Daddys Lil Darling set to fly the flag for America as 23 go for Investec Oaks glory

Winter (Aidan O’Brien IRE) features among the 23 confirmations for the £500,000 G1 Investec Oaks, the premier fillies’ Classic and highlight of Investec Ladies’ Day on the first day of the Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 2, which are revealed today. One of seven remaining entries for Ireland’s champion trainer Aidan O’Brien, Winter landed the mile fillies’ Classic, the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 7, when she came home two lengths clear of her stablemate Rhododendron, who should be suited by…

3/1 joint-favourites Seventh Heaven and Jack Hobbs among 21 confirmations for Investec Coronation Cup

  The latest acceptors are revealed today for the two key supporting races at Epsom Downs during the Investec Derby Festival, the £400,000 Group One Investec Coronation Cup on Friday, June 2 and the £100,000 Investec Corporate Banking ‘Dash’ Handicap on Saturday, June 3.   Top-class filly Seventh Heaven (Aidan O’Brien IRE) is among 21 going forward for the Investec Coronation Cup over a mile and a half, which reverts to its traditional Friday slot this year. She is 3/1 joint-favourite with Unibet, official betting…

York’s Dante Stakes the highlight of another week of Investec Derby Festival pointers – Aljezeera goes for Newbury Investec Oaks trial on Saturday

There is now just over a fortnight to go until the Investec Derby Festival gets underway and the trials season moves onwards to York this week, with the three-day Dante Festival taking place from tomorrow, Wednesday, May 17 through to Friday, May 19. A field of 11 is due to line up in Thursday’s G2 Betfred Dante Stakes over an extended 10 furlongs at York, which has been won since the turn of the century by subsequent Investec Derby scorers North Light (2004), Motivator (2005),…

The Queen’s Call To Mind goes on trial for the Investec Derby

The Investec Derby trial season cranks up a notch this week, with Chester’s three-day May Festival starting tomorrow, Wednesday, May 10, and Lingfield Park’s Derby Trial fixture on Saturday, May 13. Fresh from two Classic triumphs at Newmarket over the weekend, Aidan O’Brien is well-represented in the eight-runner G3 MBNA Chester Vase (2.35pm, Thursday, May 11, 1m 4f 63y) as he bids for an eighth victory in the race since 2007. The champion Irish Flat trainer’s past Chester Vase winners include 2013 Investec Derby hero…

Three previous winners among exciting Investec Corporate Banking “Dash” entries

Previous winners Caspian Prince (12/1 co-favourite with official betting partner Unibet), Desert Law (12/1 co-fav) and Duke Of Firenze (16/1) feature among 48 entries for this year’s £100,000 Investec Corporate Banking “Dash” Handicap, run over the world’s fastest five-furlong course at Epsom Downs on Investec Derby Day, Saturday, June 3. Caspian Prince (Tony Coyle) became the third dual winner of the valuable handicap, when following up his success in 2014 with a short-head verdict over Kimberella (Richard Fahey, 12/1 co-fav) last year. Desert Law (Paul Midgely) took the spoils in 2015, while Duke…

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