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Thursday, May 24, 2012

BREAKFAST WITH THE STARS - THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

 

TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS LOOKING AHEAD TO THE INVESTEC DERBY FESTIVAL AT EPSOM DOWNS

 

Breakfast With The Stars, hosted by Clare Balding and Nick Luck, took place early on the morning of Thursday, May 24, at Epsom Downs Racecourse, eight days ahead of the start of the Investec Derby Festival.

 

The Investec Oaks headlines on the first day, Friday, June 1, Investec Ladies’ Day, with the Investec Derby and the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (Sponsored By Investec) the key attractions on Investec Derby Day, Saturday, June 2.

 

Horses running at the Investec Derby Festival got the chance to exercise on the unique undulating course today, while there were also interviews with many others hoping to be represented over the two days.

 

Two from Andrew Balding’s Kingsclere yard, Minimise Risk (Investec Derby) and a lead horse, Ispahan, did a seven-furlong spin. Minimise Risk, with Jimmy Fortune up, came out on top by a length.

 

Balding also trains a leading Investec Derby hope in Bonfire, winner of the principal trial, the Betfred Dante Stakes at York. So far has had a 100 per cent record in Classics at Epsom Downs as Casual Look took the Investec Oaks in 2003.

 

He said: “Before this year, I haven’t had a horse who has got to this stage in the Investec Derby.

“I was delighted with Bonfire at York - he did everything we could have asked for and he seems to have come out of the race very well.

 

“He gave a buck on the gallops yesterday which is a good sign - he is a naturally fit horse. It is very exciting.

 

“We had a big meeting at the beginning of the year with the owners, Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, and sat down to talk with Harry Herbert and John Warren about the best way to progress to June.

 

“Unfortunately, he had a dirty scope when we first hoped to run at the Craven meeting and the horse was getting bored and needed some stimulation. Carolyn Warren came up with the suggestion of sending him to Dan Jocelyn, a very accomplished event rider, who lives near us. We sent him there for a couple of sessions just to break up the routine.

 

“That helped and obviously we had the aborted mission to Chester, which might have dragged some horses down, but it seemed to really stimulate him which was good.

 

“I have to thank Minimise Risk for not running Bonfire at Chester. Minimise Risk had handled soft ground when he won his maiden at Newbury but he could not handle the conditions at Chester at all because the ground was just so saturated. He is a progressive horse and he grew up in the same paddock at Highclere (Stud) as Bonfire and Camelot. It is quite amazing - there was Vow at Highclere as well and between Highclere and Kingsclere there is a little place called Watership Down (Stud which has Investec Oaks hope The Fugue) is close by so next weekend is going to be quite something for a little valley.”

 

Asked by his sister, who described him as a Derby boffin, if he thinks about what it might be like to win the Derby, he replied: “No - I would not let myself think that because the Derby is everything.

 

“For everyone who trains racehorses it is the race. It has got over 230 years of history and, as you say, sad people like myself look through the records of the past and you see all the great names there. Obviously, you have got to have the aspiration to have your name on the list as well. It is a big occasion and I am really looking forward to it. I am grateful for having two horses good enough.

 

“I have most of the Derby racecards from 1964 onwards.”

 

Fortune, who partners Bonfire in the Investec Derby with Jamie Spencer on Minimise Risk, said: “I was very impressed with Bonfire in the Dante - he travelled very well - we got there far too early but I was very impressed by the way he stuck his head out. He certainly won going away.”

 

Asked whether the horse’s temperament will withstand the hullabaloo of Derby day, the jockey replied: “Of course he will. People have gone on about this horse’s temperament. He is a jack the lad - he likes to do things his own way - but no way does he worry or get upset. He is very genuine and he is actually a very easy ride when he is going.

 

“I have not ridden him since York and I very rarely ride him at home - I think I have only ridden work on him three times. Leanne Masterton rides him at home.

 

“I think Bonfire will stay but he is not guaranteed to stay - we won’t know until the day. I really like the horse of Aidan’s (O’Brien - Imperial Monarch) who won the Sandown Trial. He impressed me that day and I’d say he would be as big a danger as the favourite (Camelot).

 

“It was routine work on Minimise Risk this morning. He cantered before striding on in the last two furlongs - he’d be a fair bit behind Bonfire.”

 

William Haggas is another trainer with a 100 per cent record in Epsom Downs Classics, having had one runner in the Investec Derby, Shaamit, who won in 1996 and one in the Investec Oaks, Dancing Rain, who was successful in 2011.

 

He had two horses work this morning, the half-brothers Beaten Up (with Liam Jones up) and Harris Tweed. The former holds an entry in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (Sponsored By Investec). They started out at the mile pole and went a good pace, with Beaten Up drawing clear in the final furlong.

 

Haggas also has a leading Investec Oaks hope in Vow, who like Bonfire is owned by the Pocahontas Syndicate of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing.

 

The Newmarket trainer said: “Vow is quite idle - a good mover and a good stayer. She tries quite hard. I have no idea how she has come out of her Lingfield win as she is idle. She is similar in that way to Dancing Rain, who did not look an Oaks winner last year - it is a leap of faith.

 

“It is quite a difficult one to judge really - have I got them fit enough? The temptation is to work them too much but fortunately I have been doing this for a long time. I have made so many cock-ups over the years, I will try not to make one this year.

 

“Beaten Up is a talented performer and why not go for the money. That is why we went to Dubai. We wanted to give him more experience which is one of the reasons we brought him here today. He is a very powerful relentless galloper. The Coronation Cup is a very good race.

                                                                    

 

“Johnny (Murtagh) is coming over to ride Vow and he will partner Beaten Up as well.”

 

John Gosden, who won the Investec Derby with Benny The Dip (1997), worked three horses this morning. Last year’s Ladbrokes St Leger winner Masked Marvel (William Buick) goes for the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (Sponsored By Investec), while Joviality (Robert Havlin) targets the Group Three Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By Investec) on the opening day. There was also a lead horse, partnered by Saleem Golam. Masked Marvel finished ahead of the lead horse with Joviality in third after none were pushed hard.

 

Gosden, who also trains leading Investec Oaks chance The Fugue and Investec Derby hope Thought Worthy, said: “The Fugue is a very nice filly. We had a very dry autumn and winter then torrential rain in April and May.

 

“York was the first major meeting to start on good ground. The Fugue was asked a big question. She ran in the Guineas on ground that was a little bit specialist and she was struck into. She came out of that well and won nicely at York. You need luck in running at Epsom and I hope she stays.

