Saturday, June 4, 2011
RACENEWS RACECOURSE SERVICE
SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2011
TREVELYAN DELIGHTED BY INVESTEC
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."
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  11/8f
2.10pm Investec Mile (Handicap)
DANCE AND DANCE (IRE) (Mohammed Rashid) Ed Vaughan 5-9-4 Ryan Moore  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  Evens Fav
3.25pm Investec Investment Stakes (Handicap)
RESURGE (IRE) (Chris & David Stam) Stuart Kittow 6-9-5 Fergus Sweeney  8/1
4.05pm Investec Oaks (Group One)
DANCING RAIN (IRE) (Martin & Lee Taylor) William Haggas 3-9-0 Johnny Murtagh  20/1
NORSE BLUES (Jeff Smith) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-7 James Doyle  8/1
1.40pm Investec Horses Help the Heroes Handicap
CHARLES CAMOIN (IRE) (Chris Wright & Catherine Corbett) Sylvester Kirk 3-8-6ow1lb Liam Keniry  10/1
2.10pm Investec Woodcote Stakes (Listed)
FULBRIGHT (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 2-9-0 Silvestre De Sousa  3/1
2.40pm Investec Diomed Stakes (Group 3)
FANUNALTER (Scuderia Rencati Srl) Marco Botti 5-9-4 Adam Kirby  16/1
3.15pm Investec Entrepreneurial Class 'Dash' (Handicap)
CAPTAIN DUNNE (IRE) (
POUR MOI (IRE) (Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith) Andre Fabre FR 3-9-0 Mickael Barzalona  4/1
4.50pm Investec Surefooted Handicap
FOX HUNT (IRE) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 4-9-5v1 Silvestre De Sousa  15/2
5.25pm Investec Specialist Bank Handicap
1 SWISS CROSS (Alan Spence) Gerard Butler 4-9-0t Neil Callan  9/2f
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
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
"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
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
“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.
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
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,
O’Brien said: "They all ran well and
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
Colm O’Donoghue, rider of the second
Joseph O’Brien, rider of the fourth
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
The 19-year-old Mickael Barzalona is the hottest young riding talent in
FIFTH RACE RESULT - 4.00pm INVESTEC
£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  4/1
2 TREASURE BEACH (D Smith,
5 NATIVE KHAN (FR) (Ibrahim Araci) Ed Dunlop 3-9-0 Johnny Murtagh 
6 RECITAL (FR) (
7 VADAMAR (FR) (Aga Khan) Alain de Royer-Dupre FR 3-9-0 Christophe Lemaire 
8 MASKED MARVEL (Bjorn Nielsen) John Gosden 3-9-0 William Buick 
9 PISCO SOUR (
11 OCEAN WAR (Godolphin) Mahmood Al Zarooni 3-9-0 Frankie Dettori 
12 CASTLEMORRIS KING (Charles O’Connell) Michael Attwater 3-9-0v1 Mark Coumbe 
13 MARHABA MALYOON (IRE) (Ahmad Al Shaikh) David Simcock 3-9-0 Jamie Spencer 
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
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
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
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
"We were lucky yesterday but we’ve also been beaten in a few photos recently," said Haggas. "But I’m delighted
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."
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  10/1
2 TROJAN NIGHTS (
3 BOOGIE SHOES (Alan Spence) Roger Varian 3-8-12 Neil Callan  9/4f
4 TANFEETH (Hamdan Al Maktoum) Ed Dunlop 3-8-11
5 MALTHOUSE (GER) (Sh. Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum) Mark Johnston 3-9-7 Silvestre De Sousa 
6 ARABIAN STAR (IRE) (Jackie & George Smith) Mick Channon 3-8-3ow1lb Chris Catlin 
7 SERGEANT ABLETT (IRE) (J Barson) James Given 3-8-13 Paul Mulrennan 
8 GOTTANY O'S (Dr Marwan Koukash) Mick Channon 3-8-2 Catherine Gannon 
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 (
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 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.
