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Derby glory for Sir Percy 03/06/06
Sir Percy got up in the dying strides to claim a thrilling
victory in the Vodafone Derby at Epsom beating Dragon Dancer
(66-1) by a short head and Dylan Thomas, a head further back.
Arise, Sir Percy
Marcus Tregoning was thinking about the Vodafone Derby within
moments of Sir Percy’s second behind George Washington
in the Stan
James 2000 Guineas.
The Lambourn-based trainer said: “I was very pleased
with him and we’re all very proud of him - and that might
just have put him right for Epsom.
“He’s a proper horse, who’s just been beaten
by another proper horse, and, as long as he comes out of this
alright, we’ll talk about the Derby.
“Nothing has been decided yet, but he looks very relaxed
and happy with life at the moment, so Epsom has to be in our
“He was staying on strongly up the hill, which suggests
the extra distance will be to his advantage, but we’re
not setting anything in stone at present.
”Martin (Dwyer) was naturally a bit disappointed not
to have won, but he shouldn’t be, as Sir Percy has run
a marvellous race.”
Tregoning added: “We wouldn’t have minded if they’d
had a little more rain, but you have to play the cards you’re
dealt, and I’m happier with natural firm ground than
anything that’s been artificially watered.”
Bill Gredley, owner of the Stan James 2000 Guineas third Olympian
Odyssey, said: “We thought after his unlucky second in
the Feilden Stakes that we might have a decent horse and, after
this, we know we have.
“This fellow wasn’t right for a lot of last season,
but has improved over the winter and may now go for the Irish
“We’ll also consider the Derby but, at this stage,
the Irish race is probably my idea of his next stop.”
Jeremy Noseda, trainer of fourth home Araafa, said: “I
was expecting a bold run and that’s exactly what he’s
“I’m obviously delighted that he’s run so
well and, although it’s too early to talk about specific
targets, I imagine we’ll keep him to around this trip.”