Investec at Epsom on Derby Day 2014

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Updated: June 7, 2014

A heavy morning downpour made the official going Good (Good to Soft in places) before the first race. With the sun coming out to greet race goers the course quickly began to dry out and after two races the going was changed to Good.

1.35 Investec Out of Ordinary Stakes (Handicap) [Bobis Race] Class 2: Distance 1m 2f 18y: 11R

Stars of the Sea had a really poor start and was at the back of the field whilst Zampa Manos went out in front with Galizzi and Black Shadow. Chasing the front horses was Double Bluff but Stars of the Sea remained in second last place. With just over five furlongs to go Zampa Manos remained in the lead with Lyn Valley in second although Flippant and Galizzi were in close contention. Not far off the pace came Black Shadow and Double Bluff. Lyn Valley began to take on Zampa Manos but couldn’t make any further ground. At just under 4 ½ furlongs remaining Zampa Manos continued at the head of the field with Galizzi, Black Shadow and Double Bluff. What About Carlo at this point was in about seventh place with only four horses behind him and the rest of the field stretched out in front. At the furlong marker What About Carlo at 9-1 odds suddenly put on a burst of speed to thunder along the outside of the field to give jockey Frankie Dettori a marvellous two length win. Black Shadow at 7-1 came in second and Hymenaios was third at 5-1F odds. A lot of emotion surrounded What About Carlo’s victory as it was jockey Jimmy Fortune’s first win since his wife Jan tragically passed away three weeks ago. Trainer John Hills who died within the last ten days was the former boss of the horse’s trainer, and the late Mel Smith was connected with the owners.

Jimmy Fortune the winning jockey. Image credit @sport_oliver

Jimmy Fortune the winning jockey. Image credit @sport_oliver

2.05 Investec Woodcote Stakes (Listed Race) Class 1: Distance 6f: 8R NR Mary Ann Bugg

Winner: Baitha Alga (ridden by Frankie Dettori) 15-8F by two lengths over Ballymore Castle 10-3 2F. Just ¾ of a length behind in third place Red Icon at 9-2 odds.

Frankie Dettori tastes success. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Frankie Dettori tastes success. Image credit @Channel4Racing

2.40 Investec CORONATION CUP (In Commemoration of St Nicholas Abbey): Group 1, Class1: Distance 1m 4f 10y: 7R NR Battalion

Talent was out of the stalls last and as the field settled going into the final mile the running order looked like this Ambivalent, Joshua Tree, Empoli, Cirrus Des Aigles, Flintshire, Talent and Beacon Lady at the rear. Ambivalent had about 1 ½ length advantage over Joshua Tree going into the descent. Flintshire was held in a tight spot by Talent for a short time and had to move to the outside. Ambivalent found itself being taken on by Cirrus Des Aigles and the French gelding showed his pedigree to take victory at odds of 10-11F winning by two lengths. Flintshire secured second place after a tremendous run as 4-1 2F. The remainder of the field finished in order Ambivalent (2 ¼ lengths behind Flintshire), Empoli, Talent, Beacon Lady and Joshua Tree. There was concern at the finish for Cirrus Des Aigles as jockey Christophe Soumillon immediately jumped off the horse, taking a close look at the front left leg. A horse ambulance waited to take the horse straight to the stables but Cirrus Des Aigles was deemed fit enough to go to the winner’s enclosure. His jockey reported that something didn’t seem right from a long way out but the horse had done himself credit securing victory. Later on reports suggested the horse had appeared to walk comfortably back to the stables, so hopefully the perceived lameness earlier suggesting a bad injury was a false alarm. At the time of writing Cirrus Des Aigles is being closely monitored by vets, and it’s hoped will be well enough to travel back home on Sunday.

Coronation Cup winner 2014 Cirrus Des Aigles. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Coronation Cup winner 2014 Cirrus Des Aigles. Image credit @Channel4Racing

3.15 Investec Specialist Bank “Dash” (Heritage Handicap) Class2: Distance 5f: 19R NR Eton Rifles

Steps was very slow out of the stalls and Hopes N Dreams lost a lot of ground as well. In such a short race a good start is crucial. With the large field spread across the course it was difficult to tell which horse had the advantage, but possibly Prince Caspian nudged the lead? Judge ‘N Jury showed some good speed too. Addictive Dream and Seeking Magic joined Judge ‘N Jury and Prince Caspian to form the leading group. As the winning post came ever closer Seeking Magic lunged toward the finish within a tight knit group of four. It was incredibly close but the winner was 9-1 Prince Caspian by a head with7-1 2F Seeking Magic in second place just a neck in front of 25-1 Addictive Dream in third. Steps a 6-1F having made up for that awful start finished fourth just a head behind Addictive Dream.

4.00 Investec DERBY (Entire Colts & Fillies) Goup 1 Class1: Distance 1m 4f 10y: 16R

Australia (front) and Kingston Hill (grey at back) in the Parade Ring. Image credit @ChampionSeries

Australia (front) and Kingston Hill (grey at back) in the Parade Ring. Image credit @ChampionSeries

Long before the race Orchestra seemed to be feeling the pressure getting very wound up and requiring two handlers to walk him in the warm up. At the gates True Story required every aid and several handlers to be convinced to go into the stalls. Going uphill Kingston Hill looked good on the near side, True Story took the inside lane and Our Channel had a vague lead. Australia was placed in about 8th or 9th spot. The field positions early on were Our Channel, Kingfisher, Kingston Hill, Sudden Wander, Romsdal, True Story, Ebanoran, Australia, Geoffrey Chaucer, Western Hymn, Pinzolo and detached somewhat Red Galileo. At the highest point on the course Kingston Hill held a good position, Australia was travelling well but Western Hymn was struggling. With 3 ½ furlongs to go Our Channel and Kingfisher had opened up a small lead over Kingston Hill, True Story and Romsdal. Australia on the left began to challenge from this point and Kingston Hill took on Our Channel. From here on it was a clear two horse race as Kingston Hill running superbly battled toward the line, but Australia just had that slight edge of more speed. At the line Australia at 11-8F odds won by 1 ¼ lengths with Kingston Hill at 15-2 2F odds a commendable second. Third and fourth placed horses came in 3 ¼ and 3 ¾ lengths further behind, Romsdal in third and Arod in fourth both at 20-1.

Australia 2014 Derby Winner. Image credit @Channel4Racing

Australia 2014 Derby Winner. Image credit @Channel4Racing

4.50 Investec Zebra Stakes (Handicap) Class2: Distance 1m 4f 10y: 15R NR Stepping Ahead

Winner: Miss Marjurie 7-1 victory by 2 ½ lengths ahead of Stomachion 7-2F. Just ½ a length behind in third Blue Surf at 14-1.

5.25 Voyage By Investec Stakes (Handicap) Class2: Distance 6f: 16R NR Fair Value

Winner: Ashpan Sam 7-2F one and a half lengths in front of Swiss Cross at 12-1 odds. Just ¾ of a length behind in third place Royal Parade 33-1 and in fourth Normal Equilibrium 7-1 2F.

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