Investec Derby
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Group 1, Epsom Downs
£1,625,000 added
3yo only,
1m, 4f, 10y
  
Saturday 2nd June 2018

Saxon Warrior Headlines 135 Entries

Ante-post favourite Saxon Warrior is one of 135 three-year-olds going forward for the 2018 Investec Derby, Britain's premier Classic and richest race, on the second day of the Investec Derby Festival, Saturday, June 2, at Epsom Downs following the first scratchings' stage.

Saxon Warrior
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Saxon Warrior
 
The Classic, staged over a mile and a half of the unique Epsom Downs Racecourse, has a total prize fund of at least £1.5 million and is being run for the 239th time.
 
The total number of entries rose to 135 after unbeaten G3 Acomb Stakes victor Wells Farhh Go was one of six second entries revealed on April 3.
 
Wings Of Eagles provided trainer Aidan O'Brien with his sixth success in the Investec Derby last year and Ireland's champion Flat trainer has 26 entries remaining, all for Coolmore partnerships, the most of any handler. 
 
They include unbeaten G1 Racing Post Trophy hero, the Japanese-bred Saxon Warrior, by Deep Impact out of a Galileo mare, and The Pentagon, a Galileo colt who finished third behind his stable companion at Doncaster. 

Saxon Warrior is 4/1 favourite with Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, with The Pentagon second favourite at 8/1.
 
Impressive maiden winners and Galileo colts Amedeo ModiglianiKenya and James Cook, who is a full-brother to top-class racemare Found, also go forward for Investec Derby glory.
 
If successful this year, O'Brien would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer in the Classic, which was first run in 1780.
 
O'Brien's son Joseph, who rode two Investec Derby winners Australia (2014) and Camelot (2012) for his father, has six entries still remaining in the 2018 Investec Derby, including Drapers GuildHigh MounteStella d'Oro and Subjudice - all owned by his mother Annemarie.
 
Newmarket trainer John Gosden, victorious with Benny The Dip (1998) and Golden Horn (2015), has the neck Racing Post Trophy runner-up Roaring Lion, owned by Qatar Racing, and winning debutant Photographer among his 11 entries. 
 
Ghaiyyath
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Ghaiyyath
 
Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby, also based in Newmarket, has nine contenders, headed by highly-regarded G3 Autumn Stakes victor Ghaiyyath  and French G3 scorer Glorious Journey, who is unbeaten in two starts.
 
Saeed bin Suroor, Godolphin's other main trainer who sent out Lammtarra to Investec Derby success in 1995, has eightr three-year-olds going forwardthe majority unraced.
 
Elarqam
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Elarqam
 
Dual Derby winning owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum has three entries, notably unbeaten G3 Tattersalls Stakes victor Elarqam - one of four engaged for North Yorkshire-based trainer Mark Johnston.
 
Another entry for Johnston is Dee Ex Bee, who gained a wildcard entry by virtue of winning the totepool Conditions Stakes at Epsom Downs in October last year. 
 
The Investec Derby is the only Classic that has eluded Her Majesty The Queen as an owner. Her colours were carried by 1953 runner-up Aureole and Carlton House, who finished third in 2011.

The Queen, a regular attendee at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Investec Derby Day, has two contenders among the acceptors - Elector, a winner on debut at Ascot, and the unraced Sea The Stars colt Sextant. Both homebreds are trained by Sir Michael Stoute in Newmarket.
 
Harry Dunlop is eyeing the Investec Derby for Knight To Behold. The son of Sea The Stars was narrowly denied on debut in the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions Race at Newbury, which has produced four Derby winners over the years, before beating subsequent winner Bow Street in a mile maiden at Newmarket in October.
 
The Lambourn-based trainer revealed: "Knight To Behold is in good form and seems to have wintered really well.
 
"He is a nice horse and we were pleased to see the Godolphin horse that he beat at Newmarket come out afterwards and win nicely at Kempton.

"Knight To Behold is a horse who I think will stay, as his relatives did. 
 
"We are aiming to start him off in a Derby trial of some description, with a view to going to Epsom if he proves good enough.

"We have said that the bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown Park (G3, Friday, April 27) could be a good place to start, although nothing is set in stone yet. 
 
"He will be entered in a few trials and we will see how he is closer to the time."


Newmarket trainer Roger Varian's four entries include Yarmouth maiden scorer Willie John, who was bought out of William Haggas' yard for 1.9 million guineas at Tattersalls in February and is now owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum.
 
Andre Fabre, victorious with Pour Moi in 2011, accounts for three of the five French-trained entries, with dual scorer Cascadian and Dubawi colt Zucchini, both owned by Godolphin. Rabdan was added and the second entry stage after making an encouraging return to action at Saint-Cloud on April 2, when winning a 12-furlong maiden by nine lengths on heavy going.
 
