Rhododendron tops 10 runners in Investec Oaks, with same number contesting Investec Coronation Cup

Rhododendron takes on nine rivals in the £500,000 Group One Investec Oaks (4.30pm) at Epsom Downs on the first day of the Investec Derby Festival, Ladies’ Day, Friday, June 2. The mile and a half Classic is the highlight of a seven-race card on Investec Ladies’ Day which also features the £420,000 G1 Investec Coronation Cup (3.10pm) for older horses. Rhododendron (Aidan O’Brien IRE/Ryan Moore) is the 10/11 favourite with Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, having finished strongly to take second behind…

Sovereign Debt among strong supporting cast at this week’s 2017 Investec Derby Festival

The 2017 Investec Derby Festival is almost here with the two-day spectacular getting underway at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 2, Investec Ladies’ Day, followed by Investec Derby Day on Saturday, June 3. In addition to the three G1 highlights – Britain’s premier Classic and richest race, the £1.625 million Investec Derby, plus the £500,000 Investec Oaks and the £420,000 Investec Coronation Cup, which are both staged on the first day this year – there is high-class supporting action across the two days. Popular eight-year-old Sovereign…

The 2017 Investec Derby – Britain’s richest race

The 238th running of the G1 Investec Derby, which takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse  at 4.30pm on Saturday, June 3, has 20 horses going forward to glory after today’s five-day stage, including two supplementary entries, Khalidi and Permian. Their addition, at a cost of £85,000 each, boost the total prize money on offer for Britain’s richest race and premier Classic from £1.5 million to £1,625,000. Permian, trained by Mark Johnston and owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed al Maktoum, had been an expected supplementary entry, having won…

Kirk looking forward to Salouen’s Investec Derby bid

Upper Lambourn handler Sylvester Kirk is looking forward to saddling outsider Salouen in the £1.5 million Investec Derby in nine days’ time. The premier Classic and Britain’s richest race, staged over a mile and a half, takes place at Epsom Downs at 4.30pm on Saturday, June 3, day two of the Investec Derby Festival. A son of Canford Cliffs, Salouen won twice over a mile as a two-year-old in 2016, taking a maiden at Windsor in August (in a new course record time) and a novices’ race…

News from today’s Investec Breakfast With The Stars at Epsom Downs

Four sets of horses with Classic aspirations worked at Epsom Downs this morning ahead of the Investec Oaks and Investec Derby at the Surrey course next week. Hundreds of people gathered at Epsom Downs for the Investec Breakfast With The Stars event. Newmarket trainer John Gosden brought the undefeated Frankel colt Cracksman back to Epsom Downs for more experience, with Frankie Dettori partnering the Cape Cross colt and owner/breeder Anthony Oppenheimer in attendance. Gosden has won the Investec Derby twice, with Benny The Dip in 1997 and…

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