96 possible runners left in 2019 Epsom Derby





Irish trained runners make up 37 of the 96 entries for the 2019 English Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 1.

The 2019 renewal of the historic race over a mile and a half, Britain’s richest at £1.5 million, has 96 contenders remaining following the March 5 scratchings’ deadline, details of which are revealed today.

The reigning British champion Flat trainer John Gosden has won the Investec Derby twice, most recently with Golden Horn in 2015, and the Newmarket-based handler has 16 contenders going forward, headed by last season’s champion two-year-old Too Darn Hot.

The son of Dubawi, owned by Lord Lloyd Webber and undefeated in four starts during 2018, finished last year with an authoritative success in the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and was named European champion two-year-old with a high rating of 126.

Not surprisingly, Too Darn Hot is the clear favourite for the Investec Derby at 4/1 with Unibet, the official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival.

Also among the 16-strong Gosden-trained contingent are exciting maiden winnersBaltic SongDubai Warrior (16/1), Humanitarian and Questionare.

Godolphin saw its famous royal blue silks carried to success for the first time in the 2018 Investec Derby by Masar and there are two entries currently engaged for the Maktoum family’s racing operations – the unraced pair Wirraway (John Gosden) and Mawsoof (Saaed bin Suroor), though the Godolphin-owned Quorto, trained by Charlie Appleby, is quoted as joint third favourite at 16/1 by Unibet.

Ireland’s champion Flat trainer Aidan O’Brien is chasing a record-equalling seventh Investec Derby success following the victories of Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014), and Wings of Eagles (2017).

The master of Ballydoyle has 25 entries going forward in 2019, including G2 Futurity Stakes winner Anthony Van Dyck (14/1 second favourite), third behind Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst Stakes, and G2 Beresford Stakes winner Japan (16/1).

His Highness The Aga Khan has won the Investec Derby five times, most recently with Harzand in 2016.

There are eight Aga Khan-owned entries currently engaged, including the unraced Zarkallani, who is out of the unbeaten five-time G1 winner Zarkava and therefore a half-brother to the G1 winner Zarak.

Upper Lambourn trainer Ed Walker has yet to saddle an Investec Derby runner, but has a contender this year in Ginistrelli. The son of Frankel is owned by Bjorn Nielsen and Eastwind Racing Ltd and is a half-brother to the G3 winner Gravitation.

After finishing fourth on debut at Salisbury in October, Ginistrelli ended 2018 by winning a mile novice race at Newmarket later the same month.

Walker said: “Ginistrelli has wintered very well and we have been delighted with his progress.

“He was a big, backward type and we were impressed with his performance at Newmarket at the back-end of last year.

“He has matured over the winter and I think the plan with him is to start in a small novice event. I think he is a horse who needs a bit more experience, but he’s in the Derby and the race is definitely something in our minds.

“The worry could be that the Derby just comes too quick for him, but we will see how we get on in the early stages of the season.

“We will start off somewhere small and then build him up, but he is a very exciting horse and we’re looking forward to the future with him.”

Walker is also considering the Investec Derby for Cap Francais. Another son of Frankel and a half-brother to the Listed winner Miss Cap Estel, Cap Francais won two of his three starts in 2018.

Cap Francais, who came second on debut at Newbury in August, went on to enjoy two impressive victories in mile novice contests at Salisbury and Haydock Park in September.

Cap Francais was bred by the late John Pearce, who died in January, 2017 aged 98. Pearce went close to Derby success as an owner-breeder when Dragon Dancer was the short-head runner-up to Sir Percy in 2006. Cap Francais races in Pearce’s colours under the John Pearce Racing Ltd banner.

Although Cap Francais is not currently entered in the Investec Derby, Walker is considering the £50,000 Listed Investec Blue Riband Trial at Epsom Downs on Wednesday, April 24 for the colt, as the winner of that race gains an entry into the Investec Derby (if not already entered or a gelding).

Walker continued: “Cap Francais is another potential Derby prospect. The plan with him is to run in the Listed Blue Riband event at Epsom next month.

