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Article 27th May 2024 Epsom Downs

Betfred Derby (Group 1) 1m 4f 6y

Current Going: Soft, Good to Soft (in places)

Ambiente Friendly (IRE) 3 9 2 The Gredley Family James Fanshawe Robert Havlin

Ancient Wisdom (FR) 3 9 2 Godolphin Charlie Appleby

Bellum Justum (IRE) 3 9 2 King Power Racing Co Ltd Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy

City of Troy (USA) 3 9 2 Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith Aidan O'Brien Ireland

Dallas Star (FR) 3 9 2 Amo Racing Limited Adrian Murray Ireland David Egan

Dancing Gemini (IRE) 3 9 2 Fishdance Ltd Roger Teal

Deira Mile (IRE) 3 9 2 Green Team Racing Owen Burrows

Diego Velazquez (IRE) 3 9 2 Smith,Magnier,Tabor,Westerberg,Brant Aidan O'Brien Ireland

Euphoric 3 9 2 Smith,Magnier,Tabor,Westerberg,Brant Aidan O'Brien Ireland

God's Window 3 9 2 Cayton Park Stud Limited John & Thady Gosden

Illinois (IRE) 3 9 2 Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Aidan O'Brien Ireland

Kamboo (IRE) 3 9 2 Mr Abdulla Al Mansoori Richard Hughes

Los Angeles (IRE) 3 9 2 Westerberg/Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith Aidan O'Brien Ireland

Macduff 3 9 2 Juddmonte Ralph Beckett

Mr Hampstead (USA) 3 9 2 Amo Racing Limited Dominic Ffrench Davis

Padesha (FR) 3 9 2 Amo Racing Limited Dominic Ffrench Davis

Portland (IRE) 3 9 2 Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Aidan O'Brien Ireland

Sayedaty Sadaty (IRE) 3 9 2 Ahmad Al Shaikh Andrew Balding Tom Marquand

Tabletalk (IRE) 3 9 2 Mr Abdulla Al Mansoori Tom Clover James Doyle

Voyage 3 9 2 Mrs J. Wood Richard Hannon

20 confirmations

10 Irish-trained

LATEST BETFRED ODDS: 2-1 City Of Troy; 9-2 Ambiente Friendly; 6-1 Ancient Wisdom, Los Angeles; 11-1 Dancing Gemini; 14-1 Macduff; 16-1 Diego Velazquez; 20-1 Bellum Justum, Voyage; 25-1 Deira Mile, Illinois; 33-1 Euphoric; 40-1 Dallas Star; 100-1 Sayedaty Sadaty, Portland, God's Window, Kamboo, Padesha, Table Talk; 150-1 Mr Hampstead

Owner Amo Racing has twice gone close to success in the Betfred Derby, with both Mojo Star (2021) and King Of Steel (2023) finishing runner-up.

This year one of its three possible representatives is Dallas Star. The Cloth Of Stars colt is trying to follow in the footsteps of 2016 Derby hero Harzand by winning at Epsom Downs after making a triumphant seasonal reappearance in the Group Three Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown in April.

His trainer, Co. Westmeath-based Adrian Murray, is eagerly anticipating saddling his first Betfred Derby runner on Saturday.

He said on a Zoom call organised by The Jockey Club: “Dallas Star is doing very well. The plan after he won the Ballysax was to go straight to the Derby.

“I have been very happy with him since Leopardstown – he is improving all the time and we are hoping for a big run. He had a racecourse gallop at Naas last week and we were very happy with how he went.

“We probably weren’t expecting that big a run in the Ballysax but you never know sometimes what horses can do from two to three – sometimes they can disappoint you but this horse has really improved.

“We don’t really know much about him on quicker ground, although he handled it OK at Naas last week. If I had the chance, I would maybe be looking for a bit of ease in the ground.

“For me, it’s unbelievable to have a runner in the Derby and I’m very excited. It is a race I have been watching all my life and I’m sure it’s going to be a huge experience.