 

“Thought Worthy is taking the same path as his brother (Lucarno fourth in the 2007 Investec Derby). This horse will come to Epsom next week in good order, stay the trip but the Hill might be a bit of a question mark. He only ran Saturday so I was not going to bring him down here today. The Derby is a great race to be part of and owner/breeder (George Strawbridge) is game for it.

 

“The Derby is fascinating as you have an exceptional horse in Camelot, while there is the indefinable and wonderful man Jim Bolger (with Parish Hall) who can pull rabbits out of any hat.

 

“Masked Marvel is a lovely horse and he broke the track record when racing into a headwind at Doncaster which takes some doing. We ran him the other day in the knowledge that we needed to get him on the track, to let some steam off, but he did not like the ground. He worked well this morning and handled the Hill better than he did last year.”

 

Buick, due to partner The Fugue in the Investec Oaks, Thought Worthy in the Investec Derby and Masked Marvel in the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (Sponsored By Investec), commented: “I am very fortunate to have a good book of rides. It is great.

 

“The Fugue is a lovely filly  - she won the Musidora very easily - she has the quality to go very close.

 

“She has a realistic chance of winning the Oaks which is very exciting. That is the good thing about her - she has a great temperament.

“She was great before the race at York and travelled beautifully in it. She has done everything right and she strikes me as a filly who will go round Epsom, though you never really know until the day. I feel she has all the right attributes.

 

“Thought Worthy did well to win at Newmarket over his minimum trip. He looked beat but appreciated the rising ground and will definitely excel over a mile and a half . There is plenty of improvement in him but whether he will handle the track I am not sure. He deserves his chance.        

 

“Masked Marvel went well this morning - the ground was too soft for him at Newmarket. The way he went this morning, you would have to be hopeful at Epsom.”

 

Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien was interviewed over the phone by Clare Balding.

 

He has the favourites for both Epsom Downs Classics next week. Camelot is priced at 8/11 favourite for the Investec Derby by William Hill, Offficial Betting Partner of the Investec Derby Festival, while Maybe leads the way in the Investec Oaks at 11/4.

 

O’Brien has five horse left in the Investec Derby and six in the Investec Oaks. His son Joseph, 19 yesterday, will ride Camelot.

 

The trainer said: “Camelot has been good (since winning the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket in early May) - everything is fine.

 

“He has been going gently and everything is well so far. I am happy with him.

 

“He has always been a very special horse here, from day one. He was a very short-priced favourite when he went for his maiden and then I was very happy with him in the Racing Post Trophy. His first big test was the Guineas.

 

“He is one of those very special horses. He is very relaxed, very straightforward and very calm but has a lot of nervous energy.

 

“All the others are on Derby work regimes and everything has gone well so far. They will go through all the tests next week and we will decide what to do.

 

“We are under no illusions with the Derby. We had two very special horses in High Chaparral and Galileo and have not won it since. The race is a very difficult test of a horse. There cannot be any chink in their armour and everything has to go right on the day. We are delighted to get there with horses with chances.

 

“Maybe would be the first one to mention for the Oaks - we were very happy with her run in the Guineas when the ground was a bit on the slow side. Obviously, she is by Galileo and she has a very fast pedigree so a mile and a half is unknown until we do it.

 

Kissed would be the next one. We were very happy with her first run of the year at Navan and she won very nicely.

 

Betterbetterbetter ran a good race at Chester and Joseph said if he was ride her again he might delay her challenge. Was had her first run back at Naas but I am not sure she will be ready in time. Twirl returned at York and would like to step up to a mile and a half. The Oaks is an incredibly important race for the pedigree.”

 

Turning to the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (Sponsored By Investec), O’Brien said: “Hopefully, Joseph will ride St Nicholas Abbey. That is the plan anyway. He is definitely the main runner we will have there.”

 

Jim Bolger is running Parish Hall for the first time this year in the Abu Dhabi Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh on Saturday and then last year’s winner of the Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket could go for the Investec Derby.

 

The trainer explained: “He tends to run a bit and looks like a horse who is going to stay too.

 

“I’d have gone for the Newmarket Guineas. That was the plan initially but the ground was not suitable at Newmarket.

 

“We have only one week between the races (Irish Guineas and Investec Derby) so we will have to see how he comes out of it. But he is a fairly hardy horse and I am expecting him to be fine after his run at the Curragh.

 

“I hope he wins at the Curragh. I think he is good enough to win a Classic - I would not mind if it was on Saturday.

 

“He will really come into his own when he gets 10 furlongs and a mile and a half. He is the first foal of the dam. I shouldn’t have huge expectations but he is already a Group One winner. I hope he can build on Saturday’s run.

 

“It looks like Aidan’s horse (Camelot in the Investec Derby) is the one that everybody has to beat.

 

“We will have some idea on Monday (whether Parish Hall will go for the Investec Derby) but it will have had to clarify itself by Wednesday.

 

“I am very keen to get him to Epsom - if I thought the horse was well, I’d give it a go.”

Rugged Cross was the final horse to experience the Epsom Downs track this morning. Trained by Henry Candy, who sent out the second Master Willie in 1980, and ridden by Dane O’Neill, the Investec Derby outsider cantered.

 

Andrew Cooper, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Epsom Downs, described how the ground has dried since Tuesday of last week.

 

The aim is to ensure that the Investec Derby is run on ground no faster than good to firm.

 

LATEST BETTING FROM WILLIAM HILL, OFFICIAL BETTING PARTNER OF THE 2012 INVESTEC DERBY FESTIVAL

 

Investec Derby: 8-11 Camelot, 6-1 Bonfire, 14-1 Main Sequence, Parish Hall, 16-1 Imperial Monarch, 20-1 Astrology, Kesampour, 25-1 Thought Worthy, 33-1 Mariner's Cross, Mickdaam, 50-1 Farhaan, Father Of Science, Mandaean, Rugged Cross, 66-1 BAR (EW ¼ 1,2,3)

 

Investec Oaks: 11-4 Maybe, 3-1 The Fugue, 9-2 Kissed, Vow, 8-1 Kailani (needs to be supplemented), 12-1 Dalkala, 14-1 Colima, 20-1 Shirocco Star, Twirl,  Was, 33-1 Betterbetterbetter, Coquet, Hazel Lavery, Pink Damsel, 40-1 Devotion, 50-1 BAR (EW ¼ 1,2,3)

 

Investec Dash: 10-1 Ballesteros, 12-1 Dickie's Lad, Long Awaited, Shoshoni Wind, York Glory, 14-1 Arctic Feeling, Bear Behind, Captain Dunne, Confessional, Duchess Dora, Es Que Love, Lexi's Hero, Verinco, 16-1 Cadeaux Pearl, Catfish, Chocolate Hills, Courageous, Jamesway, Lui Rei, Steps, Taajub, 20-1 Blue Jack, Celerina, Desert Law, Dinkum Diamond, Fitz Flyer, Humidor, Judge N Jury, Living It Large, Partner, Sohraab, Tax Free, The Thrill Is Gone, 25-1 BAR (EW ¼ 1,2,3,4)

