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16:30 Epsom

Good To Soft

Betfred Derby (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (No Geldings)

  • Prize money: £882407.6
  • 1m 4f 6y
  • Class 1
  • 16 runners
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Betfred Derby (Group 1) (British Champions Series) (No Geldings)

Runners: 16 runners

Type: Flat Turf

Surface: Turf

Weather: Partly cloudy

3/1 (Won)

  • Win: £4.00
  • Place: £1.65

Form: 111-9 BF

Last run: 28 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 124

Form & Verdict

Out of a Group 1 winner whose sister won the Oaks; Europe's champion 2yo, having swanned away in a Group 2 at Newmarket (7f, good to soft) on second start and it wasn't any harder work in the Group 1 Dewhurst on the Rowley Mile (soft) next time; therefore it was desperately disappointing to see such a tame reappearance in the 2,000 Guineas (1m, good) when a remote ninth of 11, and while his trainer has been philosophical since, the average punter may feel safer on the fence for now.

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9th

2

(2)

4th May 2024

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

15:35 Newmarket

City Of Troy

9st 2lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Hugely exciting colt who brings high expectations to his 3yo season, having been so impressive during an unbeaten 2yo campaign that featured very powerful displays in the Superlative Stakes (beat Haatem by just over 6l) and Dewhurst (on this track, made all; beat Alyanaabi by just over 3l), earning him the European champion juvenile award for 2023; brilliantly strong at the finish and just keeps on galloping; acts on soft ground; poised to be the next superstar, assuming he trains on well, and sets a tall standard.

4/6

1st

3

(2)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

0m 7f 0y

Class 1

14:00 Newmarket

City Of Troy

9st 3lb

J: Ryan Moore

T: A P O’Brien

Highly exciting Ballydoyle colt who is two from two and looks a potential superstar; hugely impressive in the Superlative Stakes on the July course here (7f, good to soft) when last seen three months ago, galloping on strongly to beat Haatem by just over 6l and recording an excellent RPR; his return to the racetrack has been eagerly anticipated, such is the big impression he has created; now gets the chance to cement his 2024 Classic credentials.

4/7

6/1

  • Place: £1.80

Form: 13-41 D

Last run: 21 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

Won debut on good to soft; no match for Ancient Wisdom in a Newmarket Group 3 (1m, soft) next time and made just a respectable reappearance in a 1m1f Listed race there in April; there was little in his pedigree to suggest he needed a longer trip but despite having an early tug of war with his rider in the Lingfield Derby Trial (11.6f, good; first time without a hood) he swept away to win in fine style and in a quick time; wouldn't want to waste energy early in this better race but the unusual track shouldn't be a problem and a dry end to the week is helpful.

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1st

1

(3)

11th May 2024

Good

1m 3f 133y

Class 1

15:00 Lingfield

Ambiente Friendly

9st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: James Fanshawe

Big-race entries include the Derby; hooded all starts but not today; plenty of promise last autumn, comfortably making all at Leicester (7f, good to soft) and third in Group 3 at Newmarket (1m, soft); not discredited in Newmarket Listed race (1m1f, good) on return and shaped as if further would suit, but others have been a bit more striking.

11/1

4th

1

(5)

17th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket

Ambiente Friendly

9st 2lb

J: Callum Shepherd

T: James Fanshawe

in touch with leaders, steadied towards rear after 1f

7/1

9/2

  • Place: £2.35

Form: 11-1

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 111

Form & Verdict

By Derby winner Camelot and family includes illustrious names such as Arc winner and superstar broodmare Urban Sea and 2,000 Guineas winner King's Best; an oversized 2yo who was said to be idle at home but was unbeaten in two starts, latterly in a Group 1 at Saint-Cloud (1m2f, very soft); had no problem with the switch to good ground when again looking better the further he went in a Group 3 at Leopardstown (1m2f) in May and this extra 2f can play strongly in his favour; leading candidate whatever the weather does.

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1st

4

(1)

12th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:35 Leopardstown

Los Angeles

9st 5lb

J: Wayne Lordan

T: A P O’Brien

dwelt start, soon raced in third behind clear leader, pressed leaders before halfway, challenging on near side of group going okay 2f out, led narrowly when ridden 1f out, stayed on towards finish

4/7

1st

5

(1)

3rd Sep 2023

Yielding To Soft

1m 1f 0y

14:00 Tipperary

Los Angeles

9st 7lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: A P O’Brien

prominent on inner, pushed along and went second under 2f out, ridden to lead inside final furlong, kept on well, won going away

11/4

18/1

Form: 3324-1

Last run: 40 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 109

Form & Verdict

Winless as 2yo but he didn't lack for heart when a persevering fourth of seven to Ancient Wisdom in the Group 1 Futurity (1m, heavy) in October on first run for this yard and the switch to good ground did not stop him when he won a minor 1m2f Windsor novice on reappearance; should improve as a 3yo but probably not quickly enough to play a part this time; first-time cheekpieces fitted.