“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,
“He’s in the £150,000, Tattersalls’ sales race over seven furlongs at
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
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  3/1
2 EVERVESCENT (IRE) (Ever Equine) Stan Moore 2-9-0 Neil Callan  12/1
3 ON THE DARK SIDE (IRE) (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 2-8-9 Paul Mulrennan  8/1
4 CASPAR NETSCHER (Charles Wentworth) Alan McCabe 2-9-0 Johnny Murtagh  11/4f
5 PRINCESS BANU (Mrs T Burns) Mick Channon 2-8-9 Catherine Gannon 
6 HE'S SO COOL (IRE) (E Brook) Bill Turner 2-9-0 Kieren Fox 
7 NORSE GOLD (David Elsworth) David Elsworth 2-9-0 Kieren Fallon 
8 MISS MUGA (Saywell Farm Partnership) Edward Creighton 2-8-9 Eddie Creighton 
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
Fourth race news
A DUNNE DEAL AS
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
“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
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) (
2 CONFESSIONAL (Terry & Margaret Holdcroft) Tim Easterby 4-8-10e/s Paul Mulrennan  10/1
3 LA FORTUNATA (James Patton) Mike Murphy 4-7-13 Andrea Atzeni  16/1
4 SOHRAAB (Pangfield Racing) Hughie Morrison 7-7-12 Kieran O'Neill (5)  25/1
5 FATHOM FIVE (IRE) (
6 INDIAN TRAIL (Martin Love, Dandy Nicholls) Dandy Nicholls 11-8-1v Paul Quinn 
7 JAMESWAY (IRE) (
8 MASAMAH (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Kevin Ryan 5-9-9 Jamie Spencer  9/2f
9 FALASTEEN (IRE) (Dr Marwan Koukash) Dandy Nicholls 4-8-11 William Buick 
10 OLDJOESAID (Angie Bailey) Kevin Ryan 7-8-2 Silvestre De Sousa 
11 BERTOLIVER (Mrs A Shone) Stuart Williams 7-8-2 Luke Morris 
12 PERFECT BLOSSOM (Ann Morris) Kevin Ryan 4-8-7 Amy Ryan (3) 
13 BEAT THE
14 ARCTIC FEELING (IRE) (Percy/Green Racing 2) Richard Fahey 3-9-0 Jack Mitchell 
15 MASTA PLASTA (IRE) (Lady O’Reilly) David Nicholls 8-9-1 Andrew Mullen 
16 STRIKE UP THE BAND (Barker, Moser, Nicholls,Short) Dandy Nicholls 8-8-3b1 Catherine Gannon 
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
Trainer Mark Johnston and owner Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum enjoyed a double on
"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
"It’s fantastic, it’s lovely to have a double on
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  15/2
2 BERLING (IRE) (Benny Andersson) John Dunlop 4-8-12 Eddie Ahern  7/1
3 ZUIDER ZEE (GER) (HRH Princess Haya Of
4 LIFE AND SOUL (IRE) (Alan Spence) Amanda Perrett 4-9-2 Neil Callan 
5 AURORIAN (IRE) (Martin Mitchell) Richard Hannon 5-8-11 Richard Hughes 
6 RAMONA CHASE (Bagden Wood Building Services Ltd) Michael Attwater 6-8-3t Andrea Atzeni 
7 COIN OF THE REALM (IRE) (B Siddle & B Haynes) Gary Moore 6-9-1 Ryan Moore 
8 DOUBLE HANDFUL (GER) (Venetia Williams)
9 BLIZZARD BLUES (
10 PLAISTERER (David Andrews Plastering) Chris Wall 6-9-3 Jack Mitchell 
11 BOURNE (Aston House Stud) Luca Cumani 5-8-13 Kieren Fallon  3/1f
12 THE GALLOPING SHOE (G Brown & W Orr) Ian Semple 6-8-9 Chris Catlin 
13 PRESS THE BUTTON (GER) (Epsom Equine Spa Partnership) Jim Boyle 8-9-0 Stephen Craine 
14 CHILLY FILLY (IRE) (J Barson) James Given 5-8-13 Paul Mulrennan 
15 YORGUNNABELUCKY (
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
seventh race news
SWISS CROSS FINALLY PROVES
“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
“We’ve run him over all distances between five furlongs and a mile, and he shows bags of speed. I trained his mother [
“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.”