 

Aidan O’Brien to train the winner of the Investec Derby: 4-7

 

Aidan O’Brien to train the winner of the Investec Oaks: 11-10

 

Aidan O’Brien to train the winners of the Investec Derby & Oaks: 5-2

Highclere Thoroughbred Racing enhanced place double – both Vow and Bonfire to be placed in their respective races: 5-1

 

Camelot to win by less than 2 lengths: 5-2

 

Camelot to win by 2 lengths or more: 5-2

 

Camelot to win the British Triple Crown: 3-1

 

DIAMOND JUBILEE CORONATION CUP PRESENTED BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

 

Epsom Downs Racecourse hosts the first event of the Diamond Jubilee weekend celebrations on Investec Derby Day, Saturday 2 June and are delighted to announce that Her Majesty The Queen will be presenting the trophy to the winning connections of the Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec).

 

Earlier this year it was announced that the Group 1 Investec Coronation Cup was moved from Friday's Investec Ladies Day to Investec Derby Day and in honour of this year's Diamond Jubilee, the race was renamed The Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec).

 

Her Majesty The Queen attended the Derby four days after her Coronation in 1953.  Sixty years on her personal appreciation and desire to win this iconic race, now in its 233rd year, continues as strongly as ever.

 

Her Majesty will be in attendance on Saturday 2 June, part of the two day Festival which hosts the world's greatest flat race, the £1.325 million Investec Derby, the fastest 5 furlong race in the world, the Investec 'Dash' and the renamed Group 1, Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec).

 

Tickets are sold out in the Queen's Stand and Grandstand on Investec Derby Day however tickets are still available to other enclosures and on Investec Ladies Day. To book tickets to the Investec Derby Festival please visit www.epsomdowns.co.uk or call 0844 579 3004.

 

For press enquiries please contact Angela Turney on 07813 071 936 or email angela@jscsport.co.uk

 

THE CORONATION CUP

 

- The Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec) is run over the same distance as the Investec Derby and Investec Oaks,  1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards

 

- The Coronation Cup was first run in 1902 to celebrate the accession to the throne of King Edward VII, who himself won the Derby three times with Persimmon, Diamond Jubilee and Minoru

 

 - Derby runner-up Aureole gave Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II one of her first major successes when winning the 1954 Coronation Cup. The four-year-old then triumphed in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot before becoming champion sire in 1960 and 1961.

 

- The Investec Coronation Cup will be renamed The Diamond Jubilee Coronation Cup (sponsored by Investec) for one year only to mark the Diamond Jubilee.

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

 

THE 2012 INVESTEC DERBY

Class 1, Group 1, £1,325,000 Total Prize Fund, 4.00pm, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 2, 2012. For three-year-olds only, entire colts & fillies, one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards. Entries closed December 7, 2010 (478 entries). First scratchings deadline noon, March 6, 2012 (143 remained), £8,000 secondary entry stage noon, April 3, 2012 (5 second entries received), second scratchings deadline noon, May 18, 2012 (24 remained), £75,000 supplementary entry & five-day confirmation stage, noon, May 28, 2012, final declaration stage 10am, May 31, 2012. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Tuesday, May 22, 2012..

 

Form  Horse    Owner      Trainer

0-  AL MAMZAR (IRE)  Abdulla Ahmad Al Shaikh    David Simcock

133-1  ASTROLOGY (IRE)  Derrick Smith     Aidan O'Brien IRE

13-1  BONFIRE   Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Pocahontas  Andrew Balding

11-1  CAMELOT   Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor   Aidan O'Brien IRE

4-3  CARDINAL WALTER (IRE)  Fitri Hay     David Simcock

33211-(3) CAVALEIRO (IRE)  Guy Brook     Marcus Tregoning

2115-4  FARHAAN (USA)  Hamdan Al Maktoum    John Dunlop

51  FATHER OF SCIENCE (IRE)  Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith   Aidan O'Brien IRE

1-1  IMPERIAL MONARCH (IRE)  Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith   Aidan O'Brien IRE

11-11  KESAMPOUR (FR)  H H Aga Khan     Mikel Delzangles FR

11-1(1)  MAIN SEQUENCE (USA) Niarchos Family     David Lanigan

11-  MANDAEAN   Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

12  MARINER'S CROSS (IRE) Godolphin     Mahmood Al Zarooni

301-(6)(2)(1)(4)21 MICKDAAM (IRE)  Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum   Richard Fahey

215  MINIMISE RISK  Fitri Hay     Andrew Balding

2-112  NOBLE MISSION  Khalid Abdulla     Sir Henry Cecil

12021-  PARISH HALL (IRE)  Jackie Bolger     Jim Bolger IRE

12-6  PERENNIAL   Khalid Abdulla     Charlie Hills

51-3  RUGGED CROSS  Thomas Barr     Henry Candy

01-5  THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (IRE)  Sir Robert Ogden    Sir Henry Cecil

1-21  THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)  George Strawbridge    John Gosden

613-32  TOWER ROCK (IRE)  Sue Magnier     Aidan O'Brien IRE

03-0  VENEGAZZU (IRE)  Eledy Srl     Peter Chapple-Hyam

01-26  WROTHAM HEATH  Khalid Abdulla     Sir Henry Cecil

 

24 entries remained after May 18 scratchings deadline

6 Irish-trained

1 French-trained

 

THE 2012 INVESTEC OAKS

Class 1, Group 1, £350,000 Total Prize Fund. 4.05pm, Epsom Downs, Friday, June 1, 2012. For three-year-old fillies only. One mile, four furlongs and 10 yards. Weights: 9st each. Entries closed March 13, entries revealed March 15 (95 entries). Scratchings deadline noon, May 18 (22 remained). £20,000 supplementary entry stage and six-day confirmation stage May 26, final declaration stage 10.00am, May 30. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and include the racing up to and including Tuesday, May 22.

