Williams) Venetia Williams 5-8-2 Catherine Gannon [11]

9 BLIZZARD BLUES (USA) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Jamie Osborne 5-9-7p Jamie Spencer [13]

10 PLAISTERER (David Andrews Plastering) Chris Wall 6-9-3 Jack Mitchell [8]

11 BOURNE (Aston House Stud) Luca Cumani 5-8-13 Kieren Fallon [1] 3/1f

12 THE GALLOPING SHOE (G Brown & W Orr) Ian Semple 6-8-9 Chris Catlin [4]

 

13 PRESS THE BUTTON (GER) (Epsom Equine Spa Partnership) Jim Boyle 8-9-0 Stephen Craine [2]

14 CHILLY FILLY (IRE) (J Barson) James Given 5-8-13 Paul Mulrennan [5]

15 YORGUNNABELUCKY (USA) (Sandra Brookhouse) Mark Johnston 5-9-6p Frankie Dettori [12]

 

 

15 ran Time: 2m 36.85s

 

Distances: 3/4, 3/4, hd, 1, 1 1/4, 2 3/4, 4 1/2, 4 1/2, 1 3/4, 5, 1 3/4, nk, 2 1/4, 3

 

Breeder: Ballylinch Stud

 

Breeding: ch g Dubawi (IRE) - Kiltubber (IRE)

 

Totes: Win: £8.70 Places: £2.70, £2.50, £3.20 Exacta: £80.10

 

 

 

Winning Trainer:-Name: Johnston, Mark Steven Born: Glasgow, 10/9/59 Trains at Kingsley House Racing Stables Middleham, N Yorks Date of first licence: January 1987 First winner: Hinari Video (Carlisle, July 1, 1987) Previous Occupation: Qualified as veterinary surgeon at Glasgow University; practised as vet in Cleveland, Essex and Northern Ireland, spent brief spells with John Winter, Tommy Craig, Charlie Millbank in France and John Russell in USA British Classic wins (2): 2000 Guineas (1994 Mister Baileys); 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Irish Classic wins (1): Irish 1000 Guineas (2004 Attraction) Other major wins include: Rheinland-Pokal (2002 Yavana’s Pace), Dewhurst Stakes (2004 Shamardal), Dubai Sheema Classic (1999 Fruits Of Love), Gran Criterium (1997 Lend A Hand, 2003 Pearl Of Love 2006 Kirklees), Falmouth Stakes (2008 Nahoodh), Sun Chariot Stakes (2004 Attraction), Preis Von Europa (2009 Jukebox Jury), Matron Stakes (2005 Attraction), Phoenix Stakes (1997 Princely Heir), Shadwell Middle Park Stakes (2009 Awzaan), Royal Ascot wins (32): Gold Cup (1995 Double Trigger, 2001 & 2002 Royal Rebel), King George V Handicap (1995 Diaghilef, 2002 Systematic, 2003 Fantastic Love, 2006 Linas Selection), St James’s Palace Stakes (1996 Bijou D’Inde), Britannia Handicap (1997 Fly To The Stars), Hardwicke Stakes (1999 and 2000 Fruits Of Love, 2002 Zindabad, 2005 Bandari), Chesham Stakes (2000 Celtic Silence, 2002 Helm Bank, 2003 Pearl Of Love), Queen’s Vase (2001 And Beyond, 2003 Shanty Star, 2005 Melrose Avenue, 2006 Soapy Danger, 2009 Holberg), Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap (2001 Takamaka Bay, 2009 Drill Sergeant), Queen Mary Stakes (2003 Attraction), Norfolk Stakes (2003 Russian Valour), Ascot Stakes (2004 Double Obsession), Coronation Stakes (2004 Attraction), Wolferton Handicap (2006 I’m So Lucky), Hampton Court Stakes (2007 Zaham), King Edward VII Stakes (2007 Boscobel, 2010 Monterosso), Jersey Stakes (2010 Rainfall) First Royal Ascot win: Double Trigger (June 22, 1995 - Gold Cup) 1000th winner: Double Honour, Hamilton, September 4, 2000 2000th winner: Leamington, Southwell, February 5, 2008 (passed both landmarks faster than anyone else in history) Wins in a year (1987-2010): 1: 5: 15: 24: 25: 52: 77: 116: 111: 115: 123: 100: 113: 130: 116: 134: 139: 119: 141; 158; 161; 164; 216; 211; Wins in 2011: 71

 

 

 

Winning jockey:-Name: de Sousa, Silvestre Born: December 31, 1980, Brazil Background: Formerly a leading apprentice in Brazil where he partnered 82 winners, riding alongside his good friend Nelson de Souza. Worked for Dermot Weld in Ireland before joining Dandy Nicholls’ yard in 2004. First Brazilian to ride in the 2000 Guineas when partnering Danum Dancer for Neville Bycroft in 2007. Big Race Wins: GNER Scottish Sprint Cup (2006 Handsome Cross), totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy (2006 Danum Dancer, 2010 Ladies Are Forever), Indian Derby (2009 Antonios) First winner in Britain: Sonic Anthem, Southwell, January 1, 2006 Wins (2006-2010): 27; 21; 35; 68; 100; Wins in 2011: 46

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

seventh race news

 

SWISS CROSS FINALLY PROVES BUTLER’S POINT

 

Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler had so much faith in Swiss Cross last year it got him into a spot of bother with owner Alan Spence.

