Investec Derby

Next Targets Set for Serpentine, Santiago

Trainer Aidan O'Brien has announced plans for two of his 3-year-old stars of 2020, G1 Investec Derby upsetter Serpentine (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) and G1 Irish Derby hero Santiago (Ire) (Authorized {Ire}). Serpentine will make his next start in the G1 Juddmonte Grand Prix de Paris at ParisLongchamp on Arc Trial day Sept. 13. "The lads [owners Coolmore] wanted to keep him at a mile and a half, with a view that he could go for the Arc or something like that," O'Brien said. The Grand Prix de Paris replaces the...

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Military March Out Of Epsom Derby

Godolphin G3 Autumn S. winner and G1 2000 Guineas fourth Military March (GB) (New Approach {Ire}) has been ruled out of the July 4 G1 Investec Derby after suffering a setback, according to trainer Saeed bin Suroor. Military March was third favourite for the blue riband. "He'll be back by the end of the season, but his setback means no Derby," the trainer said. "He's a nice horse, we like him and he was doing really well so it's really unfortunate. He'll have a break now, but he should be...

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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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Moore Hopes Derby Stays At Epsom

Ryan Moore, twice a winner of the G1 Investec Derby aboard Workforce (GB) (King's Best) in 2010 and Ruler of the World (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in 2013, said he hopes the blue riband, delayed this year because of coronavirus complications, can remain at its historic home at Epsom Downs. The Jockey Club Racecourses announced earlier this month that its Guineas and Derby Festivals would be postponed indefinitely, and last weekend the British Horseracing Authority revealed that the Guineas' could take place in early June and the Derby and Oaks late...

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Balding Backs Derby Go-Ahead

Trainer Andrew Balding said he would rather see the G1 Investec Derby go ahead on a different date and on a different racecourse than usual than no Derby at all. Jockey Club Racecourses revealed on Tuesday that the Guineas Festival, originally set for May 2 and 3, and the Investec Derby Festival on June 5 and 6 would definitely be pushed back, with dates to be decided when it is more clear when racing will resume. Balding, who trains Guineas hopeful Kameko (Kitten's Joy), told Sky Sports Racing, "Obviously it's...

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Mogul, Kameko Lead Derby Entries

G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy victor Kameko (Kitten's Joy) and G2 KPMG Champions Juvenile S. winner Mogul (GB) (Galileo {Ire}), at 12-1, are the shortest-priced among the 139 3-year-olds engaged in the June 6 G1 Investec Derby after the first scratching deadline. Mogul is one of 47 entries for trainer Aidan O'Brien, who last year won his record-equaling seventh Derby with Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). O'Brien's sons Joseph and Donnacha each field four entries. Joseph O'Brien is a Derby-winning rider, having steered Camelot (GB) and Australia (GB) to victory...

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