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Updated factfiles for the 13 runners in the 240th Investec Derby

Press Release 1st June 2019 Epsom Downs

By Racenews

Anthony Van Dyck (IRE) 
b c Galileo (IRE) - Believe'N'Succeed (AUS) (Exceed And Excel (AUS))
Born: May 19, 2016
Breeder: Orpendale, Chelston & Wynatt
Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Seamie Heffernan
Form: 7111239-1
*Started his 2019 campaign with a decisive victory in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial (11.5f) on May 11.
*Won three of his first four starts in 2019, including the G3 Tyros Stakes at Leopardstown and G2 Futurity Stakes at the Curragh, before finishing second to Quorto in the G1 National Stakes and third behind Too Darn Hot in the G1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.
Race record: Starts: 8; Wins: 4; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £254,056
 
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading has taken his worth to £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winner to race in his silks is this year's 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his colours include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Investec Derby Record: Seven wins from 85 runners - Galileo (2001 - Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), High Chaparral (2002 - Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier), Camelot (2012 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), Pour Moi (2011 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Ruler Of The World (2013 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Australia (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Teo Ah King) and Wings Of Eagles (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Derby Record: Six wins from 78 runners - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017)
 
Seamie Heffernan
Born: James Anthony Heffernan in County Kilkenny on July 17, 1972.Background: Based at Aidan O'Brien's Ballydoyle stable since 1996. Like O'Brien, gained his grounding at Jim Bolger's yard and shared the 1994 apprentice title. Twice second in the Investec Derby (2009 Fame And Glory; 2010 At First Sight) and won the Investec Oaks on Was in 2012. Accolades: Jointly Ireland's champion apprentice in 1994. British Classic Wins (1): Investec Oaks (2012 Was) Irish Classic wins (8): Irish Derby (2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2017 Capri), Irish Oaks (2016 Seventh Heaven), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2001 Imagine, 2008 Halfway To Heaven, 2011 Misty For Me), Irish St Leger (2008 Septimus) Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Turf (2016 Highland Reel), Cheveley Park Stakes (2016 Brave Anna), Irish Champion Stakes (2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 So You Think), Eclipse Stakes (2011 So You Think),Middle Park Stakes (2011 Crusade, 2017 U S Navy Flag), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2008 Again, 2010 Misty For Me, 2015 Minding), National Stakes (2000 Beckett, 2010 Power), Phoenix Stakes (2012 Pedro The Great, 2016 Caravaggio), Pretty Polly Stakes (2011 Misty For Me, 2015 Diamondsandrubies), Secretariat Stakes (2015 Highland Reel)
Investec Derby Record: Best placing second (2009 Fame And Glory & 2010 At First Sight) from 11 rides
 
Bangkok (IRE)
b c Australia - Tanaghum (Darshaan)
Born: April 27, 2016
Breeder: Barronstown Stud
Owner: King Power Racing Co Ltd
Trainer: Andrew Balding
Jockey: Silvestre de Sousa
Form: 244-11
*Registered dominant success in the G3 bet365 Classic Trial over 10 furlongs at Sandown Park on April 26.
*That came on the back of 10-furlong maiden triumph at Doncaster on March 30, in which he defeated subsequent G2 Dante Stakes scorer Telecaster by a length and a quarter.
*Just touched off on debut at Newmarket in August before finishing fourth in maidens at Ascot and Newmarket the following month.
Race record: Starts: 5; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £45,759
 
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Background: King Power Racing is an emerging powerhouse in British racing, having been established in 2017 by the late Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. The Thai billionaire, who built his fortune through his King Power travel retail group, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash outside Leicester City's King Power Stadium on October 27, 2018. At the time of his death, Srivaddhanaprabha had a reported worth of US$4.9 billion. He is survived by a wife and four children, including Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, who is now the CEO and Chairman of King Power, as well as the Chairman of Leicester City Football Club. Racing interests: Beat The Bank, one of three horses purchased initially, provided King Power Racing with its first winner in a conditions race at Newmarket on April 18, 2017. Later that year, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and bloodstock agent Alastair Donald, who acts as racing manager, made a splash on the eve of Royal Ascot by buying six lots for a total outlay of just over £2 million at the Goffs London Sale. King Power Racing has continued to invest heavily and now has a string of over 90 horses, many with Kingsclere trainer Andrew Balding, while others are handled by Tim Easterby, Ralph Beckett, Sir Michael Stoute, Tom Dascombe, David Elsworth, Richard Hannon and Karl Burke. Flagship runners for King Power Racing include Beat The Bank, now a multiple G2-winning miler, and leading Investec Derby fancy Bangkok, who Balding believes could be the best three-year-old colt he has trained. Britain's champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa is retained by King Power Racing, an agreement which began earlier this year, and the partnership has got off to a flying start, with the ownership entity enjoying 25 winners so far in 2019 (up to including May 30 racing).
Investec Derby record: No previous runners
 
Andrew Balding (Park House, Kingsclere, Hampshire)
Born: December 29, 1972. Background: Son of former trainer Ian Balding, who saddled the 1971 Derby victor Mill Reef and over 2,000 winners in a career spanning nearly 40 years, and nephew of the late dual Grand National-winning handler Toby Balding. Brother of television and radio presenter Clare Balding. Andrew rode as an amateur rider on the Flat and over jumps, partnering 20 winners under Rules. The highlight came when he parnered The Queen's Shaft Of Light to win the Amateurs' Derby at Epsom Downs on August 25, 1997. After working for his uncle Toby, he spent two years assisting trainer Lynda Ramsden in North Yorkshire before returning to help his father at Kingsclere's historic Park House Stables, from where trainer John Porter sent out seven Derby winners in the 19th century. He took over the training licence at Kingsclere on January 1, 2003. The long-standing policy at Kingsclere of nurturing apprentice talent has produced the likes of William Buick, David Probert and Oisin Murphy. Andrew is married to Anna Lisa and they have two sons, Jonno and Toby, and a daughter, Flora. Balding trains many of the horses that race under the King Power Racing banner - the racing operation was established by Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, whose life was tragically cut short at the age of 60 when he was involved in a helicopter crash in October outside Leicester City's King Power Stadium. British Classic wins (1): Investec Oaks (2003 Casual Look). Other major wins include: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Hong Kong Vase (2004 Phoenix Reach), Dubai Sheema Classic (2005 Phoenix Reach), Mackinnon Stakes (2013 Side Glance), Racing Post Trophy (2014 Elm Park), Sussex Stakes (2017 Here Comes When), E P Taylor Stakes (2017 Blond Me)
Investec Derby Record: Best placing sixth (2012 Bonfire) from four runners
 
Silvestre de Sousa
Born: December 31, 1980 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. First Winner: Ferocious Rose - Sao Paulo, Brazil, December 16, 1999 Background: Youngest of 10 siblings and learned to ride on his father's farm. The family bred a handful of thoroughbreds and Silvestre de Sousa spent his childhood helping out on the smallholding, rounding up cattle on horseback. But he displayed little desire to try making a career out of riding and left to work at his brother's furniture factory at the age of 16. It was only after a chance meeting with Fausto Durso, a jockey, who suggested his size and light frame made him ideally suited to race-riding that De Sousa decided to try his luck as a professional rider. Joined the apprentices' school at Sao Paulo, learning the basics of riding racehorses before becoming attached to the stable of the leading local trainer. Finished third on his first ride at Cidade Jardim Racecourse and did not have to wait long to taste success as he concluded his first full season as Brazil's champion apprentice. Racked up the winners needed to lose his claim in the space of 16 months. However, this bright start to his riding career was interrupted when he broke an arm in a fall, forcing the fledgling jockey to spend over six months on the sidelines. After struggling to make a comeback in Brazil, De Sousa, with 82 victories to his name, took the decision to relocate to Ireland in 2003 to work for trainer Dermot Weld in County Kildare. It proved difficult for him in a different continent with an unfamiliar language and the rider grew homesick. A brief spell in Dubai with trainer Dhruba Selvaratnam generated seven rides in the 2004/2005 season and offered some respite, although it was not easy on his return to Ireland, receiving only three racecourse mounts in the six months he had a licence there. He rode a lot of work and broke in young horses during his two-year stint with Weld. Frustrated by a lack of race riding opportunities, De Sousa was on the verge of returning to Brazil or going to Argentina in 2005 but a chance meeting with one of Dandy Nicholls' staff at the Curragh towards the end of that year saw him move to England and join the North Yorkshire-based handler soon afterwards. The jockey made his British debut when coming home 11th on board Four Amigos in a Wolverhampton handicap on November 12, 2005 and his first winner in the UK was on Sonic Anthem at Southwell on New Year's Day, 2006, a race in which his future wife Vicky Behan finished third. She enjoyed 13 winners, headed by Peace Offering's victory in the Gosforth Park Cup at Newcastle in 2006, and the couple have three sons, Ryan, Max and Harry. Success in UK: After a relatively slow start in his first few years in Britain, with the winters spent riding in India, De Sousa was about to go back to Brazil but the 2010 UK season saw a distinct upturn in his fortunes as he rode 100 winners for trainers such as David O'Meara, Geoff Harker and Mark Johnston. In 2011, he rode primarily for Johnston and enjoyed 161 UK victories, challenging for the British jockeys' title. De Sousa's first British Classic ride came on outsider Danum Dancer in the 2007 2,000 Guineas, while he won the Indian Derby on Antonios in 2009. He was appointed as a retained rider to Godolphin in February, 2012 but parted ways with the Maktoum family's operation in mid-2014 despite enjoying considerable success. He subsequently rode as a freelance and captured the Champion Flat Jockeys' title in Britain in 2015, 2017 and 2018. Early in 2019 it was announced he would be retained rider for King Power Racing. Has ridden five winners at Royal Ascot. Had a five-month contract in Hong Kong for 2018/19 season, riding 42 winners. Big-Race Wins: Dubai World Cup (2014 African Story), Lockinge Stakes (2013 Farhh), Dubai Duty Free Stakes (2013 Sajjhaa), Premio Roma (2012 Hunter's Light), Juddmonte International (2015 Arabian Queen), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2013 Farhh), Hong Kong Cup (2018 Glorious Forever), Prix Morny (2018 Pretty Pollyanna)Stobart Champion Flat Jockey: 2015, 2017, 2018
Investec Derby Record: Best placing second (2018 Dee Ex Bee) from four rides
 