 

Butler’s bullish comments about the horse were not justified by performances on the racecourse, but a recent win at Brighton and victory in today’s Investec Specialist Bank Handicap suggest Swiss Cross is finally proving the trainer’s point.

 

Butler said: “He worked so well last year, but wouldn’t do it on the track and got me into a lot of trouble with the owner, but thank God he’s finally digging me out of a hole.

 

“He’s very talented and he’s in the groove now – with these sprinters once they are in that frame of mind you’ve got to keep going with them. It was against my better judgement to run him at Brighton, but I needed to get a win into him to boost his confidence and now he’ll go for the Wokingham [Handicap at Royal Ascot] in two weeks’ time.

 

“We’ve run him over all distances between five furlongs and a mile, and he shows bags of speed. I trained his mother [Swiss Lake] and she was a flying machine and he’s getting to where she was.

 

“He’s pretty straightforward – he’s exercised each morning at 5.30am and then he’s in a paddock from 8am until 11am and he keeps getting told how good he is.”

 

Butler has opened a satellite yard in the USA and recently enjoyed a win there with Maristar, who he now plans to run in the Delaware Handicap for fillies on July 16 – it’s worth $750,000.

 

 

SEVENTH RACE RESULT - 5.25pm INVESTEC SPECIALIST BANK HANDICAP

 

£20,000 guaranteed, 6F. For 4yo+ Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below) Weights highest weight 9st 7lb Minimum weight 8-2 Penalties after May 28th, each race won 6lb Tajneed's Handicap Mark 99 Entries 36 pay £100 Penalty value 1st £12,462.00 2nd £3,732.00 3rd £1,866.00 4th £934.00 5th £466.00 6th £234.00

 

1 SWISS CROSS (Alan Spence) Gerard Butler 4-9-0t Neil Callan [4] 9/2f

2 TAJNEED (IRE) (Alex Nicholls & Finola Devaney) Dandy Nicholls 8-9-7 Catherine Gannon [7] 20/1

3 FIREBACK (Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds VII) Andrew Balding 4-8-10 Jimmy Fortune [9] 11/2

4 LUI REI (ITY) (Rei Of Sunshine Partnership) Robert Cowell 5-9-2 Kieran O'Neill (5) [16] 9/1

5 JOSEPH HENRY (Billy Hughes) Dandy Nicholls 9-9-0 Kieren Fallon [13]

6 CAPE VALE (IRE) (Lady O’Reilly) Dandy Nicholls 6-8-11 Adrian Nicholls [6]

7 SECRET WITNESS (Paul Moulton) Richard Harris 5-9-1b Luke Morris [1]

8 PIAZZA SAN PIETRO (K Corke) Andrew Haynes 5-8-11 James Doyle [12]

9 FLIPANDO (IRE) (Janet Hazell) David Barron 10-9-5 Graham Gibbons [10]

10 BABY STRANGE (Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd) Derek Shaw 7-9-0 Stephen Craine [3]

11 GREEN PARK (IRE) (G A Fixings Ltd) Declan Carroll 8-8-3 Neil Farley (5) [2]

12 OLYNARD (IRE) (A Blaxland, C Stedman, R Corsan) Dr Richard Newland 5-8-8 Fergus Sweeney [14]

13 ESPRIT DE MIDAS (Peter Glenn Marsh) Dandy Nicholls 5-8-9 Paul Quinn [11]

14 SONNY RED (IRE) (Pinnacle Leo Partnership) Dandy Nicholls 7-8-10 Andrew Mullen [8]

15 LOVE DELTA (USA) (Crone Stud Farms Ltd) Mark Johnston 4-9-6 Silvestre De Sousa [15]

 

15 ran

Non-runners: 5 Parisian Pyramid (going); 10 Summerinthecity (going)

Time: 1m 08.41s

Distances: 1/2, nse, 1 1/4, hd, nk, 3/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 2 1/2, 1/2, 1/2, 3/4

Breeder: Lordship Stud

Breeding: b g Cape Cross (IRE) - Swiss Lake (USA)

