Investec Derby
Group 1, Epsom 16:30
£1,500,000 added
3yo only,
1m, 4f, 10y   
Saturday 3rd June 2017

The 2017 Investec Derby has 129 three-year-olds going forward for glory on the first Saturday in June, following the March 7 scratchings deadline.

Run at the iconic Epsom Downs Racecourse on Saturday, June 3, the 2017 renewal of the premier British Classic, the 238th running, maintains its position as the richest race in Britain, with an increased total prize fund of £1.5 million on offer for the mile and a half spectacular.

This is the first acceptance stage for the 2017 Investec Derby since horses were entered as yearlings on December 1, 2015. There are three other ways three-year-olds can be added to the line-up on June 3 - at the £9,000 second entry stage on April 4, at the £85,000 supplementary entry stage on May 29, or by succeeding in the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial at the Investec Spring Meeting, which is staged at Epsom Downs on Wednesday, April 26.

Last year's Classic went to Harzand, who handed a first Investec Derby success to trainer Dermot Weld and a fifth to his owner the Aga Khan. The same owner and trainer could be represented this time around by Haripour, a half-brother to Harzand, who was runner-up in a maiden at Gowran Park on his only start in October.

Another Irish handler, the champion Aidan O'Brien, has won the Investec Derby five times, most recently with Australia in 2014. The master of Ballydoyle has by far the most entries remaining (27) of any trainer.

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O'Brien's contingent includes Churchill, the Galileo colt who heads the ante-post market following a superb 2016 that saw him win five of his six starts headed by G1 victories in the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes at the Curragh and the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

Other leading Ballydoyle contenders include Sir John Lavery, who defeated Haripour, plus G2 Beresford Stakes victor and runner-up Capri and Yucatan.

Aidan O'Brien's son Joseph enjoyed two Investec Derby victories as a jockey on board Australia (2014) and Camelot (2012) and could be represented this year for the first time as a trainer with three entries going forward - maiden winners Druids Cross and Rekindling plus the unraced Renaissance Man


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Yucatan was runner-up in the final G1 contest of the British season, when he was a length and three-quarters behind Rivet (William Haggas) in the Racing Post Trophy over a mile at Doncaster. Rivet also landed the seven-furlong G2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster but was a never-dangerous fifth in the Dubai Dewhurst Stakes.

Contrapposto (David Menuisier) was the fast-finishing runner-up to Rivet in the valuable Convivial Maiden Stakes at York in August and went to record a decisive victory in a maiden over an extended mile at Nottingham in October.

The son of Cacique re-opposed Rivet in the Racing Post Trophy, but this time could fare no better than ninth, 11 and a half lengths adrift of the winner, for owner Clive Washbourn.

The colt's French-born trainer, who is based near Pulborough in West Sussex, said: "Touch wood, Contrapposto is absolutely fine.

"We were a bit disappointed with his run in the Racing Post Trophy at the end of last year but I don't think he ran up to form that day.

"The horse was slightly intimidated by other horses in his races last season, so when they came a bit close to him in the final furlong at Doncaster, he was of kind of surprised and lost ground, which you cannot do in a Group One.

"I would draw a line through his run at Doncaster, as on form I think he should have finished closer.

"He has done really well over the winter - he has grown a bit and strengthened up a lot. He is going really well at the moment.

"I am not sure which route we will take yet. We have also given him a Guineas' entry. Last year we felt he really needed the mile and I am not sure whether we will go for a Guineas trial or race over further for his first start this year.

"We decided to leave him in the Investec Derby as he showed plenty of ability last year and we want to keep dreaming on. We will see how he progresses - he needs to prove himself in the next few months and then we will see where we go. It is all very exciting."

Of the 129 entries going forward, 37 are trained in Ireland, while nine hail from France.

Andre Fabre is the most recent French trainer to succeed in the Investec Derby, saddling Pour Moi to victory in 2011, and his four contenders going forward include G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud winner Waldgeist, plus unexposed maiden scorers Franz Schubert and Pharaonic.

Franz Schubert is owned by Godolphin and the Maktoum family's racing operation has 21 horses in the Investec Derby. The Godolphin contingent also includes Atty Persse (Roger Charlton), who was very impressive when landing a Sandown Park maiden in September. 

The Investec Derby is the only Classic not to have seen The Queen's famous silks carried to success and there are two Royal-owned contenders going forward - Call To Mind (William Haggas) and Frontispiece (Sir Michael Stoute).

Frontispiece, by Shamardal, was successful on his only start at Ascot in 2016, while Call To Mind is an unraced son of eight-time champion sire and Derby victor Galileo, out of G2 winner Memory.