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  9/2f
2 TAJNEED (IRE) (Alex Nicholls & Finola Devaney) Dandy Nicholls 8-9-7 Catherine Gannon  20/1
3 FIREBACK (
4 LUI REI (ITY) (Rei Of Sunshine Partnership) Robert Cowell 5-9-2 Kieran O'Neill (5)  9/1
5 JOSEPH HENRY (Billy Hughes) Dandy Nicholls 9-9-0 Kieren Fallon 
7 SECRET WITNESS (Paul Moulton) Richard Harris 5-9-1b Luke Morris 
8 PIAZZA SAN PIETRO (K Corke) Andrew Haynes 5-8-11 James Doyle 
9 FLIPANDO (IRE) (Janet Hazell) David Barron 10-9-5 Graham Gibbons 
10 BABY STRANGE (Market Avenue Racing Club Ltd) Derek Shaw 7-9-0 Stephen Craine 
11 GREEN PARK (IRE) (G A Fixings Ltd) Declan Carroll 8-8-3 Neil Farley (5) 
12 OLYNARD (IRE) (A Blaxland, C Stedman, R Corsan) Dr Richard Newland 5-8-8 Fergus Sweeney 
13 ESPRIT DE MIDAS (Peter Glenn Marsh) Dandy Nicholls 5-8-9 Paul Quinn 
14 SONNY RED (IRE) (Pinnacle Leo Partnership) Dandy Nicholls 7-8-10 Andrew Mullen 
15 LOVE DELTA (
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
Totes: Win: £4.80 Places: £2.10, £6.40, £2.40 Exacta: £130.30
Winning jockey:-Name: Callan, Neil Francis Born: July 6, 1978 Based:
FALLON BANNED FROM RIDING IN INVESTEC
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
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
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
“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 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
She has, however, owned the winner of the other four Classics in
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
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
The Daily Mail claims that the presence of a
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
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 –
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 (
Most expensive horse: Ocean War (360,000gns)
Least expensive horse:
Highest earner: Recital £189,746
Lowest earner: Castlemorris King £3,193
Most experienced runners:
Least experienced runner: Marhaba Malyoon (2 runs)
Greys: Native Khan, Ocean War, Valdamar (last grey winner, Airborne, 1946)
THE QUEEN ARRIVED AT EPSOM
The Queen’s arrival at Epsom was greeted with enthusiastic applause from the thousands of racegoers gathered on the
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
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
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
The Cecil Boyd-Rochfort-trained colt was fifth once more to Nearula in the mile Classic, the 2000
Aureole came closest to giving the Queen a
Aureole was a top-class four-year-old and won the 1954 King George VI & Queen
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
Third to Arabian Night when conceding weight on his three-year-old debut at
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
Trainer Cecil Boyd-Rochfort chose the Blue Riband Trial Stakes at Epsom for the colt’s three-year-old debut. Atlas finished third to
Sent off a 50/1 shot for the
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
As a three-year-old, the Cecil Boyd-Rochfort-trained colt’s only defeat in five starts came in the
Doutelle returned to action that autumn, winning the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot and the Limekiln Stakes at
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
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
Partnered by Bill Rickaby at Epsom, Miner’s Lamp was never able to challenge the front rank in the
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.
The Ian Balding-trained Mill Reef colt captured his first two races as a three-year-old, starting out in the Somerset Stakes at
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
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.
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
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
NUMBER OF PREVIOUS INVESTEC
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
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
VADAMAR (FR) H H Aga Khan-11 Alain de Royer Dupre FR-1 Christophe Lemaire-0
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
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
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
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
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
The Queen will begin her Diamond Jubilee celebrations next summer by attending the Investec Derby on June 2, 2012.
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
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
A chain of 2,012 beacons will be lit across the
The long weekend will conclude on June 5 with a carriage procession and a service of thanksgiving at
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
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:-
Sprint Course - Good to Firm, Good in Places
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.