Derby: Stamina gene-testing may pose danger to Epsom Classic’s future

Hugo Palmer took his 2,000 Guineas winner Galileo Gold out of 2016 Derby following a genetic test developed by Equinome. Are there implications for our greatest Flat race?

Four horses are now expected to be added to the field for next Saturday’s Derby at Monday’s supplementary stage, boosting the prize fund by £300,000 and ensuring something close to a maximum field of 20 runners. As a result, the crowd of 100,000-plus on Epsom Downs will be too busy trying to pick the winner from a long list of runners to worry that Galileo Gold, the 2,000 Guineas winner, is not one of them.

It is, after all, hardly unusual for the winner of the season’s first colts’ Classic to sidestep the second. The Triple Crown, unclaimed now since 1970, means nothing to most owners and breeders these days. Sea The Stars and Camelot have both completed the Guineas-Derby double since 2009, but after Dawn Approach’s dismal failure to do the same in 2013, Night Of Thunder and Gleneagles both avoided Epsom.

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