Totes: Win: £4.80 Places: £2.10, £6.40, £2.40 Exacta: £130.30

Winning trainer:-Name: Butler, Gerard Anthony Based: Egerton House Stables, Newmarket - also has a satellite operation in Chicago, USA Born: April 26, 1966 Background: Started out as a stable lad in Chantilly. Spent four years as assistant to D Wayne Lukas before spending a year with Chris Hayes in Australia and three years working for John Dunlop. Father owned Pier House Stud on the Curragh and brother Edward was a trainer in Ireland. Date of First Licence: January 7, 1998 First winner: Beauchamp King at Haydock on May 2, 1998. Trains at: Egerton House, Newmarket Major Wins Include: Craven Stakes (1999 Compton Admiral), Coral-Eclipse Stakes (1999 Compton Admiral), Dahlia Stakes (2005 Tarfah), Gordon Stakes (1999 Compton Ace), Dee Stakes (2001 Dr Greenfield), Vodafone Diomed Stakes (2002 Nayyir), Gerrard Investment Management Richmond Stakes (2002 Elusive City), Lennox Stakes (2002 and 2003 Nayyir), Prix Morny (2002 Elusive City), Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum Challenge Round 2 (2005 Jack Sullivan), Tote Cambridgeshire (2002 Beauchamp Pilot), Challenge Stakes (2002 Nayyir), Arlington Matron Stakes (2011 Pachattack) Wins (1998-2010): 5: 22: 28: 51: 59: 63: 32: 31; 19; 29; 10; 24; 21; Wins in 2011: 6

 

Winning jockey:-Name: Callan, Neil Francis Born: July 6, 1978 Based: Newmarket, Suffolk Background: Hails from County Kildare. Rode for Willie Fitzpatrick at The Curragh and Kevin Prendergast in Ireland. After a luckless spell, he had applied for a job as a kitchen fitter before joining Karl Burke in February 1998 as a work-rider on a six-month contract. After two months Burke suggested he should take out a British licence. First Winner: Dancing Lawyer (Levy Board Apprentice Handicap, Warwick, May 4, 1998 - debut ride in Britain) Big Race Wins: Oaks d’Italia (2007 Fashion Statement), Middle Park Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Gimcrack Stakes (2005 Amadeus Wolf), Rose Of Lancaster Stakes (2006 Mulaqat), Portland Handicap (2004 Halmahera) Racing Post Trophy (2005 Palace Episode), Persimmon Homes Flying Childers Stakes (2006 Wi Dud), Duke Of York Stakes (2007 Amadeus Wolf), Premio Roma At The Races (2007 Pressing), Topkapi Trophy (2008, 2009 & 2010 Pressing), Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Bayerisches Zuchtrennen (2009 Pressing), Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (2009 Bordeslescott) Other details: champion apprentice in 1999, champion all-weather jockey 2000, 2003 and 2007 Royal Ascot Wins (2): Buckingham Palace Stakes (2006 Uhoomagoo), Wolferton Handicap (2010 Rainbow Peak) First Royal Ascot Winner: Uhoomagoo, Buckingham Palace Stakes, June 22, 2006 Wins (1998-2010): 29, 56, 80, 38, 52, 52, 126, 151, 129, 102, 170; 144; 107; Wins in 2011: 43

 

 

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FALLON BANNED FROM RIDING IN INVESTEC DERBY

 

Following a Court of Appeal hearing this morning at 9am, Kieren Fallon has been banned from riding Recital in this afternoon’s Investec Derby. Pat Smullen will now partner the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt.

 

Yesterday, Fallon was given clearance to ride Recital when a High Court judge refused to grant an injunction to Ibrahim Araci, the owner of Derby contender Native Khan, who claimed Fallon had a contract to ride his colt.

 

Recital, who was trading at 9/2 with William Hill, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, has now been pushed out to 5/1, and the favourite, Carlton House, has been shortened from 3/1 to 11/4.

 

 

ARACI THRILLED BY HIGH COURT INJUNCTION

 

          Ibrahim Araci, owner of Investec Derby runner Native Khan, is said to be “thrilled” after the Court Of Appeal this morning granted an injunction to prevent Kieren Fallon from riding Recital in this afternoon’s Classic.

 

The High Court yesterday decided not to grant the injunction which arose over claims from Araci that the six-time champion jockey was in breach of contract.

 

Araci alleged that Fallon had broken a promise to ride Native Khan and, according to the Press Association, argued that, under the terms of a retainer agreement, he should not be allowed to ride any other horse in the race.

 

Fallon was announced as the partner of Aidan O’Brien’s Recital, a horse who he rode to success in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial last month, on Tuesday when trainer Aidan O’Brien revealed his jockey plans.

 

Pat Smullen is expected to take the ride in Fallon’s absence.

 

Fallon, a three-time Investec Derby winner, denied a breach of contract has occurred and said there had been an “innocent misunderstanding”.

