37 of the 136 entries for the 2017 English Derby are Irish trained

The entries for the 2017 English Derby have been announced and 37 of the 136 horses left are trained in Ireland. Aidan O’Brien who has won the race five times has 27 entries.
Aidan O’Brien IRE (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia)
Abyssinian, Air Supremacy, Auckland, Belgravia, Capri, Churchill, Cliffs of Moher, Diodorus, Douglas Macarthur, Druids Cross, Exemplar, Finn McCool, Inca Gold, Max Liebermann, Orderofthegarter, Pipes of Peace, Sir Edwin Landseer, Sir John Lavery, Spanish Steps, Taj Mahal, The Anvil, Utah, Venezuela, Venice Beach, War Secretary, Wings of Eagles, Wisconsin, Yucatan

Group One winner Thunder Snow features among 10 exciting second entries revealed today for this year’s premier Classic, the £1.5 million Investec Derby, which has the richest prize money ever offered in Britain.


This brings the number of three-year-olds going forward for glory in the Investec Derby to 136. The most famous of all Flat races is run over 12 furlongs at Epsom Downs, with a maximum field of 20 runners, on Saturday, June 3, the second and final day of the Investec Derby Festival


The Godolphin-owned son of Helmet stormed to an impressive five-length success in the Criterium International over seven furlongs at Saint-Cloud, France, in October and is unbeaten in two appearances on dirt in Dubai so far this year, including a last-gasp victory in the G2 UAE Derby on March 25.


Thunder Snow’s trainer Saeed bin Suroor, successful in the 1995 Investec Derby with Lammtarra, has also added Best Solution, runner-up in the 10-furlong G1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud on the same card as the Criterium International, and impressive Kempton Park maiden scorer Leshlaa to the 2017 Investec Derby.


Godolphin is responsible for five second entries to Britain’s leading Classic race, including Syphax(Kevin Ryan) and Best Of Days (Hugo Palmer), who were separated by a head when finishing first and second in the G3 Acomb Stakes at York’s Ebor festival in August.


Best Of Days went on to frank the form of that race when gaining a neck verdict in Newmarket’s G2 Royal Lodge Stakes in October.


Akihiro, owned and bred by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer, is unbeaten in two starts, including a cosy victory in the G3 Prix de Chenes at Deauville in September, when he had subsequent G1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere victor National Defense back in third.


The three-year-old son of Deep Impact, from the family of star miler Goldikova, could bid to provide top French trainer Andre Fabre with a second Investec Derby success following on from Pour Moi in 2011.


Trainer John Gosden and owner/breeder Anthony Oppenheimer teamed up for Investec Derby glory in 2015 with Golden Horn and the same combination has given an entry to Cracksman, a Frankel colt who made an eye-catching debut when scoring at Newmarket at the end of last season.


Salouen, trained in Lambourn by Sylvester Kirk, broke the two-year-old course record time at Windsor with an impressive display in a mile maiden in August and the Canford Cliffs colt went on to acquit himself well in two of Europe’s top juvenile G1 races over the same trip.


After taking second behind National Defense in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Chantilly, at the start of October, Salouen stayed on strongly to finish third behind Rivet and Yucatan in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster 20 days later.


Kirk said today: “Salouen is in good shape and the plan is to get him to Epsom for the Investec Derby. He has done really well over the winter. He has strengthened up lovely and could not be better at the moment.


“He performed well last year and definitely deserves the entry. He is out of a Galileo mare which gives me hope that he will get the rrmile and a half. You never know until you try, but he looked to stay well last year.


“We think he wants fast ground as he broke the two-year-old course record at Windsor on good to firm ground, although he did run well in the Racing Post Trophy on soft ground. I probably should have made more use of him that day but, given the ground, I didn’t want him bombing along and then stopping.


“I would have preferred the Chantilly race was run at Longchamp on the day. The stamina test at Longchamp would have suited him better than going around the sharp bend at Chantilly.


“I don’t know where he will start off yet. We will put him in all the good Derby trials and just see how the ground is looking nearer the time.”


Dubawi Prince (Roger Varian), a maiden winner over 10 and a half furlongs on the opening day of the Flat season at Doncaster on April 1, and the unraced Unite The Clans (Pat Shanahan IRE) have also been given second Investec Derby entries.


It cost £9,000 for a three-year-old to be a second entry for the Investec Derby.


There are two remaining opportunities for horses to be added to the Investec Derby, including winning the 10-furlong £50,000 Investec Derby Trial on Wednesday, April 26, the first fixture of the year at Epsom Downs.


Horses can also be supplemented for the Investec Derby at a cost of £85,000 at the five-day confirmation stage on Monday, May 29.

