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…

Wednesday’s news ahead of Sunday’s G1 APQEII Cup

Wednesday Tracknotes   Japanese hi-tech used for Neorealism’s training   Aussie gun Bowman back in town for APQEII Cup   Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup Tracknotes – Wednesday, 26 April, 2017   BLAZING SPEED – HK Cantered on the small, inner all-weather track. Trainer Tony Cruz said: “I’m very happy with his lead-up into this race, he was a good fifth at the mile and he needs the 2000m badly. I believe he’s in top condition for the race. He’s an honest horse, he…

Casse, Mott, Pletcher & Ward among strong US-trained Royal Ascot challenge

Exciting entries are revealed today for the eight Group One races staged at Royal Ascot, which takes place from Tuesday, June 20 through to Saturday, June 24. A very strong US-trained challenge is in prospect, with representation in five of the eight races. All eight G1 Royal Ascot contests are part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, with the King’s Stand Stakes and Diamond Jubilee Stakes also involved in the Global Sprint Challenge. £600,000 Queen Anne Stakes – One Mile straight, Tuesday, June 20 (2.30pm)…

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…

Tuesday’s news ahead of Sunday’s G1 APQEII Cup

  Tuesday Tracknotes Blazing Speed and Callan are rolling their sleeves Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup Tracknotes – Tuesday, 25 April, 2017 BLAZING SPEED – HK Tony Cruz’s charge cantered on the inner all-weather track.   Jockey Neil Callan said: “I’d expect him to improve quite a bit going into this race from his last. He looks magnificent, so he’s going to go there with the same chance that he does every year.” DICTON – FR Very light canter around two laps of the…

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