 

After the hearing this morning, Araci’s Lawyer, Mehmet Erdogan, said: "He's thrilled. He always trusted the British legal system, that's why as a foreigner he invested in this country.

 

"He believed that justice would never go wrong in the UK."

 

Mr Erdogan added that Fallon had "deliberately and cynically"' breached a contract.

 

"Five days before the race, surprisingly and shockingly, he informed our client that he would not be riding our client's horse, but riding a competitor's horse,” he said.

 

"That was breach of contract."

 

Fallon has three other booked rides at Epsom today, and he released his reaction through solicitor Christopher Stewart-Moore.

 

He said: ”Kieren is obviously disappointed and very sorry not to be riding in the Derby this afternoon.

 

“He wishes the owner of Native Khan the very best of luck and hopes that Pat Smullen has a good ride on Recital too.”

 

Following Fallon’s defection, Native Khan’s trainer, Ed Dunlop, booked three-time Investec Derby-winning jockey Johnny Murtagh for the ride.

 

Murtagh will head in to the Classic on a crest of a wave having made all aboard Dancing Rain in yesterday’s Investec Oaks

 

CARLTON’S FULL HOUSE WILL PROMPT A ROYAL FLUSH

 

Carlton House today bids to give his owner the Queen a full set of British Classics when he lines up for the Investec Derby.

 

In the 231-year history of the Derby, the only time a reigning monarch has won the race was in 1909 when King Edward VII was successful with Minoru. The Queen came close to Derby glory when Aureole ran second to Pinza in the Coronation year, 1953, and she has had eight subsequent runners, none of whom have been placed.

 

She has, however, owned the winner of the other four Classics in Britain. Lester Piggott drove Carrozza to glory down the famous Epsom turf to win the Oaks of 1957, with Pall Mall delivering a 2,000 Guineas victory the following year. Highclere claimed victory in the 1974 1,000 Guineas and another talented filly, Dunfermline, made the Queen’s Silver Jubilee year extra memorable by winning the Oaks and the St Leger in 1977.

 

The Queen has owned racehorses since 1949, during which time she has seen her famous purple, red and gold silks with black cap carried to victory 765 times on the flat. She has also enjoyed 28 wins over jumps.

 

A keen rider herself, plus breeder of native ponies as well as racehorses, the Queen spent a significant part of her recent historical visit to the Republic of Ireland visiting the Irish National Stud and the Aga Khan’s Gilltown Stud in Co Kildare and Coolmore Stud, home to Europe’s leading sires Galileo, Montjeu and Danehill Dancer, in Co Tipperary.

 

Her own thoroughbred breeding operation, which stands the 2005 Derby winner Motivator and is known as the Royal Studs, is based in Norfolk and Berkshire.

 

INVESTEC DERBY DAY IN THE PAPERS

 

The Investec Derby rightly dominates the sports pages of today’s national papers but images from Investec Oaks day at Epsom plus news of the Tote’s sale to Betfred have garnered plenty of space within the review and business sections.

 

The Times contains a double-page spread reflecting the Queen’s longstanding love affair with the horse and chronicling her success on the Turf, while in the sports pages, Alan Lee pays tribute to Shergar on the 30th anniversary of his outstanding Derby victory.

 

The Daily Mail claims that the presence of a Derby favourite owned by the Queen could boost betting turnover by up to £20m, with £70m expected to be bet on the Investec Derby alone.

 

The Daily Express carries the front-page lead headline: "Best of luck, ma’am", with the story of the Queen’s Derby favourite Carlton House being continued on page three, which also has news of Betfred’s purchase of the Tote.

 

The glamorous ladies who turned out in force for Investec Oaks day, including supermodel Erin O’Connor, who is this year’s face of the Derby, feature prominently in The Daily Telegraph, with its sports section carrying a double-page feature on the "Master of the Queen’s dream horse" , Sir Michael Stoute.

 

A typically downmarket page of the Daily Star carries pictures of scantily clad women at the races on Friday with the headline "And they’re nearly off", while The Sun reveals that the Queen may have a £10 bet on Carlton House.

 

Its pull-out sports section is devoted to racing with the front page proclaiming "House Of Windsor", while a story inside refers to Kieren Fallon’s court battle with Ibrahim Araci, under the headline "Crown v Fallon".

 

The Daily Mirror’s Racing Mania pull-out leads with a feature on Carlton House, the "Jewel in the Crown", being the Queen’s best chance ever of Derby success and includes an interview with Frankie Dettori in which he reveals how much he’d like to win the Derby for his boss Sheikh Mohammed.

 

With almost every paper selecting Carlton House as the likely Derby winner, The Independent ploughs a lone furrow, opting for the French-trained Pour Moi to cause an upset for royal followers. The paper also carries a feature on Native Khan’s trainer Ed Dunlop and has a scene from Investec Oaks day on its front page.

