Epsom Downs

English King Gets the Hoodoo Stall in the Derby

There was an unwelcome twist on Thursday for connections of the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial winner English King (Fr) (Camelot) as the draw for Saturday's £500,000 G1 241st Investec Derby imposed a widely-perceived "hoodoo" on Bjorn Nielsen's bay. Ante-post favourite for Epsom's Blue Riband, he will have to depart from the dreaded stall one after heading a field of 16 declarations. Qatar Racing's G1 2000 Guineas hero Kameko (Kitten's Joy) has been allocated gate 11, historically a far more favourable position which gives Oisin Murphy options from the break. Aidan...

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Curtis Receives Derby Ride on Highland Chief

Ben Curtis has been handed a first G1 Investec Derby ride on Royal Ascot winner Highland Chief (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}). Trained by Paul and Oliver Cole, the colt was ridden to victory at Ascot by Rossa Ryan but was due to be partnered by Andrea Atzeni at Epsom. However, with Atzeni claimed to ride David Simcock's Mohican Heights (Ire) (Australia {GB}), Curtis has been called up after a brilliant start to the season. "Andrea didn't foresee that he had to ride for someone else and he's got to ride for...

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Love One of 11 for Investec Oaks

Love (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), winner of the G1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas, heads 11 entries for the G1 Investec Oaks at Epsom on Saturday. The daughter of Galileo has headed the ante-post market since her impressive victory by 4 1/4 lengths over the Rowley Mile. Love bids to become the first filly since Minding (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in 2016 to win both Classics. She is one of four possibles from the Aidan O'Brien stable as the Ballydoyle handler goes for a seventh Oaks success. O'Brien's other fillies in the mix are...

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Investec Derby Attracts 17 Entries at This Stage

Listed winner and ante-post favourite English King (Fr) (Camelot {GB}) is among 17 entries for Saturday's G1 Investec Derby at Epsom.The mile-and-a-half Classic finds itself in an unusual position on the calendar this year, coming a month later than normal and after both Royal Ascot and the Irish Derby, because of the late start to the campaign. That will not matter one iota to the winning connections come this weekend, though--and for Ed Walker, trainer of Lingfield Derby Trial winner English King, it would be the realisation of a childhood...

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Revised Plans for Guineas, Derby and Oaks Remain on Course

In its latest update on Wednesday, the British Horseracing Authority's Flat Pattern Committee revealed that plans remain for the G1 2000 Guineas and G1 1000 Guineas to be staged on June 6 and 7, respectively, while the G1 Investec Derby and G1 Investec Oaks are both set for Saturday, July 4. The G1 Eclipse S. will take place on July 5, and Royal Ascot remains on its original dates of June 16 to 20, though some changes to the order of races "will be confirmed as soon as possible." The...

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Derby, Oaks Clear Hurdle To Stay At Epsom

The G1 Investec Derby and G1 Investec Oaks cleared a major hurdle in the race to remain at their historic home at Epsom Downs on Tuesday, with the Epsom and Walton Downs Conservators giving their backing at a special council meeting on Tuesday evening to the Jockey Club's plans to stage the two Classics on alternate dates, behind closed doors and with the public areas surrounding the track temporarily closed to the public. The Derby and Oaks have been staged at Epsom every year since their respective inceptions in 1780...

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