Form  Horse    Owner      Trainer

(2)10-   ALBAMARA     Kirsten Rausing       Sir Mark Prescott Bt

(4)1205-(5)30  ARSAADI (IRE)   Sultan Ali        William Haggas

2(1)2   BETTERBETTERBETTER (IRE)  Roisin Henry & Sue Magnier    Aidan O'Brien IRE

1-(2)   COLIMA (IRE)    David & Lavinia Aykroyd      Ralph Beckett

(4)(1)1-  COQUET     Hon Mary Morrison & Partners    Hughie Morrison

1-11   DALKALA (USA)   S A Aga Khan              Alain de Royer Dupre FR

00146-(3)2  DEVOTION (IRE)   Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier  Aidan O'Brien IRE

246-24   EVERLONG     Charlie Wyatt        Peter Chapple-Hyam

213-0   FIRDAWS (USA)   Hamdan Al Maktoum      Roger Varian

312-2   HAZEL LAVERY (IRE)   Richard Morecombe, E O'Leary, R Scarborough  Charlie Hills

1-1   KISSED (IRE)    Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor   Aidan O'Brien IRE

1-35   LACILY (USA)    Godolphin        Mahmood Al Zarooni

11111-3  MAYBE (IRE)    Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier  Aidan O'Brien IRE

4-16   MORANT BAY (IRE)   Noel Martin        Sir Henry Cecil

024331-20  NAYARRA (IRE)   Prince A A Faisal      Mick Channon

1   PINK DAMSEL (IRE)   Fitri Hay        Roger Varian

21-2   SHIROCCO STAR   Helena Springfield Ltd      Hughie Morrison

1-41   THE FUGUE     Lord Lloyd-Webber      John Gosden

54-3   TOPTEMPO     Roalco Limited       Mark Tompkins

31-22   TWIRL (IRE)    Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor   Aidan O'Brien IRE

1(1)   VOW      Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Pocahontas  William Haggas

1-3   WAS (IRE)     Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor   Aidan O'Brien IRE

 

22 entries remained after May 18 scratchings deadline

6 Irish-trained

1 French-trained

 


THE DIAMOND JUBILEE CORONATION CUP (SPONSORED BY INVESTEC)

Class 1, Group 1, £300,000 Total Prize Fund. 2.40pm, Saturday, June 2, 2012. For 4yo+, 1m 4f 10yds. Weights: colts & geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed April 3, entries revealed April 4 (30 entries), scratchings deadline May 15 (17 remained), six-day confirmation & £20,000 supplementary entry stage May 28, final declaration stage 10.00am, May 31. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Tuesday, May 22.

Form  Horse    Age Owner     Trainer

111-6  BEATEN UP   4 Brian Haggas, B Mathieson, R Smith   William Haggas

1215-(2)11 CIRRUS DES AIGLES (FR)   6  J C A Dupouy    Corine Barande-Barbe FR

111241-1 FAME AND GLORY  6     Fitri Hay/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE

4120-33  JAKKALBERRY (IRE)   6 ATB Jakkalberry Sy, Porter & Duke  Marco Botti

(2)-(1)(4)(1)(0)36  JUNOOB    4 Richard Pegum    Tom Dascombe

510110-0 MASKED MARVEL   4 Bjorn Nielsen    John Gosden

5(1)/243-1 MEMPHIS TENNESSEE (IRE) 4  Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith  Aidan O'Brien IRE

05/1(3)-(4)(1)  MONTEROSSO   5 Godolphin    Mahmood Al Zarooni

3/31115-2 QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE)  4  O T I Racing    Luca Cumani

105323-(2)1 RED CADEAUX   6 Ronald Arculli    Ed Dunlop

21033/1434 ROBIN HOOD (IRE)   4 Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith  Aidan O'Brien IRE

21/1132-  SEA MOON   4 Khalid Abdulla    Sir Michael Stoute

(3)11112-6 SET TO MUSIC (IRE)   4 The Queen    Michael Bell

1142(6)-(4) SO YOU THINK (NZ)   6 Smith/Magnier/Tabor/Dato Tan/Tunku Yahaya  Aidan O'Brien IRE

13351-22 ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE)  5  Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor  Aidan O'Brien IRE

14103-40 TREASURE BEACH  4  Fitri Hay/Michael Tabor/Sue Magnier/Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE

(0)/(6)/655-0316 WINDSOR PALACE (IRE)   7  Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor  Aidan O'Brien IRE

 

17 entries remained after May 15 scratchings deadline, 7 Irish-trained, 1 French-trained

 

THE INVESTEC SPECIALIST BANK ‘DASH’

Class 2 handicap, £75,000 Total Prize Fund. 3.15pm, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 2, 2012. For three-year-olds and upwards. Five Furlongs. Lowest weight: 7st 12lb, highest weight: not less than 9st 10lb. Penalties: after May 5, a winner 5lb, a winner of two or more races 7lb. Any horse rated above 110 (or 117 if such a horse is three years old) shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 (or 117 if such a horse is three years old) in any rating shall be added to the weight allotted without limitation to the highest weight to be carried. Entries closed May 1, entries revealed May 2 (61 entries). Scratchings deadline, May 15 (58 remained). Five-day confirmation stage, Monday, May 28. Final declaration stage, 10.00am, Thursday, May 31. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, May 22.

Form  Horse    Age/Wgt Owner    Trainer

112320-1 DUCHESS DORA (IRE)  5-9-11 (5lb ex)  The Clay Family   John Quinn

13230-6  DINKUM DIAMOND (IRE)   4-9-10  Eight Star Syndicate  Henry Candy

515-300  HUMIDOR (IRE)   5-9-09  M Khan X2   George Baker

0450-65  CAPTAIN DUNNE (IRE)  7-9-09  Middleham Park Racing XV & Partners  Tim Easterby

2240-061 CONFESSIONAL   5-9-04 (5lb ex)  Terry & Margaret Holdcroft   Tim Easterby

124600-4 LEXI'S HERO (IRE)  4-9-04  Dr Marwan Koukash  Kevin Ryan

1110-011 BALLESTEROS   3-9-01 (5lb ex) Poilin Good   Brian Meehan

42160-0  DESERT LAW (IRE)  4-9-01  Jeff Smith   Andrew Balding

05000-315 LUI REI (ITY)   6-9-01  Rei Of Sunshine Partnership   Robert Cowell

0165(2)6-45 VOCATIONAL (USA)  3-9-01  Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Mark Johnston

