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FrankieDettori is NOT retiring! Saeed, one of Masar's grooms, was ecstatic too.
Charlie Appleby's wife in tears, also. Did you back a loser in the Derby? I love horses, and I love racing. By Tom Peacock It must be an odd feeling for a jockey to be back in a more mundane race like this concluding handicap after claiming the biggest victory of your career but that's what William Buick is doing in the finale aboard Brian The Snail, a Godolphin purchase last season with Richard Fahey. Frankie Dettori said of Hazapour: "He ran a great race, he just didn't get the last furlong and a half. We didn't jump great and were struggling to get in, so we were beat some way out.
He's still a baby, he's only had four runs, and it would have all been new to him. He was a little bit in awe of it all, I'd say. We'll see how he is but I wouldn't rule it Irish Derby out. Gabrial is such a wonderful horse and he has earned himself a go at Royal Ascot with his fine second behind Century Dream in the Investec Diomed Stakes. Trainer Richard Fahey said: "Gabrial is a brilliant horse.
He is so tough and ultra-consistent. He would like some cut in the ground and we're looking forward to going.
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I ran the rule over the field a few days ago and reckoned Delano Roosevelt was the best of the each-way options as a horse capable of improving much further and I'm happy with that. Mind you, today's selections have not been an unmitigated success, and he could prove to be plain slow. It's probably going to be Saxon Warrior, isn't it? Aidan O'Brien joining John Porter, Fred Darling and Robert Robson among the seven-time winners would be quite something, as would the horse establishing himself as the possible Triple Crown succcessor to Nijinsky. The trainer said: "She was a little bit unlucky.
She was taking on older fillies for the first time, and she's come from a long way back. She's run a super race and we're very pleased with her. As soon as she gets this ground, she's very capable.
She's a very good filly. When she gets her toe in, she's a stone better. Trip-wise, a mile is perfect. She might well get further in time, but if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Caspian Prince has won the race three times before and you wouldn't write Mick Appleby off in getting him right again. He's currently the third favourite at behind Boom The Groom, an interesting contender after a really promising effort in the trial earlier in the season. His trainer Tony Carroll is a man who knows his onions, but the horse is currently a bit wound up at the start, spinning round and giving Silvestre De Sousa the runaround.
Current favourite is Dark Shot, whose jockey Jamie Gormley is visiting Epsom for the first time today. Really tricky renewal of the Investec Diomed Stakes, with only about five points separating the entire field of seven with Arod ruled out. This ex John Gosden horse looks interesting. Breton Rock is often fancied in races such as this, but remains a seven-furlong specialist and is having his first start of the season.
Love Dreams, for the irresistible De Sousa and Johnston combo. Some interesting stuff from Frankie Dettori just now after he had hopped off his winner Wilamina. Who knows. The favourite has still got to stay, a mile to a mile and a half is a big jump. Very interesting half-way up the straight in the opener that horses were spread right across the track.
Joe Fanning and Poet's Prince elected to go across to the stands' rail, which had been the place to be yesterday, and would be a brave move indeed in the Derby. In the end, Fanning drifted back into the middle but the race was already in the hands of Connect and Adam Kirby, who had stuck far side. Connect, who was disappointing last time, had run OK in the Greenham on his reappearance and now that he seems more of a mile and a quarter horse, could easily sneak up to Listed company again. Most of you will know my thoughts on how Roaring Lion is going to not get anywhere near a podium finish in the Investec Derby today, but that's just me.
The guy who wil be riding him, Oisin Murphy, is obviously more upbeat that the impressive Dante winner is going to reel in his Guineas conqueror in Saxon Warrior and more. I watched the film this morning, he moved the whole gate. Roaring Lion is a horse with good turn of foot but that might be a blunted today,. Genuinely nowhere else I'd want to be on the first Saturday in June pic. The first race is off in 10 minutes and there should be plenty of clues as to how the ground is and where the jockeys go, as the Investec Private Banking Handicap is over a mile and a quarter. It gets worse. He has been placed only once.
He's not even toop-rated by Timeform - who confer that on to Sovereign Debt.
The final nail in the coffin is that in Charlie Hills's Weekender column, he didn't even get a mention! It looks for all the world he is far too short in the betting, and the only way I can see him winning, which is obviously entirely possible, is that there could be a pace burnout and he might pick up the pieces.
True Valour, Century Dream and Love Dreams all like to be up there, but the place to be was on the speed yesterday and I'm willing to pay to find out. Century Dream is 4. I quite like the look of Crazy Horse at a double-figure price and Gabrial would not be without a chance. I'm happy to lay, though, and with the seven runners due to Arod's withrawal I'm going for the jugular and laying for a place at 1. I always think that overseas-trained runners, aside from those from Andre Fabre's stable, tend to be overpriced in races over here.
