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139 chasing Investec Derby glory in 2020

Press Release 5th March 2020 Epsom Downs

By Epsom Downs Racecourse

Thursday, 5 March, 2020 – A total of 139 horses (up from 96 at the same stage in 2019) remain engaged for the 2020 Investec Derby at Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 6, following the first scratchings deadline, details of which are revealed today.

The 241st running of the premier Classic takes place on the second day of the Investec Derby Festival and carries a total prize fund of at least £1.5 million, making it the most valuable race run in Britain.

Those remaining in the race were all entered as yearlings in December 2018. There is a £9,000 second entry stage on Tuesday, 7 April and an £85,000 supplementary entry stage on Monday, 1 June.

Aidan O’Brien registered a record-equalling seventh Investec Derby victory in 2019, courtesy of Anthony Van Dyck, and Ireland’s multiple champion trainer has 47 entries going forward as he chases an unprecedented eighth success in the 12-furlong showpiece.

O’Brien’s formidable team includes Innisfree, Year Of The Tiger and Mogul, who filled the places in that order behind Kameko (Andrew Balding) in the rearranged G1 Vertem Futurity Trophy at Newcastle in November. The G1 National Stakes runner-up Armory and G2 Royal Lodge Stakes victor Royal Dornoch are also engaged for the Ballydoyle trainer.

The total number of entries trained by the O’Brien family stands at 55, with four entries each for Aidan O’Brien’s sons Joseph, who rode Camelot (2012) and Australia (2014) to Investec Derby success, and Donnacha, who landed the 2018 Investec Oaks on Forever Together and commenced his training career at the end of 2019. 

Godolphin’s Pinatubo (Charlie Appleby) is the 7/1 favourite with Unibet, official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival, although he does not currently hold an entry.

The Shamardal colt carried all before him in five starts last season, with his winning streak headlined by a memorable nine-length victory in the G1 National Stakes at the Curragh in September – a performance that earned him the highest two-year-old rating for 25 years.

Britain’s champion trainer John Gosden, successful with Benny The Dip (1997) and Golden Horn (2015), has the hugely exciting Waldkonig among his 16 contenders. A half-brother to last year’s G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Waldgeist, the Kingman colt could not have been more impressive on debut at Wolverhampton in December. Gosden’s team also features Newmarket maiden winner Tuscan Gaze and Darain, who is an unraced full brother to multiple G1 scorer Too Darn Hot.

Sir Michael Stoute enjoyed the most recent of his five Investec Derby triumphs in 2010 with Workforce. The Newmarket handler’s four entries are led by unbeaten pair Highest Ground and Satono Japan, who made eye-catching debuts at Leicester and Kempton Park respectively at the backend of last season.

Hughie Morrison has two promising colts in Starcat and Kipps. The former won a well-contested novice race first time out at Kempton Park on 11 December, while the latter was off the mark at the second attempt in a similar contest over 10 furlongs at Lingfield Park on 28 December.

Morrison said: “Starcat and Kipps are two nice horses.

“Starcat won nicely on his debut at Kempton. I am not sure he is a horse who will stay a mile and a half, but hopefully he has a nice future ahead of him.

“Kipps is a lovely horse and I was pleased with his victory last time out. He could potentially head for the Blue Riband Trial at Epsom in April as a starting point. He looks exciting as he should enjoy that trip.

“Both horses are working well and hopefully they can have a good campaign.”

The three fillies going forward include Do You Love Me (Karl Burke), who is an unraced full sister to 2018 Investec Oaks heroine Forever Together and cost €3.2 million at the Goffs Orby Sale in 2018.

Investec Derby – Unibet prices (italics not currently entered):

7/1 Pinatubo

12/1 Mogul, Kameko

14/1 Waldkonig

16/1 Military March

20/1 Innisfree, Palace Pier

25/1 Armory, Year Of The Tiger

33/1 Al Suhail, Brentford Hope, Convict, Enemy, Highest Ground, Iberia, Lope Y Fernandez, Max Vega, Persia, Royal Dornoch, Tuscan Gaze

40/1 Cape Palace, Choctaw Ridge, Darain, Gauntlet, Khaloosy, Mythical, Silver Fox, Starcat, Thunderous

