|Group 1, Epsom 16:30
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|CORREDORDEL VIENTO (USA)||Robert Moss||Simon Dow|
|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|