The remaining French acceptors are Near Gold (Freddy Head FR), a good winner on his second start at Chantilly in October, and Study Of Man (Pascal Bary FR), who beat Near Gold when they clashed on debut at Saint-Cloud in September.
 
There are a total of 41 Irish-trained entries, four more than last year, with Dermot Weld, successful with Harzand in 2016, the best represented apart from the two O'Briens, having six contenders. 
 
There are two more ways for three-year-olds to achieve a 2018 Investec Derby entry - at the £85,000 supplementary entry stage on May 28, or by succeeding in the £50,000 Listed Investec Blue Riband Trial at the Investec Spring Meeting, which is staged at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Wednesday, April 25.
 
The next scratchings deadline for the Investec Derby is on Tuesday, May 22.
 
Ed Nicholson, Head of Unibet Racing communications & sponsorship said: "Aidan O'Brien's Saxon Warrior heads Unibet's Investec Derby market at 4/1, and the master of Ballydoyle has nine of the top 13 in our betting. He is sure to be well represented come the first Saturday in June in his quest to win a seventh Investec Derby"  

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Investec Derby (Group 1)
£1,625,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
135 remaining entries
Second scratchings deadline May 22, five-day confirmations & £85,000 supplementary stage May 28, final declarations May 31. Maximum field 20 runners plus 2 reserves.

