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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 Saturday

Racing’s ruling body has spoken up on behalf of the sport in Britain, following a dismal showing by the home defence in Saturday’s Derby. The first six finishers in the country’s most prestigious Flat race were all trained in Ireland and the race has been won by British-trained horses only twice in the past nine years, but the British Horseracing Authority said that could be attributed to the freakish potency of the Irish-based stallion, Galileo.

“We are seeing a period at present where the Derby is being dominated by one specific sire in the form of Galileo,” said a BHA spokesman. “However, more generally British racing remains amongst the best in the world and our trainers and the quality of their horses are not in any doubt. British trained and bred horses continue to enjoy significant success at home and abroad.”

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