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1st

6

(4)

22nd Apr 2024

Good To Firm

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

17:50 Windsor

Deira Mile

8st 13lb

J: Jim Crowley

T: Owen Burrows

Promise in his first two starts before getting turned over at 1-5 in a four-runner novice at Chelmsford last September (1m2f); excelled himself when fourth of seven in the Group 1 Futurity at Doncaster (1m, heavy) on his stable debut in October, staying on late; debatable whether he has as much in hand of Castle In The Sand as BHA ratings imply but he's capable of better at this trip and looks the one to beat; untried on quicker than good to soft but his dam's best turf form came on good to firm.

4/9

4th

4

(5)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:10 Doncaster

Deira Mile

9st 3lb

J: Richard Kingscote

T: Owen Burrows

Showed ability in defeat in maiden/novice races on his three runs for Charlie Johnston but a transformation is required to make an impact now upped sharply in grade on his stable debut.

100/1

Form: O13-22

Last run: 29 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 102

Form & Verdict

His 2yo season was chaotic at times, including when winning a 1m AW novice, but there was no sign of awkwardness here on final 2yo start, nor when bearing up well in a tight finish to 1m Listed AW race on return; made most of the running and kept on steadily in 1m2f Listed race at Newmarket (good) since and this step up in trip should suit on pedigree; needs to find much more but the yard's outsiders have proved well worth a look in this race.

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2nd

4

(4)

3rd May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

14:25 Newmarket

Sayedaty Sadaty

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Quirky at times last year but proved straightforward in Newcastle Listed race (1m, AW) on reappearance, finishing a good second; bred to stay this new trip; possibilities provided he goes the right way.

11/2

2nd

6

(2)

29th Mar 2024

Standard

1m 0f 5y

Class 1

13:18 Newcastle (AW)

Sayedaty Sadaty

9st 4lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Looked quirky on occasions last season, including at Kempton (1m; sole AW attempt) where he hung badly left on his way to winning; unexposed in this sphere but remains to be seen whether he goes the right way.

16/1

Form: 5115-2

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 113

Form & Verdict

Sire and the dam's sire were both Derby winners but sharp speed has been more in evidence than staying potential so far, coming clear in 7f Listed race (soft) for a second 2yo win before his pace was blunted over 1m on heavy behind Ancient Wisdom in Group 1 Futurity; highly promising return when a strong-finishing runner-up in the French 2,000 Guineas (soft) in May but, while he won't lack for tactical pace, connections have reservations about stamina for 1m4f and others do seem more likely prospects with his 4f step up in trip.

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5th

3

(6)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:10 Doncaster

Dancing Gemini

9st 3lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Roger Teal

Won a maiden at Newbury (7f, good to soft) on third start and followed up in fine style here (7f, soft) last month, in a Listed race his trainer won in 2017 with subsequent 2,000 Guineas runner-up Tip Two Win; bred to stay this far; has to be respected following that impressive course win.

9/2

1st

2

(7)

15th Sep 2023

Soft

0m 7f 6y

Class 1

13:50 Doncaster

Dancing Gemini

9st 2lb

J: Lewis Edmunds

T: Roger Teal

Runner-up on debut at Salisbury (7f, good to firm) in June and, after well-beaten Listed fifth at Ascot (7f, good), he won a maiden at Newbury (7f, good to soft) last month; goes back up in grade today but he's highly regarded by trainer who won this in 2017 with Tip Two Win; not ruled out.

15/2

OUR TIP

Form: 5241-1 C

Last run: 39 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 104

Form & Verdict

From family of multiple Group 1 middle-distance winners Warrsan (including two Coronation Cups) and Luso; an unassuming 2yo by Classic standards, ending with a 1m maiden win at Newmarket, but he reappeared with a workmanlike success in the Listed Blue Riband Trial here (1m2f, good) and this straightforward 3yo can improve for this greater stamina test; four of the yard's last six Derby runners have finished in the frame, three at 50-1 or bigger.

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1st

2

(6)

23rd Apr 2024

Good

1m 2f 17y

Class 1

14:45 Epsom

Bellum Justum

9st 3lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Built upon his previous promise to win big-field Newmarket maiden (1m, good to firm) last September on his fourth start; this Sea The Stars colt is in good hands to continue to progress and could be suited by the step up in trip, but others have more substance to their form.

