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The Epsom Derby regarded by many as the greatest flat race in the world has been run since 1780. It is a crucial part of the five english classic races in the UK, it is run at Epsom Downs racecourse in early June.

The Derby was first thought of after the inaugural running of another of the classics, The Oaks Stakes in 1779.
When it was confirmed that another race was to be created itf was agreed that the race would be named after the host of the celebration The 12th Earl of Derby.

The uniqueness of the Epsom Downs racecourse means that a horse must be well balanced as the course has undulations which can leave a horse unsettled and disturbed and subsequently left behind. The race also requires the horse to have good stamina and also must have the speed to finish well in this very fast run race.

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Another top class list of entries with the best of the European horses listed.

Dawn_Approach

Dawn Approach will take his chance today, not certain to stay and bred to be a 10 furlong horse and not a 12 furlong horse. Will his class see him through today?

French raider Ocovango looks like very strong opposition to the odds-on fav today unless the ground turns up rock solid. He has good winning form and has beaten many other horses with winning form in France. Comes here with the benefit of a racecourse gallop under his belt.

Most of the field today trying this trip for the first time and only one horse Ruler of the World has won over this distance previously.

A great race in prospect with horses from France, Germany, Ireland as well as England taking place today.








List_of_runners


Colours Number Draw Form Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier 1 9 111-11 Battle Of Marengo 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Joseph O'Brien 117
A top class colt and one of five runners from the Aiden O'Brien yard. This one is the stable first choice in this race and will be ridden by the trainer’s son Joseph. This horse had a great two-year-old season winning three times with the culmination of his season in the Group 2 Juddmont Beresford Stakes. He has had two runs this season winning a Group 3, and then a Group 2 very comfortably over 10 furlongs. Like many others in the race he will be trying this distance for the first time but breeding suggests that it should not be a problem.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 10 furlongs (five wins from six starts).
Rating: * * * *.
Qatar Racing Limited 2 4 21-1 Chopin 3 9-0 A Wohler Jamie Spencer 115
German raider coming here after winning a Group 3 in his home country and wining his last two races with distances of nine lengths and eight lengths. Difficult to fully assess his form but looks as if he could be a useful animal. Do not write off as a no hoper.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft add up to a distance of nine furlongs (two wins from three starts).
Rating: * * *.
Godolphin 3 7 1111-1 Dawn Approach 3 9-0 J S Bolger Kevin Manning 125
Absolute top class colt, unbeaten and winner of the 2000 Guineas early last month. Won that race very impressively as he has done in all of his other wins. The only doubt in this horse’s form is the distance. He is not bred to get the full Derby distance of 12 furlongs and looks more like a 10 furlong horse. However the horse is so good I would suggest that his class will see him through today in a race that will not have any false pace. Other than his breeding there is nothing in his running to suggest he won't get the full trip. He is also well balanced horse and that is something that is very important when running at this tricky course. Certainly the one they all have to beat today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to firm through to good to soft add up to a distance of eight furlongs (seven wins from seven starts).
Rating: * * * * *.
Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier 4 2 51-3 Festive Cheer 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Seamie Heffernan 111
A French bred horse that does not have seem to have the form that is required to win this race today. Best result was probably a Group 2 race in France on his last outing where he came third of eight.
Only win came on standard ground and at a distance of seven furlongs (one win from three starts).
Rating: *
Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith 5 *8 127-96 Flying The Flag 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Colm O'Donoghue 108
A horse that does not seem to have lived up to his expectations. Following his first run where he won a low-key event he has since been tried in group company running in one Group 2 and three Group 1 races without much success, his last run being in the Irish 2000 Guineas where he finished 6th of 10. Like many others he has not been tried at the distance over a mile but is well bred and this distance should be around his best. He would need a massive improvement in form to have any chance of making the frame here.