Broome (IRE)
Breeding: b c Australia - Sweepstake (IRE) (Acclamation)
Born: February 8, 2016
Breeder: Epona Bloodstock Ltd
Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Donnacha O'Brien
Form: 51622-11
*Eight-length winner of the G3 Ballysax Stakes over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown on April 6 and won again over the same course and distance in the G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial on May 12, when comfortably defeating stablemate Blenheim Palace.
*An extended mile Galway maiden was his only victory from five starts in 2018, though he did end the campaign with a neck second to Royal Marine in the G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (1m) at Longchamp in October.
*Sire won the Investec Derby in 2014.
Race record: Starts: 7; Wins: 3; 2nd: 2; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £202,561
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading has taken his worth to £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winner to race in his silks is this year's 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his colours include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Investec Derby Record: Seven wins from 85 runners - Galileo (2001 - Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), High Chaparral (2002 - Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier), Camelot (2012 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), Pour Moi (2011 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Ruler Of The World (2013 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Australia (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Teo Ah King) and Wings Of Eagles (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Derby Record: Six wins from 78 runners - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017)
 
Donnacha O'Brien
Born: July 22, 1998. Background: From a family steeped in racing. Father Aidan has become Ireland's most successful trainer since taking over from Vincent O'Brien (no relation) at Ballydoyle in 1996. His mother Annemarie was Ireland's champion Jump trainer in the 1992/93 season. Donnacha made his riding debut in the 2014 Irish Flat season and enjoyed his first winner on September 7, 2014 aboard Quartz, trained by his father, in a maiden at Dundalk. His elder brother Joseph was a very successful jockey, winning the Investec Derby twice on Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014) before taking up training in 2016 because of increased weight. Donnacha was crowned champion apprentice in Ireland in 2016 with 48 winners and enjoyed a first G1 success aboard Intricately, trained by Joseph, in the 2016 Moyglare Stud Stakes. He rode against his sister Ana (The Anvil) in the 2017 Investec Derby when partnering Venice Beach (12th) - the first brother and sister to do so. Recorded the biggest success of his career when winning his first Classic aboard Saxon Warrior in the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas for father Aidan at Newmarket in 2018 and recorded back-to-back successes in the opening Classic when winning on Magna Grecia this year. He was successful on Forever Together in the 2018 Investec Oaks - his first Epsom Downs Classic victory. Was crowned Irish champion Flat jockey in 2018. Major Wins include: QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), Investec Oaks (2018 Forever Together), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2016 Intricately)Champagne Stakes (2016 Seahenge), Ballysax Stakes (2017 Nelson), Killavullan Stakes (2017 Kenya), Diamond Stakes (2017 War Decree), Debutante Stakes (2017 Magical), Willis Towers Watson Champions Juvenile Stakes (2017 Nelson), Irish Cesarewitch (2014 El Salvador), Irish St Leger Trial (2016 Order Of St George), Saval Beg Stakes (2015 Kingfisher), Vertem Futurity Stakes (2018 Magna Grecia), Middle Park Stakes (2018 Ten Sovereigns), Cheveley Park Stakes (2018 Fairyland), Irish Derby (2018 Latrobe)
Investec Derby Record: Best placing ninth (2018 Kew Gardens) from three rides
 
 
Circus Maximus (IRE)
Breeding: b c Galileo (IRE) - Duntle (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Born: February 8, 2016
Breeder: Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd
Owner: Flaxman Stables/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Frankie Dettori
Form: 5134-1
*Gained a length and a quarter victory over stable companion Mohawk in the Listed Dee Stakes (10f) at Chester on May 9.
*Finished third behind Persian King and Magna Grecia, both Guineas winners this year, in the G3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket on October 13 and beaten a length by Magna Grecia when fourth in the G1 Vertem Futurity Stakes later the same month, both races over a mile.
*First foal of dual Royal Ascot winner Duntle.
Race record: Starts: 5; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £70,613    
Flaxman Stables Ireland Limited
Background: The famous racing colours of Greek shipping magnate Stavros Niarchos, who died aged 87 on April 15, 1996, are continued by his children. Daughter Maria Niarchos-Gouaze, a member of Breeders' Cup Ltd, is effectively running the racing operation which is now known as Flaxman Holdings Limited and Flaxman Stables Ireland Limited. Her father, who was married five times, developed one of the world's largest fleets of tankers and bulk carriers and became a famous art collector. Racing Interests: Stavros Niarchos first became involved in racing in the 1950s but lost interest before returning with a vengeance in the 1970s, campaigning a host of top-class performers, including Nureyev, 1,000 Guineas and Breeders' Cup winner Miesque, Machiavellian, Hector Protector, Hernando and Kingmambo. Although he never won the Investec Derby, Niarchos owned the 1985 runner-up Law Society. The Niarchos family, who bred the 2003 Investec Derby hero Kris Kin, have continued the tradition of excellence, through the likes of Breeders' Cup winners Spinning World, Domedriver and Six Perfections, European Classic scorers Dream Well, Sulamani and Divine Proportions as well as Bago, who landed the 2004 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. The Niarchos family also owned 2007 Investec Oaks winner Light Shift, as well as Main Sequence, who was runner-up in the Investec Derby behind Camelot in 2012 before going to race with great success in America. Notable performers in recent years have included four-time Group and Listed winner Bocca Baciata (Jessica Harrington), 2014 Matron Stakes victor Fiesolana (Willie McCreery) and 2017 Prix de Diane scorer Senga (Pascal Bary). The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Ulysses, 12th in the 2016 Investec Derby, was crowned the best older horse in Europe and the sixth-best horse in the 2017 Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings following a stellar season, which included victories in the Gordon Richards Stakes, the Coral-Eclipse at Sandown and the Juddmonte International at York before a third-placed finish in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Last year's superstar was the three-year-old filly Alpha Centauri (Jessica Harrington), who won four G1 contests - the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, Nassau Stakes and Prix Jacques Le Marois, ending the year as champion three-year-old filly at the Cartier Racing Awards. Management: Alan Cooper, whose father Tom bought four Investec Derby winners as yearlings, is the operation's racing manager, while Pierre Yves Gibert is in charge of their breeding operation, based at Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard in Normandy and at Oak Tree Farm in Kentucky. The Niarchos family have plenty of horses in training spread between France, Britain and America along with a strong broodmare band.
Investec Derby Record (as the Niarchos Family/Flaxman Stables): Best placing second (Main Sequence 2012) from three runners
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading has taken his worth to £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winner to race in his silks is this year's 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his colours include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Investec Derby Record: Seven wins from 85 runners - Galileo (2001 - Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), High Chaparral (2002 - Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier), Camelot (2012 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), Pour Moi (2011 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Ruler Of The World (2013 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Australia (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Teo Ah King) and Wings Of Eagles (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Derby Record: Six wins from 78 runners - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017)
 