 

 

 

INVESTEC DERBY TRIVIA

 

Most successful trainer: Sir Michael Stoute – Carlton House (five wins)

 

Most successful owner: H H Aga Khan – Valdamar (4 winners from 11 runners)

 

Oldest owner: The Queen – Carlton House, 85

 

Oldest trainer: Alain de Royer-Dupre - Valdamar, 66

 

Oldest jockey: Johnny Murtagh – Native Khan, 41

 

Youngest trainer: Mahmood Al Zarooni – Ocean War, 34

 

Youngest jockey: Joseph O’Brien – Memphis Tennessee (18)

 

Most successful jockey: Johnny Murtagh – Native Khan (3 wins from 14 rides)

 

Most failed attempts (jockey): Jamie Spencer – Marhaba Malyoon (7 rides, no winner)

 

DerbyDebutants: Trainers Michael Attwater (Castlemorris King), David Simcock (Marhaba Malyoon) and Hughie Morrison (Pisco Sour). Jockeys Mark Coumbe (Castlemorris King), Joseph O’Brien (Memphis Tennessee), Mickael Barzalona (Pour Moi), Christophe Lemaire (Valdamar). Owners Charles O’Connell (Castlemorris King), Ahmad Al Shaikh (Marhaba Malyoon), Ibrahim Araci (Native Khan), Michael Kerr-Dineen (Pisco Sour)

 

Most expensive horse: Ocean War (360,000gns)

 

Least expensive horse: Carlton House (a gift from Sheikh Mohammed to The Queen)

 

Highest earner: Recital £189,746

 

Lowest earner: Castlemorris King £3,193

 

Most experienced runners: Pisco Sour & Treasure Beach (6 runs)

 

Least experienced runner: Marhaba Malyoon (2 runs)

 

Greys: Native Khan, Ocean War, Valdamar (last grey winner, Airborne, 1946)

 

 

THE QUEEN ARRIVED AT EPSOM DOWNS AT 1PM

 

The Queen’s arrival at Epsom was greeted with enthusiastic applause from the thousands of racegoers gathered on the Downs to watch Her Majesty’s Carlton House contest the Investec Derby at 4pm.

 

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, Duke of York, and the Princesses Beatrice, Eugenie and Alexandra, the Queen sported a bright cerise outfit trimmed with white.

 

The Royal Box in Epsom’s Queen’s Stand had been trimmed with garlands of flowers in purple, crimson and gold - colours which it is hoped will be borne by the first Derby winner for a reigning monarch since 1909.

 

THE QUEEN’S PARTY 2011

 

 

Her Majesty The Queen will lead the Royal procession down the course at Epsom this afternoon, but her annual pilgrimage will have added significance on this occasion with the monarch due to see her Carlton House start as favourite in the Investec Derby.

 

 

 The Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh will both ride in car number one and are due to arrive outside the Queen’s Stand at 1pm.

 

 

Riding in car two will be The Duke Of York in company with his daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugine.

 

 

 

Inside car three, The Earl Of Wessex will be joined by The Countess Of Wessex, while Princess Alexandra and The Honourable Lady Ogilvy are the passengers in car four.

 

 

 

 

THE QUEEN’S NINE DERBY RUNNERS

 

AUREOLE (1953 - 2nd)

          Aureole had shown useful form in two starts as a juvenile, winning the six-furlong Acomb Stakes for maidens by a head at York in August and then finishing six lengths fifth behind the impressive Nearula in the Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket.

          The Cecil Boyd-Rochfort-trained colt was fifth once more to Nearula in the mile Classic, the 2000 Guineas, on his three-year-old bow at Newmarket before heading to Lingfield for the Derby Trial on May 16. Aureole made no mistake at the Surrey track as he powered clear for a five-length verdict over the smart Mountain King who had won the Royal Stakes at Sandown on his previous start.

          Aureole came closest to giving the Queen a Derby victory when runner-up to Pinza at Epsom Downs. Ridden as previously by Harry Carr, the colt was sixth into the home straight and made headway in the final three furlongs but was unable to peg back Pinza who had quickened clear to win by four lengths.

          Aureole was a top-class four-year-old and won the 1954 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. He also went on to a successful stud career and was champion sire in 1960 & 1961.

 

LANDAU (1954 - 8th)

          Landau was ranked fourth among two-year-olds in the 1953 Free Handicap after winning his final three starts of the season with ease, including the six-furlong Produce Stakes at Doncaster that September.