50/1 Amhran Na Bhfiann, Arrow of Gold, Byzantine Empire, Cabot Hills, Caldwell, Celtic High King, Chachnak, Ciel d'Afrique, Copper Point, Do You Love Me, Greek Gladiator, Harakann, Keats, Khabaab, Kipling, Monarch Of Egypt, Napa Valley, Nobel Prize, Numen, Order Of Australia, Palm Beach, Ramesses The Great, Royal Lytham, Santiago, Satono Japan, Star Of Juniper, Taqareer, Vatican City

66/1 Al Aasy, Almighwar, Arthurs Kingdom, Blow Your Horn, Colonize, Coventry, Cozone, Dawn Rising, Daylight Come, Dune of Pilat, Emperor Of The Sun, English King, First Receiver, Fiscal Rules, Grand Bazaar, Grand Rock, Hukum, King Fairy, Law Of One, Lost Eden, My Oberon, Nasraawy, Noonday Gun, Robert Walpole, Russian Emperor, San Pedro, Sherpa, Sky Commander, Thames River, The Boatman, Tiger Moth, To Nathaniel, Toronto, Ursa Minor, Yankee Stadium

80/1 Desert Emperor, Mark of Gold

100/1 Al Zaraqaan, Berkshire Rocco, Bodyline, Cormorant, Count of Amazonia, Dawn Patrol, Delphi, Dream With Me, Father of Jazz, Flying Scotsman, HMS President, Hootton, Jacksonian, Khalifa Sat, Kipps, Luncies, Maori Knight, Matthew Flinders, Memorabilis, Monument Valley, Mr G, Mr Tambourine Man, Papa Power, Postileo, Retrospect, Serpentine, Shoshone Warrior, Solar Screen, Sunchart, Tammani, Taramansour, Thank You Power

The Seventh Day, Thumur, Tyson Fury, Valyrian Steel, Victory Road, Vintage Rascal, War Cross

125/1 Emaraty Hero

150/1 Nova Roma, Paradiso, Port Lockroy, Sheer Bravado, Stepney Causeway, Verdon Gorge

200/1 Incendiere, Louve, Moomba, Nevendon, Pharoah King

250/1 Eaglesglen

 

THE INVESTEC DERBY

G1, £1,500,000 total prize fund. For three-year-old colts and fillies. 1m 4f 6y, Epsom Downs, Saturday, 6 June. Weights: colts 9st, fillies 8st 11lb. Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses who do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses who have not run will not be eligible. Entries closed 4 December, 2018 (356 entries), first scratchings deadline 3 March (139 remain), £9,000 second entries close 7 April, second scratchings deadline 19 May, five-day confirmations & £85,000 supplementary stage 1 June. Final declarations 4 June.

Horse

Owner

Trainer

Al Aasy (IRE)

Hamdan Al Maktoum

William Haggas

Al Zaraqaan

Hamdan Al Maktoum

William Haggas

Almighwar

Hamdan Al Maktoum

John Gosden

Amhran Na Bhfiann (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Armory (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Arrow of Gold (IRE)

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Kevin Ryan

Arthur's Kingdom (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Berkshire Rocco (FR)

Berkshire Parts & Panels Ltd

Andrew Balding

Blow Your Horn (IRE)

Anthony Oppenheimer

Charlie Fellowes

Bodyline (IRE)

Tim Bunting - Osborne House IV

Sir Mark Prescott Bt

Byzantine Empire

Rachel Hood

John Gosden

Cabot Hills (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Donnacha O'Brien IRE

Caldwell

Khalid Abdullah

Dermot Weld IRE

Cape Palace

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

John Gosden

Celtic High King (IRE)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Chachnak (FR)

Ecurie La Vallee Martigny Earl

Fabrice Vermeulen FR

Choctaw Ridge (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Ciel d'Afrique (IRE)

Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd

Dermot Weld IRE

Colonize

Prince A A Faisal

John Gosden

Convict

Brian Haggas

William Haggas

Copper Point (IRE)

Godolphin

John Gosden

Cormorant (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Count of Amazonia (IRE)

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Richard Hannon

Coventry (IRE)

