Epsom Downs Racecourse

Casting The Longfellow's Shadow In The Derby

Saturday's G1 Cazoo Derby is no ordinary Derby, being placed squarely in the Platinum Jubilee celebrations and bearing the title "In Memory of Lester Piggott", so the onus is on the latest collection of elite middle-distance colts to rise to the occasion. Famed for his ability to pick and choose in his heyday, the question is what would the Longfellow have opted for in this line-up? Few would say anything other than the edition's pop idol Desert Crown (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}), whose Dante win had all the purists pricking up...

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Hukum Powers To Coronation Cup Glory

Shadwell's homebred 5-year-old entire Hukum (Ire) (Sea The Stars {Ire}--Aghareed, by Kingmambo) struck four times at Group 3 level in 2020 and 2021 before annexing Meydan's Mar. 5 G2 Dubai City of Gold and went postward for his European return in Friday's G1 Dahlbury Coronation Cup at Epsom coming back off a seventh in March's G1 Dubai Sheema Classic. Stepping out of the shadow of his hitherto unbeaten full-brother Baaeed (GB), he was unmatched in the closing stages of the 12-furlong contest and powered clear of a select field to...

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Superpowers Face Off Again In The Oaks

With the last eight winners of the G1 Cazoo Oaks hailing from Ballydoyle or Clarehaven, this particular rivalry is taking on epic proportions unmatched in the great Epsom Classic's history. Not even the duels between the race's record holder Robert Robson and Dixon Boyce in the early 19th century and between the current Rosegreen maestro and the late Sir Henry Cecil at the end of and beginning of the 20th and 21st enjoyed such mutually-exclusive domination. There is more than a strong chance that it will be extended on Friday,...

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17 Confirmed For Cazoo Derby

With Roger Varian trainee Eydon (Ire) (Olden Times {GB}) scratched from Epsom's G1 Cazoo Derby on Wednesday afternoon, the remaining 17 contenders all stood their ground at Thursday morning's declaration stage. Sir Michael Stoute seeks a sixth Blue Riband with Saeed Suhail's undefeated G2 Dante S. winner Desert Crown (GB) (Nathaniel {Ire}) and the TDN Rising Star will depart from the 12 box. Godolphin's supplementary entry Nations Pride (Ire) (Teofilo {Ire}) has been allocated stall five with stablemate Walk of Stars (GB) (Frankel {GB}) set to start from stall nine....

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Eleven Set For Oaks Test

There was just the one withdrawal from Friday's £550,000 G1 Cazoo Oaks on Wednesday, with the removal of Kirsten Rausing's G3 Musidora S. third Ching Shih (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) meaning that 11 fillies will head postward for the Epsom Classic. The John and Thady Gosden-trained market leaders and TDN Rising Stars Emily Upjohn (GB) (Sea the Stars {Ire}) and  Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}) have been drawn alongside each other in five and six respectively, while of Ballydoyle's quartet Coolmore and Westerberg's 1000 Guineas third and Irish 1000 Guineas...

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Cazoo Derby To Be Shown Worldwide

More than 50 international broadcasters will cover the G1 Cazoo Derby at Epsom Downs Racecourse, an official part of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, on June 4. The £1.604-million contest will be shown live by 32 broadcasters, and there will be 15 on-site news and lifestyle broadcasters, plus various news agencies for the two-day stand. These broadcasters were secured by The Jockey Club, Racecourse Media Group and HBA Media. In America, both Good Morning America (ABC network) and NBC News will broadcast live from the course, while Jess...

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Paid Enclosures Solt Out On Cazoo Derby Day

All paid enclosures at Epsom Downs Racecourse are now sold out for Cazoo Derby Day on Saturday, June 4. Racegoers can still attend for free on The Hill, with the added bonus this year of celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee. There are still tickets available for Cazoo Ladies Day on Friday, June 3. The two-day stand features the G1 Cazoo Oaks on Friday, followed by the G1 Cazoo Derby the day after. Phil White, London Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said, "With the Cazoo Derby forming part...

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Emily Upjohn Set To Face 10 in Epsom's G1 Cazoo Oaks
Emily Upjohn Set To Face 10 in Epsom's G1 Cazoo Oaks

Kirsten Rausing's G3 Musidora S. third Ching Shih (Ire) (Lope de Vega {Ire}) was the only late defector from Friday's £550,000 G1 Cazoo Oaks and, following Wednesday morning's final declarations, 11 fillies will head postward for the Epsom Classic. John and Thady Gosden stablemates and ante-post market leaders Emily Upjohn (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) and Nashwha (GB) (Frankel {GB}) have been drawn alongside each other and will exit stalls five and six, respectively. Coolmore and Westerberg's G1 1000 Guineas third and G1 Irish 1000 Guineas runner-up Tuesday (Ire) (Galileo...

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Coronation Cup a Fitting Part of Royal Jubilee

While Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee celebrations at Epsom understandably focus on the Derby, we should remember that that great race, in which she owned the runner-up Aureole (GB) just days after her Coronation in 1953, is not the only big race at the meeting which has close links to Britain's Royal Family.  Arguably even stronger are the ties which bind Epsom's big weight-for-age race, the G1 Coronation Cup, to the monarchy. This prestigious contest is run over the Derby course for 4-year-olds and upwards and serves as the natural target...

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Gosden Duo Anchor An Even Dozen Left in Cazoo Oaks Reckoning

At the six-day stage, 12 fillies are set to line up in the 1 1/2-mile G1 Cazoo Oaks on Friday, June 3. As expected, Rogue Millennium (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) was supplemented for the Epsom Downs feature, where she will face the John and Thady Gosden favourites 'TDN Rising Star' Emily Upjohn (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) and Blue Diamond Stud's Nashwa (GB) (Frankel {GB}). Aidan O'Brien fields a quartet of fillies in the hunt for his 10th Oaks title and they are led by the dual Classic-placed Tuesday (Ire) (Galileo...

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Injury Curtails Sir Bob Parker's G1 Cazoo Derby Run

Sir Bob Parker (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) will not travel to Epsom to contest the G1 Cazoo Derby on Saturday week as he has been injured, according to trainer David Menuisier. The Michael Watt-owned colt won at second asking at Chantilly in April and was third in the G2 Prix Greffulhe to Onesto (Ire) (Frankel {GB}) on May 8. "Sad to report our Derby hope Sir Bob Parker has sustained an injury today [Saturday] which will see him out of action for a little while," Menuisier tweeted on Saturday. "So close,...

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Racing Showcase on The Hill On Cazoo Oaks and Derby Days

There will be a special interactive display on The Hill at Epsom Downs in recognition of The Queen's passion for the Thoroughbred during the official Platinum Jubilee celebrations on Cazoo Oaks and Cazoo Derby Days, June 3-4. Billed the Racing Showcase, the display will highlight the care that is shown for racehorses throughout their lives, how the racing industry is engaging and inspiring young people to look at racing as a career, the provisions the industry makes for its people and how racing is looking to reach out to communities...

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