0260-22  BEAR BEHIND (IRE)  3-9-01  Bellman Black Marantelli Owen  Tom Dascombe

301301-0 VERINCO   6-9-01  Bryan Smart   Bryan Smart

122115-0 YORK GLORY (USA)  4-9-00  Salman Rashed & Mohamed Khalifa  Kevin Ryan

113/40-30 EXCEL BOLT   4-8-13  Elders, Turton, Brown & Rhodes  Bryan Smart

50140-43 SHOSHONI WIND   4-8-13  Hambleton Racing Ltd XVI  Kevin Ryan

3266-(4)4 CELERINA (IRE)   5-8-13  Peter Piller   Tommy Stack IRE

550105/00 NOSEDIVE   5-8-12  EERC    David Nicholls

20000-36 TAX FREE (IRE)   10-8-12  Ian Hewitson   David Nicholls

1020(2)(2)-05 DICKIE'S LAD (IRE)  4-8-12  Duddy, McNulty & Duncan  Kevin Ryan

0060-(4)20 BLUE JACK   7-8-12  Andrew Black & Michael Owen  Tom Dascombe

66300(0)-01 PARTNER (IRE)   6-8-11 (5lb ex) Dr Marwan Koukash  Kevin Ryan

30020-500 FITZ FLYER (IRE)   6-8-11  Mike Browne   David Nicholls

(1)-(4)(5)(0)1366  SUGAR BEET   4-8-11  Ridge House Stables Ltd  Ron Harris

000005-  STONE OF FOLCA   4-8-11  Folkestone Racecourse Owners Group  John Best

513054-21 JUDGE 'N JURY   8-8-10 (5lb ex) Robert & Nina Bailey  Ron Harris

0030-06  OOR JOCK (IRE)   4-8-10  Thistle Bloodstock Limited  John Shanahan IRE

110001-30 STEPS (IRE)   4-8-10  Michael Hill   Roger Varian

(0)-(5)(1)(1)(0)2  TAAJUB (IRE)   5-8-10  Peter Crate   Peter Crate

2000-114 ES QUE LOVE (IRE)  3-8-09  Crone Stud Farms Ltd  Mark Johnston

020630-0 SOHRAAB   8-8-07  Pangfield Racing   Hughie Morrison

(1)(6)(2)(0)01  CADEAUX PEARL   4-8-07  Paul Dixon   Scott Dixon

14001-50 LIVING IT LARGE (FR)  5-8-07  T Gould    Ed de Giles

320300-  THE THRILL IS GONE  4-8-07  Mr & Mrs Christopher Wright   Mick Channon

051461-  CATFISH (IRE)   4-8-06  Raymond Tooth   Brian Meehan

0500-(0)(1)30 ARCTIC FEELING (IRE)  4-8-06  Percy / Green Racing 2  Richard Fahey

2/1463-1  LONG AWAITED (IRE)  4-8-05  Peter Jones   David Barron

51(2)4(5)-30 CHOCOLATE HILLS (FR)  3-8-04  Sheikh Mohammed   Ger Lyons IRE

 03260-00 MASTER ROONEY (IRE)  6-8-04  A Turton, P Langford & S Brown  Bryan Smart

110/000-  PERFECT BLOSSOM  5-8-04  Ann Morris   Ian McInnes

10(4)(1)-(6)0(3)  DIAMOND CHARLIE (IRE)  4-8-03  David & Stanley Adams  Simon Dow

04053-4  JAMESWAY (IRE)   4-8-03      Middleham Park Racing XIX & James Pak Richard Fahey

010-(3)(5)5(5)5  COURAGEOUS (IRE)  6-8-02  Dab Hand Racing   Kevin Ryan

(3)401(1)4-(5) FAIR VALUE (IRE)  4-8-02  Edward Hyde   Simon Dow

(1)(1)(1)210 CAPTAIN DIMITRIOS  4-8-00  Chris Beek Racing   Alastair Lidderdale

0300-00  SWILLY FERRY (USA)  5-8-00  J Law    David Nicholls

000100-  NOVERRE TO GO (IRE)  6-8-00  Robert & Nina Bailey  Ron Harris

2404(5)-30 FLASH CITY (ITY)  4-8-00  Ceffyl Racing   Bryan Smart

2300-030 TAURUS TWINS   6-8-00  G E Amey & G D Bailey  Richard Price

35/465-0  CRIMEA (IRE)   6-8-00   Middleham Park Racing XVI & Partner  David Nicholls

1-00  MUAAMARA   3-7-12  M Al-Qatami & K M Al-Mudhaf  Mick Channon

040601-0 BERTOLIVER   8-7-12  Mrs A Shone   Stuart Williams

30020-(0) BERBERANA (IRE)  4-7-12  Berberana Partnership  Jeremy Gask

0000-(0)330 CHURCH MUSIC (IRE)  3-7-10  JCG Chua & CK Ong  Michael Scudamore

36(4)112- BILLYRAYVALENTINE (CAN)  3-7-10  Russell, Wheeler, Vail Partnership  George Baker

210-(2)  PLACE IN MY HEART  3-7-10  Turf Club 2010   George Baker

004000-0 INDIAN TRAIL   12-7-08  Martin Love   David Nicholls

(5)-(3)(5)(2)(4)(3)5(5) ESTONIA   5-7-02  Miss K Squance   Michael Squance

2(2)2(3)-6230 LUPO D'ORO (IRE)  3-7-00  S Malcolm M Winwright P Tindall  John Best

 

58 entries remained after May 15 scratchings deadline, 3 Irish-trained

 

ANDREW BALDING’S INVESTEC DERBY CONTENDERS

 

BONFIRE (GB)

b c Manduro (GER) - Night Frolic (Night Shift (USA))

Form: 13-1  Owner: Highclere Thoroughbred Racing - Pocahontas Breeder: Highclere Stud And Floors Farming

Bonfire is a half-brother to Group Three victor Joviality and realised 90,000 guineas at the 2010 Tattersalls October Sale. After winning nicely on debut at Salisbury in late September, 2011. Bonfire looked an unlucky loser when third behind subsequent QIPCO 2,000 Guineas runner-up French Fifteen in the Group One Criterium International at Saint-Cloud in October, after being caught in a pocket. The son of Manduro returned this season with an impressive three-quarters of a length success over Ektihaam in the Group Two Betfred Dante Stakes at York on May 17.

Race Record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £114,389

 

MINIMISE RISK

3 b c Galileo (IRE) - Dararita (IRE) (Halo (USA))

  Form: 215  Owner: Fitri Hay Breeder: Highclere Stud and Balmerino Bloodstock  

Minimise Risk is a half-brother to multiple Group winner Darasim and from the family of Darshaan. He realised 410,000 guineas at the Tattersalls October Sale in 2010.  The son of Galileo finished second on his debut behind Zaina on March 31 at Doncaster, before going one better in an 11-furlong maiden at Newbury, beating Uriah Heep by a head, on April 21. Minimise Risk finished last of five on his latest start in the Group Three Chester Vase on May 10.

