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Thursday, May 31, 2012



The Investec Derby has nine runners headed by the unbeaten Camelot after his trainer Aidan O’Brien decided to rely on the hot favourite and Astrology.
Ireland’s champion handler decided to take out Father Of Science, Imperial Monarch and Tower Rock which means he will have his smallest number of Investec Derby runners since 2004 when he had one participant.
O’Brien has won the premier colts’ Classic twice, in 2001 when Galileo was his only runner and the following year when High Chaparral was one of three to take part from Ballydoyle.
The 12-furlong Classic, the richest race in Britain with £1,325,00 in prize money, is run for the 233rd time at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 2 at 4pm.
Camelot is unbeaten in three starts and comes into the Investec Derby on the back of victory in the opening Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket on May 5. 
If successful, Camelot would become the 37th horse to win both Classics and the first since Sea The Stars in 2009.
The son of Montjeu is 4/7 favourite with William Hill, the Official Betting Partner of the 2012 Investec Derby Festival. The last horse to win the Derby at odds-on was Shergar, who scored by a record 10 lengths when successful at 10/11 in 1981. Three odds-on favourites since - El Gran Senor (8/11, 1984), Tenby (4/5, 1993) and Entrepreneur (4/6, 1997) - were all beaten.
Joseph O’Brien, the 19-year-old eldest son of Aidan O’Brien, takes the ride on Camelot. 
Michael Church, the official historian of the Derby, has checked through his records and can confirm that if Aidan O’Brien and his son Joseph win the Investec Derby with Camelot, they will be the first trainer/jockey father/son combination to do so. This is despite nine Derby winners having the same surname for trainer and jockey – the various pairs of trainer and jockeys named Scott and Day were all brothers. 
Astrology (8/1 with William Hill), partnered by Ryan Moore on Saturday, was the impressive 11-length winner of the Group Three Dee Stakes at Chester on May 11. O’Brien saddled the first and second in 2002 when Hawk Wing was runner-up to High Chaparral.
Andrew Cooper, Director of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Epsom Downs Racecourse, commented today: “The Investec Derby is all about producing the best horse - nearly all the trial winners are running and I am not looking at the race and saying which horse is missing.
“I have been quite comfortable with 13 (2011) and 12 (2010 & 2009) runners recently in the Investec Derby as there is less potential for hard-luck stories. 
“When Nijinsky won in 1970 there was a field of 11. When you have a potentially outstanding horse, as we have in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas winner Camelot, the desire to take him on with outsiders does not seem to be there maybe as much. So I am not unduly concerned with having nine runners on Saturday.”
Hayley Turner will become only the second female jockey to ride in the premier Classic when partnering Cavaleiro (backed from 100/1 into 40/1 with William Hill) for trainer Marcus Tregoning.
Cavaleiro, a son of Tregoning’s 2006 Derby hero Sir Percy, won twice as a juvenile before finishing third to Main Sequence on his seasonal reappearance in the Group Three Betfred Derby Trial over a mile and a half on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on May 12.
The strongest opposition to the Ballydoyle challenge may come from the Andrew Balding-trained Bonfire, the 9/2 second favourite with William Hill. The Manduro colt landed the Group Two Betfred Dante Stakes at York on May 17, one of the leading trials for the Investec Derby. Since the turn of the century, North Light (2004), Motivator (2005) and Authorized (2007) have completed the Dante/Derby double, while Workforce (2010) was successful at Epsom Downs after finishing runner-up at York.
Bonfire will be the first runner in the Investec Derby for Andrew Balding, whose father Ian trained Mill Reef to success in 1971. Bonfire is due to be joined by stable companion Minimise Risk (66/1) who won a maiden at Newbury in April before finishing last of five in the Group Three Chester Vase on May 10 on ground that did not suit.
Main Sequence, the 9/1 fourth favourite with William Hill, will be trainer David Lanigan’s first runner in the Investec Derby and comes into the race unbeaten in four starts. The Niarchos Family’s colt registered his most recent success in the Group Three Betfred Derby Trial over a mile and a half on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on May 12. Regular rider Ted Durcan is booked again.