Frankie Dettori
Born: December 15, 1970, Milan, Italy. Background: the son of Gianfranco, 13-time champion jockey in Italy. Frankie (christened Lanfranco) Dettori arrived from his homeland to join Luca Cumani's Newmarket yard as an apprentice in July, 1985. His first success came on Rif at Turin, Italy, on November 16, 1986, and he rode his first British winner on Lizzy Hare at Goodwood on June 9, 1987. He passed 100 winners for the first time in 1990 when recording 141 successes and created history when riding all seven winners on the Saturday at the Ascot Festival in September, 1996. Dettori survived a horrific plane crash at Newmarket in 2000 in which the pilot was killed. He was retained by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation in 1993, but it was announced in September, 2012, that the retainer would not be renewed. It was subsequently revealed he had failed a drugs test whilst riding in France. On December 5, 2012, Dettori was suspended from riding for six months after being found guilty of taking a prohibited substance, believed to be cocaine. He returned from his ban at the 2013 Investec Derby Festival and spent five years as a retained rider for Sheikh Joaan Al Thani but now rides mainly for Newmarket trainer John Gosden and has had a lot of success thanks to that partnership - the latest being in the 2019 Investec Oaks with Anapurna on May 31. He is married to Catherine and they have five children. His best total of British winners - 233 - came in 1994 and he has ridden over 3,000 winners in Britain. He has enjoyed seven Epsom Downs Classic winners. It took him 15 attempts before Authorized gave him a first Investec Derby victory in 2007 and his second win in Golden Horn on 2015, while Anapurna was his fifth Investec Oaks success. He is the fifth-most winning jockey in Britain by numbers. Accolades: British champion apprentice in 1989 and champion jockey three times (1994, 1995 and 2004). Awarded an honorary MBE in December, 2000. He is the most successful current jockey at Royal Ascot with 60 successes. British Classic Wins (18): QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands, 2016 Galileo Gold), QIPCO 1,000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting), Investec Derby (2007 Authorized, 2015 Golden Horn), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia, 2017 Enable, 2019 Anapurna), St Leger (1995 Classic Cliché, 1996 Shantou, 2005 Scorpion, 2006 Sixties Icon, 2008 Conduit). Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Classic (2008 Raven's Pass), Breeders' Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2006 Red Rocks, 2018 Enable), Breeders' Cup Mile (1994 Barathea, 2018 Expert Eye), Dubai World Cup (2000 Dubai Millennium, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1995 Lammtarra, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen, 2017 Enable), Japan Cup (1996 Singspiel, 2002 Falbrav, 2005 Alkaased), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee, 2002 Marienbard, 2017 & 2018 Enable), Gold Cup (1992 & 93 Drum Taps, 1998 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau, 2012 Colour Vision, 2018 Stradivarius), St James's Palace Stakes (1997 Starborough, 2016 Galileo Gold, 2018 Without Parole), King's Stand Stakes (1994 Lochsong), Prince of Wales's Stakes (2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera, 2011 Rewilding), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1995 So Factual, 2015 Undrafted), Queen Anne Stakes (1990 Markofdistinction, 1997 Allied Forces, 1998 Inktikhab, 2003 Dubai Destination, 2004 Refuse To Bend, 2007 Ramonti), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2017 & 2018 Cracksman)
Investec Derby Record: Two wins from 23 rides - Authorized (2007) and Golden Horn (2015)
 
 
Hiroshima
Breeding: b c Nathaniel (IRE) - Lisiere (IRE) (Excellent Art)
Born: February, 29, 2016
Breeder: Mrs P A Cave
Owner: Graeme Smith-Bernal
Trainer: John Ryan
Jockey: Brett Doyle
Form: 7-18
*Eighth, beaten 10 and a half lengths, behind fellow Investec Derby contender Anthony Van Dyck in the Listed Lingfield Derby Trial (11.5f) on May 11.
*Ready six-length winner of a Southwell maiden over 12 furlongs on May 1.
*Well-beaten seventh on debut in a 10-furlong Newmarket maiden in October, 2018
Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £3,752
 
Graham Smith-Bernal
Graham Smith-Bernal is a British entrepreneur and inventor. Having left school at 16, he started his career as a court reporter in the UK. In his twenties, he founded Smith Bernal international, the UK's biggest court reporting agency which he later sold for £15 million. In 1991, he devised one of the world's first computerised court reporting and evidence management services, LiveNote. This completely transformed how court cases were recorded and reported. LiveNote technology effectively speeded up the legal process by turning paper documents involved in court cases into digital files. He sold the software in 2007 for over £75 million. In 2008 Smith-Bernal founded Opus 2 International. The organisation is the world's leading international software and services business, developing and implementing cutting edge secure, collaborative, cloud-based technology on major litigation, arbitration and major inquiry hearings worldwide. It is based in London with offices in San Francisco, Paris, Dubai and Singapore. Racing interests: Following the sale of LiveNote, Smith-Bernal began purchasing a number of racehorses. To date, the most successful horse to run in his colours has been Grey Britain, who captured the Listed Betway Fairway Stakes at Newmarket in May, 2017. Smith-Bernal purchased a broodmare called La Mortala for more than $450,000 who was in foal at the time to Frankel. Born in January 2017, the young colt is called Fabrizio. Smith-Bernal is into the world of koi carp showing and Hiroshima is named after the city in Japan where he has enjoyed plenty of success.
No previous Investec Derby runners
 
John Ryan (Newmarket, Suffolk)
Born: March 3, 1968 Background: son of former Classic-winning trainer Mick Ryan, who also sent out Motivator (not the 2005 Derby winner) to capture the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival in 1986. Grandson of Mick Ryan, who was stud groom to Lord Derby at Woodland Stud in Newmarket for 32 years, where he looked after the 1933 Derby winner Hyperion. John rode as an amateur on the Flat before becoming conditional jockey to Stan Mellor. Partnered 174 wins over jumps. Started assisting Olympic showjumper Yogi Breisner in 1997 before becoming assistant trainer to Philip Mitchell, Julian Poulton and his father Mick. Took over the licence in October, 2005. First Winner: Siraj, Wolverhampton, November 20, 2006 Big Race Wins Include: Superlative Stakes (2009 Silver Grecian), Investec Surrey Stakes (2009 Ocean's Minstrel), Lincoln Handicap (2014 Ocean Tempest), Royal Windsor Stakes (2014 Ocean Tempest), Fortune Stakes (2014 Tenor), Esher Stakes (2016 Sandro Botticelli), Fairway Stakes (2017 Grey Britain)
Investec Derby Record: Best placing 11th from one runner (Ocean Applause (2013)
 
Brett Doyle
Date of birth: August 30, 1972. Background: the 46-year-old nearly did not make it as a jockey as he was so badly injured in a motorcycle accident in the early days of his apprenticeship to Clive Brittain that any sort of riding career looked extremely doubtful. But he made such a good recovery that he was able to resume at Carlburg Stables and rode his first winner on Quiet Achiever at Pontefract in October, 1989. Following a string of big race successes in the 1990s, most notably aboard Brittain's Sayyedati in the 1995 Sussex Stakes, Doyle moved to Hong Kong to ride for trainer Andy Leung. The partnership lasted more than three years, during which time he rode 98 winners. Doyle returned to Britain for the 2001 season, riding 62 winners, but then spent a lot of the next 16 years riding overseas in various jurisdictions such as Japan, Hong Kong, Bahrain and Dubai. He moved back to Newmarket in 2017 to team up with Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby, principally as a work rider. Doyle was the work-rider for 2018 Investec Derby victor Masar and has gradually been picking up rides for Godolphin in Dubai and Britain. He has ridden Hiroshima on his last two starts.
Investec Derby record: Best placing 19th (Lundy's Lane 2003) from one ride
 
 
Humanitarian (USA)
Breeding: b c Noble Mission - Sharbat (USA) (Dynaformer (USA))
Born: February 29, 2016
Breeder: W S Farish
Trainer: John Gosden
Jockey: Robert Havlin
Owner: HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing
Form: 21-1
*Met a setback at the beginning of the spring, but returned to action with a three-quarter length victory in a novice contest over 10 furlongs at Salisbury on May 16.
*Scored by five lengths in a novice All-Weather event at Lingfield Park in November, 2018.
*Second on debut to stable companion Kick On in a Newmarket maiden over a mile in September, 2018.
Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £10,464
 
Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed
Born: January 7, 2012. Background: Zayed is Sheikh Mohammed's second child with Princess Haya, whose silks were carried to glory in the 2008 Investec Derby by New Approach. The seven-year-old's blue and white colours are the original colours Sheikh Mohammed's racing operation used. They were worn by the filly Hatta, who was Sheikh Mohammad's first winner when she scored at Brighton on 20 June, 1977. The filly went on to win the Group Three Molecomb Stakes at Goodwood the following month. The couple also have a daughter together, Shaikha Al Jalila, who has horses running in Sheikh Mohammed's famous maroon and white colours.
No previous Investec Derby runners
 
