Australia heads Investec Derby contenders

March 6, 2014 – The 2014 Investec Derby has 118 entries going forward after this week’s first scratchings’ stage for the premier British Classic, run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 7.

Aidan O’Brien, responsible for the last two Investec Derby winners (2012 Camelot and 2013 Ruler Of The World), has 29 entries for Britain’s richest prize worth £1.325 million, many more than any other handler.

Ireland’s champion trainer wants to add to his total of four successes in the Classic over 12 furlongs and his leading contenders include Australia, 4/1 favourite with the Investec Derby Festival official betting partner Coral and a son of O’Brien’s 2001 Investec Derby winner Galileo out of the 2004 Investec Oaks heroine Ouija Board.

The blue-blooded duo Geoffrey Chaucer (14/1) and Indian Maharaja (16/1) are both unbeaten in two starts, while the Ballydoyle maestro has many unexposed three-year-olds in the Investec Derby.

The strong entry from Ireland also includes 10 from John Oxx’s stable (successful with Sinndar in 2000 and Sea The Stars in 2009) and four trained by Jim Bolger (New Approach 2008), while Dermot Weld has a pair engaged including the highly-regarded Free Eagle (14/1).

There are 17 entries owned by Godolphin – 12 from Saeed bin Suroor’s stable and five trained by Charlie Appleby – and among those who have sported the royal blue silks with distinction is Be Ready (16/1). Trained by the former, the New Approach colt won the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes impressively at Doncaster in September.

The five French-trained entries include Karakontie (20/1), the Jonathan Pease-trained and Niarchos Family-owned winner of the Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere over seven furlongs at Longchamp in October.

The unraced colts going forward for the Investec Derby include The New Pharaoh, trained in Newmarket by Chris Wall for owner and breeder Aida Fustoq. The three-year-old son of Montjeu is a full-brother to Motivator, who strode away to a five-length victory in the 2005 Investec Derby for fellow Newmarket handler Michael Bell.

Wall reported: “At this moment, it is a speculative entry for The New Pharaoh in the Investec Derby.

“He has always been quite a backward horse and is not as precocious as his brother. We have left him in at this stage because of how he’s bred and what he is, so we will have to see how he progresses in the early part of the spring.

“I had a discussion with the owner and thought it was best to stay in at this stage because if he did suddenly come together and looked the right type of horse for it, you would kick yourself if he was not entered.

“He is fine at the moment and has done a lot growing over the winter. He is quite leggy and needs to strengthen up and fill out a bit, but he is in the process of doing that now.

“We are in the dark with him because we have not done any fast work, so we don’t know what we’ve got.

“If he’s capable of running in a maiden in the spring, you would probably be looking to start him off over a mile or a mile and a quarter. We are just starting to step things up in their work at present, so we will see how he progresses over the next month or so.

“It’s exciting to have a horse with his pedigree in the yard. The Fustoqs have been good patrons of ours for a long time now and it’s great to have The New Pharaoh but, because of his brother, the bar is set very high for him and time will tell whether or not he can match up to that.”

The three-year-olds currently engaged in Flat racing’s most famous race were all originally entered as yearlings in December, 2012. There is a second entry stage for the 2014 Investec Derby on Tuesday, April 8 costing £8,000 and a final £75,000 supplementary entry stage on Monday, June 2.

Among those who could be added to the potential Investec Derby field at the second entry stage is the Roger Varian-trained Kingston Hill, the impressive Paul Smith-owned winner of the Group One Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster in October.

A maximum field of 20 is allowed to run in the Investec Derby.

Betting from Coral – Official Betting Partner of the Investec Derby Festival

4 Australia, 8 Kingston Hill (needs supplementing), 14 Free Eagle, Geoffrey Chaucer, 16 Be Ready, Indian Maharaja, 20 Berkshire, Gallante, Johann Strauss, Karakontie, 25 Ebasani, Festival Theatre, Sudden Wonder, 33 Adelaide, Agena, Annus Mirabilis, Blue Hussar, Carlo Bugatti, Century, Evason, Hydrogen, Iniesta, Mustajeeb, Orchestra, Pinzolo, Rogue Agent, Seagull Star, True Story, Western Hymn, 40 Bar

Breakdown of entries by trainers with past successes in the Investec Derby

29 entries

Aidan O’Brien IRE (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World)