“He is a very well-balanced horse and, while Epsom is a very unique track, I am hopeful that he will cope with the undulations.

“The Blue Riband is the way we will probably try and get him qualified, but he is another horse who has wintered well and he was impressive in two starts at Salisbury and Haydock last season.

“Both horses are by Frankel, who has made a brilliant start to his stallion career, and they are definitely going to improve for a step up in trip.

“It’s hugely exciting for both of their owners, who are big supporters of the Derby, and it would be very special for me to have a first runner in the Derby.

“To have two exciting three-year-olds in the yard and both with Investec Derby ambitions is something very exciting. If you can’t get excited about that at the start of March then you’re in the wrong game.

“We are looking forward to the season and seeing how Ginistrelli and Cap Francaisdevelop throughout that time.”

The Investec Derby is the only Classic to elude Her Majesty The Queen, a great supporter of Epsom Downs Racecourse, as an owner, with Aureole faring best when runner-up to Pinza in the Coronation Year of 1953.

There is one Royal-owned contender going forward in the unraced Invictus Spirit (Sir Michael Stoute), a Frankel half-brother to the Listed winner Daphne.

Investec Derby prices from Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival: 4/1 Too Darn Hot; 14/1 Anthony Van Dyck; 16/1 Japan, Quorto*, Dubai Warrior; 20/1 Madhmoon*; 25/1 Turgenev*, Norway, Royal Marine*, Beyond Reason*, Humanitarian, Line Of Duty*; 33/1 bar.

*not yet entered

The 2018 Investec Derby, won by Masar on June 1 at Epsom Downs Racecourse, was named in January as the best three-year-old race run anywhere in the world last year.

The 239th running of the Investec Derby saw a first victory for owner Godolphin in its royal blue silks with decisive victor Masar, trained by Charlie Appleby and partnered by William Buick.

Masar, who has not raced since, came home a length and a half in front of Dee Ex Bee, with another half-length to Roaring Lion in third and a further two and a half lengths to the fourth Saxon Warrior in the 12-runner Classic over a mile and a half over the unique Epsom Downs track.

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) published its annual list of the world’s top 100 Group and Grade 1 Flat races on January 23. The ranked list is compiled using the annual race ratings, which are calculated based on the first four finishers in each race. LONGINES and the IFHA use this list to determine the winner of the annual LONGINES World’s Best Horse Race Award.

The race rating for the G1 Investec Derby last year came 121.75, meaning that the Epsom Downs contest finished ahead of the next best three-year-old only races, America’s Kentucky Derby and Australia’s Winx Stakes, both rated 120.25.

Investec Derby – Five of the Best

 

Too Darn Hot

b c Dubawi (IRE) – Dar Re Mi (GB) (Singspiel (IRE))

Born: March 27, 2016

Breeder: Watership Down Stud

Owner: Lord Lloyd-Webber

Trainer: John Gosden

Form: 1111-

*Ante-post 4/1 favourite for the 2019 Investec Derby.

*The European Champion Two-Year-Old of 2018 after winning all four of his starts impressively, including the G1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket in October.

*Debut win came over a mile at Sandown Park before dropping down to seven furlongs on his three subsequent starts.

*His dam Dar Re Mi scored three times at G1 level, including the 12-furlong Dubai Sheema Classic in 2010.

Race record: Starts: 4; Wins: 4; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £358,966

  

Dubai Warrior

b c Dansili (GB) – Mahbooba (AUS) (Galileo (IRE))

Born: March 4, 2016

Breeder: Essafinaat Ltd

Owner: Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

Trainer: John Gosden

Form: 1-

*Created a big impression on debut in a mile Polytrack maiden at Chelmsford City in November, drawing clear in the closing stages to win by four and a half lengths.

*Dam was a G1 winner in South Africa for trainer Mike de Kock and has already produced promising G3 scorer Mootasadir.

Race record: Starts: 1; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £4,787

Japan (IRE)

b c Galileo (IRE) – Shastye (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

Born: February 22, 2016

Breeder: Newsells Park Stud

Owner: Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Form: 711-

*Stayed on strongly to deny stablemate Mount Everest by a short-head in the G2 Beresford Stakes at Naas on September 30.

