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…

Clues aplenty this week for both Epsom Downs Classics – the Investec Derby & Investec Oaks

The first Classics of the season are staged this weekend with the QIPCO 2000 Guineas (Saturday, May 6) and QIPCO 1000 Guineas (Sunday, May 7) taking place at Newmarket.   The mile contests could provide significant clues for both the £1.5 million Investec Derby (Saturday, June 3), Britain’s richest race, and the £500,000 Investec Oaks (Friday, June 2) which are run over four furlongs further at Epsom Downs.   Of the 12 five-day acceptors for the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, three currently hold Investec Derby entries….

New route to the Investec Derby introduced at Epsom Downs

 A fifth way for a horse to gain an entry into Britain’s premier Classic and richest race, the Investec Derby, is announced today by Epsom Downs Racecourse. The winner of the two-year-old conditions race at Epsom Downs’ final fixture of 2017 will for the first time receive an entry for the following year’s Group One Investec Derby, which is worth £1.5 million. Staged over a mile and 113 yards on Sunday, October 1, 2017, the £20,000 totepool Conditions Race is now linked with the 12-furlong…

Cracksman the new Investec Derby hope for Dettori, Gosden and Oppenheimer

Jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden and owner/breeder Anthony Oppenheimer teamed up for Investec Derby glory with Golden Horn in 2015 and they are dreaming of success again in the premier British Classic with the unbeaten Cracksman. The three-year-old Frankel colt, having just his second start, got up in the last stride to win the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial over 10 furlongs and 18 yards at Epsom Downs today. In beating the much more experienced Permian by a short-head, Cracksman became the third consecutive winner for…

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