Race Record: Starts: 3; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £7,521

 

ANDREW BALDING’S PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES (SPONSORED BY INVESTEC) CONTENDER

 

LAY TIME (GB)

4 b f Galileo (IRE) - Time Saved (Green Desert (USA))

  Form: 5/1241-  Owner: Robert Barnett   Breeder: W And R Barnett Ltd

Lay Time is a half-sister to 12-furlong Group Two winner Plea Bargain and is from the family of the outstanding Time Charter. Lay Time made an encouraging racecourse debut when finishing fifth at Salisbury in 2010, before returning in July, 2011, with a comfortable victory at Newmarket over seven furlongs. After coming second on her handicap debut at the same course in July, she finished a close fourth to Theyskens’ Theory in the Listed Atalanta Stakes over a mile at Sandown Park before winning the Listed Fortune Stakes impressively by three and a half lengths at the same venue in September.

Race Record: Starts: 5; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £25,390

 

RALPH BECKETT’S INVESTEC OAKS CONTENDER

 

COLIMA (IRE)

3 b f Authorized (IRE) - Coyote (Indian Ridge)

  Form: 1-2  Owner: David & Lavinia Aykroyd       Breeder: Sir Eric Parker

Colima is from the first crop of 2007 Derby hero Authorized and realised 170,000 guineas as a foal at the 2009 Tattersalls December Sale. She made a successful debut at Nottingham in November, 2011, winning by two lengths before finishing second to Vow on her seasonal comeback in the Listed Lingfield Oaks Trial on May 12.

Race Record: Starts: 2; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £10,864

 

HENRY CANDY’S INVESTEC DERBY CONTENDER

 

RUGGED CROSS (GB)

3 b c Cape Cross (IRE) - Lunda (IRE) (Soviet Star (USA))

   Form: 51-3  Owner: Thomas Barr Breeder: Rabbah Bloodstock Ltd

Rugged Cross, purchased for 55,000 guineas at the 2010 Tattersalls October Sale, is a half-brother to the very smart middle distance performer Blue Monday and is from the family of multiple Group One winners Warrsan and Luso. He made a pleasing debut when fifth in a hot Newbury maiden in July, before taking a traditionally strong maiden at York’s Ebor meeting over seven furlongs. The son of Cape Cross built on that further when a close third in the Listed Fairway Stakes at Newmarket over 10 furlongs on May 19.

Race Record: Starts: 3; Wins: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £19,723

 


JOHN GOSDEN’S INVESTEC OAKS CONTENDER

 

THE FUGUE (GB)

br f Dansili (GB) - Twyla Tharp (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells  (USA))

   Form: 1-41  Owner: Lord Lloyd-Webber Breeder: Watership Down Stud

The 10-year-old mare Sumoto, then dam of Group One winners Summoner and Compton Admiral, may not have been cheap when bought by Lord and Lady Lloyd-Webber from Jim Furlong for 920,000gns at Tattersalls in December, 2000, but her influence continues to be felt. Her daughter Twyla Tharp, named by Lord Lloyd-Webber after the American choreographer and dancer, was beaten a short-head in the 2005 Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at York and the family could strike gold at Epsom on June 1. Twyla Tharp’s second foal, The Fugue, looks an outstanding prospect after three runs to date. The Dansili filly, who is named after one of Tharp’s productions, easily won her only start at two, in a Newmarket maiden on October 29, and was pitched in at the deep end on her debut this year in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket. She performed with great credit in the Classic, finishing fourth to runaway winner Homecoming Queen despite being struck into, and booked her ticket to the Investec Oaks with an impressive four and a half length success in the Group Three Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on May 16.

Race Record: Starts: 3; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £61,441

 

JOHN GOSDEN’S INVESTEC DERBY CONTENDER

 

THOUGHT WORTHY (USA)

b c Dynaformer (USA)-Vignette (USA) (Diesis)

    Form: 1-21  Owner/Breeder: George Strawbridge

George Strawbridge’s Diesis mare Vignette has already produced one British Classic winner in the 2007 St Leger hero and Investec Derby fourth Lucarno and that colt’s full-brother Thought Worthy boasts many similarities with his sibling. Both colts headed to Epsom Downs on the back of a victory in Newmarket’s Listed Fairway Stakes although Lucarno’s three and a half length winning margin was rather more comfortable than the neck by which Thought Worthy beat Frankel’s full-brother Noble Mission on May 19. Thought Worthy won his only start at two, when seeing off a dozen rivals in a mile maiden at Newcastle on October 11, and performed creditably on his seasonal comeback at Sandown on April 28. Running in the Group Three bet365.com Classic Trial, he ploughed through heavy ground to finish runner-up to Imperial Monarch, who had taken the outside rail throughout the race. Gosden’s 1997 Derby winner Benny The Dip had also finished second in the Sandown trial.

Race Record: Starts: 3; 1st: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £33,774

 

JOHN GOSDEN’S DIAMOND JUBILEE CORONATION CUP (SPONSORED BY INVESTEC) CONTENDER

 

MASKED MARVEL (GB)

4 b c Montjeu (IRE)-Waldmark (GER) (Mark Of Esteem (IRE))

    Form: 16/510110-0 Owner: Bjorn Nielsen Breeder: Newsells Park Stud

A son of Montjeu, Masked Marvel hails from a German family full of stamina. Bred in Hertfordshire at Newsells Park Stud, he was bought for 260,000 euros as a yearling at Deauville in August, 2009, and made his debut 11 months later in a Sandown maiden. He justified favouritism to score by two lengths before running below his best when only sixth of the eight runners in the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Ascot in October. He returned at Sandown on April 23, 2011, in the Group Three Classic Trial when tiring into fifth place behind Genius Beast. But trainer John Gosden felt he was in need of that outing and so it proved when he went on to win the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on May 18 by three lengths from Namibian. He then headed to the Investec Derby on June 4 at Epsom Downs, where he was beaten just under nine lengths when eighth to Pour Moi. A step up in trip appeared to bring out further improvement when he held on to defeat Census by a head in the Group Three Bahrain Trophy over 13 furlongs at Newmarket on July 7. He did not run again until the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on September 10, when he recorded a stunning three-length victory over Brown Panther in course-record time of 3m 00.44s. He was well-beaten when last in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on his final three-year-old start. This year he reappeared in the Group Two Qatar Bloodstock Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket on May  5 when he finished a well-beaten fifth behind Al Kazeem.

