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Category: The Derby

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Talking Horses: British racing defended after Derby wipe-out

Sport’s ruling body says the existence of Galileo as a stallion explains why the home defence was pulverised on SaturdayRacing’s ruling body has spoken up on behalf of the sport in Britain, following a dismal showing by the home defence in Saturday’s D…

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Talking Horses: Debate over switching Derby back to a Wednesday is over

In the early 1990s, Derby day was visibly dying from one year to the next and the switch to Saturday gave it a huge boost and opened up the race to new potential audiencesAs soon as Lucas Moura scored his winning goal in Amsterdam last month, it was ob…

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Aidan O’Brien draws French Derby blank as Sottsass wins at Chantilly

• Cape Of Good Hope finishes a game fourth for Irish trainer• ITV Racing’s Epsom Derby peak viewing figures slightly downThe Derby failed to find a clear-cut leader of the three-year-old generation as five horses crossed the line within a length of ea…

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Seamie Heffernan, the quiet man of Ballydoyle, gets his Derby reward | Chris Cook

Chances must be seized as the second-string jockey and it seemed as though Heffernan had missed his opportunity in the Derby when beaten on the favourite a decade agoChances must be seized when you’re the second-string jockey and it seemed as though Se…

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Anthony Van Dyck wins the Derby to earn O’Brien place in record books

• Trainer wins Epsom Classic for the seventh time• Madhmoon second, Japan third, Broome fourthAnthony Van Dyck has won the Derby, delivering a seventh success in the Epsom Classic for Aidan O’Brien, matching the all-time record for a trainer. The colt,…

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The Derby 2019 – live!

Live updates from Epsom, racing starts at 2pm (BST)Telecaster can defy draw hoodoo to grab Derby gloryLeicester City chairman’s racing legacy lives on with BangkokDerby horse-by-horse guideFeel free to email Tony or tweet @TonyPaley 1.15pm BST The Quee…

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Dante winner Telecaster can defy draw hoodoo to grab Derby glory

Having coughed up £85,000 to run, connections of Telecaster were surely hoping for better than stall two from which no Derby winner has emergedHaving coughed up £85,000 for a place in the Derby, connections of Telecaster (4.30) were surely hoping for b…

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Leicester City chairman’s racing legacy lives on in Bangkok’s Derby run

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha planted many seeds in racing, scarcely a year before his untimely death, and victory at Epsom would be a bittersweet realisation of his Classic dreamLegacy? What’s a legacy?” Alexander Hamilton asks in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musi…

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Talking Horses: Maqsad can prove her stamina to lift the Oaks for Haggas

Staying the trip is the only significant doubt about the well-backed filly before the Classic at Epsom on FridayIt takes around 20 seconds for a horse to cover the last two furlongs in the Oaks, and for Maqsad (4.30), it could feel like the longest 20 …

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The Derby 2019: horse-by-horse guide to the 240th Epsom Classic

The lowdown on the 15 runners lining up for British Flat racing’s most prestigious race at Epsom on SaturdayBroke alertly, travelled strongly and stayed on powerfully to win the Lingfield Derby Trial, despite being said to need the run after an interru…

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Talking Horses: Derby draw leaves Telecaster and Sir Dragonet out wide

Cape Of Good Hope is the only one of Aidan O’Brien’s eight entries at the five-day stage who will miss the raceThe final list of runners and stall positions for Saturday’s Derby is complete following a draw ceremony at Epsom Downs racecourse, with 13 r…

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Talking Horses: Telecaster and Sir Dragonet supplemented for Derby

Dante Stakes and Chester Vase winners are added to make a total of 15 heading for Saturday’s Classic at Epsom Trainer Hughie Morrison ended speculation on Monday lunchtime about whether Dante Stakes winner Telecaster would line up for the Derby when he…

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Telecaster must get Derby nod from Hughie Morrison in Epsom classic

There is still some doubt over whether the Dante winner will run on the downs, but his form gives him edge over Bangkok and Sir DragonetIn the early decades of the 19th century, many tens of thousands of ordinary Londoners left before dawn on Derby day…

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Frankie Dettori awaits call from Aidan O’Brien if he is to grab a Derby ride

• Goodwood winner Private Secretary skips Epsom for Ascot• O’Brien set to send at least six runners for ClassicFrankie Dettori rode the winner of Goodwood’s only Derby trial on Friday as Private Secretary outstayed six rivals in the Cocked Hat Stakes b…

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Aidan O’Brien team favouring Epsom bid with Derby favourite Sir Dragonet

• Ballydoyle operation leaning towards Epsom over French Derby• Too Darn Hot may make surprise switch to Irish GuineasEpsom racecourse was bathed in sunshine for the annual Breakfast With The Stars event here on Tuesday to preview the Derby meeting nex…

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Talking Horses: How much does Aidan O’Brien crave French Derby victory?

The Ballydoyle trainer has four of the top six in the betting for the Epsom Derby but has even spoken of running likely favourite Sir Dragonet at ChantillyThis year, more than any other year, it has become important to anticipate Aidan O’Brien’s runnin…

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Prendergast is optimistic Madhmoon can cure that family Derby itch

• Father Paddy just missed out at Epsom in 1960• Madhmoon was fourth in 2,000 GuineasIf Madhmoon wins the Derby a week on Saturday, it will be a victory more than half a century in the making. The sturdy colt is trained in Ireland by Kevin Prendergast,…

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Talking Horses: now or never for Too Darn Hot to contest Classic at York

The colt has already missed his intended return at Newbury but will finally make his three-year-old debut in the Dante StakesToo Darn Hot, who finished his juvenile career as the highest-rated two-year-old since Frankel in 2010, will finally make his t…

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Aidan O’Brien wins Derby trial at Leopardstown with ‘lazy’ Broome

• ‘He’s not slow, just lazy,’ says trainer after colt’s laboured win• O’Brien still expects Broome to form part of his Epsom team“He’s not slow, he’s just lazy,” was the interesting line of defence taken by Aidan O’Brien after his Broome ground his way…

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Sir Dragonet sets Derby poser for Aidan O’Brien with Chester Vase rout

• Sir Dragonet second-favourite for Epsom after eight-length win• But trainer would need to select him for supplementary entryWhen Sir Dragonet walked on to a horsebox for the short trip to Tipperary racecourse on 25 April even the most devoted followe…