Tabor/Smith/Sue Magnier/Flaxman Stables

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Cozone

John Connolly & Odile Griffith

Amanda Perrett

Darain

Qatar Racing Ltd and Watership Down Stud

John Gosden

Dawn Patrol (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Dawn Rising (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Daylight Come (IRE)

Jackie Bolger

Jim Bolger IRE

Delphi (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Desert Emperor

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

Do You Love Me (IRE)

Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited

Karl Burke

Dream With Me (IRE)

Saeed Suhail

Mark Johnston

Dune of Pilat (FR)

Sun Bloodstock SARL

Joseph O'Brien IRE

Eaglesglen

Tony Elliott

Tom Clover

Emaraty Hero

Ahmad Al Shaikh

Karl Burke

Emperor of The Sun (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Donnacha O'Brien IRE

Enemy

Qatar Racing Ltd & Lady O'Reilly

John Gosden

English King (FR)

Bjorn Nielsen

Ed Walker

Father of Jazz

Bill & Tim Gredley

Michael Bell

First Receiver

The Queen

Sir Michael Stoute

Fiscal Rules (IRE)

Jackie Bolger

Jim Bolger IRE

Flying Scotsman (IRE)

J P McManus

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Gauntlet (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Grand Bazaar

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

John Gosden

Greek Gladiator (IRE)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Harakann (IRE)

HH Aga Khan

Michael Halford IRE

Highest Ground (IRE)

Niarchos Family

Sir Michael Stoute

HMS President (IRE)

HP Racing HMS President

Eve Johnson Houghton

Hootton (FR)

Ecurie Normandy Spirit

Fabrice Vermeulen FR

Hukum (IRE)

Hamdan Al Maktoum

Owen Burrows

Iberia (IRE)

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Incendiere (IRE)

Ecuries Serge Stempniak

Fabrice Vermeulen FR

Innisfree (IRE)

Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Annemarie O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Jacksonian

Khalid Abdullah

Ralph Beckett

Kameko (USA)

Qatar Racing Limited

Andrew Balding

Keats (IRE)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Khabaab (IRE)

Godolphin

Saeed bin Suroor

Khalifa Sat (IRE)

Ahmad Al Shaikh

Andrew Balding

Khaloosy (IRE)

Hamdan Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

King Fairy (IRE)

Sunderland Holding Inc

William Haggas

Kipling (IRE)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Kipps (IRE)

M Kerr-Dineen, M Hughes & W Eason

Hughie Morrison

Law of One (IRE)

Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd

Sir Michael Stoute

Lope Y Fernandez (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Lost Eden (IRE)

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Richard Hannon

Louve

R Dupuy-Naulot

Fabrice Vermeulen FR

Luncies

Bill & Tim Gredley

Simon Crisford

Maori Knight (IRE)

White Beech Farm

Richard Hughes

Mark of Gold

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Richard Hannon

Matthew Flinders

S Stuckey

Ed Walker

Memorabilis (IRE)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Mogul

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Monarch of Egypt (USA)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Monument Valley (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Moomba (IRE)

Benny Andersson

Amanda Perrett

Mr G

Hussain Alabbas Lootah

William Haggas

Mr Tambourine Man (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

My Oberon (IRE)

Sunderland Holding Inc

William Haggas

Mythical (FR)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Napa Valley (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Nasraawy (USA)

Hamdan Al Maktoum

John Gosden

Nevendon

Bill & Tim Gredley

Michael Bell

Nobel Prize (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Noonday Gun

Rockcliffe Stud

Richard Hannon

Nova Roma

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum

John Gosden

Numen (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Order of Australia (IRE)

Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Annemarie O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Palm Beach (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Papa Power

King Power Racing Co Ltd

Andrew Balding

Paradiso (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Persia (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Pharoah King (USA)

Qatar Racing Limited

John Gosden

Port Lockroy (FR)

Annemarie O’Brien

Joseph O'Brien IRE

Postileo (IRE)

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

Ramesses The Great (USA)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Retrospect (IRE)

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

Robert Walpole

Bill and Tim Gredley

George Scott

Royal Dornoch (IRE)

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Royal Lytham (FR)

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Russian Emperor (IRE)

Atlantic Jewel Syndicate

Aidan O'Brien IRE

San Pedro (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Santiago (IRE)

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Satono Japan (JPN)

