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.
Dee Ex Bee Course winner over 1m1/2 furlong on heavy ground last season. 2nd in Chester Vase latest run. More needed here.
Delano Roosevelt. Two Group 3 seconds in Ireland this season but need to improve here.
Hazapour. Recent group 3 win Ireland looks good form and trip looks like it will suit.
Kew Gardens by Galileo and sure to stay but recent form suggests not good enough.
Knight to Behold by Sea the Stars has two wins from 3 runs. Beat Kew Gardens in Lingfield listed but must improve on that.
Masar, Craven winner (Group 3) and good third in 2000 Guineas. Good chance at big price.
Roaring Lion, 41/2l winner in Group 2 at York looks good form and also NK second to very sort priced fav. Chances here!
Unbeaten colt Saxon Warrior, winner of 2000 guineas and worthy fav.
Sevenna Star, unbeaten this season and improving, ground and distance should suit but may need too much improvent.
The Pentagon. Placed in group company but lots of improvement needed here.
Young Rascal is improving fast and recent Group 3 a positive. Good chance of making the frame.
Zabriskie placed in group races but little chance on known form.
Impossible to look beyond the strong impressive Saxon Warrior in this race but if he does not run to his potential then Roaring Lion could well step up.
|1||6||6312-32 • C||Dee Ex Bee (GB)||3||9st 0lbs||Mark Johnston||Silvestre De Sousa||110|
|2||4||132-22||Delano Roosevelt (IRE)||3||9st 0lbs||Aidan O'Brien||Seamie Heffernan||110|
|3||3||013-1||Hazapour (IRE)||3||9st 0lbs||D. K. Weld||Frankie Dettori||112|
|4||12||1241-32||Kew Gardens (IRE)||3||9st 0lbs||Aidan O'Brien||Donnacha O'Brien||110|
|5||2||21-1 • D||Knight To Behold (IRE)||3||9st 0lbs||Harry Dunlop||Richard Kingscote||111|
|6||10||136-013||Masar (IRE)||3||9st 0lbs||Charlie Appleby||William Buick||117|
|7||5||112-351||Roaring Lion (USA)||3||9st 0lbs||John Gosden||Oisin Murphy||118|
|8||1||111-1||Saxon Warrior (JPN)||3||9st 0lbs||Aidan O'Brien||Ryan Moore||120|
|9||7||23-Nov||Sevenna Star (IRE)||3||9st 0lbs||John Gosden||Robert Havlin||107|
|10||11||6113-33||The Pentagon (IRE)||3||9st 0lbs||Aidan O'Brien||W. M. Lordan||110|
|11||9||2-11 • D||Young Rascal (FR)||3||9st 0lbs||William Haggas||James Doyle||112|
|12||8||010-63||Zabriskie (IRE)||3||9st 0lbs||Aidan O'Brien||Padraig Beggy||105|