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Pour Moi Swoops to Investec Derby Triumph

1 Pour Moi 4/1
2 Treasure Beach 25/1
3 Carlton House 5/2 Fav
13 ran Distances: hd, ¾l, ¾l
TIME 2m 34.54s (fast by 0.76s)

French teenage riding sensation Mickael Barzalona starred in the Investec Derby when bringing 4/1 chance Pour Moi up on the line to win by a head from Treasure Beach. The Queen’s Carlton House, who was sent off 5/2 favourite, finished third.

Pour Moi
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Pour Moi

It was a first success in Flat racing’s Blue Riband for Chantilly-based trainer Andre Fabre, whose 34-year training career feature victories in many of the world’s other big races. Pour Moi was the first French-trained winner of the Investec Derby since Empery in 1976.

"Finally!" said Fabre. "I think the bad luck we have had here before has been more because the horses were not good enough but I thought here we had a proper horse for Epsom. The reality is that you have to have the horse. This is one of the races everyone wants to win and now it’s over. Everyone knows about the Derby and I’ve tried a long time, it has not been a good track for me!

"This is the horse that I would like to win because he is such a good horse and it is not by hazard that he has won.

"What surprised me was that he had two accelerations - the first one to catch up and then he hit another extra gear. This was the sign of a champion and it was his first time at a mile and a half.

"It was a pleasure that Mickael is a home-made jockey and I know his family. Obviously it is such a pleasure to win this race and under these conditions, with a young jockey and this big crowd. I couldn’t be more happy.

Asked about beating the Queen, Fabre said: "It is a race between horses, not between persons otherwise I would have finished far behind Her Majesty."

Barzalona, who celebrated by standing up in his irons and saluting, said: "It is fabulous! It is brilliant and I came so fast at the end that I knew I was going to win."

Part-owner Michael Tabor said: "It was sensational. He was at the back of the field as everybody saw - I always knew that he had to be ridden that way - but, having said that, it was a tall order. We knew that he was very good and so it was not a surprise.

"Obviously, we want to win - it goes without saying - but, if we didn’t we certainly wanted the Queen to win. It was one of those things.

"It was utopia and I could always seeing Pour Moi winning because of what Andre told us about the horse. The only problem was the first time in a race at Epsom - it’s all very well in a gallop but it’s slightly different in a race. That’s always the question mark when you come here."

Fellow part-owner Derrick Smith added: "I have to confess that I was cheering home Treasure Beach, not seeing where Pour Moi was coming from. It’s incredible. That is the fourth time that I have been second in the purple colours. Hopefully it will happen - if I live long enough!"

John Magnier, whose wife Sue’s colours were carried by the Montjeu colt, added: "I wish that somebody else owned the third horse but that’s racing. Andre was confident. All the way throughout the last few weeks, he has been saying how good he was. He said how he was going to be ridden and he told us that he had more speed than Peintre Celebre.

"He was telling all of the youngsters up in the box to back him. Usually trainers go off the horses when they get close to the race but he was confident."


Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Pour Moi
A Fabre
M Barzalona
9st 0lbs
4 - 1
Treasure Beach
A P O'Brien
C O'Donoghue
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
Carlton House
Sir Michael Stoute
R L Moore
9st 0lbs
5 - 2
3/4 length
Memphis Tennessee
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 0lbs
20 - 1
3/4 length
Native Khan
E A L Dunlop
J P Murtagh
9st 0lbs
8 - 1
3/4 length
A P O'Brien
P J Smullen
9st 0lbs
5 - 1
2 lengths
A De Royer Dupre
C P Lemaire
9st 0lbs
14 - 1
Masked Marvel
J H M Gosden
William Buick
9st 0lbs
25 - 1
4 lengths
Pisco Sour
H Morrison
J Fortune
9st 0lbs
50 - 1
19 lengths
A P O'Brien
C Soumillon
9st 0lbs
13 - 2
3 lengths
Ocean War
M Al Zarooni
L Dettori
9st 0lbs
12 - 1
7 lengths
Castlemorris King
M J Attwater
M Coumbe
9st 0lbs
150 - 1
3 1/4 lengths
Marhaba Malyoon
D M Simcock
J P Spencer
9st 0lbs
100 - 1
55 lengths



The Queen’s horse Carlton House, ridden by Ryan Moore, had to settle for third in today’s Investec Derby.

Sent off the 5/2 favourite to become Her Majesty’s first winner of the great race, Carlton House turned into the home straight some way off the pace and could not quicken when it mattered. He also lost a front shoe in the final furlong.

John Warren, racing and bloodstock advisor to The Queen, said: “Ryan is disappointed, but said it was a messy race and the horse marginally missed the kick. He said a few horses, the long outsiders, came back on him and that didn’t help him get into that smooth rhythm he wanted. As a consequence he had to make his run from further back than he wanted.

“He felt if the circumstances had been different so would the result. I would say it was just the run of the race that did us no favours. If he takes on the same horses again, who knows, the result might be different.”

Sir Michael Stoute, trainer of Carlton House, referred to the injury scare which centred on the horse this week when he suffered filling in a foreleg. Sir Michael said: “He’s run very well, but things just haven’t gone right. He had a hold up close to the race and during it he got too far back and then had to run wide into the straight.

“He’s still a high-class horse and he will have a big day.”


It was a first Investec Derby victory for both the trainer Andre Fabre (with his 10th runner) and the jockey Mickael Barzalona (his first ride in the Investec Derby).

Pour Moi became the first French-trained horse win the Investec Derby since Empery in 1976.

The owners Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith came together as a Coolmore partnership and similar partnerships, without Derrick Smith, have been successful in the Investec Derby with High Chaparral (2002) and Galileo (2001), both trained by Aidan O’Brien.

The winning time of 2m 34.54s was between last year’s record time of 2m 31.33s achieved by Workforce and the 2009 time of Sea The Stars, 2m 36.74s.

Pour Moi’s sire Montjeu was enjoying his third Investec Derby winner, following on from Motivator (2005) and Authorized 2007).

This was the 232nd running of the Investec Derby.

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