Satomi Horse Company Ltd

Sir Michael Stoute

Serpentine (IRE)

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Sheer Bravado (IRE)

Jackie Bolger

Jim Bolger IRE

Sherpa (IRE)

Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Annemarie O'Brien

Donnacha O'Brien IRE

Shoshone Warrior (IRE)

Sue Magnier

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Silver Fox (IRE)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Sky Commander (IRE)

Saeed Manana

James Tate

Solar Screen (IRE)

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Roger Varian

Star of Juniper (JPN)

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Donnacha O'Brien IRE

Starcat

Martin Hughes & Michael Kerr-Dineen

Hughie Morrison

Stepney Causeway

Bill and Tim Gredley

Michael Bell

Sunchart

P Garvey

Andrew Slattery IRE

Tammani

Prince A A Faisal

William Haggas

Taqareer (IRE)

Hamdan Al Maktoum

John Gosden

Taramansour (IRE)

HH Aga Khan

Dermot Weld IRE

Thames River

Sun Bloodstock SARL

Joseph O'Brien IRE

Thank You Power (IRE)

King Power Racing Co Ltd

David Elsworth

The Boatman (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

The Seventh Day (IRE)

Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum

Richard Hannon

Thumur (USA)

Hamdan Al Maktoum

Owen Burrows

Thunderous (IRE)

Highclere T'Bred Racing - George Stubbs

Mark Johnston

Tiger Moth (IRE)

Derrick Smith

Aidan O'Brien IRE

To Nathaniel

George Strawbridge

John Gosden

Toronto (IRE)

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Tuscan Gaze (IRE)

Lady Bamford, Magnier, Smith & Tabor

John Gosden

Tyson Fury

Balasuriya,Cook,Cunningham,Gowing,Spencer

Richard Spencer

Ursa Minor (IRE)

Godolphin

John Gosden

Valyrian Steel (IRE)

HH SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa

Roger Varian

Vatican City (IRE)

Michael Tabor

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Verdon Gorge (IRE)

Sun Bloodstock SARL

Joseph O'Brien IRE

Victory Road (IRE)

Annemarie O’Brien

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Vintage Rascal (FR)

Charlie Rosier & Mrs Julia Rosier

Tom Ward

Waldkonig

Gestut Ammerland & Newsells Park Stud

John Gosden

War Cross (USA)

Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited

Ed Vaughan

Yankee Stadium (IRE)

Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Moyglare Stud Farm

Aidan O'Brien IRE

Year of The Tiger (IRE)

Smith/Sue Magnier/Tabor/Flaxman Stables

Aidan O'Brien IRE

139 entries remain following 3 March scratchings deadline

63 Irish-trained

4 French-trained

 

About Epsom Downs Racecourse & the Investec Derby Festival

Epsom Downs Racecourse is situated on the North Downs in Surrey, some 15 miles from central London.

Epsom is a historic training centre and home to a number of racing stables.

The racecourse is the venue for the Greatest Flat Race in the World, the Group One Investec Derby, run for the 241st time in 2020, which takes place on the first Saturday in June and is Britain's richest race.

The Investec Derby Festival also features the Investec Oaks and the Investec Coronation Cup, both also run over the Derby course of one mile and four furlongs for three-year-old fillies and older horses respectively, on Investec Ladies' Day.

The Investec Derby and Investec Oaks, two of the five British Classics, are for three-year-olds, with the former open to colts and fillies and the latter to fillies.

Investec started sponsoring the Investec Derby Festival in 2009 and will continue to back the great event until 2026.

The 2020 Investec Derby Festival is staged on Friday and Saturday, June 5 & June 6. More information is available at:  https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/epsom

Epsom Downs is part of The Jockey Club which has been at the heart of British racing for more than 260 years and stages thrilling sporting occasions including The Randox Health Grand National, The Festival™ presented by Magners and The Investec Derby.

Millions of people every year enjoy the special experiences The Jockey Club offers through racing, music, food and entertainment.

Governed by Royal Charter, every penny made goes back into British Racing to help the sport thrive.

The Jockey Club was founded in 1750 and today is the largest commercial group in Britain's second-biggest spectator sport, operating 15 racecourses nationwide, The National Stud, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Catering, Jockey Club Live and the charity, Racing Welfare.

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