Adelaide

Adjusted

Agena

Annus Mirabilis

Australia

Bazaar

Belisarius

Blue Hussar

Buonarroti

Carlo Bugatti

Century

Desert Tiger

Falkirk

Felix Mendelssohn

Geoffrey Chaucer

Granddukeoftuscany

Gypsy King

Horseguardsparade

Indian Maharaja

Iniesta

Johann Strauss

John Constable

Juniper Tree

Kingfisher

Mekong River

Oklahoma City

Orchestra

Thomas Wedgwood

Tigris River

 

12 entries

Saeed bin Suroor (1995 Lammtarra)

Almerzem

Basem

Be Ready

Eljaddaaf

Famous Kid

Fast Delivery

Flight Officer

Royal History

Tabjeel

Think Ahead

True Story

Winter Thunder

 

10 entries

John Oxx IRE (2000 Sinndar, 2009 Sea The Stars)

Alyasan

Ebanoran

Ebasani

Enzani

Katilan

Leliani

Marakoush

Ponfeigh

Sinkal

Streetcar To Stars

6 entries

Sir Michael Stoute (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light, 2010 Workforce)

Festival Theatre

Ghaawy

Gothic

Munaaser

Snow Sky

Stampede

 

5 entries

Charlie Appleby

Gold Trail

Miner’s Lamp

Pinzolo

Rapprochement

Sudden Wonder

 

John Gosden (1997 Benny The Dip)

Cloudscape

Forever Now

Mahsoob

Munjaz

Western Hymn

 

4 entries

Jim Bolger IRE (2008 New Approach)

Evason

Fiscal Focus

Theophilus

Wexford Town

 

William Haggas (1996 Shaamit)

Mutakayyef

Seagull Star

Wrangler

Zee Zeely

 

David Lanigan

Alighieri

Hoist The Colours

Rembrandt Van Rijn

Warrior of Light

 

Roger Varian

Ayrad

Battersea

Emirati Spirit

Idder

 

3 entries

Andrew Balding

Born In Bombay

Impulsive Moment

Signposted

 

2 entries

Marco Botti

Min Alemarat

Norab

 

Peter Chapple-Hyam (1992 Dr Devious, 2007 Authorized)

Arod

Hydrogen

 

Paul Cole (1991 Generous)

Berkshire

Dark Days

 

Clive Cox

Lacan

Shankly

 

Andre Fabre FR (2011 Pour Moi)

Gallante

Rogue Agent

 

Brian Meehan

Authenticity

Taghreeb

 

Johnny Murtagh IRE

Altruistic

Urban Moon

Dermot Weld IRE

Free Eagle

Mustajeeb

 

1 entry

Pascal Bary FR

Monoceros

 

Lady Cecil

Tacticus

 

Mick Channon

Kisanji

 

Roger Charlton (1990 Quest For Fame)

Observational

 

Rae Guest

God’s Speed

 

Mark Johnston

Tizlove Regardless

 

George Margarson

Elusive Guest

 

Martyn Meade

Venezia

 

Jonathan Pease FR

Karakontie

 

Amanda Perrett

Astronereus

 

Dominique Sepulchre FR

Chaotic Carnival

 

Olly Stevens

Royal Battalion

 

David Wachman IRE

Mr Rock

 

Chris Wall

The New Pharaoh

 

Andreas Wohler GER

Suracon

 

Deinonychus is currently out of trainin

Six of the best….

AUSTRALIA

3 ch c Galileo (IRE) – Ouija Board (GB) (Cape Cross (IRE))

Born: April 8, 2011

Form: 211-

Owners: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Teo Ah King

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Breeder: Stanley Estate & Stud Co

 

No product of a Derby winner and an Oaks first-place finisher has ever landed the Investec Derby but Australia bids to change that this year. (The 1995 winner Lammtarra was out Snow Bride, who was awarded the Oaks after the winner was disqualified). Australia – a son of Galileo (2001 Derby) and Ouija Board (2004 Oaks) – was a 525,000 guineas yearling purchase and is held in high regard by connections. After finishing a neck second on his debut at the Curragh on June 30, he went on to break his maiden over the same seven-furlong course and distance on July 20. His only other start came when defeating Free Eagle by six lengths to win the mile Group Three Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial at Leopardstown on September 7.

 

 

BE READY (IRE)

3 ch c New Approach (IRE) – Call Later (USA) (Gone West (USA))

Born: April 14, 2011

Form: 21-

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor

Breeder: Thomas Hassett

 

A son of 2008 Investec Derby hero New Approach, he cost just 43,000 euros as a foal at Goffs. He always had a big reputation and his career began in Listed company, when finishing second to Somewhat in the Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury on August 17. His only other start also came over seven furlongs when winning the Listed Flying Scotsman Stakes by three lengths at Doncaster on September 13.

