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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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With the favourite being supplemented for the race is will be interesting to see if he stays this distance a doubt that his owner had until his fine race in the Dante. That was over a shorter distance than today and although he was staying on there is still a doubt. Is he worth taking on today?

Hans Holbein was a good winner of the Chester Vase over this distance and that was a good performance but that was a Group 3 and over a tight track which will be somewhat different to today.

Golden Horn’s stablemate Jack Hobbs is another likely to be there at the end fighting out a finish but does have a few lengths to make up on the favourite.

Giovanni Canaletto is the pick of the Aiden O’Brien horses today by top jockey Ryan Moore and he looks as if the trip will be no problem however the stables outsider won yesterday, can lightning strike twice?

Race Conditions: For 3yo entire colts & fillies Weights colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb





List_of_runners


NUMBER DRAW FORM NAME AGE WEIGHT TRAINER JOCKEY RATING
 


1 4 5530 Carbon Dating 3 9-0 John Patrick Shanahan Ronan Whelan 93

A bay colt by the Carbon Unit trained in Ireland by John Patrick Shanahan.


No career wins so far and finished last in the Irish 2000 Guineas. By far the lowest rated colt in the race and there is little to suggest that he can win here today.


2 3 1111-3 Elm Park 3 9-0 Andrew Balding Andrea Atzeni 117

A bay colt by Pheonix Reach trained by Andrew balding.


Ran up four wins on the bounce last season with the peak being a Group 1 at Doncaster.
Only run this season in the Dante stakes behind Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs. He was fading in the closing stages suggesting that the two extra furlongs today will not suit. However he did come on quite a bit last season for his first run.


3 1 111-2 Epicuris 3 9-0 Mme C Head-Maarek Thierry Thulliez 112

A bay colt by Rail Link trained by MNE C Head-Maarek in France.


Unbeaten as a two-year-old, this horse has had problems entering the stalls. For this reason it seems he runs in the English Derby as opposed to the French Derby as here he will get some assistance at the starting gate from equine behavioural expert Nicolas Blondeau, which he would not be able to do if he ran in France where there are strict rules and only official stall handlers would be able to handle the horse. One run this season he finished second at odds on in a group 3 in France.


4 9 31-2 Giovanni Canaletto 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Ryan Moore 109

Chestnut colt by Galileo trained in Ireland by Aidan O’Brien.

Winner of his maiden over 1 mile but disappointingly did not win is only run this season in a Group 3 in Ireland. That race was over 1 mile and 2 furlongs and he was going strongly at the end suggesting that this trip may well suit. Gets top jockey Ryan Moore on board today and has a live chance in the race.


5 8 1-11 Golden Horn 3 9-0 John Gosden Frankie Dettori 118

A bay colt by Cape Cross trained by John Gosden.

Unbeaten and supplemented at a cost of Ł75,000 for the race this colt is a worthy favourite. A very smart performance over 1 mile two and a half furlongs in the Dante stakes at York put his participation in the frame. Was very impressive that day drawing clear of the chasing pack which included Jack Hobbs and Elm Park. Looks a strong favourite in a good race.


6 2 4-211 Hans Holbein 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Seamie Heffernan 107

A bay colt by Montjeu trained by Aidan O'Brien in Ireland.

The winner of the Chester vase a Group 3 over 1 mile 4 1/2 furlongs shows this horse has some class and will have no problem staying the distance. When so many of these runners today have not yet tried this distance this must count in his favour. He was running well and staying on at the end of the race. A lively outsider.


7 10 1-12 Jack Hobbs 3 9-0 John Gosden William Buick 112

A brown colt by Halling trained by John Gosden.

A nice horse who has progressed as he stepped up in distance, however he could only get within two and three-quarters of a lengths of his stablemate Golden Horn in the Dante stakes over 1 mile to an a half furlongs. His jockey that day Frankie Dettori is now riding race favourite Golden Horn, and has said that the one-horse he is worried about in the race is his stablemate Jack Hobbs.


8 6 96-11 Kilimanjaro 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Joseph O'Brien 102

A grey colt by High Chaparral trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien.

Progressive horse who has been getting better as he has run over longer distances. Will need to improve to win today but I'm sure that we will see some improvement it's just a question of whether we see enough.


9 5 1-38 Moheet 3 9-0 Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs 105

A bay colt by High Chaparral trained by Richard Hannon.


A nice horse who finished eighth in the 2000 Guineas. Has never been run over a distance other than 1 mile so connections must be expecting a big step up improvement with a rise in distance. Nothing in form to suggest that this will occur.


10 11 1-15 Rogue Runner 3 9-0 A Wohler Oisin Murphy 101

A bay colt by Kings Best trained by a Wohler in Germany.


Nothing to suggest that this horse can make an impression here today.


11 7 2-5121 Storm The Stars 3 9-0 William Haggas Pat Cosgrave 106

A bay colt by Sea the Stars trained by William Haggas.


Listed winner who finished second in the Group 3 Chester vase back in May over 1 mile four a half furlongs behind one of his opponents today Hans Halbein.
Will stay the distance looks to have plenty on his plate today.


12 12 15-111 Success Days 3 9-0 K J Condon Shane foley 117

A grey colt by Jeremy trained by K. J. Condon in Ireland.


A dual group 3 winner in Ireland over 1 mile and 2 furlongs. A real mud lover as both of these wins have come on heavy ground. Looks to have plenty to do unless we get a deluge of rain.







The_Full_Result




1 1-11 Golden Horn 3 9-0 John Gosden Frankie Dettori
2 1-12 Jack Hobbs 3 9-0 John Gosden William Buick
3 2-5121 Storm The Stars 3 9-0 William Haggas Pat Cosgrove
4 31-2 Giovanni Canaletto 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Ryan Moore
5 111-2 Epicuris 3 9-0 Mme C Head-Maarek Thyerry Thulliez
6 96-11 Kilimanjaro 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Joseph O'Brien
7 4-211 Hans Holbein 3 9-0 A P OŽBrien Sesmie heffernan
8 5530 Carbon Dating 3 9-0 John Patrick Shanahan Ronan Whelan
9 1-15 Rogue Runner 3 9-0 A Wohler Oisin Murphy
10 1-38 Moheet 3 9-0 Richard Hannon Pat Dobbs
11 1111-3 Elm Park 3 9-0 Andrew Balding Andrea Atzeni
12 15-111 Success Days 3 9-0 K J Condon Shane Foley













 
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