*That came on the back of a seven-furlong maiden success at Listowel earlier the same month.

*Full-brother to 2013 Investec Oaks second Secret Gesture and cost 1.3 million guineas as a yearling.

Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £66,973

 

Great Bear

b c Dansili (GB) – Great Heavens (GB) (Galileo (IRE))

Born: March 14, 2016

Breeder: Kincorth Investments Inc

Owner: Exors of the late Lady Rothschild

Trainer: Roger Charlton

Form: 1-

*Overcame more experienced rivals on debut when landing an extended mile Tapeta maiden at Wolverhampton in November.

*From an excellent family – dam won the 2012 Irish Oaks and is a full-sister to dual G1 winner Nathaniel.

Race record: Starts: 1; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £3,752

 

Zarkallani (FR)

b c Invincible Spirit (IRE) – Zarkava (IRE) (Zamindar (USA))

Born: March 20, 2016

Breeder: H Aga Khan

Owner: H Aga Khan

Trainer: Alain de Royer Dupre FR

Form: Unraced

*Unraced Invincible Spirit colt, who is out of outstanding racemare Zarkava.

*Half-brother to G1 performers Zarak and Zarkamiya.

The Investec Derby

Group 1, £1,500,000 total prize fund. Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 1, 2019, 1m 4f 6y. For three-year-old colts (9st) and fillies (8st 11lb). Horses will only be eligible to run provided they have attained a BHA rating of 80 or higher. Horses who do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or more. Horses who have not run will not be eligible. Entries closed December 5, 2017, first scratchings deadline March 5 (96 remain), second entries deadline April 2, second scratchings deadline May 21, five-day confirmations & £85,000 supplementary stage May 27, final declarations May 30. Maximum field 20 runners plus 2 reserves.

Horse

Owner

Trainer

ALBUQUERQUE (IRE)

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

ALFAATIK

Hamdan Al Maktoum

John Gosden

ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE)

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

APPARATE

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

ASAD (IRE)

SH Nasser Al Khalifa & SH Duaij Al Khalifa

Simon Crisford

BALTIC SONG (IRE)

Gestut Ammerland

John Gosden

BANGKOK (IRE)

King Power Racing Co Ltd

Andrew Balding

BARBADOS (IRE)

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Aidan O’Brien IRE

BARREG

Prince A A Faisal

No current trainer

BROOME (IRE)

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Aidan O’Brien IRE

BUCKHURST (IRE)

Annemarie O’Brien

Joseph O’Brien IRE

CADRE DU NOIR (USA)

Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited

Martyn Meade

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE)

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

CASANOVA

H R H Princess Haya of Jordan

John Gosden

CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE)

Flaxman Stables/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

COEUR D’OR (IRE)

Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd

Dermot Weld IRE

CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

DREADNOUGHTUS

I R Hatton

Michael Appleby

DUBAI WARRIOR

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

John Gosden

EAGLES BY DAY (IRE)

Clipper Logistics

Michael Bell

EL MISK

Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

John Gosden

EMINENCE (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

EMIRATES EMPIRE (IRE)

Ahmad Al Shaikh

Michael Bell

FIRST IN LINE

Anthony Oppenheimer

John Gosden

FOX TAL

King Power Racing Co Ltd

Andrew Balding

FRESNO (IRE)

George Strawbridge/Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

GEORGEVILLE

Khalid Abdullah

Dermot Weld IRE

GINISTRELLI (IRE)

Bjorn Nielsen & Eastwind Racing Ltd

Ed Walker

GODZILLA (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

GREAT BEAR

Exors of the Late Lady Rothschild

Roger Charlton

GRENADIER GUARD (IRE)

J Barson

Mark Johnston

GUANDI (USA)

Empire State Racing Partnership

Tom Dascombe

HARPO MARX (IRE)

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

HAWA BLADI (IRE)

Prince A A Faisal

No current trainer

HAZRAN (IRE)

HH Aga Khan

Michael Halford IRE

HE WILL CALL (FR)

