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…

Unbeaten Dawn Approach among 24 remaining in Investec Derby

The unbeaten Dawn Approach features in 24 colts going forward in the 2013 Investec Derby, the premier Classic run at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 1. Dawn Approach has already annexed the first Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and will be attempting to become the 38th horse to win both Classics. A son of the 2008 Investec Derby hero New Approach, Dawn Approach is the evens favourite with Coral, official betting partner of the 2013 Investec Derby Festival. His trainer…

Hat-trick seeking Abbey heads 12 in Investec Coronation Cup

St Nicholas Abbey is set to try and create history by becoming the first horse to win the Investec Coronation Cup three times. The Aidan O’Brien-trained six-year-old heads the 12 entries remaining after the May 14 scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today, in the 2013 renewal of the Group One contest, which takes place over a mile and a half at Epsom Downs Racecourse on Investec Derby Day, Saturday, June 1. St Nicholas Abbey beat the high-class mare Midday by a length in…

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