12/1

1st

2

(16)

28th Sep 2023

Good

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

13:50 Newmarket

Bellum Justum

9st 2lb

J: Oisin Murphy

T: Andrew Balding

Cost 375,000gns as a yearling; went close on fast ground on the July course (1m) and perhaps not seen to best effect on soft at Doncaster; has the Group 1 entry at Doncaster and he's clearly useful.

8/1

Form: 1311-2 BF

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 115

Form & Verdict

Stoutly bred and from a fine family; the winner of four of six starts and in his element with testing conditions, as when grinding out his win in the Group 1 Futurity at Doncaster (1m) in October, when God's Window, Deira Mile and Dancing Gemini were third, fourth and fifth; lacked finishing pace when a remote runner-up in the Group 2 Dante at York (about 1m2f, good) on his first run back and today's extra distance will suit, but a more galloping track than this could have been a better option (the Irish Derby was originally the plan) and considerable rain would be ideal.

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1st

1

(4)

28th Oct 2023

Heavy

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

14:10 Doncaster

Ancient Wisdom

9st 3lb

J: William Buick

T: Charlie Appleby

Won his first two races (7f, good/good to firm) then finished third in hot Listed contest at Ascot (7f, good); returned from a break with comfortable win in the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket (1m, soft) a fortnight ago and that improved form makes him a leading player today.

5/4

20/1

Form: 1-32

Last run: 20 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Gelding

OR: 103

Form & Verdict

Well-connected Frankel colt; just scraped home in a 1m maiden at Navan (yielding) on debut in October but he took a step forward on his second start this year, when doing the donkey work for Los Angeles in a Group 3 at Leopardstown (1m2f, good to soft) but unable to do much about that one's powerful finish; a likely pacemaker again.

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2nd

2

(3)

12th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 0y

15:35 Leopardstown

Euphoric

9st 5lb

J: Declan McDonogh

T: A P O’Brien

soon led and clear, reduced lead before halfway

5/1

3rd

3

(2)

26th Apr 2024

Yielding

1m 2f 50y

17:05 Cork

Euphoric

9st 9lb

J: Wayne Lordan

T: A P O’Brien

pressed winner early, led soon after start, headed up the centre from 2f out, soon ridden and lost second, kept on

5/2

10th
15 (13)
Tabletalk

100/1

Form: 3-1

Last run: 23 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Exceeded market expectations when third of 13 in 1m Kempton AW novice on sole 2yo start and he didn't have to produce anything special, although making light of the task, to win over 1m2f on Chelmsford AW last month; bred to appreciate another step up in trip but this is a very tough task.

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1st

5

(1)

9th May 2024

Standard

1m 2f 0y

Class 5

20:00 Chelmsford (AW)

Tabletalk

9st 1lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Tom Clover

prominent

9/4

3rd

11

(4)

13th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

18:30 Kempton (AW)

Tabletalk

9st 2lb

J: Jack Mitchell

T: Tom Clover

in touch with leaders

20/1

50/1

Form: 61-

Last run: 178 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

Dam unraced sister to strong stayer Mahler; first saw the track in November and looked a smart prospect the following month on second start, when making most to win 1m Kempton AW novice; off since and the bar is sky-high here.

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1st

6

(4)

6th Dec 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 5

17:30 Kempton (AW)

Kamboo

9st 7lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Richard Hughes

A well-backed 10-1 chance when beaten only 5l over C&D three weeks ago after enduring a wide trip; that was encouraging.

5/1

6th

6

(11)

15th Nov 2023

Standard To Slow

1m 0f 0y

Class 4

18:00 Kempton (AW)

Kamboo

9st 4lb

J: Finley Marsh

T: Richard Hughes

52,000gns foal, 90,000euros yearling; Awtaad half-brother three winners, notably Sir Erec (12.5f Listed/smart 2m hurdle); dam unraced sister to 2m Group 3 winner Mahler; check the betting.

20/1

Form: 13-145

Last run: 16 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

Slowly away but he played a late hand into a 2l third to Ancient Wisdom in the Group 1 Futurity at Doncaster (1m, heavy) on final 2yo start; won reappearance in a 1m Nottingham novice but he hasn't advanced his Derby claims since with his defeats in trials at Chester and York.

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4th

4

(1)

9th May 2024

Good

1m 2f 70y

Class 1

15:05 Chester

Gods Window

9st 2lb

J: Kieran Shoemark

T: John & Thady Gosden

Has Group 1 entries from 1m to 1m4f; won maiden at Doncaster (1m, soft) in September, before his slow-starting, 2l third of seven in Group 1 Futurity at that same track (1m, heavy) in October; 1-14 for novice at Nottingham (1m, soft) 19 days ago and duly won it easily; faces different ground here but bred to stay at least 1m2f and brings plenty of potential.