          Third to Arabian Night when conceding weight on his three-year-old debut at Newmarket on April 7, Noel Murless’s charge was then well beaten in the 1954 2000 Guineas at Newmarket as the mile Classic was won by Darius. Landau subsequently finished a length second to Rowston Manor in the Lingfield Derby Trial on May 14 but in the Derby itself, the colt led from three furlongs out until the quarter-mile mark, at which point he weakened tamely to finish eighth under Willie Snaith as Never Say Die went on to victory. Landau won the Rous Memorial Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood later that season.

 

ATLAS (1956 - 5th)

          Atlas failed to win in two starts as a two-year-old in 1955. After finishing fourth on debut at Ascot on October 7, he went down by only a head to Dacian in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket 20 days later.

          Trainer Cecil Boyd-Rochfort chose the Blue Riband Trial Stakes at Epsom for the colt’s three-year-old debut. Atlas finished third to Monterey and followed that effort with victory in the Dee Stakes at Chester.

          Sent off a 50/1 shot for the Derby, Atlas made late headway at Epsom, coming home strongly to take fifth under Harry Carr, a little over three lengths behind the victorious Lavandin.

          Atlas went on to triumph in the Doncaster Cup over two and a quarter miles on Town Moor in September.   

 

DOUTELLE (1957 - 10th)

          Doutelle won one of his five starts as a two-year-old in 1956 but competed in top company and was runner-up to Crepello, to whom he was conceding 4lb, in that year’s Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

          As a three-year-old, the Cecil Boyd-Rochfort-trained colt’s only defeat in five starts came in the Derby. Victory in Kempton’s 2000 Guineas Trial Stakes on April 20, 1957, preceded a neck success in the Lingfield Derby Trial. Those wins saw him start as a 100/6 chance for the Derby at Epsom in June, but the Queen’s colt, ridden by Harry Carr, was never in contention as he trailed in 10th behind the triumphant Crepello and runner-up Ballymoss.

          Doutelle returned to action that autumn, winning the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot and the Limekiln Stakes at Newmarket.

          As a four-year-old, Doutelle won the John Porter Stakes and the Ormonde Stakes, defeating Ballymoss in the latter, and was third in both the Gold Cup and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.                                     

 

MINER’S LAMP (1958 - 6th [dht])             

          Miner’s Lamp’s sole two-year-old outing saw him finish second in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot for trainer Cecil Boyd-Rochfort. He began the 1958 season with victory in Epsom’s Blue Riband Trial Stakes on April 22 and returned to Epsom Downs for the Derby after finishing runner-up in the Newmarket Stakes on May 14.

          Partnered by Bill Rickaby at Epsom, Miner’s Lamp was never able to challenge the front rank in the Derby and shared sixth place with Alberta Blue, seven lengths behind the winner, Hard Ridden. The colt subsequently won the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket in July.

 

ABOVE SUSPICION (1959 - 5th)

          Above Suspicion finished down the field in three starts as a two-year-old but improved throughout his three-year-old season. The Cecil Boyd-Rochfort-trained colt was runner-up in his first two starts of 1959, in the Royal Stakes at Sandown on April 25 and the Newmarket Stakes on May 13.

          Sent off at 100/6 for the Derby in June, Above Suspicion raced towards the rear under Doug Smith before making strong progress in the home straight, running on to take fifth, three lengths behind his victorious stablemate, Parthia.

          The colt provided Her Majesty with a notable triumph at Royal Ascot on his next start as he won the St James’s Palace Stakes over a mile and later that summer landed the Gordon Stakes over a mile and a half at Glorious Goodwood. 

 

ENGLISH HARBOUR (1978 - 18th)

          English Harbour finished fifth behind Shirley Heights on his two-year-old debut  in Newmarket’s Limekiln Stakes in July, 1977, before winning a Newbury maiden a month later, his only win from four juvenile starts.

          The Ian Balding-trained Mill Reef colt captured his first two races as a three-year-old, starting out in the Somerset Stakes at Bath on April 24, and following up with a length verdict over the subsequently top-class performer Ile De Bourbon in Goodwood’s Predominate Stakes.

          English Harbour was never a factor under Joe Mercer in the Derby as he trailed home a distant 18th behind Shirley Heights.

 

MILFORD (1979 - 10th)

          Trained by Dick Hern, Milford finished runner-up on both his juvenile starts, the  second of those being a length defeat in Newmarket’s Houghton Stakes at the hands of subsequent 1000 Guineas heroine One In A Million.

          The colt warmed up for the Derby with wins in Ascot’s Group Three White Rose Stakes and the Group Three Lingfield Derby Trial, winning the latter by an easy seven lengths.

          Those wins saw him sent off the 15/2 third favourite for the Derby but, after racing in second under Lester Piggott, the Royal colt weakened in the straight to finish about 15 lengths behind the triumphant Troy. 

          Milford bounced back from that disappointing run when wining the Group Two Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket in July.