John Gosden OBE (Clarehaven Stables, Newmarket)
Born: Lewes, Sussex, on March 30, 1951 Background: His late father Towser (1904-1967) was a trainer near Lewes in Sussex. John was educated at Eastbourne College and Cambridge University. He then worked in land management in Venezuela before returning to Britain to assist Newmarket trainer Sir Noel Murless from 1974 to 1975 and Ireland's champion Vincent O'Brien from 1976 to 1977. After a spell assisting Tommy Doyle in California, he set up as a trainer in the US in 1979 where he trained with success for nine years, sending out more than 500 winners. He saddled Robert Sangster's Royal Heroine to win the inaugural Breeders' Cup Mile at Hollywood Park in 1984. Prompted by Sheikh Mohammed, he returned to Britain in 1988, to train at the owner's Stanley House Stables in Newmarket. In 2000, he moved to Robert Sangster's Manton estate in Wiltshire, but returned to Newmarket in 2005, having bought Clarehaven Stables on the Bury Road. He saddled the first and second, Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs, in the 2015 Investec Derby. He enjoyed his third Investec Oaks winner with Anapurna on the first day of the 2019 Investec Derby Festival. Personal: He is married to Rachel Hood, a barrister who has served as President of the Racehorse Owners Association (2011-2016) and Mayor of Newmarket (2014-2015). The couple have four children - Sebastian, Serena, Theodora and Thaddeus, who is assistant trainer to his father. Hood founded and formerly chaired the Save Historic Newmarket Action Group, which has long opposed Lord Derby's Hatchfield Farm development. Accolades: British champion trainer three times - 2012, 2015 and 2018. Trained US Eclipse Award winners Bates Motel and Royal Heroine. He has trained four of the last five winners of the Horse Of The Year accolade at the Cartier Racing Awards - Kingman (2014), Golden Horn (2015), Enable (2017) and Roaring Lion (2018). Oversaw the career of Cracksman, who was crowned the world's joint-best horse in 2018 alongside Winx. Awarded an OBE for services to horseracing and training in the 2017 New Year Honours List. Winners: He has won more than 3,000 races around the world, including over 100 Group/Grade Ones, in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia. There have been 47 Royal Ascot successes. British Classic wins (10): Investec Derby - 1997 Benny The Dip, 2015 Golden Horn; Investec Oaks - 2014 Taghrooda, 2017 Enable, 2019 Anapurna; QIPCO 1,000 Guineas - 2000 Lahan; St Leger - 1996 Shantou, 2007 Lucarno, 2010 Arctic Cosmos, 2011 Masked Marvel. Irish Classic wins (6): Irish 2,000 Guineas - 2014 Kingman; Irish Derby - 2015 Jack Hobbs; Irish Oaks - 2012 Great Heavens, 2017 Enable; Irish St Leger - 1992 Mashaallah, 2011 Duncan-dh.  Other major wins include:  Breeders' Cup Mile (1984 Royal Heroine), Breeders' Cup Turf (2018 Enable), Breeders' Cup Classic (2008 Raven's Pass), Coronation Cup (2018 Cracksman), Coral-Eclipse (2012 Nathaniel, 2015 Golden Horn, 2018 Roaring Lion), Prince of Wales's Stakes (1994 & 1995 Muhtarram, 2014 The Fugue), St James's Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman, 2018 Without Parole), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2002 Malhub), Coronation Stakes (2006 Nannina, 2012 Fallen For You), Gold Cup (2018 Stradivarius), Dubai Sheema Classic (2010 Dar Re Mi, 2017 Jack Hobbs), Haydock Sprint Cup (1993 Wolfhound), Irish Champion Stakes (1993 Muhtarram, 2013 The Fugue, 2015 Golden Horn, 2018 Roaring Lion), July Cup (2003 Oasis Dream), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2011 Nathaniel, 2014 Taghrooda, 2017 Enable), Juddmonte International (2018 Roaring Lion), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2015 Golden Horn, 2017 & 2018 Enable), Prix Jacques Le Marois (2014 Kingman), Sussex Stakes (2014 Kingman), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2000 Observatory, 2008 Raven's Pass, 2017 Persuasive, 2018 Roaring Lion), St James's Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman), Poule d'Essai des Pouliches (1999 Valentine Waltz, 2002 Zenda), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2002 May Ball), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2017 Cracksman), Prix Ganay (2018 Cracksman)
Investec Derby Record: Two wins from 27 runners - Benny The Dip (1997) and Golden Horn (2015)
 
Robert Havlin
Background: Scotsman Robert Havlin, commonly referred to as Rab Havlin, was born on December 6, 1973. After graduating from the British Racing School in 1990, he based himself in Scotland riding predominantly for Jimmy Wilson and Linda Perratt. His first winner came at Ayr on June 22, 1991, when he rode the locally trained Diet to victory in a six-furlong handicap for Jimmy Wilson. Havlin joined the Peter Chapple-Hyam yard in 1994 and rode some top-class horses including subsequent Group One winner Close Conflict. After Chapple-Hyam moved to train in Hong Kong, Havlin was retained by leading trainer John Gosden at the beginning of 2000 season and immediately made an impact when riding Mount Abu to victory in the Listed Leisure Stakes at Lingfield in June. He has ridden many of Gosden's stable stars early on in their careers, including partnering both Enable and Cracksman to their debut wins. Despite riding several pattern winners in the UK at up to G2 level, Havlin's Classic successes have come abroad with victories in the Swiss St Leger, Swiss Oaks, Swiss Derby and Italian Derby. In 2017, he served a six-month ban after failing a drugs test in France. He protested his innocence, but all appeals, backed by Gosden, failed. He enjoyed his best year in Britain in 2018, partnering 127 winners. He has yet to gain a G1 success.
Investec Derby record: Best placing 10th (Sevenna Star 2018) from one ride
 
 
Japan (IRE)
Breeding: b c Galileo (IRE) - Shastye (IRE) (Danehill (USA))
Born: February 22
Breeder: Newsells Park Stud
Owner: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Wayne Lordan
Form: 711-4
*A staying-on fourth (btn 5¾l) in the G2 Dante Stakes at York on May 16, his first start of the year.
*Ended 2018 with a short-head verdict over stablemate Mount Everest in the G2 Beresford Stakes (1m) at Naas in September, having captured a seven-furlong Listowel maiden earlier the same month.
*Sold for 1.3 million guineas as yearling. Full-sister Secret Gesture finished second in 2013 Investec Oaks.
Race record: Starts: 4; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £75,817
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading has taken his worth to £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winner to race in his silks is this year's 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his colours include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Investec Derby Record: Seven wins from 85 runners - Galileo (2001 - Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), High Chaparral (2002 - Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier), Camelot (2012 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), Pour Moi (2011 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Ruler Of The World (2013 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Australia (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Teo Ah King) and Wings Of Eagles (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Derby Record: Six wins from 78 runners - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017)
 
Wayne Lordan
Born: April 20, 1982, in Co Cork. Background: One of amateur rider Pat Lordan's five children. He took part in pony racing before being apprenticed to trainer Thomond O'Mara for six years. First winner on the Gerry Cully-trained Ethbaat at Killarney on July 15, 1998. Runner-up to Tadhg O'Shea in the 2001 Irish apprentice championship and spent the winter of 2001/2002 riding for Barney Curley in Britain, having his first success on Just Magical at Wolverhampton on December 15, 2001. Rode extensively for the now-retired David Wachman and has also regularly partnered horses trained by Fozzy Stack and Edward Lynam. Joined Aidan O'Brien's stable at the beginning of the 2017 season and enjoyed his first British Classic success when partnering Winter to victory in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2017 and gained another on Hermosa in the same race this year. Has ridden four winners at Royal Ascot. British Classic wins (2): QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa) Big race wins include: British Champions Sprint (2013 Slade Power, 2014 Gordon Lord Byron), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2013 Slade Power), July Cup (2013 Slade Power), Matron Stakes (2015 Legatissimo, 2017 Hydrangea), Nassau Stakes (2015 Legatissimo), Nunthorpe Stakes (2010 Sole Power), Fillies' Mile (2018 Iridessa)
Investec Derby record: Best placing 3rd (Galileo Rock 2013) from four rides
 
 
Line Of Duty (IRE)
Breeding: ch c Galileo (IRE) - Jacqueline Quest (IRE) (Rock Of Gibraltar (IRE))
Born: February 17, 2016
Breeder: Triermore Stud
Owner: Godolphin
Trainer: Charlie Appleby
Jockey: James Doyle
Form: 22111-7
*Has ground to make up on Telecaster after finishing seventh (btn 11l) behind that rival in G2 Dante Stakes at York on May 16, his first start of the campaign, and now wears cheek-pieces.
*Progressed in each of his five starts in 2018, ending the year with a top-level success in the G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs, USA, in November.
*Also annexed a mile maiden at Goodwood in September and the G3 Prix de Conde over nine furlongs at Chantilly in October.
*A son of 2001 Investec Derby hero Galileo and the fourth foal out of Jacqueline Quest, first past the post in the 2010 G1 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket, but demoted to second after causing interference.
*Sold for 400,000 guineas in Book 1 of the 2017 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.
Race record: Starts: 6; Wins: 3; 2nd: 2; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £462,408
 