Race Record: Starts: 9; 1st: 4; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £357,743

 

JOHN GOSDEN’S PRINCESS ELIZABETH STAKES

(SPONSORED BY INVESTEC) CONTENDER

 

JOVIALITY (GB)  

4 b f Cape Cross (IRE) - Night Frolic (Night Shift (USA))

 Form: 3/21640-  Owner: H R H Princess Haya Of Jordan  Breeder: Highclere Stud And Floors Farming

Joviality was purchased from the 2009 Tattersalls October Sale for 200,000 guineas and is a half-sister to leading Investec Derby contender Bonfire. After finishing third on her only start as a juvenile, she was beaten narrowly in a conditions race at Sandown in April, before breaking her maiden tag in the Group Three Musidora Stakes at York the following month over 10 furlongs. On her two subsequent starts she raced over a mile - finishing sixth in the Group One Coronation Stakes and fourth in the Group One Falmouth Stakes - ending her three-year-old campaign with a disappointing fourth in the Group Two Prix De La Nonette Shadwell over 10 furlongs at Deauville in August.

Race Record: Starts: 6; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £51,623

 

WILLIAM HAGGAS’ DIAMOND JUBILEE CORONATION CUP (SPONSORED BY INVESTEC) CONTENDERS

 

BEATEN UP (GB)

4 b g Beat Hollow - Frog (Akarad (FR))

 Form: 111-6  Owner: Brian Haggas, B Mathieson, R Smith Breeder: Brian Haggas

Beaten Up is a half-brother to leading Investec Oaks contender Vow and dual Listed and Group Three winner Harris Tweed. Unraced at two, Beaten Up made a nice debut at Ripon in April, 2011, over 10 furlongs where he won by three and a three-quarter lengths. After a five-month absence he returned at Doncaster in September with a comfortable success in a classified stakes, before finishing his season with an easy victory in the Group Three St Simon Stakes at Newbury over 12 furlongs. Beaten Up reappeared this year with a slightly disappointing display in the Group One Dubai Sheema Classic, where he finished sixth.

Race Record: Starts: 4; Wins: 3; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £103,943

 

 

DAVID LANIGAN’S INVESTEC DERBY CONTENDER

 

MAIN SEQUENCE (USA)

ch c Aldebaran (USA) - Ikat (IRE) (Pivotal)

  Form: 11-11 Owner: Niarchos Family Breeder: Flaxman Holdings Ltd

The home-bred Main Sequence is from the family of 2007 Oaks heroine Light Shift and caused a 50/1 shock on his debut when landing a mile maiden at Yarmouth on September 15. Despite running very green, he showed a willing attitude and quickened up impressively in the final furlong to score by an ultimately comfortable length and a quarter. He showed that shock success was certainly no fluke at Newmarket on October 19, when he was the comfortable three and a quarter length winner of a nine-furlong nursery. After being added to the Investec Derby at the £8,000 second entry stage in April, he won a 10-furlong Newmarket handicap on April 19 comfortably. He was stepped up in class for the Group Three Betfred Derby Trial over 12 furlongs on Polytrack at Lingfield on May 12 and passed the test with flying colours when beating Shantaram by three-quarters of a length.

Race Record: Starts: 4; 1st: 4; 2nd: -: 3rd:- Win & Place Prize Money: £51,076

 

 

HUGHIE MORRISON’S INVESTEC OAKS CONTENDERS

 

COQUET (GB)

b f Sir Percy - One So Marvellous (Nashwan (USA))

 Form: 411-  Owner: Hon Mary Morrison & Partners  Breeder: Meon Valley Stud

Coquet is a daughter of 2006 Derby victor Sir Percy, from the family of Group One Juddmonte International winner One So Wonderful and was purchased for 30,000 guineas at the 2010 Tattersalls October Sale. She built on the promise she showed on debut when winning nicely at Wolverhampton in October, before stepping up on that considerably with a game success in the Listed Montrose Stakes at Newmarket over a mile on October 29. She is due to run in the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood today.

Race Record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £14,508

 

SHIROCCO STAR (GB)

b f Shirocco (GER) - Spectral Star (Unfuwain (USA))

Form: 21-2  Owner: Helena Springfield Ltd Breeder: Meon Valley Stud

Shirocco Star made an encouraging debut behind Tactfully at Nottingham in September, before winning her other start as a juvenile by half a length at Newbury in October. She returned this season at Newbury on May 18 in the Listed Swettenham Stud Fillies’ Trial over 10 furlongs and finished a short-head second, despite travelling like the winner throughout.

Race Record: Starts: 3; Wins: 1; 2nd: 2; 3 rd: 0; Win & Place Prize Money: £12,456

 

 


AIDAN O’BRIEN’S LEADING INVESTEC DERBY CONTENDERS

 

ASTROLOGY (IRE)

b c Galileo (IRE) - Ask For The Moon (FR) (Dr Fong (USA))

 Form: 133-1  Owner: Derrick Smith Breeder: A-Mark Racing Et Al

Astrology, out of the Group One Prix Saint-Alary winner Ask For The Moon, was purchased for 400,000 guineas as a foal at Tattersalls' December Sale in 2009. The son of Galileo made a winning debut over a mile at Leopardstown in August, 2011, at the expense of his well-fancied stablemate Mannheim. After that two-length victory, he dropped back to seven furlongs for the Group Two Futurity Stakes at the Curragh later in the month and ran another nice race to finish third to subsequent Group One runner-up Dragon Pulse. Astrology finished his season in the Group Three Autumn Stakes at Newmarket on October 8, when he finished third to Rockinante. On May 11, he sauntered to an impressive all-the-way success at Chester in the Group Three Dee Stakes, scoring by 11 lengths.

Race Record: Starts: 4; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 2 Win & Place Prize Money: £52,331

 

CAMELOT (GB)

b c Montjeu  (IRE) - Tarfah (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))

Form: 11-1 Owners: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Breeder: Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al-Khalifa

Camelot was born and raised at Highclere Stud having been bred by Sheikh Abdulla bin Isa Al-Khalifa, who has been a client of the Berkshire farm for around 25 years. Sheikh Abdulla bred and raced Camelot's dam Tarfah, who was trained by Gerard Butler to win the Group Three Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket in 2005. He was raised in a paddock with fellow Investec Derby aspirant Bonfire and sold at the 2009 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, where he was bought for 525,000 guineas by Coolmore with Paul Cole, acting for Dr Jim Hay, the underbidder. He was at the forefront of the 2012 Classics' betting even before he made his debut at Leopardstown on July 14 last year, when justifying 1/3 favouritism to win a mile maiden by two lengths. His second start came when impressively winning the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster by two and a quarter lengths on October 22. He made a winning reappearance in the first Classic of 2012, the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May when the 15/8 favourite. At Newmarket, he was held up off the pace before making stealthy headway entering the final quarter mile. He hit the front inside the final furlong and stayed on well to repel the challenge of French Fifteen by a neck.