 

CHURCH PARADE (1981 - 5th)

          Church Parade defeated To Agori Mou to win a Newmarket maiden on his career debut in July, 1980, and went on to win the Listed Champagne Stakes at Goodwood, before wrapping up his three-race juvenile campaign with third place behind Gielgud in the Group Two Champagne Stakes at Doncaster.

          Dick Hern’s charge returned to action in the 2000 Guineas in May, 1981, but was 13th behind the victorious To Agori Mou. He then went to Epsom Downs for the Derby where, having been sent off a 25/1 chance, he kept on at one pace under Willie Carson to take fifth, 18 lengths behind the imperious Shergar.

          Church Parade was then a close third in the Group Two Prix Eugene Adam and landed his only victory that year when defeating Robellino in the High Line Stakes at York in August.

 

 

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NUMBER OF PREVIOUS INVESTEC DERBY RUNNERS

 

CARLTON HOUSE  The Queen-9 Sir Michael Stoute-34  Ryan Moore-5

 

CASTLEMORRIS KING  Charles O'Connell-0 Michael Attwater-0 Mark Coumbe-0

 

MARHABA MALYOON Ahmad Al Shaikh-0  David Simcock-0  Jamie Spencer-7

 

MASKED MARVEL Bjorn Nielsen-2  John Gosden-13  William Buick-1

 

MEMPHIS TENNESSEE  Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith-6  Aidan O’Brien IRE-44  Joseph O’Brien-0

        

NATIVE KHAN   Ibrahim Araci-0  Ed Dunlop-2 Johnny Murtagh-14

 

OCEAN WAR  Godolphin-23 Mahmood Al Zarooni-2 Frankie Dettori-18

 

PISCO SOUR   Michael Kerr-Dineen-0  Hughie Morrison-0 Jimmy Fortune-6

 

POUR MOI  Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith-6 Andre Fabre FR-9  Mickael Barzalona-0

 

RECITAL Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Eduard Mordukhovich-1  Aidan O’Brien IRE-44 Pat Smullen-5

SEVILLE   Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier-7  Aidan O’Brien IRE-44 Christophe Soumillon-3

 

TREASURE BEACH Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor-8 Aidan O’Brien IRE-44 Colm O’Donoghue-4

 

VADAMAR (FR)   H H Aga Khan-11 Alain de Royer Dupre FR-1 Christophe Lemaire-0

 

CARLTON HOUSE SHORTENS

 

William Hill, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, has seen strong support for the big-race favourite Carlton House this morning.

 

The Queen’s challenger has been trimmed from 3/1 to 5/2 with William Hill.

 

"Our liabilities on Carlton House were expected to be around £1 million by 11am and that could be £2 million by the time of the race," said Hills’ head of PR, Kate Miller.

 

There has been support for other Investec Derby runners elsewhere and Seville is 11/2 fom 7/1 with Coral while Treasure Beach is 28/1 from 33/1 with SkyBet.

 

The following have been shortened in other races.

 

1.40pm Investec Horses Help The Heroes Handicap

 

Trojan Nights 4/1 from 6/1 SkyBet

 

2.10pm Investec Woodcote Stakes (Listed)

 

Caspar Netscher 7/2 from 4/1 Stan James

 

He’s So Cool 10/1 from 12/1 Stan James

 

Norse Gold 4/1 from 9/2 Paddy Power

 

3.15pm Investec Entrepreneurial Class ‘Dash’

 

Masamah 6/1 from 7/1 William Hill, Paddy Power, SkyBet, Stan James

 

Confessional 14/1 from 16/1 William Hill and Paddy Power, 11/1 from 20/1 Stan James, 12/1 from 14/1 Skybet

 

Sohraab 25/1 from 33/1 Stan James

 

4.50pm Investec Surefooted Handicap

 

Bourne 3/1 from 7/2 William Hill

 

Coin Of The Realm 11/2 from 15/2 William Hill

 

Life And Soul 6/1 from 13/2 William Hill, 11/2 from 15/2 Paddy Power, 6/1 from 7/1 Stan James

 

Zuider Zee 13/2 from 15/2 Skybet, 7/1 from 8/1 Paddy Power

 

5.25pm Investec Specialist Bank Handicap

 

Fireback 7/1 from 10/1 William Hill

 

Flipando 12/1 from 16/1 William Hill

 

Parisian Pyramid 13/2 from 9/1 SkyBet

 

 

WILLIAM HILL DONATE £500 FREE BET TO INVESTEC DERBY OFFICIAL CHARITY HORSES HELP HEROES

 

William Hill, Europe’s leading gaming and sports betting business and official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, has generously donated a £500 bet to Horses Help Heroes, the official charity of the Investec Derby.