Godolphin
Background:  Godolphin is the racing entity of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, and other members of the ruling Maktoum family of Dubai. He founded Godolphin as an expression of his lifelong passion for horses and racing. Its aim is to win races worldwide. The experiment began on a small scale in the winter of 1992. The Godolphin operation was formally established in 1994, with Hilal Ibrahim as trainer, when Balanchine won the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs and Irish Derby at the Curragh. The following year, Saeed bin Suroor was appointed as the official trainer. Sheikh Mohammed's passion for horses grew into a major investment in bloodstock and has resulted in the growth of the world's largest and most global racing team, Godolphin, as well as the successful stallion operation, Darley. Today some of Godolphin's horses winter in Dubai, where some of them also race at the Dubai World Cup Carnival, while Godolphin contests races on four continents, with bases in the Middle East, Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. Godolphin has won 300 Group/Grade One races in 12 countries worldwide. Principal Trainers: Godolphin's British-based horses are handled primarily by Saeed bin Suroor and Charlie Appleby. Andre Fabre and Henri-Alex Pantall train for Godolphin in France, while the US runners are overseen primarily by Kiaran McLaughlin, Eoin Harty, Tom Albertrani, Michael Stidham and Bob Baffert. Jim Bolger, Willie McCreery, John Oxx and Mick Halford are the main trainers for the Godolphin horses in Ireland. Mahmood Al Zarooni, who previously trained for Godolphin at Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket, was banned for eight years by the BHA in April, 2013. A total of 22 of his horses tested positive for anabolic steroids and were unable to race for six months. There has also been a significant Godolphin presence in Australia since August, 2014, with the majority of the horses under the responsibility of James Cummings. Godolphin enjoyed a first G1 success in Japan in 2018 when Fine Needle landed the Takamatsunomiya Kinen. Godolphin's current retained riders in Europe are William Buick, James Doyle and Mickael Barzalona.Champion Owner in Britain (13 times): 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.British Classic Wins (16):  Investec Derby (2018 Masar), QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1996 Mark Of Esteem, 1999 Island Sands, 2013 Dawn Approach), QIPCO 1,000 Guineas (1998 Cape Verdi, 2002 Kazzia, 2011 Blue Bunting), Investec Oaks (1994 Balanchine, 1995 Moonshell, 2002 Kazzia), William Hill St Leger (1995 Classic Cliche, 1998 Nedawi, 1999 Mutafaweq, 2004 Rule Of Law, 2009 Mastery and 2012 Encke). Godolphin claims Investec Derby success with Lammtarra, who carried the colours of Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum to victory in 1995.Big Race Wins Include:  300 (as of May 31, 2019) Group/Grade One wins in 12 countries around the globe including Dubai World Cup (1999 Almutawakel, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2002 Street Cry, 2003 Moon Ballad, 2006 Electrocutionist, 2012 Monterosso, 2014 African Story, 2015 Prince Bishop, 2018 & 2019 Thunder Snow), Melbourne Cup (2018 Cross Counter), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Dubawi), French 2,000 Guineas (2000 Bachir, 2005 Shamardal), Irish Derby (1994 Balanchine, 2015 Jack Hobbs), Irish Oaks (2011 Blue Bunting), Eclipse (1995 & 1996 Halling, 1998 Daylami, 2004 Refuse To Bend), Prince Of Wales's Stakes (1998 Faithful Son, 2000 Dubai Millennium, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera, 2011 Rewilding), Juddmonte International (1995 & 1996 Halling, 2001 Sakhee, 2004 Sulamani), Gold Cup (1996 Classic Cliche, 1998 & 2000 Kayf Tara, 2004 Papineau, 2012 Colour Vision), Breeders' Cup Turf (1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2017 Talismanic), Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies' (2001 Tempera), Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2017 Wuheida), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1997 & 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2004 Doyen), Irish Champion Stakes (1994 Cezanne, 1998 Swain, 1999 Daylami, 2001 Fantastic Light, 2002 Grandera), Arlington Million (2003 Sulamani), Prix du Jockey Club (2005 Shamardal), Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2009 Vale Of York), Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (2013 Outstrip, 2018 Line Of Duty), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (1995 Lammtarra, 2001 Sakhee and 2002 Marienbard), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2013 Farhh), July Cup (2017 Harry Angel)
Investec Derby Record:  Godolphin claims the 1995 Derby winner LAMMTARRA who carried the colours of Saeed Maktoum Al Maktoum.
Investec Derby Record: One win from 34 runners - Masar 2018
 
Charlie Appleby (Newmarket, Suffolk)
Born:  July 5, 1975, in Southampton Background: Brought up with horses. Involved with point-to-pointers at Anne and Peter Hext's stables when 12 and rode work for trainers Angela Knight and Jackie Retter, where he met Mick Fitzgerald. Appleby was keen to become a jockey and embarked on a nine-week course at the British Racing School in Newmarket at the age of 16. Joined Susan Piggott's yard but had to scrap ambitions of being a jockey after struggling with his weight. He became Piggott's travelling head lad but, upon her retirement, joined David Loder in 1995. Loder was renowned for his handling of two-year-olds and became a private trainer for Godolphin in late 1998, beginning Appleby's association with the global operation. Appleby held a number of important roles under Loder, Saeed bin Suroor and Mahmood Al Zarooni before being announced as Godolphin's second main trainer on July 25, 2013. His first winner was Expressly in a maiden at Ascot on July 28, 2013. Trains from Moulton Paddocks in Newmarket during the summer and at Godolphin Marmoom Stables, Dubai. He had a year to remember in 2018 as Masar won the Investec Derby, while Cross Counter succeeded in the G1 Melbourne Cup and Line Of Duty was successful at the Breeders' Cup. British Classic Wins (1): Investec Derby (2018 Masar) Major wins include: Melbourne Cup (2018 Cross Counter),Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (2013 Outstrip, 2018 Line Of Duty), Middle Park Stakes (2014 Charming Thought), Jebel Hatta (2016 Tryster, 2018 Blair House), Coral-Eclipse (2016 Hawkbill), Prix Marcel Boussac (2016 Wuheida, 2017 Wild Illusion), Sydney Cup (2017 Polarisation), Prix Saint-Alary (2017 Sobetsu), Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2017 Wuheida), Al Quoz Sprint (2018 Jungle Cat, 2019 Blue Point), Dubai Sheema Classic (2018 Hawkbill, 2019 Old Persian), Prix de l'Opera (2018 Wild Illusion), Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (2018 Jungle Cat), Natalma Stakes (2018 La Pelosa), Vincent O'Brien National Stakes (2018 Quorto), Nassau Stakes (2018 Wild Illusion), King's Stand Stakes (2018 Blue Point)
Investec Derby Record: One win from three runners - Masar 2018
 
 
James Doyle
Born: Cambridge, April 22, 1988 Background: Doyle comes from a racing family. His mother Jacqui formerly trained in Lambourn while his sister Sophie is also a jockey, currently based in the USA. He began riding out for his mother at the age of 10 and had his first winner on Farnborough at Wolverhampton on June 1, 2005. He hit the headlines with a treble at Lingfield on January 25, 2006. After quickly using up his apprentice claim, the 5ft 9in Doyle - one of the tallest jockeys in the weighing room - saw the winners beginning to dry up and by 2010 he considered turning his back on racing and even enrolled on a plumbing course. However, an upturn in the number of winners in 2011 caused Doyle to reconsider his decision and he never started the plumbing course. Horse whisperer Gary Witheford recommended Doyle to trainer Roger Charlton and he became first jockey to the Beckhampton handler in 2012. The partnership started 2012 on a high when Cityscape won the Group One Dubai Duty Free at Meydan in March and enjoyed a fantastic 2013 with the three-time Group One winner Al Kazeem. He rode an 891/1 treble on the Wednesday of Royal Ascot in 2013 with Al Kazeem in the Prince of Wales's Stakes, Belgian Bill in the Royal Hunt Cup and Rizeena in the Queen Mary Stakes. Made retained rider to owner Khalid Abdullah in August, 2013, before becoming a retained jockey for Godolphin in 2015, mainly riding for Saeed bin Suroor, who midway through 2016 decided to book the best available jockeys. Also has an arrangement to ride for William Haggas. Big-Race Wins: Coral Eclipse (2013 Al Kazeem), Prince of Wales's Stakes (2013 Al Kazeem, 2018 Poet's Word), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2013 Al Kazeem, 2014 Noble Mission, 2015 Al Kazeem), Dubai Duty Free Sponsored By Dubai Duty Free (2012 Cityscape), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2013 Rizeena), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2014 Kingman), QIPCO Champion Stakes (2014 Noble Mission), Falmouth Stakes (2015 Amazing Maria), Lockinge Stakes (2015 Night Of Thunder), Prix Jacques Le Marois (2014 Kingman), Qatar Sussex Stakes (2014 Kingman), St James's Palace Stakes (2014 Kingman), Al Quoz Sprint (2018 Jungle Cat), Jebel Hatta (2018 Blair House), Prix Marcel Boussac (2017 Wild Illusion), Prix du Moulin (2017 Ribchester), Gold Cup (2017 Big Orange), St James's Palace Stakes (2017 Barney Roy), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2018 Poet's Word), Irish Oaks (2018 Sea Of Class), Yorkshire Oaks (2018 Sea Of Class)
Investec Derby Record: Best placing seventh (Young Rascal 2018) from three rides
 
 
Madhmoon (IRE)
Breeding: b c Dawn Approach (IRE) - Aaraas (Haafhd)
Born: March 29, 2016
Breeder: Shadwell Estate Company Limited
Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum
Trainer: Kevin Prendergast IRE
Jockey: Chris Hayes
Form: 11-24
*A staying-on fourth (btn 4.5l) in the mile Classic, the G1 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket on May 4.
*Narrowly beaten under a penalty on his comeback in the Listed 2,000 Guineas Trial (7f) at Leopardstown on April 6.
*Two wins from two starts as a two-year-old, including when brushing Broome aside impressively in the G2 KPMG Champions Juvenile Stakes (1m) at Leopardstown in September.
*Trained by 86-year-old Kevin Prendergast.
Race record: Starts: 4; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £124,490
 