The 2017 Investec Derby

Group 1, £1,500,000 total prize fund. Epsom Downs, 4.30pm, Saturday, June 3, 2017. 1m 4f 10y. For three-year-old colts (9st) and fillies (8st 11lb). Entries closed December 1, 2015 (416 entries), first scratchings deadline March 7 (129 went forward, three subsequently scratched), Second entries April 4 (10 second entries – 136 go forward), second scratchings deadline May 23, five-day confirmations & £85,000 supplementary stage May 29, final declarations June 1. Maximum number of runners 20.

Horse Owner Trainer
ABJAR Al Shaqab Racing Sir Michael Stoute
ABYSSINIAN (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
ACROSS DUBAI Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum William Haggas
AIR SUPREMACY (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
*AKIHIRO (JPN) Wertheimer et Frere Andre Fabre FR
AL GALAYEL (IRE) Al Shaqab Racing Luca Cumani
ALAIK Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
ALFAWARIS Hamdan Al Maktoum Owen Burrows
ALQAMAR Godolphin Charlie Appleby
ATTY PERSSE (IRE) Godolphin Roger Charlton
AUCKLAND (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
AZAM Al Mirqab Racing John Gosden
AZZEDINE (FR) White Birch Farm Alain de Royer Dupre FR
BELGRAVIA (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
BENBATL Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
*BEST OF DAYS Godolphin Hugo Palmer 
*BEST SOLUTION (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
BIG CHALLENGE (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
BIN BATTUTA Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
CALL THE WIND George Strawbridge No current trainer
CALL TO MIND The Queen William Haggas
CAPRI (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
CAPTOR Al Asayl Bloodstock Ltd David Simcock
CHURCHILL (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
CLIFFS OF MOHER (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
CLONGOWES (IRE) Godolphin Jim Bolger IRE
COMMANDER China Horse Club International Limited Roger Varian
CONTRAPPOSTO (IRE) Clive Washbourn David Menuisier
COUNT OCTAVE Qatar Racing Limited Andrew Balding
*CRACKSMAN Anthony Oppenheimer John Gosden 
CROWNED EAGLE Lady Bamford John Gosden
CRYSTAL OCEAN Sir Evelyn De Rothschild Sir Michael Stoute
DAAWY (IRE) Al Shaqab Racing William Haggas
D’BAI (IRE) Godolphin Charlie Appleby
DEVAMANI (FR) H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
DIODORUS (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
DIORE LIA (IRE) Ms M Todd Jane Chapple-Hyam
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
DRUIDS CROSS (IRE) Annus Mirabilis Syndicate Joseph O’Brien IRE
DUBAI SAND (IRE) Godolphin Jim Bolger IRE
DUBAI THUNDER Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
*DUBAWI PRINCE Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Roger Varian 
ELUCIDATION (IRE) Niarchos Family Sir Michael Stoute
ELYAASAAT (USA) Hamdan Al Maktoum William Haggas
EMINENT (IRE) Sir Peter Vela Martyn Meade
ERDOGAN Al Shaqab Racing John Gosden
ESCOBAR (IRE) Carmichael Jennings Hugo Palmer
EXEMPLAR (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
FACE THE FACTS (IRE) George Strawbridge John Gosden
FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock
FINN MCCOOL (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
FIRST NATION Godolphin Charlie Appleby
FOREVER SONG Godolphin Charlie Appleby
FRANZ SCHUBERT Godolphin SNC Andre Fabre FR
FRONTISPIECE The Queen Sir Michael Stoute
FUJAIRA BRIDGE (IRE) Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Roger Varian
GIANT’S TREASURE (IRE) Markus Jooste & China Horse Club Richard Hannon
GLASSY WATERS (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
GLENCADAM GLORY Angus Dundee Distillers Plc John Gosden
GREAT SOUND (IRE) Bermuda Thoroughbred Racing Limited John Gosden
HARIPOUR (IRE) H H Aga Khan Dermot Weld IRE
HUMBLE HERO (IRE) Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Markus Jooste & Derrick Smith William Haggas
IMPACT POINT (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited Andrew Balding
INCA GOLD (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
INTERN (IRE) Acing Lead Ltd Ralph Beckett
IRISHCORRESPONDENT (IRE) Ballygallon Stud Limited No current trainer
KARAWAAN (IRE) Hamdan Al Maktoum Sir Michael Stoute
KATMANDOO (USA) Burns Smyth Studholme Tom Dascombe
KINGDOMFORAKITTEN (USA) Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey David Lanigan
LAST KINGDOM (USA) Prince A A Faisal Andre Fabre FR
*LESHLAA (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
LETHAL IMPACT (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock
MAGHFOOR Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