Along with Aidan O'Brien, Sir Michael Stoute is jointly the most successful current trainer in the Investec Derby with five successes and the Newmarket handler has seven entries going forward.

In addition to Frontispiece, the master of Freemason Lodge could also be represented by Elucidation, Mirage Dancer and Pivoine, who were all maiden winners last year.

John Gosden, who recently received an OBE from The Queen, saddled Golden Horn to success in the 2015 Investec Derby to add to his victory with Benny The Dip in 1997.

The Newmarket handler has 12 contenders remaining including the maiden winners Azam, Crowned Eagle, and Glencadam Glory, plus the unraced Erdogan, who is by Frankel out of the multiple G1 winner Dar Re Mi.

The next scratchings deadline for the Investec Derby is on Tuesday, May 23.

Entries for the two other G1 contests at the Investec Derby Festival - the Investec Oaks and Investec Coronation Cup, both of which take place on Friday, June 2, Investec Ladies' Day - close on Tuesday, April 11.

Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Epsom Downs Racecourse, said: "It is very pleasing to see 129 horses going forward for the 2017 Investec Derby at this stage.

"There are no surprise defections, with strong representation from Ireland and France, while last year's champion two-year-old Churchill heads the main contenders as Aidan O'Brien seeks a sixth Investec Derby success.

"We are delighted to be staging the race with the richest prize fund ever in Britain, as the Investec Derby is worth £1.5 million at Epsom Downs on June 3."

Investec Derby (Group 1)
£1,500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
129 remaining entries
Second entries April 4, second scratchings deadline May 23, five-day confirmations & £85,000 supplementary stage May 29, final declarations June 1.