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Born:  December 25, 1945. Background: son of the late ruler of Dubai, Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and older brother of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Deputy Ruler of Dubai as well as being the Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates. Attended Bell School of Languages in Cambridge, England, between 1967 and 1968. Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates between 1971 and 1973. Racing Interests: Around 400 horses globally carry his distinctive silks of blue with white epaulets, blue and white striped cap, and are trained in Britain mainly by Ed Dunlop, John Gosden, William Haggas, Charlie Hills, Owen Burrows, Mark Johnston, Sir Michael Stoute, Simon Crisford, Marcus Tregoning and Roger Varian. Also has horses trained in America, Australia, Dubai, South Africa, Ireland and France. Has owned 12 British Classic winners, headed by Nashwan (1989 2,000 Guineas and Derby) and Salsabil (1990 1,000 Guineas and Oaks), with his latest being Taghrooda in the 2014 Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs. His stars around the world include At Talaq and Jeune, who won the Melbourne Cup in 1986 and 1994 respectively, and US champion Invasor, who won the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic and following year's Dubai World Cup. Muhaarar was champion European sprinter in 2015, while he currently has another star sprinter in Battaash. Also owns Shadwell Stud in Norfolk, Elmswell Stud, Salsabil Stud and Beech House Stud in Newmarket, as well as studs in Ireland and Kentucky. Shadwell has over 250 mares worldwide and stands more than a dozen stallions globally. Retains jockeys Jim Crowley (first) and Dane O'Neill (second) in Britain.   
Investec Derby Record: Two wins from 26 runners - Nashwan (1989) & Erhaab (1994)
 
Kevin Prendergast (Friarstown, County Kildare, Ireland)
Born: July 5, 1932 Background: son of trainer Paddy "Darkie" Prendergast (1909-1980). Paddy was the first Irish-based handler to become champion Flat trainer in Britain in 1963 and saddled the winners of the all the British Classics bar the Investec Derby - he came closest with Meadow Court, who was second to Sea-Bird in 1965. He was also British champion trainer in 1964 and 1965. Kevin was born in Australia and, although educated in Ireland, he started his racing career in Australia where he was head lad to Frank Dalton from 1953 to 1956. He returned home and established himself as a leading amateur rider whilst serving as assistant trainer to his father. Filled that role for five years before taking out his own licence in 1963. Sent out his first winner, Zara, at Phoenix Park in May, 1963. Irish Classic wins (8): Irish 1,000 Guineas (1972 Pidget, 1981 Arctique Royale), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1976 Northern Treasure, 2016 Awtaad), Irish St Leger (1972 Pidget, 1973 Conor Pass, 1996 & 1997 Oscar Schindler)  British Classic wins (1): 2,000 Guineas (1977 Nebbiolo) Other major wins include: Phoenix Stakes (1991 Bradawn Breever, 2011 La Collina, Moyglare Stud Stakes (1973 Milly Whiteway, 1980 Arctique Royale, 2006 Miss Beatrix, 2009 Termagant), Pretty Polly Stakes (1972, Pidget, 1976 Lady Singer, 1999 Polaire, 2002 Rebelline), National Stakes (2009 Kingsfort), Matron Stakes (2013 La Collina)
Investec Derby Record: Best placing fifth (1973 Ragapan & 1977 Lordelaw) from six runners
 
Chris Hayes
Born: August 11, 1987 Background: spent three years riding competitively on the pony racing circuit, during which time he partnered 66 winners, before joining the RACE (Racing Centre of Education) when he was 16. After graduating in the summer of 2004, he was apprenticed to Kevin Prendergast and has been based with him ever since. He has also been linked to the Fozzy Stack yard since 2017. First winner: Anonymity, Bellewstown, July 2, 2004 Accolades: champion apprentice in Ireland in 2005, 2006 and 2007. First Group One winner: La Collina, Matron Stakes, Leopardstown, September 7, 2013 Irish Classic wins (2): Irish 2,000 Guineas (2016 Awtaad), Irish St Leger (2013 Voleuse De Coeurs) 
Investec Derby Record: No previous rides
 
 
 
Norway (IRE)
Breeding: b c Galileo (IRE) - Love Me True (USA) (Kingmambo (USA))
Born: April 18, 2016
Breeder: Southern Bloodstock
Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Jamie Spencer
Form: 53114-2
*Second to Investec Derby favourite Sir Dragonet on his seasonal debut in the G3 Chester Vase (1m 4 1/2f) on May 8.
*Fourth when favourite in the G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud over 10 furlongs on his final start as a two-year-old.
*An impressive winner of the Listed Zetland Stakes at Newmarket in October, 2018.
*Successful on third start in a Naas maiden in October by six and a half-lengths.
Race record: Starts: 6; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £65,051
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading has taken his worth to £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1,000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winners to race in his silks is this year's 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his colours include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Investec Derby Record: Seven wins from 85 runners - Galileo (2001 - Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), High Chaparral (2002 - Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier), Camelot (2012 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), Pour Moi (2011 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Ruler Of The World (2013 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Australia (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Teo Ah King) and Wings Of Eagles (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Derby Record: Six wins from 78 runners - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017)
 
Jamie Spencer
Born: June 8, 1980, County Tipperary, Ireland. Background: Son of George Spencer, who trained Winning Fair to win the 1963 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham; went to school with Fozzy Stack, son of trainer Tommy, and rode ponies at their yard as a child. Achieved first winner on Huncheon Chance for trainer Ian Ferguson at Downpatrick, Northern Ireland, on May 11, 1996. Sprang to prominence by winning the Irish 1000 Guineas in 1998 on Stack-trained Tarascon at age of 17 when apprenticed to Liam Browne, through whose hands jockeys Mick Kinane, Mark Dwyer, Tommy Carmody and Stephen Craine had also passed. Spencer was brought over to Britain by the Stack family friend, Barney Curley, to ride Magic Combination to win over hurdles at Kempton in January, 1999. He survived a stewards' enquiry to take the 2002 Grade One Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival on the Edward O'Grady-trained Pizarro, but had concentrated on the Flat and began a two-year contract with trainer Luca Cumani, based in Newmarket, in 2002. Spencer was signed up by the Coolmore team to ride as first-choice rider to replace Mick Kinane in 2004, becoming Ireland's champion jockey that year, but handed in his notice at Ballydoyle in early 2005 to go freelance. Retained jockey for Jim & Fitri Hay between 2010 and 2012 before signing a two-year deal, which commenced on January 1, 2013, to ride for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, whose horses run under the Qatar Racing Limited banner. He shocked the racing world by announcing on August 21, 2014, that he would retire from race riding at the end of the year but had a change of heart and now operates as a freelance. Enjoyed a Classic winner on the Charlie Hills-trained Phoenix Of Spain in the Irish 2,000 Guineas last month.Accolades: Champion Apprentice Ireland (1999), Champion Jockey Ireland (2004), Champion Jockey Britain (2005 & 2007 when dead-heated with Seb Sanders). 26 Royal Ascot winners.British Classic wins: William Hill St Leger (2003 Brian Boru), Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska).Irish Classic wins: Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer, 2013 Just The Judge), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2019 Phoenix Of Spain), Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska).Big-race wins include: Arlington Million (2011 Cape Blanco), Belmont Derby Invitational (2016 Deauville), Gold Cup (2011 Fame And Glory), Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Coral-Eclipse (2006 David Junior), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior), E P Taylor Stakes (2014 Just The Judge), Fillies' Mile (2001 Gossamer), Haydock Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke), Joe Hirsch Turf Classic International Stakes (2011 Cape Blanco), Mackinnon Stakes (2013 Side Glance), Man O'War Stakes (2011 Cape Blanco), Matron Stakes (2006 Red Evie), Middle Park Stakes (2004 Ad Valorem), Northern Dancer Turf Stakes (2011 & 2012 Wigmore Hall), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2001 Sequoyah), Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (2004 Oratorio), Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp (2006 Desert Lord), Prix du Moulin (2011 Excelebration), Prix Maurice de Gheest (2001 King Charlemagne), Racing Post Trophy (2008 Crowded House), Singapore Airlines International Cup (2001 Endless Hall), St James's Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2004 Powerscourt), Woodbine Mile (2014 Trade Storm).
Investec Derby Record: Best placing third (Moon Ballad 2002) from 12 rides
 
 
Sir Dragonet (IRE)
Breeding: b c Camelot - Sparrow (IRE) (Oasis Dream)
Born: February 9, 2016
Breeder: Orpendale, Wynatt & Chelston
Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien IRE
Jockey: Ryan Moore
Form: -11
*Supplemented for the Investec Derby on Monday (May 27) at a cost of £85,000, after being taken out of the Classic in March.
*A 14/1 shot when making an eye-catching winning debut at Tipperary on April 25, before a deeply impressive eight-length victory in the G3 Chester Vase on May 8, both over an extended 12 furlongs.
*Has yet to race on ground faster than good to soft.
*Sire captured the Investec Derby in 2012, while dam is from the family of Investec Derby winners Galileo (2001) and Sea The Stars (2009).
Race record: Starts: 2; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £63,369
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winners to race in his silks is the 2019 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his silks include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Investec Derby Record: Seven wins from 85 runners - Galileo (2001 - Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), High Chaparral (2002 - Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier), Camelot (2012 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), Pour Moi (2011 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Ruler Of The World (2013 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Australia (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Teo Ah King) and Wings Of Eagles (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Derby Record: Six wins from 78 runners - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017)
 