“We are not going over as favourite but we are delighted to be in the race and hopefully he has an each-way chance.”

Meanwhile Oisin Murphy, the three-times champion UK Flat jockey, has yet to taste success in either of the Classics at Epsom Downs, but is looking forward to his rides on Bellum Justum in the Betfred Derby and Secret Satire in the Betfred Oaks.

The 28-year-old said: “The Derby and Oaks are incredibly prestigious races that I haven’t been fortunate enough to win yet. I dreamt of being part of them as a child and one day I’d like to get my name on the roll of honour. I missed out on the ride on Adayar in 2021 when Adam Kirby became available but hopefully luck will be on my side one day and it can happen.

“I have been watching all the trials in Ireland, England and France and I think both races look open this year but are certainly not lacking in quality.

“Fortunately, Epsom has been a lucky track for me, particularly on the big days, and I have won plenty of handicaps on Derby and Oaks days.

“The Betfred Derby Festival is one meeting I always look forward to and I always hope that I can get on the scoresheet there. There is a brilliant atmosphere there with the funfair in the centre of the course and all the buses plus the true racing fans.

“Bellum Justum won the trial at Epsom over a mile and a quarter. He’s a beautiful horse with a lot of quality. We don’t know how good he is, but we’ll find out on Derby Day. Andrew (Balding, trainer) has had horses placed in the Derby and won an Oaks with Casual Look, so it would be a dream if we can take gold on Derby Day.

“In the Oaks I ride Secret Satire who deserves her place after she won a trial, the Musidora at York. Her stamina is going to be exposed on the day - if she can stay a mile and a half, which she gives herself every chance of getting as she is easy to ride, she has a lot of quality as well. I think the way she finished at York she has a chance of staying and that’s all you can ask for – often when you are sure they are going to stay, they probably lack the gears for a race like this.”


1:25pm Hong Kong Jockey Club Lester Piggott Handicap 1m 2f 17y

Blake 3 Miss E Nolan and Paul Hancock Peter Chapple-Hyam Luke Morris

Bubbles Wonky (IRE) 3 King Power Racing Co Ltd Tim Easterby

Classy Boy (IRE) 3 Nick Bradley Racing 2 & Mrs E Burke K. R. Burke

Commander Crouch (IRE) 3 Goff, Walsh, Zerdin & Sweet Jim Boyle

Condor Pasa 3 Newsells Park Stud - Waldmark Syndicate Roger Varian James Doyle

Cool Legend 3 Mr Boniface Ho Ka Kui William Haggas Tom Marquand

Golden West 3 Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum K. R. Burke Clifford Lee

Grey Cuban 3 Roudee Racing 10 Hugo Palmer Hollie Doyle

Hot Fuss (IRE) 3 Keith, David & Stephen Trowbridge Tom Dascombe Pierre-Louis Jamin

Open Secret 3 Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Charlie Johnston

Persica (IRE) 3 Martin Hughes & Michael Kerr-Dineen Richard Hannon Sean Levey

Portsmouth (IRE) 3 Mr & Mrs James Wigan Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy

Prepschool (IRE) 3 The Heatherdonians 1 Michael Bell

Redhot Whisper (IRE) 3 Mr R. S. Brookhouse B F Brookhouse

Sea The Thunder 3 John Gunther & Tanya Gunther Ralph Beckett Rossa Ryan

Whiskey Pete (IRE) 3 Anthony Ramsden, Nigel Skinner&Ron Hull Ralph Beckett

20 entries

2:00pm Princess Elizabeth Stakes (Sponsored By My Pension Expert) (Group 3) 1m 113y

Adelaise (IRE) 5 Flexford Two & Kieran Leavy Partnership Joseph Patrick O'Brien Ireland William Buick

Astral Beau 5 Family Sly Pam Sly Shane Kelly

Breege 4 Chasemore Farm John & Sean Quinn Jason Hart

Chic Colombine (FR) 3 Highclere T'bred Racing - Vermeer 1 George Boughey William Buick