HORSE Owner Trainer
ABJAR Al Shaqab Racing Sir Michael Stoute 
ABYSSINIAN (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
ACHIBUENO (FR) Wildenstein Stables Limited Alain de Royer Dupre FR
ACROSS DUBAI Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum William Haggas 
AIR SUPREMACY (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
AL GALAYEL (IRE) Al Shaqab Racing Luca Cumani 
ALAIK Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
ALFAWARIS Hamdan Al Maktoum Owen Burrows 
ALQAMAR Godolphin Charlie Appleby 
ATTY PERSSE (IRE) Godolphin Roger Charlton 
AUCKLAND (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
AZAM Al Mirqab Racing John Gosden 
BELGRAVIA (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
BENBATL Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
BIG CHALLENGE (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
BIN BATTUTA Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
CALL THE WIND George Strawbridge No current trainer 
CALL TO MIND The Queen William Haggas 
CAMBRIOLEUR Godolphin Willie McCreery IRE
CAPRI (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
CAPTOR Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd David Simcock 
CHURCHILL (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
CLONGOWES (IRE) Godolphin Jim Bolger IRE
COMMANDER China Horse Club International Limited Roger Varian 
CONTRAPPOSTO (IRE) Clive Washbourn David Menuisier 
COUNT OCTAVE Qatar Racing Limited Andrew Balding 
CROWNED EAGLE Lady Bamford John Gosden 
CRYSTAL OCEAN Sir Evelyn De Rothschild Sir Michael Stoute 
DAAWY (IRE) Al Shaqab Racing William Haggas 
D'BAI (IRE) Godolphin Charlie Appleby 
DEVAMANI (FR) H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
DIODORUS (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
DIORE LIA (IRE) Ms M Todd John Jenkins 
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
DRUIDS CROSS (IRE) Annus Mirabilis Syndicate Joseph O'Brien IRE
DUBAI SAND (IRE) Godolphin Jim Bolger IRE
DUBAI THUNDER Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
ELUCIDATION (IRE) Niarchos Family Sir Michael Stoute 
ELYAASAAT (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas 
EMINENT (IRE) Sir Peter Vela Martyn Meade 
ERDOGAN Al Shaqab Racing John Gosden 
ESCOBAR (IRE) Carmichael Jennings Hugo Palmer 
EXEMPLAR (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
FACE THE FACTS (IRE) George Strawbridge John Gosden 
FAYYADH (FR) Al Shaqab Racing Jean Claude Rouget FR
FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock 
FINN MCCOOL (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
FIRST NATION Godolphin Charlie Appleby 
FOREVER SONG Godolphin Charlie Appleby 
FRANZ SCHUBERT Godolphin SNC Andre Fabre FR
FRONTISPIECE The Queen Sir Michael Stoute 
FUJAIRA BRIDGE (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Roger Varian 
GIANT'S TREASURE (IRE) Markus Jooste Richard Hannon 
GLASSY WATERS (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
GLENCADAM GLORY Angus Dundee Distillers Plc John Gosden 
GREAT SOUND (IRE) Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limited John Gosden 
HARIPOUR (IRE) H H Aga Khan Dermot Weld IRE
HUMBLE HERO (IRE) Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Markus Jooste & Derrick Smith William Haggas 
IMPACT POINT (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited Andrew Balding 
INCA GOLD (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
INTERN (IRE) Little Hung Ralph Beckett 
IRISHCORRESPONDENT (IRE) Ballygallon Stud Limited No current trainer 
KARAWAAN (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute 
KATMANDOO (USA) Burns Smyth Studholme Tom Dascombe 
KINGDOMFORAKITTEN (USA) Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey David Lanigan 
LAST KINGDOM (USA) Prince A A Faisal Andre Fabre FR
LETHAL IMPACT (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock 
MAGHFOOR Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
MAIDSTONE MAJESTY (FR) Fergus Wilson Pia Brandt FR
MANANGATANG (IRE) OTI Racing & Partner Luca Cumani 
MANCHEGO C Humber/D Davidson/Mrs T Brudenell Hugo Palmer 
MARINE ONE Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock 
MAX LIEBERMANN (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
MIRAGE DANCER Khalid Abdullah Sir Michael Stoute 
NAR (IRE) HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani No current trainer 
NEPTUNE (IRE) Noel Furlong/Dermot Weld Dermot Weld IRE
OKOOL (FR) Hamdan Al Maktoum Owen Burrows 
ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
PEALER (GER) Emma Capon, A Lloyd Webber & Rachel Hood John Gosden 
PERCY B SHELLEY RJH Geffen John E Bodie & David Ross John Gosden 
PETERPORT Lady Rothschild John Gosden 
PETITIONER (IRE) Bjorn Nielsen Roger Charlton 
PHARAONIC Khalid Abdullah Andre Fabre FR
PIPES OF PEACE (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
PIVOINE (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute 
PROMISE OF PEACE (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited No current trainer 
RED LABEL (IRE) Jon S Kelly Luca Cumani 
REKINDLING Lloyd Williams Joseph O'Brien IRE
RENAISSANCE MAN (IRE) Miss Pat O'Kelly Joseph O'Brien IRE
RICH HISTORY (IRE) Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
RIVET (IRE) The Starship Partnership William Haggas 
ROC ASTRALE (IRE) John Connolly & Odile Griffith Amanda Perrett 
ROYALISTIC (IRE) Godolphin John Gosden 
SEA SKIMMER Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
SHEERLAR (FR) H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
SIR EDWIN LANDSEER (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
SIR JOHN LAVERY (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
SOLOMON'S BAY (IRE) Prince A A Faisal Roger Varian 
SPANISH STEPS (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
STAR OF RORY (IRE) D R Passant & Hefin Williams Tom Dascombe 
SUNRIZE (IRE) Leonard Jay Ltd - Stanley Cohen David O'Meara 
TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
TAMLEEK (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
TEMPLE CHURCH (IRE) P C J Dalby & R D Schuster Hughie Morrison 
THE ANVIL (IRE) Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Annemarie O'Brien Aidan O'Brien IRE
THE GRAND VISIR Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar William Haggas 
THISTIMENEXTYEAR Rebel Racing (2) Richard Spencer 
TITUS Khalid Abdullah No current trainer 
TOWIE (IRE) M Kerr-Dineen & M Hughes Hughie Morrison 
TRANSATLANTIC (IRE) Qatar Racing Limited William Haggas 
UTAH (IRE) Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith/China Horse Club Aidan O'Brien IRE
VENEZUELA (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O'Brien IRE
VENICE BEACH (IRE) Smith/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Flaxman Stables Aidan O'Brien IRE
WALDGEIST Derrick Smith Andre Fabre FR
WALTER RALEIGH (IRE) A Dee & G Smith Bernal John Ryan 
WAR SECRETARY (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
WARRING STATES (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited No current trainer 
WASATCH RANGE Rachel Hood & Mrs P Shanahan John Gosden 
WEEKENDER Khalid Abdullah John Gosden 
WINGS OF EAGLES (FR) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
WISCONSIN (JPN) Michael Tabor Aidan O'Brien IRE
WOODKID (GER) H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani No current trainer 
WORLD WAR (IRE) Qatar Racing/China Horse Club/Triermore Ger Lyons IRE
YAMARHABA MALAYEEN (IRE) Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh Simon Crisford 
YOUMKIN (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
YUCATAN (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O'Brien IRE
ZAMFIR Godolphin Charlie Appleby