Ryan Moore
Born: September 18, 1983. Background: From a family steeped in racing. His late grandfather Charlie was a trainer, dad Gary, a former jump jockey, is a trainer under both codes, while mum Jayne was an accomplished amateur rider, as was his aunt Candy Morris. Older brother Jamie is a successful jump jockey, while his sister Hayley, a broadcaster with At The Races, has also ridden winners as an amateur and his youngest brother, Joshua, has followed the others into a riding career and is a jump jockey. Moore's career began over hurdles when making a winning debut as an amateur on Mersey Beat at Towcester on May 15, 2000, but he soon concentrated on the Flat. First major success on the Flat came as a 5lb claimer when he captured the 2002 Cesarewitch at Newmarket on the Martin Pipe-trained Miss Fara. Appointed first rider to Sir Michael Stoute in November, 2007 and became first jockey for Coolmore-owned runners at the start of the 2015 season. He is one of the leading international jockeys and travels the world to ride in big races. Accolades: British champion apprentice in 2003 (59 winners); British champion jockey three times - 2006 (182 wins), 2008 (192), 2009 (178). Has twice won the Longines World Best Jockey Award (2014 & 2016). Has had 53 Royal Ascot winners. British Classic Wins (11): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy, 2016 Minding), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen, 2015 Legatissimo, 2016 Minding), QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill), William Hill St Leger (2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens). Other Major Wins Include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (2011 Wrote, 2012 George Vancouver, 2015 Hit A Bomb, 2017 Mendelssohn), Breeders' Cup Turf (2008 & 2009 Conduit, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found), Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2013 Dank), Hong Kong Cup (2010 Snow Fairy, 2016 Maurice), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel), Hong Kong Mile (2015 Maurice), Coral-Eclipse (2007 Notnowcato), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009 Conduit, 2016 Highland Reel), Japan Cup (2013 Gentildonna), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce, 2016 Found), Dubai Sheema Classic (2014 Gentildonna), Dubai Turf (2016 Real Steel), Prix du Jockey-Club (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Irish Champion Stakes (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), Melbourne Cup (2014 Protectionist), Canadian International (2013 Joshua Tree, 2014 Hillstar, 2015 Cannock Chase), Yorkshire Oaks (2014 Tapestry), Prix Marcel Boussac (2014 Found, 2015 Ballydoyle), Beverly D Stakes (2013 Dank, 2014 Euro Charline), Secretariat Stakes (2014 Adelaide), Falmouth Stakes (2014 Integral, 2016 Alice Springs, 2017 Roly Poly), Sun Chariot Stakes (2014 Integral, 2016 Alice Springs, 2017 Roly Poly), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill), Dewhurst Stakes (2009 Beethoven, 2015 Air Force Blue, 2016 Churchill, 2017 U S Navy Flag), Mile Championship (2015 Maurice), French 2,000 Guineas (2016 The Gurkha) Coronation Stakes (2014 Rizeena, 2017 Winter), Hardwicke Stakes (2010 Harbinger, 2011 Await The Dawn, 2012 Sea Moon), Coventry Stakes (2011 Power, 2016 Caravaggio), Gold Cup (2013 Estimate, 2016 Order Of St George), King Edward VII Stakes (2013 Hillstar), St James's Palace Stakes (2015 Gleneagles), Ribblesdale Stakes (2016 Even Song), Pretty Polly Stakes (2016 Minding), Qatar Sussex Stakes (2016 The Gurkha), Tenno Xho (2016 Maurice) , Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Minding), Fillies' Mile (2016 Rhododendron), Nassau Stakes (2016 Minding, 2017 Winter), Investec Coronation Cup (2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2017 Highland Reel), Prince Of Wales's Stakes (2017 Highland Reel), Commonwealth Cup (2017 Caravaggio), Phoenix Stakes (Sioux Nation), Irish St Leger (2017 Order Of St George, 2018 Flag Of Honour), Cheveley Park Stakes (2017 Clemmie), British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes (2017 Hydrangea, 2018 Magical), Racing Post Trophy (2017 Saxon Warrior), Champions Cup (2017 Gold Dream), July Cup (2018 U S Navy Flag), Diamond Jubilee Stakes (2016 Twilight Son, 2018 Merchant Navy)
Investec Derby Record: Two wins (Workforce 2010 & Ruler Of The World 2013) from 13 rides
 
Sovereign (IRE)
Breeding: b c Galileo (IRE) - Devoted To You (IRE) (Danehill Dancer (IRE))
Born: April 9, 2016
Breeder: Barronstown Stud
Trainer: Aidan O'Brien
Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Jockey: Padraig Beggy
Form: 56143-23
*Finished third on his latest start, beaten three lengths behind fellow Investec Derby contender Broome in the G3 Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown on May 12.
*Eight-length second to Broome on his seasonal debut in the G3 Ballysax Stakes at Leopardstown on April 8.
*Third on final start last term in the G3 Eyrefield Stakes at Leopardstown in October, having previously finished fourth to fellow Investec Derby contender Japan in the G2 Beresford Stakes in September, 2018.
*Captured an extended mile maiden on heavy going at Galway in September, 2018.
*Ridden in the Investec Derby by Padraig Beggy, who steered Wings Of Eagles to victory in Britain's premier Classic in 2017.
Race record: Starts: 7; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 2; Win & Place Prize Money: £37,077
 
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Derrick Smith - Background:  London-born. A former Ladbrokes trading director - he worked for the bookmakers for 24 years - now based in Barbados with his wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £568 million according to the 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados, as well as property. He built a large house on Barbados, reportedly at a cost of £30 million, next to the hotel and invested in a super yacht. Racing interests: Joined Coolmore as an investor in 2004 and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight on such top horses as Investec Derby winners Camelot (2012), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017), plus Investec Oaks heroine Minding (2016), who also won the QIPCO 1000 Guineas, G1 Pretty Polly Stakes, G1 Qatar Nassau Stakes & Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in 2016. The latest Classic winners to race in his silks is the 2019 QIPCO 2,000 Guineas hero Magna Grecia. Others to sport his silks include 2016 French 2,000 Guineas and Qatar Sussex Stakes winner The Gurkha, 2016 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Breeders' Cup Turf, dual Hong Kong Vase and Investec Coronation Cup victor Highland Reel, 2011 Breeders' Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup winner St Nicholas Abbey, Gold Cup hero Fame And Glory, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well as Australian import So You Think. Gay Smith has owned a number of leading jumpers including Holywell, a dual winner at the Cheltenham Festival. Their son Paul owned 2014 St Leger hero Kingston Hill, trained by Roger Varian. 
Sue Magnier - Background: Born in October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O'Brien. Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since he teamed up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O'Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler's Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £1.514 billion according to 2019 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad other business interests include the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Spain and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O'Brien's best horses. Those to have carried her dark blue silks include Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant's Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. 
Michael Tabor - Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Enjoyed going greyhound racing and betting. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain after starting out with two shops before selling to Coral for £27 million. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe's largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor's fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of online bookmaker BetVictor and the Sandy Lane Hotel. Valued at £626 million by the 2019 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers - started out with Tornado Prince, while his best known one was the Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral, Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me, Gleneagles, Found, 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches plus 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together. This season dual Newmarket/Curragh 1,000 Guineas heroine Hermosa has carried his colours.
Investec Derby Record: Seven wins from 85 runners - Galileo (2001 - Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), High Chaparral (2002 - Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier), Camelot (2012 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor), Pour Moi (2011 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Ruler Of The World (2013 - Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith), Australia (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Teo Ah King) and Wings Of Eagles (2017 - Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor)
 
Aidan O'Brien(Ballydoyle Stables, County Tipperary, Ireland)
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O'Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders' title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O'Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, and Qualify. The O'Briens' eldest son Joseph rode the 2012 & 2014 Investec Derby winners Camelot (first father/son partnership to achieve this) and Australia. Joseph's weight became too troublesome and he is now training at Piltown, saddling the 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling, who ran in the 2017 Investec Derby. Their other children Sarah, Ana and Donnacha have all ridden winners - Donnacha has taken over Joseph's mantle and has won the QIPCO 2,000 Guineas in 2018 & 2019. O'Brien has won the Investec Derby six times in all - (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia and 2017 Wings Of Eagles). If successful in 2019, he would join Robert Robson, John Porter and Fred Darling as the most successful trainer of all time in the premier Classic. Has won the Investec Oaks seven times and the Investec Coronation Cup a record eight times. Training Record: Ireland's most successful trainer since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O'Brien at John Magnier's Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 21 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2018. Champion British Flat trainer six times: 2001, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2017. First trainer to have three consecutive Investec Derby wins with Australia (2014), following on from Ruler Of The World (2013) and Camelot (2012). Saddled a record 28 G1 winners across the world in 2017, beating the previous record of 25 set by late US trainer Bobby Frankel.British Classic wins (34): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia, 2017 Wings Of Eagles), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was, 2015 Qualify, 2016 Minding, 2018 Forever Together), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen, 2016 Minding, 2017 Winter, 2019 Hermosa), QIPCO 2,000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot, 2015 Gleneagles, 2017 Churchill, 2018 Saxon Warrior, 2019 Magna Grecia), William Hill St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light, 2017 Capri, 2018 Kew Gardens).His 41 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot, 2014 Australia, 2017 Capri).His 65 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-2009).Other major wins include: Breeders' Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders' Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 Magician, 2015 Found, 2016 Highland Reel), Cox Plate (2014 Adelaide), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade, 2016 Highland Reel), Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas, 2016 Found), Hong Kong Vase (2015 & 2017 Highland Reel)
Investec Derby Record: Six wins from 78 runners - Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler Of The World (2013), Australia (2014) and Wings Of Eagles (2017)
 
