EPSOM DOWNS 13 DECLARED TO RUN IN THE DERBY ON SATURDAY JUNE 4th 2011
The three-year-old Street Cry colt is an intended runner in the 12-furlong Group One worth £1,250,000 after picking up a slight injury earlier this week.
He exercised over four furlongs at
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, Carlton House was the ready winner of the best Investec Derby trial, the totesport Dante Stakes, at
The Queen has had nine runners in the
Carlton House, due to be ridden by Ryan Moore who was successful last year in both the Investec Derby (Workforce) and Investec Oaks (Snow Fairy), is the 7/4 favourite with William Hill, the official betting partner for the Investec Derby Festival.
The Andre Fabre-trained Pour Moi, who ran a good trial when the decisive winner of the Group Two Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on May 7, is next in William Hill’s market at 7/2. The colt worked pleasingly under big-race jockey Mickael Barzalona at Epsom Downs last week during Breakfast With The Stars. He is Fabre’s first Investec Derby runner since 2006.
The other French runner is Vadamar (16/1), trained by Alain de Royer Dupre for the Aga Khan. He also ran in the Prix Greffulhe and finished third after starting the odds-on favourite, staying on without getting to Pour Moi over 10 furlongs.
Ireland’s champion trainer, Aidan O’Brien, has four runners, headed by Recital (5/1), the mount of Kieren Fallon, who won the Group Three Derrinstown Stud Trial by a length and a half from Memphis Tennessee (20/1) at Leopardstown on May 8, while Seville (13/2), second to Carlton House in the totesport Dante, and Treasure Beach (25/1), who took the Group Three Chester Vase over the Derby distance by a head from Nathaniel on May 5, complete the team.
O’Brien, interviewed this afternoon on At The Races, said it would be very hard to pick between his four runners because it was difficult to judge how far they have come on from their last races and added: “I would probably pick the wrong one.
The Ed Dunlop-trained Native Khan (10/1) has Classic form, having finished third to Frankel in the QIPCO 2000
John Gosden’s runner is Masked Marvel (25/1), the three-length winner of the Listed IBA Cocked Hat Stakes at Goodwood on May 18.
The Dante third Pisco Sour (100/1) is a first Investec Derby runner for trainer Hughie Morrison who has booked Jimmy Fortune to ride.
The other two Investec Derby hopefuls are outsiders Marhaba Malyoon (200/1) and Castlemorris King (500/1).
The going is GOOD at Epsom Downs and that will be the ground description tomorrow morning for the first day of Investec Derby Festival.
Watering has continued today on parts of the course with Andrew Cooper, Director of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Epsom Downs, making sure that the ground is consistent throughout.
He said: "We are putting on two to three millimetres of water over parts of the course to balance things up. The watering will be completed by the end of the afternoon.
"There is plenty of moisture in the ground and, though the course will dry in the good weather, we hope to start Saturday on going that is no worse than good, good to firm in places.
"The course is in great shape and it walks quite even and consistent. The grass cover is good and the going is slightly better than for the start of the meeting last year.
"We watered during the meeting for the first time last year. I would prefer not to do that this year but we will see how the ground rides tomorrow before making a final decision."
The GoingStick reading at 7am this morning was 7.8 (Home Straight Stands
The inside rail tomorrow (Friday, June 3) will be dolled out five yards from the mile pole to the six-furlong marker.
From the five-furlong pole to the winning post, the inside rail will be dolled out by up to 5 yards. This will add 10 yards to race distances.
The forecast is for dry and increasingly warm weather, with temperatures in the low to mid 20s tomorrow and on Saturday.
Class 1, Group 1, £1,250,000 Total Prize Fund, 4.00pm, Epsom Downs, Saturday, June 4, 2011. For three-year-olds only, entire colts & fillies, one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards. Entries closed December 1, 2009 (444 entries). First scratchings deadline noon, March 1, 2011 (125 remained), £8,000 secondary entry stage noon, April 5, 2011 (12 extra entries received), second scratchings deadline noon, May 19, 2011 (22 remained), £75,000 supplementary entry & five-day confirmation stage, noon, May 30, 2011, (17 confirmed) final declaration stage 10am, June 2, 2011 (13 declared runners).
No./Form Horse Owner Trainer/Jockey/Draw
2) 0560-5 CASTLEMORRIS KING (v) Charles O
3) 1-6 MARHABA MALYOON (IRE) Ahmad Al Shaikh David Simcock/Jamie Spencer (8)
4) 16-51 MASKED MARVEL Bjorn Nielsen John Gosden/William Buick (5)
5) 5(1)-2 MEMPHIS TENNESSEE (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE/Joseph O’Brien (6)
6) 114-13 NATIVE KHAN (FR) Ibrahim Araci Ed Dunlop/Johnny Murtagh (3)
7) 5-11 OCEAN WAR Godolphin Mahmood Al Zarooni/Frankie Dettori (10)
8) 0(1)120-3 PISCO SOUR (
10) 11-31 RECITAL (FR) Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Eduard Mordukhovich Aidan O’Brien IRE/Kieren Fallon (4)
12) 21123-1 TREASURE BEACH Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE/Colm O’Donoghue (12)
13) 61-13 VADAMAR (FR) H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR/Christophe Lemaire (9)
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