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Oisín Murphy’s honesty a positive on difficult Derby day for jockeys | Greg Wood

Serpentine’s runaway win at Epsom on Saturday left some riders with red faces, but William Hill described the result as possibly the greatest ever in the race’s 240-year historyBefore getting too disappointed, frustrated or downright angry about what w…

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Derby favourites are reminded that shock results are all part of the game

Serpentine’s unexpected success in Saturday’s Derby shows punters everywhere that results like this are part of racingTricky things, pacemakers. In theory, they sacrifice themselves for the good of everyone else, setting an even tempo through the first…

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Serpentine pulls off huge shock for O’Brien with all-the-way win in Derby

Emmet McNamara rides 25-1 shot to success at EpsomAidan O’Brien breaks record with eighth winner of ClassicSerpentine has made all the running to win the Derby, just a week after recording the first victory of his career. Fancied horses like English Ki…

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Derby day at Epsom – live!

Updates on the day of the Epsom ClassicThe Derby: horse-by-horse guide to the contendersGreg Wood: Dettori centre stage at People’s Race without peopleAnd you can contact Tony by email or on twitter 11.14am BST Here’s the latest details on the horses t…

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Derby day at Epsom – live!

Updates on the day of the Epsom ClassicThe Derby: horse-by-horse guide to the contendersGreg Wood: Dettori centre stage at People’s Race without peopleAnd you can contact Tony by email or on twitter 11.14am BST Here’s the latest details on the horses t…

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Talking Horses: Russian Emperor to outstay the favourite for Derby glory

If Serpentine goes hard enough to make this a true test, Russian Emperor is fancied to make his powerful finish count at EpsomA strong pace looks likely in Saturday’s Derby, since that would seem essential for the chances of Ballydoyle’s two main conte…

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Talking Horses: Russian Emperor to outstay the favourite for Derby glory

If Serpentine goes hard enough to make this a true test, Russian Emperor is fancied to make his powerful finish count at EpsomA strong pace looks likely in Saturday’s Derby, since that would seem essential for the chances of Ballydoyle’s two main conte…

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The People’s Race makes way for Frankie Dettori dominating Derby day | Greg Wood

For the first time since it was run, the People’s Race will be run without the people, but with the Italian showman centre stageIn the first half of the 19th century, before Epsom joined the developing rail network, tens of thousands of Londoners left …

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The Derby 2020: horse-by-horse guide to the Classic contenders | Chris Cook

The strong-finishing Russian Emperor looks the pick in Saturday’s race, while English King is badly drawn in stall one Related: The People’s Race makes way for Frankie Dettori dominating Derby day | Greg Wood Continue reading…

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Frankie Dettori faces tactical headache on Derby favourite English King

Jockey’s mount will race from the unfavoured stall oneNo Derby winner has come from No 1 draw since 1999Frankie Dettori will face one of Epsom’s most demanding tactical challenges for the first time in his career on Saturday after the draw for the Derb…

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Talking Horses: Ben Curtis plans Friday prep-ride on first Derby mount

Weeks after his first Royal Ascot success, this weekend will bring another thrill for jockey whose star is on the riseBen Curtis will be introduced to his Derby mount, Highland Chief, on Friday morning when the jockey who has made so much progress in r…

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Pyledriver a genuine Derby hope for ‘bits and bobs’ owner Guy Leach | Chris Cook

An unexpected victory in the ‘Ascot Derby’ have shortened the odds on the colt for the real version at Epsom“It’s been a complete whirlwind,” says Guy Leach, one of those owners who have been supporting racing for decades without attaining any kind of …

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Talking Horses: Aidan O’Brien outlines plans for quick Derby double

Record-seeking trainer could rely on Russian Emperor, Mogul and Vatican City at Epsom, but Mogul’s prep has been rushedRussian Emperor, Mogul and possibly Vatican City look like forming the core of Aidan O’Brien’s challenge for the Derby a week on Satu…

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Talking Horses: Marquand ‘jocked off’ as Dettori lands plum Derby ride

English King is now a 3-1 shot for the Classic after Frankie Dettori was given the nod to ride in place of Tom MarquandFrankie Dettori has been booked to ride English King for Ed Walker in the Derby on 4 July, removing any lingering doubt that the colt…

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The Guardian view on the sporting life: games in a time of coronavirus | Editorial

Can the UK’s favourite sports answer the questions posed by Covid-19? The restarting of the Premier League will offer some clues“There can be no summer in this land without cricket,” wrote Neville Cardus, the long-time Guardian cricket – and indeed cla…

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Celebrations on hold as Balding ponders Derby bid for Guineas hero Kameko

Trainer reflects on surreal feeling of second Classic victoryIn-form handler finalising plans for Royal Ascot next weekAt Park House Stables in the pretty Hampshire village of Kingsclere, newly home to the 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko, the celebrations …

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Berlin Tango in mix for the Derby after Classic Trial victory at Kempton

Group Three race winner introduced in betting for EpsomNazeef possible for Royal Ascot after Listed race successAndrew Balding continued his impressive start to the first week of racing since March with a 23-1 double at Kempton Park on Wednesday, inclu…

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Epsom faces crucial meeting on plans for July Derby with ‘exclusion zone’

Track will need to have zone around the famous DownsTuesday’s meeting will discuss plan for an early July raceEpsom is “exploring the feasibility and practicality” of a one-day Derby meeting behind closed doors.Jockey Club Racecourses, the track’s owne…

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Derby and Oaks slated for July in BHA provisional resumption plans

‘Best-case scenario’ envisages races behind closed doorsAscot still scheduled for early June as it standsA Guineas meeting in early June and the Derby and Oaks in early July feature in the British Horseracing Authority’s “best-case scenario” planning f…

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Talking Horses: new day, new track but would it still be the Derby?

This year’s Derby could take place away from Epsom and on a different weekend – for the first time in its 240-year history When is a Derby not a Derby any more? It is a question that racing’s planners, executives and fans seem sure to be asking themsel…