Padraig Beggy
Born: March 31, 1986 Background: grew up in Dunboyne, Co Meath. First sat on a horse when he was 14 whilst working for local trainer Owen Weldon. Graduated from RACE (Racing Academy and Centre of Education) in 2003 and continued his apprenticeship with Kevin Prendergast. First winner: Red Venus, Naas, July 23, 2003. Divided time between Britain and Ireland in 2006 and 2007. Best season in Ireland so far came in 2010 when he notched up 22 winners. Rode 30 winners in Australia, the first of them in July, 2013, before being suspended for a year in October 2014 after testing positive for cocaine and giving false evidence relating to the sample. Returned to Ireland and started working for Aidan O'Brien in January, 2015. Gained biggest victory of his career in 2017 Investec Derby on 40/1 outsider Wings Of Eagles, the longest-priced winner of the Classic since Snow Knight in 1974, on his first attempt. First Group race winner: Hydrangea, G3 1,000 Guineas Trial, Leopardstown, April 8, 2017.
Investec Derby Record: One win (Wings Of Eagles 2017) from two rides
 
 
Telecaster
Breeding: b c New Approach (IRE) - Shirocco Star (Shirocco (GER))
Born: February 9, 2016
Breeder: Meon Valley Stud
Owner: Castle Down Racing
Trainer: Hughie Morrison
Jockey: Oisin Murphy
Form: -211
*Supplemented on Monday, May 27 at a cost of £85,000, having been taken out of the premier Classic in March.
*Marked himself down as a leading Investec Derby contender with a length victory over Too Darn Hot in the G2 Dante Stakes at York on May 16.
*Finished second on debut behind fellow Investec Derby contender Bangkok at Doncaster in March before slamming rivals by nine lengths in a 10-furlong novice race at Windsor on April 15.
*Telecaster was bought back for 180,000 guineas after being offered by a partnership of Meon Valley Stud at the 2017 Tattersalls Book One Yearling Sales in October.
*Sire won the Investec Derby in 2008, whilst dam was beaten a neck in the 2012 Investec Oaks.
*The same breeder and owners (under a different name) won the 2019 Investec Oaks with the John Gosden-trained Anapurna.
Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £98,440
 
Castle Down Racing
Castle Down Racing is an offshoot of Meon Valley Stud, whose policy is to keep the fillies it breeds and race them in the black and white Helena Springfield Ltd colours, and sell the colts. When occasionally the stud does race a colt it has failed to sell, the individual runs in the colours of Castle Down Racing "so as not to confuse the matter," says Meon Valley Stud's Managing Partner Mark Weinfeld. Background: In the autumn of 1977, bloodstock agent Richard Galpin was dispatched to Tattersalls sales to buy four yearling fillies as possible foundation mares for Egon and Elizabeth Weinfeld. It could scarcely have been a more successful venture with three of them proving high-class performers. The Henry Cecil-trained One In A Million, who cost 18,500gns, won the 1000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes, stablemate Odeon (38,000gns) won the Galtres Stakes at York while the Michael Stoute-trained Reprocolor, purchased for 25,000 guineas, won the Lingfield Oaks Trial and Lancashire Oaks and finished fourth in the Investec Oaks at Epsom. In 1979, the Weinfelds bought a farm at Bishop's Waltham in Hampshire that was named Meon Valley Stud and - breeding from the descendants of those yearling purchases - has become one of the most successful British commercial breeding operations. Success: The stud, now covering 900 acres, has bred a string of top-class winners including 1996 Investec Oaks heroine Lady Carla, 1998 Investec Oaks runner-up Noushkey, Opera House (1991 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Coral-Eclipse, Investec Coronation Cup), Kayf Tara (1998 and 2000 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot), Colorspin (1986 Irish Oaks), Milligram (1987 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Stagecraft (1991 Prince Of Wales's Stakes), Cezanne (1994 Irish Champion Stakes), One So Wonderful (1998 Juddmonte International), Necklace (2003 Moyglare Stud Stakes), Zee Zee Top (2003 Prix de l'Opera), Izzi Top (2012 Pretty Polly Stakes & 2012 Prix Jean Romanet) and Shirocco Star (second in both 2012 Investec Oaks and Irish Oaks) and Speedy Boarding (2016 Prix Jean Romanet & 2016 Prix de l'Opera. Meon Valley Stud bred its 200th individual winner when Fantasy Fry scored at Bath in July, 2010. The stud, which has enjoyed some spectacular sales results, keeps a number of fillies and an occasional colt in training, this year split between James Fanshawe, John Gosden, Hughie Morrison and Roger Varian. Egon Weinfeld died in December, 2013. His son Mark (Managing Partner) and daughter Helena Ellingsen (Partner) are actively involved in the management of the stud and many of their racehorses are leased to run in the name of the promotional company Helena Springfield. 2019 Investec Oaks winner Anapurna and Telecaster were two of 21 Meon Valley Stud foals in 2016. On May 26, Quest The Moon won the G3 Prix du Lys to become the 125th Stakes winner descended from Reprocolor.
Investec Derby Record: No previous runners
 
Hughie Morrison (Summerdown, East Ilsley, Berkshire)
Born: November 7, 1960. Background: Father Lord Margardale was longstanding MP for Devizes and owned Fonthill Estate. He bred the Oaks-winning half-sisters Juliette Marny and Scintillate as well as 1978 St Leger winner Julio Mariner. Eton-educated Hughie Morrison, who rode five point-to-point winners and served as a steward at Newbury, initially forged a career outside racing. After graduating with a degree in business studies, he worked for a healthcare group as well as pharmaceutical and lighting companies forming an unusual grounding for a career in racing. "Anyone who has run a lighting business in Manchester in the depths of recession can cope with stress," he said. The lure of horses saw him spend two years as assistant to Paul Cole before buying Summerdown Stables at East Ilsley in Berkshire in September, 1996, and he began training following spring. Morrison was fined £1,000 after one of his horses, Our Little Sister, returned a positive steroid test after a race at Wolverhampton in January, 2017 - an offence that usually carries an entry-point punishment of a two-year ban. The British Horseracing concluded that "on the balance of probabilities, Mr Morrison was innocent of any involvement", with the trainer arguing that he was the victim of a "malicious plot". He has trained for Her Majesty The Queen and owners have included David Cameron's mother Mary plus the Duchess Of Cambridge's parents Mike and Carole Middleton. He trains the 2018 G1 Melbourne Cup second Marmelo. Has sent out seven Royal Ascot winners and won the 2002 Festival Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival with Frenchman's Creek, whom he also bred. Major Flat wins include: July Cup (2005 Pastoral Pursuits, 2007 Sakhee's Secret), Prix Royal-Oak (2005 Alcazar)
Investec Derby Record: Best placing ninth (2011 Pisco Sour) from one runner
 
Oisin Murphy
Born: September 6, 1995 Background: Nephew of former jump jockey Jim Culloty, who won three Cheltenham Gold Cups on Best Mate and trained the 2014 winner Lord Windermere. Murphy began riding at the age of four and competed in pony races and show jumping. Joined Culloty's Cork yard at the age of 13 before teaming up with trainer Tommy Stack two years later. Started riding out for Ireland's champion Flat trainer Aidan O'Brien at 16 and then moved to England as an apprentice for Andrew Balding in October, 2012. First win came aboard Imperial Glance at Salisbury on June 16, 2013. Capped 2013 with a memorable four-timer on Ayr Gold Cup day, including in the feature race on Highland Colori. Had a three-month spell with leading Australian trainer Danny O'Brien in 2013/2014 and gained 13 successes. Crowned champion British apprentice in 2014 after riding 91 winners. Appointed second jockey behind Andrea Atzeni to Qatar Racing Ltd ahead of 2015 Flat season and became first jockey to the organisation when Atzeni returned to trainer Roger Varian in late 2015. Had his best season in 2018 when partnering 198 British winners, including Roaring Lion who gained four G1 victories. Big-Race Wins include: Coral-Eclipse (2018 Roaring Lion), Juddmonte International (2018 Roarding Lion), Irish Champion Stakes (2018 Roaring Lion), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2018 Roaring Lion), Dubai Turf (2018 Benbatl), Ebor Handicap (2015 Litigant), E P Taylor Stakes (2017 Blond Me), German 2,000 Guineas (2015 Karpino, 2019 Fox Champion), Prix de la Foret (2017 Acclaim), Sussex Stakes (2018 Lightning Spear), Haydock Sprint Cup (2018 The Tin Man).
Investec Derby record: Best placing third (Roaring Lion 2018) from four rides

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