Choisya 4 Mr Mohammed Al Nabouda Simon & Ed Crisford

Glimpsed 3 Mr J. H. Richmond-Watson Ralph Beckett

Julia Augusta 5 Mr J. C. G. Chua David O'Meara

Royal Dress (IRE) 4 Mr Saeed Manana James Tate

Running Lion 4 Mr D. P. Howden John & Thady Gosden Oisin Murphy

Sea of Thieves 4 Brightwalton Bloodstock Ltd Mario Baratti France Cristian Demuro

Sirona (GER) 4 Dash Grange Stud David Menuisier Rossa Ryan

Sparks Fly 4 David Lowe David Loughnane Laura Pearson

Stenton Glider (IRE) 4 Mrs J Mairs and Mr T S Mairs Hugo Palmer

18 entries

2:35pm Betfred Diomed Stakes (Group 3) 1m 113y

Adelaise (IRE) 5 Flexford Two & Kieran Leavy Partnership Joseph Patrick O'Brien Ireland

Embesto 4 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Roger Varian James Doyle

Epictetus (IRE) 4 Mr George Strawbridge John & Thady Gosden Kieran Shoemark

Highland Avenue (IRE) 6 Godolphin Charlie Appleby William Buick

Maljoom (IRE) 5 Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum William Haggas Tom Marquand

Regal Reality 9 Mr Peter Done Sir Michael Stoute Ryan Moore

Royal Dubai (FR) 4 Mr Saeed Sultan Al Rahoomi Marco Botti Oisin Murphy

Royal Scotsman (IRE) 4 Mrs Fitri Hay Paul & Oliver Cole Jamie Spencer

Sean (GER) 7 Barratt Racing Jamie Osborne Saffie Osborne

Silver Sword 4 Martians Racing & Dylan Cunha Dylan Cunha Rhys Clutterbuck

Witch Hunter (FR) 5 Mr William Stobart Richard Hannon Sean Levey

11 entries

3:10pm Betfred 3YO "Dash" Handicap 5f

Batal Zabeel (IRE) 3 Mr Jaber Abdullah Kevin Ryan

Billy Webster (IRE) 3 H.E. Redha Munfaredi George Scott Callum Shepherd

Blue Storm 3 David Lowe Gemma Tutty Rossa Ryan

Curious Rover (IRE) 3 URSA Major Racing Ltd and Partner Katie Scott William Pyle (5)

Dandy Devil (IRE) 3 Racing Link Richard Fahey

Doctor Vuby (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Southbank Scott Westy Michael & David Easterby

Due For Luck (IRE) 3 David Balfe & Partner John & Sean Quinn Jason Hart

Enchanting 3 Mr Imad Alsagar Andrew Balding Hollie Doyle

G'Day Mate 3 J & A Young (Leicester) Ltd Michael Appleby

Gogo Yubari 3 Gee Gee's Wine Bar & Dylan Cunha Dylan Cunha

Grandlad (IRE) 3 Sleeve It Ltd James Horton Adam Farragher

Harvanna 3 Fine Claret Racing & More Turf Racing K. R. Burke Clifford Lee

Kiss And Run 3 Mr J. E. Burrows Rachel Cook & John Bridger

Knicks (IRE) 3 Capla Development, J Nordoff, L Westwood Michael & David Easterby

Macanudo (IRE) 3 Mr Ian Williams Ian Williams

Make It Easy (IRE) 3 SYPS (UK) Ltd Nigel Tinkler

Mart 3 Quest Thoroughbreds Dylan Cunha Rhys Clutterbuck

Mashadi (IRE) 3 Amo Racing Limited Kevin Philippart de Foy David Egan

Mc Loven 3 Mr Robert Moss Simon Dow Paddy Bradley

Mon Na Slieve (IRE) 3 Mr B. T. McDonald Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves

Moonstone Boy (IRE) 3 Mr D Stone & Mr J Scott Iain Jardine

Myconian (IRE) 3 Daniel MacAuliffe & Anoj Don Amy Murphy Tom Marquand

Nazron (IRE) 3 Hasan Mefareh Alajmi Roger Varian James Doyle

Rogue Enforcer 3 The Rogues Gallery Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Havlin

Salvuccio 3 Mrs Susan Roy George Boughey

Split The Profit (IRE) 3 Mr Jim Gill Mike Murphy & Michael Keady

Sturlasson (IRE) 3 Knobel McGrath Partnership Kieran Patrick Cotter Ireland

Tan Rapido 3 Bedford House Racing I Charlie Fellowes Kieran Shoemark

Tears of A Clown 3 Mr Andrew Davis Henry Candy Trevor Whelan

The Coffee Pod (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Racing LXXVII Richard Hannon

Vince L'Amour (IRE) 3 Reality Partnerships X Tim Easterby

Ziggy's Missile (IRE) 3 Middleham Park Racing LXXI Robert Cowell

32 entries

3:45pm Aston Martin "Dash" Handicap (Heritage Handicap) 5f

Alligator Alley 7 Akela Thoroughbreds Limited David O'Meara

Antiphon (IRE) 5 Mr Jim Gill Mike Murphy & Michael Keady

Bergerac (IRE) 6 Mrs Angie Bailey Kevin Ryan Tom Eaves

Blind Beggar (IRE) 6 B & M Pallets Ltd Michael Appleby

Chipstead 6 Homecroft & Crampsie Roger Teal Jack Mitchell

Clarendon House 6 Middleham Park Racing VIII Robert Cowell Tom Marquand

Democracy Dilemma (IRE) 4 Mrs Fitri Hay Robert Cowell

Dickieburd 4 NickBradleyRacing45 & Alfa Site Services Craig Lidster

Dream Composer (FR) 6 Peter Clarke Racing Partners James Evans

Get It 6 MyRacehorse & Partners George Baker Paul Mulrennan

Law of Average 3 Chelsea Banham Pre Training Ltd Chelsea Banham Joey Haynes

Lethal Nymph 5 Taylor's Bloodstock Ltd Paul Midgley Aiden Brookes (5)

Lihou 8 Mr Trevor Gallienne David Evans

Live In The Moment (IRE) 7 Steve & Jolene de'Lemos Alice Haynes Sean Dylan Bowen (5)

Looking For Lynda (IRE) 4 Mr D Bardsley & Mrs E Burke K. R. Burke

Lord Riddiford (IRE) 9 The JAM Partnership John & Sean Quinn

Mountain Peak 9 Ebury Racing Ed Walker

Navello 5 Mrs Fiona Carmichael George Boughey Grace McEntee (3)

Night On Earth (IRE) 6 Mr Spencer Coomes Ian Williams Saffie Osborne

One Night Stand 7 Chappell & Dixon Scott Dixon Kieran O'Neill

Rocket Rodney 4 Victorious Racing George Scott Callum Shepherd

Silky Wilkie (IRE) 5 Middleham Park Racing LXXXI & E Burke K. R. Burke Clifford Lee

Split The Profit (IRE) 3 Mr Jim Gill Mike Murphy & Michael Keady

Star of Lady M 4 Mr M. Madden David O'Meara

Strong Johnson (IRE) 8 Taylor's Bloodstock Ltd Paul Midgley

Tatterstall (IRE) 4 Mr D Stone & Mrs C Dods Michael Dods

The Bell Conductor (IRE) 7 Alfa Site Services Ltd Craig Lidster William Pyle (5)