Horse
Owner
Trainer
AL EMARAT (IRE)
Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh
Kevin Ryan  
AL MUFFRIH (IRE)
Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum
William Haggas  
ALTERNATIVE FACT
The Alternative Lot
Ed Dunlop  
AMEDEO MODIGLIANI (IRE)
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
ASTROMACHIA
John Connolly & Odile Griffith
Amanda Perrett  
BALIYAD (IRE)
HH Aga Khan
Dermot Weld IRE
*BEDOUIN'S STORY
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor
BEING THERE (FR)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
BOMBYX
Anthony & Victoria Pakenham
James Fanshawe  
BOND STREET (IRE)
Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BRUNDTLAND (IRE)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
CACOPHONOUS
Clive Washbourn
David Menuisier  
CALIBURN (IRE)
M M Stables
Hugo Palmer  
CARADOC (IRE)
P K Siu
Ed Walker  
CASCADIAN
Godolphin
Andre Fabre FR
CENTROID
Khalid Abdullah
Dermot Weld IRE
CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (IRE)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
COGITAL
John Connolly & Odile Griffith
Amanda Perrett  
CONCLUSION (JPN)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
COOLONGOLOOK
S Stuckey
Luca Cumani  
CORELLI (USA)
George Strawbridge
John Gosden  
CORGI
M Hughes & M Kerr-Dineen
Hughie Morrison  
CRIMSON MYSTERY (IRE)
Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd
Dermot Weld IRE
CROSSED BATON
Khalid Abdullah
John Gosden  
CYPRESS CREEK (IRE)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DALILEO (IRE)
Hussain Alabbas Lootah
Mark Johnston  
DEE EX BEE
Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston  
DELANO ROOSEVELT (IRE)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DEYAARNA (USA)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
DISCOVER DUBAI (IRE)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
DOWNDRAFT (IRE)
R O'Gara/Mrs M V Magnier/Mrs P Shanahan
Joseph O'Brien IRE
DRAPERS GUILD
Annemarie O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien IRE
DREAM WARRIOR
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
DRESS COAT
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
DUBHE
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
DUKHAN
Al Shaqab Racing
Hugo Palmer  
EBADALI (IRE)
HH Aga Khan
Dermot Weld IRE
ELARQAM
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Mark Johnston  
ELECTOR
The Queen
Sir Michael Stoute  
*FAJJAJ (IRE)
Al Shaqab Racing
Hugo Palmer 
FAMILY TREE
Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
FIRST ELEVEN
Khalid Abdullah
John Gosden  
FLAG OF HONOUR (IRE)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
FREETOWN (IRE)
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
FULL MOON (IRE)
Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
GARDENS OF BABYLON (IRE)
Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
GHAIYYATH (IRE)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
GHOSTWATCH (IRE)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI (IRE)
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
GLENCADAM MASTER
Angus Dundee Distillers Plc
John Gosden  
GLOBAL GIANT
Dr Johnny Hon
Ed Dunlop  
GLORIOUS JOURNEY
HH Sheikha Al Jalila Racing
Charlie Appleby  
GUSTAV KLIMT (IRE)
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
HASANABAD (IRE)
HH Aga Khan
Dermot Weld IRE
HAZAPOUR (IRE)
HH Aga Khan
Dermot Weld IRE
HAZARFAN
Mohammed Jaber
Ed Dunlop  
HIGH MOUNTE (IRE)
Annemarie O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien IRE
HOUSE EDGE
Edward J Ware
Michael Bell  
HOWMAN (IRE)
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
HUNTING HORN (IRE)
Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
IN DEMAND (IRE)
The Yes Men
Charlie Fellowes  
ISPOLINI
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
JAMES COOK (IRE)
Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
JETSTREAM (IRE)
R A Scarborough & Sue Magnier
Charles Hills  
KENYA (IRE)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
KEW GARDENS (IRE)
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
KING AND EMPIRE (IRE)
Qatar Racing Limited
Andrew Balding  
KNIGHT TO BEHOLD (IRE)
L Neil Jones
Harry Dunlop  
LATROBE (IRE)
Lloyd J Williams
Joseph O'Brien IRE
LAUGHING STRANGER (USA)
Susan Roy & N M Watts
Jeremy Noseda  
LOVEISILI
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
LOYAL PROMISE (IRE)
Sun Bloodstock SARL 1
Martyn Meade  
LUCIUS TIBERIUS (IRE)
Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MADRID (IRE)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MARECHAL NEY
Anthony Oppenheimer
John Gosden  
MASAR (IRE)
Godolphin
Charlie Appleby  
MASTER OF THE MOON
Abdulla Al Mansoori
Ismail Mohammed  
*MILES CHRISTIANUS
Thistle Bloodstock Limited
No current trainer
MILITARY LAW
Qatar Racing Limited
John Gosden  
MONOXIDE
Canning Downs Stud
Martyn Meade  
MOON OF BARODA
Tony Wechsler & Ann Plummer
Charles Hills  
MOUNT ARARAT (IRE)
Hubert Strecker & Elaine Burke
Karl Burke  
MSAYYAN (IRE)
Al Shaqab Racing
John Gosden  
MUZAAWEL
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
MY LORD AND MASTER (IRE)
T Bridge
William Haggas  
NATIONAL SECURITY (IRE)
Godolphin
Jim Bolger IRE
NEAR GOLD
Ecurie Jean-Louis Bouchard
Freddy Head FR
NELSON (IRE)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
OCCUPY (USA)
Highclere Thoroughbred Racing-David Weir
Ralph Beckett  
OSTILIO
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Simon Crisford  
PERFECT ILLUSION
Mr & Mrs R Gorell/N Botica & Partner
Andrew Balding  
PHOTOGRAPHER
Denford Stud
John Gosden  
PREPARE FOR BATTLE (USA)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
PRIZERING (IRE)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
PROSCHEMA (IRE)
Empire State Racing Partnership
Tom Dascombe  
*RABDAN
Al Shaqab Racing
Andre Fabre FR
RECORDMAN
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
REGAL DIRECTOR (IRE)
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Simon Crisford  
ROARING LION (USA)
Qatar Racing Limited
John Gosden  
ROSTROPOVICH (IRE)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SARIM (IRE)
Al Shaqab Racing
Jamie Osborne  
SAXON WARRIOR (JPN)
Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SEAT OF POWER (IRE)
Orbis Bloodstock (UK) Limited
David Simcock  
SEVENNA STAR (IRE)
Gestut Ammerland
John Gosden  
SEXTANT
The Queen
Sir Michael Stoute  
SHAREEF STAR
Saeed Suhail
Sir Michael Stoute  
SHARJA SILK
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
SHARP SUITED
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Simon Crisford  
SHOWROOM (FR)
Highclere T'bred Racing- Nick Skelton
Mark Johnston  
SILVER QUARTZ
Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd
Hugo Palmer  
SIR EREC (IRE)
Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SOVEREIGN DUKE (GER)
One Too Many Partners
Henry Candy  
STELLA D'ORO (USA)
Annemarie O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien IRE
STEPHENSONS ROCKET (IRE)
Bjorn Nielsen
Ed Walker  
STUDY OF MAN (IRE)
Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd
Pascal Bary FR
SUBJUDICE (IRE)
Annemarie O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien IRE
SURYA
Lady Bamford
John Gosden  
TENEDOS
V I Araci
Hugo Palmer  
THE KING (IRE)
Mill House LLC
Jessica Harrington IRE
THEOBALD (IRE)
Jackie Bolger
Jim Bolger IRE
THE PENTAGON (IRE)
Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
THE REVENANT
Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd
Hugo Palmer  
THRAVE
Thomas Barr
Henry Candy  
THUNDERHOOVES
Kilco (International) Ltd
John Ryan  
VOYAGER BLUE
Mr & Mrs I H Bendelow
Jamie Osborne  
WADILSAFA
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Owen Burrows  
WAFY (IRE)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Charles Hills  
WAJAAHA (IRE)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
WAX AND WANE
Tim Dykes
Karl Burke  
*WELLS FARHH GO (IRE)
S A Heley & Partner
Tim Easterby
*WHITE MOCHA (USA)
Dr Ali Ridha
Hugo Palmer
WILLIE JOHN
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
YOUNG RASCAL (FR)
Bernard Kantor
William Haggas  
ZABRISKIE (IRE)
Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd
Aidan O'Brien IRE
ZUCCHINI
Godolphin
Andre Fabre FR