Another trainer set to saddle his first Investec Derby runner is Richard Fahey, who has left in the well-travelled Mickdaam (25/1). The son of Dubawi finished fourth in the UAE Derby at Meydan, Dubai, in March and entered the picture for the Investec Derby when battling his way to success in the Group Three Chester Vase earlier this month.
John Gosden enjoyed Derby success with Benny The Dip in 1997 and his runner this year is set to be Thought Worthy (16/1), who won the Listed Fairway Stakes at Newmarket on May 19 when Rugged Cross (50/1) was a length back in third. Rugged Cross is trained by Henry Candy, who sent out the 1980 runner-up Master Willie.
Investec Derby: 4/7 Camelot, 9/2 Bonfire, 8/1 Astrology, 9/1 Main Sequence, 16/1 Thought Worthy, 25/1 Mickdaam, 40/1 Cavaleiro 50/1 Rugged Cross, 66/1 Minimise Risk,  (EW ¼ 1,2,3)
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, 1m 4f and 10yds. 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 (12 remained), final declaration stage 10am, May 31, 2012 (nine declared runners). Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Sunday, May 27, 2012.
Form  Horse/Draw     Owner     Trainer     Jockey
1)133-1 ASTROLOGY (IRE) 7  Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor   Aidan O'Brien IRE   Ryan Moore
2)13-1   BONFIRE 8    Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-Pocahontas   Andrew Balding      Jimmy Fortune
3)11-1   CAMELOT 5    Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor    Aidan O'Brien IRE   Joseph O’Brien
4)33211-(3) CAVALEIRO (IRE) 1  Guy Brook        Marcus Tregoning   Hayley Turner
5)11-1(1) MAIN SEQUENCE (USA) 3 Niarchos Family        David Lanigan       Ted Durcan
6)301-(6)(2)(1)(4)21 MICKDAAM (IRE) 4 Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Richard Fahey Paul Hanagan
7)215   MINIMISE RISK 9  Fitri Hay         Andrew Balding       Jamie Spencer
8)51-3  RUGGED CROSS 2  Thomas Barr         Henry Candy       Dane O’Neill
9)1-21  THOUGHT WORTHY (USA) 6 George Strawbridge      John Gosden       William Buick
9 declared runners
2 Irish-trained
The going at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Thursday (May 31) at 2.30pm is 
Good, good to firm in places.
Watering continues as yesterday (Wednesday) and overnight saw dry weather.
During yesterday afternoon (Wednesday) six millimetres of water wwas applied to the Hill and the home straight. Today (Thursday), three millimetres is being put on the straight.
The GoingStick reading was 8.2 on Thursday at 9am.
It is forecast to be cooler and cloudier from today (Thursday) but remaining mainly dry up to and including Saturday, with temperatures of up to 18/19 degrees Celsius. There could be a chance of a shower tonight.
The far rail will be dolled out tomorrow (Friday) up to six yards in width from the mile start to the winning post, adding approximately eight yards to race distances.
Stalls’s Position on Friday, June 1, 2012
1m 4f 10y - Centre
Remainder - Inside
Andrew Cooper, Clerk of the Course and Director of Racing at Epsom Downs, said today: “The rain never came yesterday (Wednesday), though there were showers in the area.
"We weren't banking or depending on showers anyway. In terms of watering, it is a question of fine tuning. We are putting three millimetres of water on the home straight this afternoon (Thursday).
“The ground remains Good, good to firm in places. It is predominantly good ground, certainly from the Derby (12-furlong) start down to the beginning of the straight (three and a half furlongs out). 
“It is quicker in places in the home straight and in some areas of the climb up the back. We are saving ground for Saturday on the inside from the mile start down to the winning post, by moving the rail out by up to six yards tomorrow (Friday).
“You wouldn't be far away from calling the ground good, but with dry weather, I think it's fair to call it Good, good to firm in places. It's nice Flat racing ground.