Perhaps it is because the trainers' names are unfamiliar, but anyone with a little knowledge of European ought to be aware of Markus Klug. At a general , I think Diaphora is really interesting in what does not look a very strong Princess Elizabeth Stakes, with Klug picking William Buick for the mount. She beat a race-fit Peace In Motion, a very consistent Group Three performer around Europe, quite comfortably in a Listed race in Hanover last month, having hit the front a couple of furlongs out and defending her lead from all-comers.
Harry Dunlop is hugely excited about saddling Lingfield Derby Trial winner Knight To Behold in the big one and is out in force with the family. Team Dunlop walking the course before racing. Lambourntrained LambournGallops pic. Pat Smullen is another jockey wishing he was enjoying the hullabaloo of Epsom. And good luck to him, too, and Hazapour. It followed up his win in the Guineas aboard Saxon Warrior at Newmarket, and the year-old is on Kew Gardens in the big one at 4.
His brother, Joseph, registered two wins in the Derby, on top of the Triple Crown failure Camelot in , and then Australia two years later.
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This day every year is one of the few that I really miss race riding. Hopefully all goes well for Saxon Warrior today. Joseph embarked on his mission to join the select band of four trainers who have ridden a Derby winner and went on to saddle one when Rekindling was 16th of 18 here last year before goin on to scoop the Melbourne Cup at Flemington.
He is clearly missing the razzamatazz of Derby day, as illustrated in his tweet this morning above. According to Simon Rowlands, the sectional timings expert, Roaring Lion ran the final three furlongs of the Dante in It was the second fastest final three furlongs of the entire three-day meeting, and it is no surprise to see him the favourite for the Coral Eclipse in July.
For those of you who like John Gosden's charge, there's always the fact that his name has been chalked up on the Amato Inn here - seen here from Coolmore's Kevin Buckley. I'm not sure how successful the local Romany tipsters have been over the past few years but I am happy to take them on. Roaring Lion was as short as for the Derby a few weeks back but is now You can lay him for a place on Betfair at 2. Good business, in my mind. Saxon Warrior has arrived here at Epsom. He is safely ensconced in the stables here and has been smashed in to odds-on both with traditional bookmakers and with the exchanges.
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He currently trades at as low as with William Hill, but is best at a steady and generally available On the exchanges, he is around 1. They were just about to take off from Ballydoyle when the "lads" [surely not the Coolmore triumvirate?! The fire brigade were called and the Ballydoyle crew only arrived at Epsom for 2pm. Tom Peacock and I will be hosting you throughout the day here at Epsom, while our roving team will be bring you all the latest from around the Downs.
There has been a going change here after it was dry overnight. We are now good to soft, good in places, from being 'soft' in places. With the sun breaking through the clouds here on a regular basis, I can see that being good all round by 4. For those who like the science of GoingStick readings, we are 6. It means those drawn closest to the stands' side in the Dash may well have a significant advantage. Bets are accepted in accordance with the bookmaker's rules and terms and conditions.
Derby day - as it happened! Sat 2 Jun By Racinguk. It was the first time Appleby and Buick had won the Derby. Roaring Lion was third, while the favourite Saxon Warrior was fourth. Frankie Dettori has scotched rumours that he will retire, underlining he will go on for another five years Derby day live blog!
Just be clear. Sat Geoffrey Riddle Louchepunter. It wasn't all about Sheikhs and Godolphin today. Chesapeake, meanwhile, was almost the last to break and was not doing much at the back of the pack. Ten Broeck finished fifth and Chesapeake eighth. Aristides, again ridden by Oliver Lewis, came in second in the Belmont Stakes, the race that today is the third race in the Triple Crown of U. On 10 May , Aristides set the fastest time on record for two and a half miles at at Lexington, Kentucky.
Ten Broeck finished second in this race for four-year-olds. In total Aristides raced 21 times with 9 wins, five places, and one show. Aristides died on June 21, In , the Aristides Stakes was inaugurated at Churchill Downs to honor him.
A life-sized bronze statue of Aristides by Carl Regutti stands in the Clubhouse Gardens as a memorial. My late wife was born in Louisville into a Kentucky family with a long pedigree of its own.
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Nothing symbolized her long heritage and love of Kentucky more than the Derby pronounced D-er-by in the U. She bought the racing form the day before and studied the field, eventually picking her favorite. On the day, she watched the coverage for hours and hours prior to the race, with breaks during the commercials to make mint juleps and cornbread.
I looked after the Kentucky burgoo and collards, both of which have to simmer long hours. With cornbread you just have to have the knack born of decades of experience. Deborah made hers in a cast iron skillet, jet black with age. It was probably my most valued tool in the kitchen. For cornbread there is no finer weapon.
Mix the dry ingredients well in one bowl, and the milk and egg together in another. Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour the wet ones in to combine, using a wooden spoon to mix.