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…

All the news from the first day of the Punchestown Festival

DISKO FEVER AT PUNCHESTOWN             Trainer Noel Meade was delighted to round off Disko‘s season with a top-level victory when the grey justified 13/8 favouritism to take the Grade 1 GROWISE CHMPION NOVICE CHASE over an extended three miles in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud.           “Eddie O’Leary found him in a small stable in France and he has been the apple of my eye ever since he arrived in my yard,” said Meade. “He wasn’t sparkling after Cheltenham but he was in great form last…

News from Sha Tin ahead of Sunday’s G1 APQEII Cup

Monday Tracknotes Solo Dicton stands out at Sha Tin Neorealism ride affirms Moreira’s world status   Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup Tracknotes – Monday, 24 April DESIGNS ON ROME – HK Had been scheduled to go on the turf this morning but trainer John Moore opted to switch to regular work on the all-weather. Cantered on the small all-weather track. Trainer John Moore said: “Designs On Rome’s good, I don’t overstretch him because of his little issues, but he’s never missed a day’s work….

New season at Epsom Downs gets underway as eight runners declared for Investec Derby Trial

Exciting unbeaten colts Cracksman and Tartini head eight runners for the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial (2.45pm), the highlight of the Investec Spring Meeting, which opens the new season at Epsom Downs on Wednesday, April 26. The 10-furlong contest promises to be the best running of the trial that Epsom Downs has seen in recent years, with Cracksman a 14/1 chance and Tartini a 20/1 shot for Britain’s premier Classic, the £1.5-million Investec Derby (Epsom Downs, June 3), with Unibet, the official betting partner for the 2017 Investec Derby Festival….

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