2/1

13th
12 (8)
Macduff

12/1

Form: 124-2

Last run: 36 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 107

Form & Verdict

By Derby winner Sea The Stars out of half-sister to top-class miler/sire Kingman; ran with credit in Listed/Group races as 2yo following a winning 7f debut in a Newmarket maiden but connections were always going to play the long game and he should benefit from a useful comeback behind the one-time Derby favourite in Group 3 Classic Trial at Sandown (1m2f, good to soft); looks the type who could come on a good deal this year and a big show is on the cards.

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3

(2)

26th Apr 2024

Good

1m 1f 209y

Class 1

15:35 Sandown

Macduff

9st 3lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Yet to race on ground softer than good; Sea The Stars colt who made a winning debut then showed useful form in two subsequent starts, staying-on fourth in the Royal Lodge at Newmarket (1m Group 2) latest; should relish middle distances this term; one of the main players.

4/1

4th

8

(4)

30th Sep 2023

Good To Firm

1m 0f 0y

Class 1

13:50 Newmarket

Macduff

9st 2lb

J: Rossa Ryan

T: Ralph Beckett

Winning debut in maiden on the July course (7f, good) here; beaten by Al Musmak at Haydock (1m) since but ran well on bare figures and may do better still; favourite for both starts; remains of interest.

12/1

33/1

Form: 8313-1

Last run: 55 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 106

Form & Verdict

Sole success in five 2yo starts for previous yard came in a 1m Bath novice but he returned a new horse for the winter break when a 50-1 winner of Group 3 at Leopardstown (1m2f, heavy) for this stable in April; that looked a slog for all the runners but this one handled the conditions well and he might be dependent on testing ground; has work to do.

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1st

2

(3)

7th Apr 2024

Heavy

1m 2f 0y

15:30 Leopardstown

Dallas Star

9st 5lb

J: Seamie Heffernan

T: Adrian Murray

soon led, headed and raced in second from under 5f out, led again when ridden over 1f out, stayed on, pushed out, comfortably

33/1

3rd

2

(4)

14th Oct 2023

Good To Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 1

15:15 Newmarket

Dallas Star

9st 4lb

J: David Egan

T: Dominic Ffrench Davis

From a tactical standpoint the race panned out in his favour at Bath (1m, soft) last week, opening his account at the fourth attempt; faces a stiffer task in this field and looks unlikely to follow up.

16/1

Form: 2-43

Last run: 22 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR: 86

Form & Verdict

Smart middle-distance pedigree, out of an American Oaks winner who bred an Irish Oaks winner; maiden after three starts, looking ready for a step up in trip when beaten just over 2l by Voyage at Newbury (1m2f, good to soft) in April but not improving for 1m4f when third in a Chester maiden 22 days ago on final start for Roger Varian; right up against it.

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3rd

5

(7)

10th May 2024

Good

1m 4f 63y

Class 2

14:05 Chester

Mr Hampstead

9st 7lb

J: David Egan

T: Roger Varian

Galileo colt who holds major entries; clear promise in 1m2f contests at Newcastle (AW) and Newbury (good to soft); should relish this longer trip, being a brother to last year's Cheshire Oaks and Irish Oaks winner Savethelastdance; respected.

15/8

20/1

Form: 1

Last run: 43 days

W: 9st 2lb

3 yo Colt

OR:

Form & Verdict

By Derby winner Golden Horn; siblings include Listed winners at 1m2f and 1m3f in Italy, also at 1m4f in stakes race in US; 28-1 for belated debut at Newbury (1m2f, good to soft) in April when he wanted to go as fast as possible early but still proved much the best horse in the race; has potential but could hardly be taking a bigger jump in class.

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1st

11

(4)

19th Apr 2024

Soft

1m 2f 0y

Class 2

15:12 Newbury

Voyage

9st 4lb

J: Pat Dobbs

T: Richard Hannon

40,000gns foal; ninth foal; Golden Horn half-brother to six winners, two useful; dam unraced half-sister to 1m Group 3 winner Pride Of Nation; others appeal more on pedigree but he's a Derby entry; yard also runs Sam Hawkens.

20/1

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Payout
Exacta £182.00
Straight Forecast £136.40
Tricast £763.60
Trifecta £1142.00

Selections

SPOTLIGHT:

Los Angeles

TOPSPEED:

Ancient Wisdom

POSTDATA:

Ambiente Friendly

D Express:

Macduff

Daily Mirror:

Dancing Gemini

Telegraph:

Sayedaty Sadaty

RP RATINGS:

City Of Troy

NEWMARKET:

Ambiente Friendly

The Times:

Los Angeles

The Guardian:

Los Angeles

The Star:

Los Angeles

Daily Record:

Los Angeles

Daily Mail:

Ancient Wisdom

The Sun:

Ancient Wisdom