An Investec Derby To Look Forward To At Epsom Downs On Saturday

The 234th running of the Investec Derby, the most famous Classic of all, has 15 contenders going forward after today’s £75,000 supplementary entry and five-day confirmation stages. Chopin, as expected, was supplemented this morning and the Andreas Wohler-trained three-year-old colt will become the first German runner if lining up on Saturday. He is a 9/1 chance with Coral, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, The winner of Britain’s richest race of the year (£1,379,500) will emerge shortly after 4pm on June 1, before…

Dunlop hoping Murtagh can partner Roz as 12 fillies go forward for Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs on Friday

Roz is all set to be a first Investec Oaks runner for trainer Harry Dunlop who hopes that Johnny Murtagh will ride the three-year-old in the fillies’ Classic on the first day of the 2013 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Downs, Investec Ladies’ Day, Friday, May 31. Twelve fillies go for the £426,250 Investec Oaks, run over a mile and a half, following today’s six-day confirmation and supplementary entry stage. As expected, Banoffee has been supplemented at a cost of £30,000 by trainer Hughie Morrison…

Breakfast With The Stars thoughts of owners, trainers and jockeys

Over 220 people attended today’s Investec Derby Breakfast With The Stars at Epsom Downs Racecourse, eight days before the two-day Investec Derby Festival commences at the Surrey track. Contenders for the two Classics, the Investec Derby and the Investec Oaks, worked on the course as did two likely runners for the Group One Investec Coronation Cup. There were lots of interviews with connections, conducted by Clare Balding and Nick Luck, as well as news from Epsom Downs Racecourse. Investec Derby, Saturday, June 1, Epsom Downs…

Contradict aiming to scale the Height Of Fashion at Goodwood’s May Festival

Goodwood’s May Festival gets underway on Thursday, May 23, with the fillies taking centre stage in the £40,000 Height Of Fashion Stakes (3.45pm), which has attracted 11 runners. The Listed contest, run over just shy of 10 furlongs, has proven a springboard for future stars since being introduced in 2007, with Royal Ascot winners Michita and Moneycantbuymelove featuring in the roll of honour along with dual Classic winner Snow Fairy. This year’s renewal features several unexposed fillies including the Mick Channon-trained Contradict, who bids for…

Craig Williamson appointed Regional Estates Manager for Jockey Club Racecourses in the London Region

Epsom Downs will have a new but familiar face in charge of the preparation of the racing surface for this year’s Investec Derby Festival. Craig Williamson, previously Estates Manager at SandownPark, has  been appointed to the new position of Regional Estates Manager, with overall responsibility for the condition of the three courses within the London Region. His predecessor at Epsom Downs, Nigel Whybrow, has taken up a new position as Training Grounds Manager there, responsible for the operation and development of the training industry in…

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