Investec Derby Trial winner Mirsaale being aimed at the Investec Derby

Mirsaale won the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial, run over 10 furlongs at Epsom Downs’ opening fixture of 2013 this afternoon, and will now be aimed at the premier Classic, held at the Surrey course on Saturday, June 1. The three-year-old colt, trained by James Tate in Newmarket, triumphed in good style from seven rivals and enjoyed a length and a half advantage over Another Cocktail at the line. The trainer commented: “We always thought he would handle a track like Epsom but we just didn’t…

A dozen nations come together in Royal Ascot Group One entries. US trainer McPeek keen to have runners

Exciting global entries are revealed today for the seven Group One races run this year at Royal Ascot, which takes place from Tuesday, June 18 to Saturday, June 22 inclusive.   The wonderfully cosmopolitan nature of the Royal Meeting, which has record prize money of £5 million in 2013, continues to expand year by year and up to a dozen countries could be represented in the Group One contests this year.   In total, there are 367 Group One entries – up from 344 in…

Further news from the opening day of the 2013 Punchestown Festival

BENBULBEN BACK TO BEST The Gordon Elliott-trained Mount Benbulben put in an impressive performance to give jockey Danny Mullins a Grade 1 victory on his 21st birthday when capturing the GROWISE CHAMPION NOVICE CHASE by 22 lengths.  “We always knew he was a good horse but his jumping has let him down,” said Elliott of the 14/1 winner. “We’ve done all sorts with him and he was down with Con Power yesterday who has done a lot of work with him.  “The horse has had…

Racing returns to Goodwood on Saturday, May 4. Knight and Egan look forward to new season

Goodwood Racecourse stages its first fixture of the new Flat season on Opening Saturday, May 4. The seven-race card is headlined by £40,000 Listed Betfred The Bonus King EBF Daisy Warwick Stakes (2.20pm) over a mile and a half and the £40,000 Listed Betfred Mobile Casino British Stallion Studs EBF Conqueror Stakes (4.05pm) over a mile, both restricted to fillies and mares. Darren Egan, 21, established himself as one of the best apprentice riders last season with 47 winners and was also one of the…

Nine in Epsom’s Investec Derby Trial on Wednesday. Morrison has Another Cocktail in the mix

Nine runners will go to post in the £50,000 Investec Derby Trial (3.20pm) over 10 furlongs and 18 yards at the Investec Spring Meeting at Epsom Downs on Wednesday, April 24. The Investec Derby Trial offers the only opportunity for Classic contenders to gain experience of Epsom Downs before the Investec Derby Festival. In addition, the winner of Wednesday’s race will gain a wildcard entry for the Investec Derby, providing they are not already entered or a gelding. Three of the declared runners could take…

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