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Group 1, Epsom Downs 13:30
£1,500,000 guaranteed
3yo only,
1m, 4f, 10y
  
Saturday 1st June 2024

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Leading contender Arabian Crown has been ruled out of the Epsom Classic after suffering a setback.

Winner of three of his four starts as a juvenile including victory in the Group Three Zetland Stakes at Newmarket, the Dubawi colt moved towards the head of the Derby betting following an impressive return in the Sandown Classic Trial last month.

With most of the Derby trials having now taken place, Arabian Crown was clear second-favourite behind Aidan O’Brien’s City Of Troy, but connections have announced he will not line up on June 1.

In a short statement posted on X, Godolphin said: “Unfortunately Arabian Crown will miss the Epsom Derby due to a setback. He will now be aimed at a late summer campaign.”

Arabian Crown’s absence is another significant blow to Godolphin and Charlie Appleby after Hidden Law suffered a fatal injury shortly after passing the post a runaway winner of last week’s Chester Vase.

Appleby’s only remaining Derby contender is Ancient Wisdom, who finished second behind the William Haggas-trained Economics in the Dante Stakes at York on May16.

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Capulet, trained by Aidan O’Brien, delivered a front-running victory in the Boodles Raindance Dee Stakes at Chester. The Ballydoyle handler now has several contenders to choose from for the prestigious Epsom Derby on June 1. Despite City Of Troy’s disappointing performance in the 2000 Guineas, he remains a strong candidate. Other potential Derby runners include Henry Longfellow, Diego Velazquez, and Los Angeles.

Capulet’s performance was impressive, as he provided O’Brien with a joint-record 11th win in this trial on the Roodee. Jockey Ryan Moore executed a well-judged ride from the front, gradually increasing the tempo. Capulet held off the challenge from Jayarebe, the 7-4 favorite, to secure victory by half a length.

Bracken’s Laugh, trained by Richard Hughes, had previously beaten Capulet in a valuable conditions race at Chelmsford. However, Capulet’s determined front-running style ensured he crossed the line first this time. The step up in trip seemed to suit him well, and he is now considered a serious contender for the Epsom Derby.

Paul Smith, son of co-owner Derrick Smith, said: “That was very pleasing and I thought Ryan gave him a lovely ride.

“He appreciated the step up in trip, no doubt, he’s an uncomplicated horse, he travels well so I suppose it will be the French Derby or the English Derby.

“We know he gets 10 furlongs well and he’d probably get a mile and a half the way he runs so we’re delighted with him.

“We have the trials at the weekend and next week and Aidan will sit down with the lads and discuss the plan from there.

“He’s a Justify so it’s nice to see, we’re very pleased. Ryan was delighted, he said it was very uncomplicated, he got him into a nice rhythm, he’s a kind horse and stepping up in trip wouldn’t be a problem.

“He turned the form around with the second, but I think he really appreciated the step up in trip there.”`

Smith said: “Aidan is happy with him and all roads now lead to the Derby with him.”

Back to Capulet, Moore said: “He was nicely drawn, there were only the four runners and he got into a nice rhythm and was able to build away. I was very happy with him, he came forward nicely from Chelmsford and the step up in trip has helped him.

“He’s a horse who had good form last year and with a bit of luck he’ll go on from here and improve again. I think the nicer ground and 10 furlongs suited him well, so there’ll be plenty of options for him now.”

Cazoo Derby (Group 1)
£1,500,000 guaranteed, 3yo only, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
40 remaining entries
Going:

NO. FORM HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY (form as of May 14)
1 1212-7 Al Musmak 3 9-2 Roger Varian
2 13-41 Ambiente Friendly 3 9-2 James Fanshawe
3 1311-2 Ancient Wisdom 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby
4 3111-1 Arabian Crown 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby
5 126-48 Arabic Legend 3 9-2 K R Burke
6 5241-1 Bellum Justum 3 9-2 Andrew Balding
7 123-31 Capulet 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
8 19-316 Caviar Heights 3 9-2 K R Burke
9 111-9 City Of Troy 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
10 8313-1 Dallas Star 3 9-2 Adrian Murray
11 5115-2 Dancing Gemini 3 9-2 Roger Teal
12 16-27 Defiance 3 9-2 Roger Varian
13 3324-1 Deira Mile 3 9-2 Owen Burrows
14 116-4 Diego Velazquez 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
15 1-32 Euphoric 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
16 412-6 Gasper De Lemos 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
17 3-145 God's Window 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden
18 11-74 Golden West 3 9-2 K R Burke
19 131-3 Grosvenor Square 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
20 2-21 Harper's Ferry 3 9-2 Ed Walker
21 111-8 Henry Longfellow 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
NR Hidden Law 3 9-2 Charlie Appleby NON-RUNNER
23 13-32 Illinois 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
24 61- Kamboo 3 9-2 Richard Hughes
25 56-11 London City 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
26 11-1 Los Angeles 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
27 124-2 Macduff 3 9-2 Ralph Beckett
28 21- Matsuri 3 9-2 Roger Varian
29 1-53 Meydaan 3 9-2 Simon & Ed Crisford
30 2-43 Mr Hampstead 3 9-2 Roger Varian
31 23-21 Ortelius 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
32 43 Padesha 3 9-2 Dominic Ffrench Davis
33 3-16 Pappano 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden
34 343-24 Portland 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
35 2-25 Salamanca 3 9-2 Jane Chapple-Hyam
36 2-1 Sardinian Warrior 3 9-2 John & Thady Gosden
37 013-22 Sayedaty Sadaty 3 9-2 Andrew Balding
38 4-1 Spoken Truth 3 9-2 D K Weld
39 31-24 The Euphrates 3 9-2 A P O'Brien
40 1 Voyage 3 9-2 Richard Hannon
41 13-63 War Rooms 3 9-2 Owen Burrows

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