 

 

BERKSHIRE (IRE)

3 b c Mount Nelson-Kinnaird (IRE) (Dr Devious (IRE))

Born: April 11, 2011

Form: 311-

Owner: HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah

Trainer: Paul Cole

Breeder: Newsells Park Stud

 

From the first crop of Coral-Eclipse winner Mount Nelson out of Prix de l’Opera heroine Kinnaird, Berkshire was bought for what now looks a bargain 60,000 guineas as a yearling. After finishing third on his May 17 debut in a Newbury maiden over six furlongs, Berkshire went on to win the Listed seven-furlong Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot in good style on June 22. He captured the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes over a mile at Newmarket on September 28 on his only other start.

 


 

FREE EAGLE (IRE)

3 b c High Chaparral (IRE)-Polished Gem (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

Born: May 4, 2011

Form: 12-

Owner/Breeder: Moyglare Stud Farm

Trainer: Dermot Weld IRE

 

A half-brother to the Group Two winner Sapphire, Free Eagle made a brilliant racecourse debut when winning a mile Leopardstown maiden by five and a half lengths on August 15. He was sent off the 2/5 favourite in the Group Three Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial over the same distance at Leopardstown on September 7, but went down by six lengths to Australia.

 

 

GEOFFREY CHAUCER (USA)

3 b c Montjeu (IRE)-Helsinki (Machiavellian (USA))

Born: February 18, 2011

Form: 11-

Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Breeder: March Thoroughbreds

 

A half-brother to French Derby and 2,000 Guineas winner Shamardal from the penultimate crop of Montjeu, who has sired four of the last nine Investec Derby winners. Geoffrey Chaucer won a three-runner mile maiden at Leopardstown on July 18 and took the Group Two Juddmonte Beresford Stakes, also over a mile, at the Curragh on September 29 on his only other start.

 

 

INDIAN MAHARAJA (IRE)

3 b c Galileo (IRE)-Again (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))

Born: March 9, 2011

Form: 11-

Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith and Sue Magnier,

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Breeder: Orpendale and Chelston

 

By champion sire Galileo out of Irish 1,000 Guineas heroine Again, Indian Maharaja has done nothing wrong in two starts. He won by six and a half lengths on his debut over a mile at Gowran Park on July 2 and followed up with a three-length victory in the seven-furlong Listed Coolmore Canford Cliffs Stakes at Tipperary on August 9.

 

 

The Investec Derby

£1,325,000 Total Prize Fund. Group 1, Saturday, June 7, 2014. 1 mile, 4 furlongs, 10 yards. For three-year-olds only, entire colts and fillies. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed December 4, 2012 (406 entries), first scratchings deadline March 4 (118 remain), second entry stage April 8, second scratchings deadline May 20, five-day confirmations & £75,000 supplementary stage, June 2, final declarations 10.00am, Thursday, June 5.

 