Race Record: Starts: 3; 1st: 3; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0 Win & Place Prize Money: £355,192

 

IMPERIAL MONARCH (IRE)

b c Galileo (IRE) - Ionian Sea (Slip Anchor)

Form: 1-1 Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith Breeder: David Magnier and Cobra Bloodstock

Imperial Monarch, out of the 12-furlong Listed winner Ionian Sea, was purchased at the Tattersalls October Sale in 2010 for 210,000 guineas. He is a three-parts-brother to 2003 Epsom Derby runner-up The Great Gatsby, as well as Roman Empress, who was third in the 2009 Yorkshire Oaks. The son of Galileo made his debut at the Curragh in early September and put in an impressive display, quickening up smartly to win by three and a half lengths. He reappeared in the Group Three Bet365 Classic Trial over 10 furlongs at Sandown Park on April 28 and produced another nice performance to win comfortably by a length and three-quarters, despite travelling wide throughout.

Race Record: Starts: 2; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0 Win & Place Prize Money: £40,113

 


 


AIDAN O’BRIEN LEADING INVESTEC OAKS CONTENDERS

 

BETTERBETTERBETTER (IRE)

b f Galileo (IRE) - Jude (Darshaan)

  Form: 212 Owner: Roisin Henry & Sue Magnier Breeder: Premier Bloodstock

Betterbetterbetter has a brilliant pedigree with her elder three-part siblings including Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Quarter Moon and Irish 1,000 Guineas winner Yesterday, who both finished second in the Oaks. Betterbetterbetter did not run as a juvenile and made her debut at Leopardstown in March over 10 furlongs, when she shaped nicely behind the highly-regarded Princess Highway. She atoned for that defeat at Dundalk over an extended 10 furlongs on April 18, before going down narrowly by a head in the Listed Cheshire Oaks on May 9.

Race Record: Starts: 3; 1st: 1; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 0 Win & Place Prize Money: £16,492

 

DEVOTION (IRE)

b f Dylan Thomas (IRE) - Bright Bank (IRE) (Sadler’s Wells (USA))

  Form: 00146-32  Owner: Michael Tabor  Breeder: Churchtown, Lane & Orpendale Bloodstock

Devotion is from the first crop of Dylan Thomas and made five appearances as a juvenile, which included a victory over seven furlongs in a maiden at Leopardstown on June 30. She has made two appearances so far this season, putting up a good performance on her latest outing when a staying-on second in the Group Three 1,000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on May 13.

Race Record: Starts: 7; 1st: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1 Win & Place Prize Money: £25,267

 

KISSED (IRE)

b f Galileo (IRE) - Gwynn (IRE) (Darshaan)

  Form: 1-1  Owner: Derrick Smith  Breeder: Lynch Bages Ltd

Kissed is a three-parts sister to last season's Investec Derby hero Pour Moi and started to justify her lofty price tag of 900,000 guineas on debut at Navan in October. The daughter of Galileo extended her unbeaten record to two on her reappearance in the Listed Salsabil Stakes over 10 furlongs at Navan on April 29, when she made all the running to win easily by eight and a half lengths.

Race Record: Starts: 2; 1st: 2; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 0 Win & Place Prize Money: £41,422

 

MAYBE (IRE)

b f Galileo (IRE) - Sumora (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

  Form: 11111-3  Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier Breeder: Epona Bloodstock Ltd

Maybe realised 340,000 euros at the Arqana August Sale in 2010 and is from the further family of last year's Investec Oaks heroine Dancing Rain and 1992 Derby winner Dr Devious. After winning readily on her debut at Naas in May, 2011, she ran out an impressive winner of the Listed Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, before capturing the Group Three Silver Flash Stakes at Leopardstown in July. She continued her progression in August when scoring in the Group Two Debutante Stakes at the Curragh over seven furlongs by two and a half lengths, before rounding off her campaign a dominant display in the Group One Moyglare Stud Stakes, over the same course and distance. She started 13/8 favourite for the opening fillies' Classic of the season, the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, but could only finish a 10-length third behind her stable companion Homecoming Queen.

Race Record: Starts: 6; 1st: 5; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1 Win & Place Prize Money: £270,168

 

TWIRL (IRE)

b f Galileo (IRE) - Butterfly Cove (USA) (Storm Cat (USA))

 Form: 31-2  Owner: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor  Breeder: March Thoroughbreds

Twirl is a full-sister to multiple Group One winner Misty For Me and made a pleasing start to her career in October when she finished third in a seven-furlong maiden at Leopardstown. After losing her maiden tag at Leopardstown in November, she returned this season at the Curragh in the Group Three Park Express Stakes, finishing runner-up behind Chrysanthemum. Last time she started 5/6 favourite for the Group Three Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York on May 16 but had to play second fiddle to impressive winner The Fugue, going down by four and a half lengths.

Race Record: Starts: 4; 1st: 1; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 1 Win & Place Prize Money: £37,780

 

WAS (IRE)

b f Galileo (IRE) - Alluring Park (USA) (Green Desert (USA))

  Form: 1-3  Owner: Derrick Smith  Breeder: Lodge Park Stud

Was is from the family of 2008 Investec Derby winner New Approach and was purchased from the 2010 Tattersalls October Sales for 1.2 million guineas. She made a winning debut at the Curragh in August over a mile, travelling well before drawing away from her rivals to win by two and a half lengths. That was her only start of 2011 and she finished third, beaten just under three lengths, in the Group Three Blue Wind Stakes at Naas on May 16.

Race Record: Starts: 1; 1st: 1; 2nd: 0; 3rd: 1 Win & Place Prize Money: £15,925

 

AIDAN O’BRIEN’S LEADING DIAMOND JUBILEE CORONATION CUP (SPONSORED BY INVESTEC) CONTENDERS

 

ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE)

5 b h Montjeu (IRE) - Leaping Water (Sure Blade (USA))

 Form: 111/6/3113351-22 Owner: Derrick Smith Breeder: Barton Bloodstock & Villiers Syndicate

St Nicholas Abbey rounded off an unbeaten juvenile campaign in 2009 with a scintillating display in Group One Racing Post Trophy. He was sent off favourite for the 2010 2,000 Guineas the following May, but after finishing sixth he missed the rest of his three-year-old season. After disappointing on his comeback at the Curragh in April, 2011, he won the Group Three Ormonde Stakes at Chester in May by nine lengths, before annexing the Group One Investec Coronation Cup. A string of consistent efforts followed, including third in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot in July, but he finished his season with a memorable victory in the Grade One Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. He returned this season with another solid display in the Dubai Sheema Classic on March 31, when runner-up to the top-class Cirrus Des Aigles, but could only finish second to his stablemate Windsor Palace in the Group Three Mooresbridge Stakes at the Curragh on May 7.

Race Record: Starts: 13; 1st: 6; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 3 Win & Place Prize Money: £2,312,428


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