Only win was on good to soft ground over seven furlongs. (One win from five starts).
Rating: * *.
Michael O'Flynn 6 11 15-3 Galileo Rock 3 9-0 David Wachman Wayne Lordan 108
A nice progressive horse and another bred to stay this trip. Has run well up to 10 furlongs, in his last race he was third in a Group 3 at Sandown. He is another who will have to improve a good deal to trouble the leading contenders here today.
One win was on soft ground over 1 mile. (One win from three starts).
Rating: *
Hubert John Strecker 7 5 141 Libertarian 3 9-0 Mrs K Burke William Buick 112
Really good winner at a big starting price of the Group 2 Dante stakes at York a few weeks ago. That was over 10 1/2 furlongs and he was staying on strongly at the end suggesting that this trip may not be any problem. Given his good recent form he could be one to make the frame.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to good to soft and at a distance of 10 furlongs. (Two wins from three starts).
Rating: * *
Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier 8 12 1-6 Mars 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien R.Hughes 108
Only two career runs so far. His first was an impressive win in his two-year old maiden. And only run this year was in the 2000 Guineas where he finished 6th of 13 behind Dawn Approach. An intriguing runner whose form is difficult to fully assess as he is bred more for this distance than the 2000 Guineas where he was staying on at the end of the race. Unlikely to overturn the form with Dawn Approach, but if runs well could be placed.
Only win on standard all-whether over seven furlongs. (One win from two starts).
Rating: * *
Saif Ali 9 6 5137-1 Mirsaale 3 9-0 James Tate Neil Callan 96
The winner of the Derby trial back in April shows that he handles the course well and also he was staying on really well at the end of that 10 furlong race. Looks as if another two furlongs would not be a problem. On past form he should not be good enough to make the frame in this race unless a few of the fancied horses fail.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to good to firm and up to a distance of 10 furlongs. (Two wins from five starts).
Rating *.
W McLuskey 10 3 64-998 Ocean Applause 3 9-0 John Ryan Daragh O'Donohoe 74
Well exposed horse and 16 runs in his career so far without any success suggests that the horse has no real chance here.
No wins (zero wins from 16 starts).
Rating –*.
Prince A A Faisal 11 1 1-11 Ocovango 3 9-0 A Fabre Pierre-Charles Boudot 114
Top class French raider who is unbeaten in his races so far. Comes here from the very powerful stable of Andre Fabre who won the race in 2011 with Pour Moi. As he is French bred we would expect any give in the ground to be an advantage to this horse and he has been over to this country for a racecourse gallop. A strong contender in the race today and would not be a surprise winner should Dawn Approach not fulfil his potential. Unless the ground is firm I would expect this horse to make the frame.
Wins of come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 11 furlongs. (Three wins from three starts).
Rating * * * * *.
Mrs John Magnier & Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith 12 10 11 Ruler Of The World 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Ryan Moore 109
Another unbeaten colt who so far has looked good. Unraced as a two-year-old he won his maiden in Ireland and then followed that up with a very impressive win in the Chester vase in early May where he had the rest of his field six lengths behind over this distance. Look a well balanced horse and will get the trip without any problem and looks a strong candidate to be placed.
Both wins have been on good ground and up to a distance of 12 furlongs. (Two wins from two starts).
Rating * * *





The_Full_Result


Position Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey
1 Ruler Of The World (IRE) 7/1 3 9-0 p A P O'Brien Ryan Moore
2 Libertarian 14/1 3 9-0 Mrs K Burke William Buick
3 Galileo Rock (IRE) 25/1 3 9-0 David Wachman Wayne Lordan
4 Battle Of Marengo (IRE) 11/2 3 9-0 p A P O'Brien Joseph O'Brien
5 Ocovango 8/1 3 9-0 A Fabre Pierre-Charles Boudot
6 Mars (IRE) 12/1 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Richard Hughes
7 Chopin (GER) 12/1 3 9-0 A Wohler Jamie Spencer
8 Flying The Flag (IRE) 66/1 3 9-2 (2lb OW) A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue
9 Mirsaale 50/1 3 9-0 James Tate Neil Callan
10 Festive Cheer (FR) 25/1 3 9-0 A P O'Brien Seamie Heffernan
11 Ocean Applause 200/1 3 9-0 p John Ryan Daragh O'Donohoe
12 Dawn Approach (IRE) 5/4F 3 9-0 J S Bolger Kevin Manning












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