Ecurie Pvp Racing

Fabrice Vermeulen FR

HIROSHIMA

G Smith-Bernal

John Ryan

HOLY KINGDOM (IRE)

The Rogues Gallery Two

Tom Clover

HTILOMINLO

H Balasuriya

Sylvester Kirk

HUMANITARIAN (USA)

HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing

John Gosden

IL PARADISO (USA)

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Aidan O’Brien IRE

INVICTUS SPIRIT

The Queen

Sir Michael Stoute

JAHBATH

Hamdan Al Maktoum

William Haggas

JAPAN

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

JUST HUBERT (IRE)

Foursome Thoroughbreds

William Muir

KASAMAN (FR)

HH Aga Khan

Mikel Delzangles FR

KHUZAAM (USA)

Hamdan Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

KING PELLINOR (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

LAKE MCKENZIE (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

LANDA BEACH (IRE)

Philip Fox & Partner

Andrew Balding

LOGICIAN

Khalid Abdullah

John Gosden

LOOK CLOSELY

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

MACKAAR (IRE)

Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

MAKMOUR (FR)

HH Aga Khan

Jean Claude Rouget FR

MANNGUY

Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum

Simon Crisford

MAWSOOF (USA)

Godolphin

Saeed bin Suroor

METIER (IRE)

P Garvey

Andrew Slattery IRE

MIGHTY MATILDA

Branwen Sloper

No current trainer

MOHAWK (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

MOUNT EVEREST (IRE)

Flaxman Stables/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

MUBARIZ

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani

Roger Charlton

NATTY NIGHT

O’Mulloy, Schwartz

William Muir

NORWAY (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

OLD GLORY (IRE)

Zayat Stables/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

PACIFIC OCEAN (IRE)

Atlantic Jewel Syndicate

Aidan O’Brien IRE

PASLEY (IRE)

Annemarie O’Brien

Joseph O’Brien IRE

PERSIAN MOON (IRE)

Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds X

Mark Johnston

PONDUS

Hubert John Strecker

James Fanshawe

PREJUDICE

St Albans Bloodstock Limited

David Simcock

PRIVATE SECRETARY

Denford Stud

John Gosden

QUESTIONARE

Lady Bamford

John Gosden

RAKAN

Hamdan Al Maktoum

Dermot Weld IRE

SHENDAM (FR)

HH Aga Khan

Mikel Delzangles FR

SHENNAN (IRE)

HH Aga Khan

Michael Halford IRE

SO HIGH

George Strawbridge & John R Hass

John Gosden

SOFT LIGHT (FR)

Claudio Marzocco

Jean Claude Rouget FR

SOUTH PACIFIC

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

SOVEREIGN (IRE)

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

SPACE WALK

The Queen

William Haggas

SURFMAN

Peter Winkworth

Roger Varian

SWIFT WING

Lady Bamford

John Gosden

SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Aidan O’Brien IRE

TANKERVILLE (USA)

Khalid Abdullah

Dermot Weld IRE

TECHNICIAN (IRE)

Manton Estate Racing

Martyn Meade

THREE COMETS (GER)

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

TOO DARN HOT

Lord Lloyd Webber

John Gosden

TRAVEL ON

George Strawbridge

John Gosden

TURNBERRY ISLE (IRE)

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Aidan O’Brien IRE

WALDSTERN

Gestut Ammerland

John Gosden

WARGRAVE (IRE)

Cayton Park Stud/Sue Magnier

Fozzy Stack IRE

WESTERN AUSTRALIA (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O’Brien IRE

WIRRAWAY (USA)

Godolphin

John Gosden

ZARAFSHAN (IRE)

HH Aga Khan

Dermot Weld IRE

ZARKALLANI (FR)

HH Aga Khan

Alain de Royer Dupre FR

ZUBA

John Connolly & Odile Griffith

Amanda Perrett

ZUENOON (IRE)

HH Aga Khan

Dermot Weld IRE

 

96 horses remain following March 5 scratchings’ deadline

37 Irish-trained

6 French-trained



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