 

The bet can be placed on any race at the Epsom Derby Festival. Any winnings from the bet shall go towards the Horses Help Heroes appeal, to help reach the target of £1 million for injured servicemen and women.

 

To start proceedings on Investec Derby Day, Horses Help Heroes are scheduled to parade around the course prior to the Queen's procession.

 

The first race today takes the name of the appeal and is called the Investec Horses Help Heroes Handicap. The race, shown live on the BBC and watched by a global television audience, may well be the one on which the bet is placed.

 

Horses Help Heroes Chairman Henry Meakin said: "This is a truly wonderful gift from William Hill and we are extremely grateful. It is a shame that the races are not charitable as we now have to pick a winner, so any tips gratefully received!"

 

Horses Help Heroes is attending the Derby to raise awareness of its 1,000 mile horse-drawn WWI replica ambulance drive from Land's End to John O'Groats later this month. Staring on June, 21, 2011, the ambulance will be driven by a team of injured servicemen non-stop, day and night, for an estimated 10 days raising funds for service charities, including the Army Benevolent Fund, Blesma and Combat Stress; providing direct support for the growing number of physically and psychologically war-damaged servicemen and women.

 

HRH Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge, has enthusiastically backed the efforts of the charity, saying: "I salute all those involved with Horses Help Heroes for their tireless commitment, energy and originality in their drive towards their vision. I urge everyone to support them in whatever way they can."

 

1. The Horses Help Heroes website can be found at:  http://www.horseshelpheroes.org.uk/

 

DIAMOND JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS TO BEGIN AT 2012 INVESTEC DERBY

 

 

The Queen will begin her Diamond Jubilee celebrations next summer by attending the Investec Derby on June 2, 2012.

 

Buckingham Palace announced the exciting news in the build-up to the 2011 Investec Derby, for which Her Majesty owns the favourite Carlton House.

 

 The Diamond Jubilee Celebrations will be held over four days and following on from her attendance at the Investec Derby, Her Majesty will sail along the Thames on June 3 aboard the Royal Barge with a flotilla of up to 1,000 boats.

 

The government has designated Tuesday June 5 as an additional bank holiday and moved the late May bank holiday to June 4 to enable a four-day weekend of events.

 

People will also be encouraged to share Sunday lunch with neighbours and friends, and a BBC concert will be held at the palace on June 4.

 

Tickets will be available by public ballot later. The concert will be televised, but the line-up of performers has yet to be announced.

 

Events are expected to be held throughout the UK and the Commonwealth.

 

A chain of 2,012 beacons will be lit across the UK on the night of June 4 and the Queen will light the national beacon.

 

The long weekend will conclude on June 5 with a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral.

 

More details for all Diamond Jubilee events will be released early in 2012.

 

The Queen came to the throne on February 6, 1952 on the death of her father, King George VI.

 

GOING CHANGE AT 10.30AM

 

After walking the course this morning, Director of Racing Andrew Cooper, has changed the official going to

 

Good to Firm, Good in Places, on the Round Course

 

and

 

Good to Firm on the Sprint Course

 

Cooper said: "I walked the course at 9am with Richard Linley, the BHA’s senior course inspector, and Mike Maher of TurfTrax and we were on the cusp of being Good, with Good to Firm places, or Good to Firm, with Good places.

 

"We decided that in the context of the day overall, it was going to stay dry and get warmer and the correct description would be Good to Firm, Good in Places, anticipating what is going to happen in the next couple of hours.

 

"The day is forecast to be dry and the cloud cover is expected to burn off to give sunny spells and temperatures similar to yesterday.

 

"Yesterday was a real drying day, it was combination of the heat and the wind, and we watered after racing last night, starting at 6pm and finishing at 10pm

 

"We put three millimetres on the home straight and in the back straight from the mile and a quarter pole to the six-furlong marker.

 

"The GoingStick readings are 8.3 on the Round Course and 8.5 on the Sprint Course and we have got a strip of fresh ground from six furlongs to the winning post on the inside rail and another on the inside of the track between the eight and seven-furlong markers."

 

 

 

INITIAL GOING NEWS - 9.30AM

 

The going today after some selective watering after racing yesterday and a dry night is:-

 

Derby Course - Good, Good to Firm in Places

 

Sprint Course - Good to Firm, Good in Places

 

 

Stalls’ Position

5f - Stands’ Side

6f - Outside

1m 4f - Centre

Remainder - Inside

 

Three millimetres of irrigation was put on the home straight and from the 10-furlong start to the six-furlong pole yesterday evening.

 

The dolled out rail used yesterday has been removed, providing up to five yards of fresh ground by the inside rail from the mile start.

 

The forecast today is for the weather to remain dry, but it will be slightly cooler than yesterday, with temperatures reaching the low 20s Celsius.

 

There will be a going update later this morning.

 

 


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