“Weather-wise, we are looking at three similar days, today, tomorrow and on Saturday - mainly dry, cloudy and up to 18/19 degrees Celsius. There is the chance of a shower tonight.
“We started watering on Tuesday of last week and have not been putting big volumes on - just keeping the ground at or near where it was.
“It is too early say whether we will water after racing tomorrow. We will see how much the course has dried up after racing tomorrow. With these sort of temperatures, I actually think there is a good chance we will leave it alone.”
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 (nine remained), final declaration stage 10.00am, May 31. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including Sunday, May 27.
Form  Horse/Draw    Age/Wgt Owner    Trainer Jockey
1) 111-6  BEATEN UP (2)   4-9-00  Brian Haggas, B Mathieson, R Smith William Haggas Johnny Murtagh
2) 510110-0 MASKED MARVEL (1)  4-9-00  Bjorn Nielsen   John Gosden William Buick
3) 3/31115-2 QUEST FOR PEACE (IRE) (5) 4-9-00   O T I Racing   Luca Cumani Ryan Moore
4) 105323-(2)1 RED CADEAUX (6)  6-9-00  Ronald Arculli   Ed Dunlop Kieren Fallon
5) 21033/14343 ROBIN HOOD (IRE) (3)   4-9-00  Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE Seamie Heffernan
6) 13351-22 ST NICHOLAS ABBEY (IRE) (4)  5-9-00   Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor  Aidan O'Brien IRE Joseph O’Brien
6 declared runners
2 Irish-trained
Hughie Morrison is set to saddle two runners in tomorrow’s Group One Investec Oaks, Shirocco Star and Coquet, who is part-owned by his aunt the Honourable Mary Morrison, who has been a Lady-In-Waiting to The Queen for over 50 years. 
Coquet goes into the tomorrow’s race on the back of a successful reappearance in the Listed Height Of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood on May 24, while Shirocco Star went down by a short-head on her reappearance in the Listed Swettenham Stud Trial Stakes at Newbury on May 18.
The East Ilsley-based handler said today: “I am happy with both fillies and they should handle the ground. 
“Ideally, we would have liked more time with Coquet although she seems fine since she won at Goodwood.
“My main worry with Shirocco Star is how she will handle all the preliminaries and the parade tomorrow as she did get very fizzy before she ran at Newbury, although to be fair it didn’t seem to take anything out of her.
“Maybe we are being a bit brave with both of them but there is only one Oaks to go for and that is tomorrow at Epsom. 
“It annoys me when people use the term ‘Epsom Derby’ and ‘Epsom Oaks’. ‘The Derby’ and ‘’The Oaks’ automatically means the races run at Epsom.”
Hayley Turner, the most successful female jockey in the UK, rides Cavaleiro in the Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday.
Priced at 100/1 on Monday, Cavaleiro has been the subject of sustained support during the last few days and now trades at 40/1.
If Hayley wins the most famous Flat race in the world, William Hill faces a £3-million payout.
Cavaleiro is priced at 10/1 to finish in the first three, in a field of nine in the Investec Derby.
Hayley broke her duck in Group One races last season, winning the July Cup on Dream Ahead and the Nunthorpe on Margot Did.
In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Hayley will be wearing her ‘Union Jack’ breeches in some races at the Investec Derby Festival but not in the Investec Derby.
The only previous female jockey to ride in the Derby was Alex Greaves in 1996 – she finished last on Portuguese Lil.
William Hill is the Official Betting Partner of the Investec Derby Festival
William Hill prices on the Investec Derby
4/7 Camelot, 9/2 Bonfire, 8/1 Astrology, 9/1 Main Sequence, 16/1 Thought Worthy, 25/1 Mickdaam, 40/1 Cavaleiro, 50/1 Rugged Cross, 66/1 Minimise Risk- each-way ¼ the odds 1,2,3
4/11 Aidan O’Brien to win the Derby
7/4 Camelot to win by 2 lengths or more
5/2 Camelot to win by under 2 lengths
5/2 Camelot to win the Triple Crown
10/1 Cavaleiro/Hayley Turner to be placed

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