Horse Owner Trainer
ADELAIDE (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
ADJUSTED (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
AGENA (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
ALIGHIERI (IRE) Bjorn Nielsen David Lanigan
ALMERZEM (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
ALTRUISTIC (IRE) Andrew Tinkler Johnny Murtagh IRE
ALYASAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
ANNUS MIRABILIS (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
AROD (IRE) Qatar Racing Limited Peter Chapple-Hyam
ASTRONEREUS (IRE) John Connolly & Odile Griffith Amanda Perrett
AUSTRALIA Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Teo Ah Khing Aidan O’Brien IRE
AUTHENTICITY Poilin Good Brian Meehan
AYRAD (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Roger Varian
BASEM Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
BATTERSEA H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah Roger Varian
BAZAAR (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
BELISARIUS (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
BE READY (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
BERKSHIRE (IRE) H R H Sultan Ahmad Shah Paul Cole
BLUE HUSSAR (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
BORN IN BOMBAY George Strawbridge Andrew Balding
BUONARROTI (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
CARLO BUGATTI (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
CENTURY (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
CHAOTIC CARNIVAL Niarchos Family Dominique Sepulchre FR
CLOUDSCAPE (IRE) Lady Rothschild John Gosden
DARK DAYS Mrs E A Bass Paul Cole
DEINONYCHUS I R Hatton No current trainer
DESERT TIGER (IRE) Mrs John Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
EBANORAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
EBASANI (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
ELJADDAAF (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
ELUSIVE GUEST (FR) John Guest Racing George Margarson
EMIRATI SPIRIT Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh Roger Varian
ENZANI (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
EVASON Claudia Jungo-Corpataux Jim Bolger IRE
FALKIRK (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
FAMOUS KID (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
FAST DELIVERY Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
FELIX MENDELSSOHN (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
FESTIVAL THEATRE (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
FISCAL FOCUS (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
FLIGHT OFFICER Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
FOREVER NOW Lady Bamford John Gosden
FREE EAGLE (IRE) Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
GALLANTE (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Andre Fabre FR
GEOFFREY CHAUCER (USA) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
GHAAWY Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
GOD’S SPEED (IRE) The Hornets Rae Guest
GOLD TRAIL (IRE) Godolphin Charlie Appleby
GOTHIC Highclere Thoroughbred Racing -Petrushka Sir Michael Stoute
GRANDDUKEOFTUSCANY (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
GYPSY KING (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
HOIST THE COLOURS (IRE) Bjorn Nielsen David Lanigan
HORSEGUARDSPARADE Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
HYDROGEN Qatar Racing Limited Peter Chapple-Hyam
IDDER (IRE) Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar Roger Varian
IMPULSIVE MOMENT (IRE) Weston Brook Farm Bromfield & Whitaker Andrew Balding
INDIAN MAHARAJA (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
INIESTA (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
JOHANN STRAUSS Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
JOHN CONSTABLE (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
JUNIPER TREE (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
KARAKONTIE (JPN) Niarchos Family Jonathan Pease FR
KATILAN (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
KINGFISHER (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
KISANJI Box 41 Mick Channon
LACAN (IRE) Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd Clive Cox
LELIANI (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
MAHSOOB Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
MARAKOUSH (IRE) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
MEKONG RIVER (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
MIN ALEMARAT (IRE) Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh Marco Botti
MINER’S LAMP (IRE) Godolphin Charlie Appleby
MONOCEROS (USA) Niarchos Family Pascal Bary FR
MR ROCK (IRE) Michael O’Flynn/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor David Wachman IRE
MUNAASER Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
MUNJAZ Hamdan Al Maktoum John Gosden
MUSTAJEEB Hamdan Al Maktoum Dermot Weld IRE
MUTAKAYYEF Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
NORAB (GER) Marc Keller Marco Botti
OBSERVATIONAL Seasons Holidays Roger Charlton
OKLAHOMA CITY Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
ORCHESTRA (IRE) Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
PINZOLO Godolphin Charlie Appleby
PONFEIGH (IRE) Thomas Barr John Oxx IRE
RAPPROCHEMENT (IRE) Godolphin Charlie Appleby
REMBRANDT VAN RIJN (IRE) Bjorn Nielsen David Lanigan
ROGUE AGENT (IRE) Ecurie Wildenstein Andre Fabre FR
ROYAL BATTALION Qatar Racing Limited Olly Stevens
ROYAL HISTORY Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
SEAGULL STAR Tony Bloom William Haggas
SHANKLY Qatar Racing Ltd & Dominic Burke Clive Cox
SIGNPOSTED (IRE) Neven Botica, Rex & Wendy Gorell Andrew Balding
SINKAL (USA) H H Aga Khan John Oxx IRE
SNOW SKY Khalid Abdullah Sir Michael Stoute
STAMPEDE (IRE) Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Ashes Sir Michael Stoute
STREETCAR TO STARS Christopher Tsui John Oxx IRE
SUDDEN WONDER (IRE) Godolphin Charlie Appleby
SURACON (GER) Gestut Karlshof Andreas Wohler GER
TABJEEL Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
TACTICUS (USA) Niarchos Family Lady Cecil
TAGHREEB Hamdan Al Maktoum Brian Meehan
THE NEW PHARAOH (IRE) Aida Fustoq Chris Wall
THEOPHILUS (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
THINK AHEAD Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
THOMAS WEDGWOOD (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
TIGRIS RIVER (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
TIZLOVE REGARDLESS (USA) Crone Stud Farms Ltd Mark Johnston
TRUE STORY Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
URBAN MOON (IRE) Andrew Tinkler Johnny Murtagh IRE
VENEZIA (IRE) P Hickman & G Johns Martyn Meade
WARRIOR OF LIGHT (IRE) Niarchos Family David Lanigan
WESTERN HYMN Robin Geffen and Rachel Hood John Gosden
WEXFORD TOWN (IRE) Jackie Bolger Jim Bolger IRE
WINTER THUNDER Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
WRANGLER Highclere Thoroughbred Racing – Ashes William Haggas
ZEE ZEELY Bernard Kantor William Haggas

 

118 entries remaining after March 4 scratchings deadline

48 Irish-trained

5 French-trained

1 German-trained

Did you like this? Share it:
Leave A Comment

© 2017 Racenews · One Bird Design · RSS Feed · Log in