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

Group One winner Thunder Snow features among 10 exciting second entries revealed today for this year's premier Classic, the £1.5 million Investec Derby, which has the richest prize money ever offered in Britain.

Thunder Snow
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Thunder Snow
This brings the number of three-year-olds going forward for glory in the Investec Derby to 136. The most famous of all Flat races is run over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs, with a maximum field of 20 runners, on Saturday, June 3, the second and final day of the Investec Derby Festival

The Godolphin-owned son of Helmet stormed to an impressive five-length success in the Criterium International over seven furlongs at Saint-Cloud, France, in October and is unbeaten in two appearances on dirt in Dubai so far this year, including a last-gasp victory in the G2 UAE Derby on March 25. 

Thunder Snow's trainer Saeed bin Suroor, successful in the 1995 Investec Derby with Lammtarra, has also added Best Solution, runner-up in the 10-furlong G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud on the same card as the Criterium International, and impressive Kempton Park maiden scorer Leshlaa to the 2017 Investec Derby.

Godolphin is responsible for five second entries to Britain's leading Classic race, including Syphax (Kevin Ryan) and Best Of Days (Hugo Palmer), who were separated by a head when finishing first and second in the G3 Acomb Stakes at York's Ebor festival in August. 

Best Of Days went on to frank the form of that race when gaining a neck verdict in Newmarket's G2 Royal Lodge Stakes in October.

Akihiro, owned and bred by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, is unbeaten in two starts, including a cosy victory in the G3 Prix de Chenes at Deauville in September, when he had subsequent G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere victor National Defense back in third. 

The three-year-old son of Deep Impact, from the family of star miler Goldikova, could bid to provide top French trainer Andre Fabre with a second Investec Derby success following on from Pour Moi in 2011. 

Trainer John Gosden and owner/breeder Anthony Oppenheimer teamed up for Investec Derby glory in 2015 with Golden Horn and the same combination has given an entry to Cracksman, a Frankel colt who made an eye-catching debut when scoring at Newmarket at the end of last season. 

Salouen, trained in Lambourn by Sylvester Kirk, broke the two-year-old course record time at Windsor with an impressive display in a mile maiden in August and the Canford Cliffs colt went on to acquit himself well in two of Europe's top juvenile G1 races over the same trip. 

Rivet
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Rivet
After taking second behind National Defense in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly, at the start of October, Salouen stayed on strongly to finish third behind Rivet and Yucatan in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster 20 days later. 

Kirk said today: "Salouen is in good shape and the plan is to get him to Epsom for the Investec Derby. He has done really well over the winter. He has strengthened up lovely and could not be better at the moment.

"He performed well last year and definitely deserves the entry. He is out of a Galileo mare which gives me hope that he will get the rrmile and a half. You never know until you try, but he looked to stay well last year.

"We think he wants fast ground as he broke the two-year-old course record at Windsor on good to firm ground, although he did run well in the Racing Post Trophy on soft ground. I probably should have made more use of him that day but, given the ground, I didn't want him bombing along and then stopping.

"I would have preferred the Chantilly race was run at Longchamp on the day. The stamina test at Longchamp would have suited him better than going around the sharp bend at Chantilly.

"I don't know where he will start off yet. We will put him in all the good Derby trials and just see how the ground is looking nearer the time." 

Dubawi Prince (Roger Varian), a maiden winner over 10 and a half furlongs on the opening day of the Flat season at Doncaster on April 1, and the unraced Unite The Clans (Pat Shanahan IRE) have also been given second Investec Derby entries. 

It cost £9,000 for a three-year-old to be a second entry for the Investec Derby.

There are two remaining opportunities for horses to be added to the Investec Derby, including winning the 10-furlong £50,000 Investec Derby Trial on Wednesday, April 26, the first fixture of the year at Epsom Downs. 

Horses can also be supplemented for the Investec Derby at a cost of £85,000 at the five-day confirmation stage on Monday, May 29.

Investec Derby (Group 1)
£1,500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
136 entries remain, including 10 second entries*
Second scratchings deadline May 23, five-day confirmations & £85,000 supplementary stage May 29, final declarations June 1. Maximum number of runners 20.

Horse

Owner

Trainer

ABJAR

Al Shaqab Racing

Sir Michael Stoute  

ABYSSINIAN (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

ACROSS DUBAI

Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum

William Haggas  

AIR SUPREMACY (IRE)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

*AKIHIRO (JPN)

Wertheimer et Frere

Andre Fabre FR

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  

AZZEDINE (FR)

White Birch Farm

Alain de Royer Dupre FR

BELGRAVIA (IRE)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

BENBATL

Godolphin

Saeed bin Suroor  

*BEST OF DAYS

Godolphin

Hugo Palmer  

*BEST SOLUTION (IRE)

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  

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  

CORREDORDEL VIENTO (USA)

Robert Moss

Simon Dow  

COUNT OCTAVE

Qatar Racing Limited

Andrew Balding  

*CRACKSMAN

Anthony Oppenheimer

John Gosden  

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

Jane Chapple-Hyam  

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  

*DUBAWI PRINCE

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian  

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  

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 & China Horse Club

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)

Acing Lead Ltd

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

*LESHLAA (USA)

Godolphin

Saeed bin Suroor  

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)

H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani

No current trainer  

NEPTUNE (IRE)

N 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

Robin Geffen, John 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 J 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  

*SALOUEN (IRE)

H Balasuriya

Sylvester Kirk  

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  

*SYPHAX (USA)

Godolphin

Kevin Ryan  

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  

*THUNDER SNOW (IRE)

Godolphin

Saeed bin Suroor  

TITUS

Khalid Abdullah

No current trainer  

TOWIE (IRE)

M Kerr-Dineen & M Hughes

Hughie Morrison  

TRANSATLANTIC (IRE)

Qatar Racing & Clipper Logistics

William Haggas  

*UNITE THE CLANS (IRE)

Thistle Bloodstock Limited

Pat Shanahan IRE

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/Sue Magnier/ Tabor/Flaxman Stables

Aidan O'Brien IRE

WALDGEIST

Ammerland/Newsells/ Magnier/Tabor

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)

D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

WISCONSIN (JPN)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

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