Thunder Moor (IRE) 4 Mrs Maria Gill George Boughey

28 entries

5:15pm Long Shot Northern Dancer Handicap 1m 4f 6y

Asgard's Captain (IRE) 4 Quest Thoroughbreds Dylan Cunha Kieran O'Neill

Dream Harder (IRE) 5 Mr Paul Farrell Ian Williams Saffie Osborne

Flash Bardot 4 Six or Sticks (Sixties) Jack Channon David Probert

If Not Now 4 Quantum Leap Racing I & Partner Ralph Beckett Rossa Ryan

Kotari (FR) 5 Heart of the South Racing 134 Gary & Josh Moore

L'Astronome 5 Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd Hugo Palmer

Lord Melbourne (IRE) 4 Clarendon Partnership Ralph Beckett

Lucander (IRE) 7 Nigel Jones & Paul Bowden George Baker Pat Cosgrave

Marhaba The Champ 5 Mr Jaber Abdullah Kevin Ryan William Buick

Maso Bastie 4 East 11 Limited and Mr Darren Gill Michael Bell

Maxi King (IRE) 4 Amo Racing Limited Dominic Ffrench Davis David Egan

Not So Sleepy 12 Lady Blyth Hughie Morrison Tom Marquand

Oneforthegutter 5 Tracey Bell & Caroline Lyons Ian Williams Saffie Osborne

Paradias (GER) 5 Dodds-Smith, Farrell, Hodgson & Coupland Alan King

Parlando 5 Mr Spencer Coomes & Partner Ian Williams Saffie Osborne

Percy Shelley 5 Akela Thoroughbreds Limited David O'Meara

Relentless Voyager 4 Relentless Dreamers Racing & Partner Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy

Struth (IRE) 4 Mrs S Russell & A M Russell Charlie Johnston

Think First (IRE) 4 Mr R Flower Neil Mulholland

Ziggy 6 Sarabex and Aragon Racing Harry Eustace Richard Kingscote

20 entries

5:50pm JRA Tokyo Trophy Handicap 6f 3y

Al Barez 5 Mr Raed El Youssef Tom Clover Jack Mitchell

Aleezdancer (IRE) 5 Jack Berry and John Matthews Kevin Ryan

Apollo One 6 P. Charalambous & J. Clutterbuck Richard Kingscote

Badri 7 RJH Ltd and Mr D Padgett Julie Camacho

Baldomero (IRE) 6 The Horse Watchers 6 Michael Appleby

Batal Dubai (IRE) 4 Middleham Park Racing LXIV & Partner Harry Charlton

Chipstead 6 Homecroft & Crampsie Roger Teal

Dream Composer (FR) 6 Peter Clarke Racing Partners James Evans Joe Leavy (5)

Eminency (IRE) 4 Mrs J. Morley Stuart Williams

Executive Decision (IRE) 4 Barratt Racing Jamie Osborne Saffie Osborne

Flaming Rib (IRE) 5 Dale Dolan Dooley Owen Hugo Palmer Oisin Murphy

Intervention 7 The Horse Watchers 8 Michael Appleby

Kiwano (FR) 5 Mr John Storey George Baker

Laoisman 4 Mr N. O'Keeffe S. P. C. Woods

Live In The Moment (IRE) 7 Steve & Jolene de'Lemos Alice Haynes Sean Dylan Bowen (5)

Misty Grey (IRE) 7 Barbara & Alick Richmond David O'Meara

Mr Wagyu (IRE) 9 The New Century Partnership John & Sean Quinn Jason Hart

Mums Tipple (IRE) 7 Marian Lyons & Patricia Zanelli Richard Hannon Sean Levey

Rocket Rodney 4 Victorious Racing George Scott

Roman Dragon 5 Nick Hughes & Owen Promotions Ltd Hugo Palmer Oisin Murphy

Russet Gold 4 Mr D. J. Deer Roger Varian James Doyle

Silky Wilkie (IRE) 5 Middleham Park Racing LXXXI & E Burke K. R. Burke

Strike Red (IRE) 6 Mr Peter Timmins Richard Fahey

Wiltshire 4 The Marathon Partnership William Haggas Tom Marquand

24 entries


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