MAIDSTONE MAJESTY (FR) Fergus Wilson Pia Brandt FR
MANANGATANG (IRE) OTI Racing & Partner Luca Cumani
MANCHEGO C Humber/D Davidson/Mrs T Brudenell Hugo Palmer
MARINE ONE Qatar Racing Limited David Simcock
MAX LIEBERMANN (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
MIRAGE DANCER Khalid Abdullah Sir Michael Stoute
NAR (IRE) H H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani No current trainer
NEPTUNE (IRE) N Furlong/ Dermot Weld Dermot Weld IRE
OKOOL (FR) Hamdan Al Maktoum Owen Burrows
ORDEROFTHEGARTER (IRE) Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
PEALER (GER) Emma Capon, A Lloyd Webber & Rachel Hood John Gosden
PERCY B SHELLEY Robin Geffen, John Bodie & David Ross John Gosden
PETERPORT Lady Rothschild John Gosden
PETITIONER (IRE) Bjorn Nielsen Roger Charlton
PHARAONIC Khalid Abdullah Andre Fabre FR
PIPES OF PEACE (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
PIVOINE (IRE) Ballymacoll Stud Sir Michael Stoute
PROMISE OF PEACE (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited No current trainer
RED LABEL (IRE) Jon S Kelly Luca Cumani
REKINDLING Lloyd J Williams Joseph O’Brien IRE
RENAISSANCE MAN (IRE) Miss Pat O’Kelly Joseph O’Brien IRE
RICH HISTORY (IRE) Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd Dermot Weld IRE
RIVET (IRE) The Starship Partnership William Haggas
ROC ASTRALE (IRE) John Connolly & Odile Griffith Amanda Perrett
ROYALISTIC (IRE) Godolphin John Gosden
*SALOUEN (IRE) H Balasuriya Sylvester Kirk 
SEA SKIMMER Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
SHEERLAR (FR) H H Aga Khan Alain de Royer Dupre FR
SIR EDWIN LANDSEER (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
SIR JOHN LAVERY (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
SOLOMON’S BAY (IRE) Prince A A Faisal Roger Varian
SPANISH STEPS (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
STAR OF RORY (IRE) D R Passant & Hefin Williams Tom Dascombe
SUNRIZE (IRE) Leonard Jay Ltd – Stanley Cohen David O’Meara
*SYPHAX (USA) Godolphin Kevin Ryan 
TAJ MAHAL (IRE) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
TAMLEEK (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
TEMPLE CHURCH (IRE) P C J Dalby & R D Schuster Hughie Morrison
THE ANVIL (IRE) Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/AnneMarie O’Brien Aidan O’Brien IRE
THE GRAND VISIR Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar William Haggas
THISTIMENEXTYEAR Rebel Racing (2) Richard Spencer
*THUNDER SNOW (IRE) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor 
TITUS Khalid Abdullah No current trainer
TOWIE (IRE) M Kerr-Dineen & M Hughes Hughie Morrison
TRANSATLANTIC (IRE) Qatar Racing & Clipper Logistics William Haggas
*UNITE THE CLANS (IRE) Thistle Bloodstock Limited Pat Shanahan IRE
UTAH (IRE) Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith/China Horse Club Aidan O’Brien IRE
VENEZUELA (IRE) Derrick Smith Aidan O’Brien IRE
VENICE BEACH (IRE) Smith/Sue Magnier/Tabor/Flaxman Stables Aidan O’Brien IRE
WALDGEIST Ammerland/Newsells/Magnier/Tabor Andre Fabre FR
WALTER RALEIGH (IRE) A Dee & G Smith Bernal John Ryan
WAR SECRETARY (USA) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
WARRING STATES (JPN) Qatar Racing Limited No current trainer
WASATCH RANGE Rachel Hood & Mrs P Shanahan John Gosden
WEEKENDER Khalid Abdullah John Gosden
WINGS OF EAGLES (FR) D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
WISCONSIN (JPN) Michael Tabor Aidan O’Brien IRE
WORLD WAR (IRE) Qatar Racing/China Horse Club/Triermore Ger Lyons IRE
YAMARHABA MALAYEEN (IRE) Ahmad Abdulla Al Shaikh Simon Crisford
YOUMKIN (USA) Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
YUCATAN (IRE) Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
ZAMFIR Godolphin Charlie Appleby


136 entries remain, including 10 second entries*

37 Irish-trained

9 French-trained

136 entries remain, including 10 second entries*
37 Irish-trained
9 French-trained

Breakdown of Investec Derby entries by trainer

27 entries
Aidan O’Brien IRE (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia)
Abyssinian, Air Supremacy, Auckland, Belgravia, Capri, Churchill, Cliffs of Moher, Diodorus, Douglas Macarthur, Druids Cross, Exemplar, Finn McCool, Inca Gold, Max Liebermann, Orderofthegarter, Pipes of Peace, Sir Edwin Landseer, Sir John Lavery, Spanish Steps, Taj Mahal, The Anvil, Utah, Venezuela, Venice Beach, War Secretary, Wings of Eagles, Wisconsin, Yucatan

13 entries
Saeed Bin Suroor (1995 Lammtarra)
Alaik, Benbatl, Best Solution, Big Challenge, Bin Battuta, Dubai Thunder, Glassy Waters, Leshlaa, Maghfoor, Sea Skimmer, Tamleek, Thunder Snow, Youmkin

John Gosden (1997 Benny The Dip, 2015 Golden Horn)
Azam, Cracksman, Crowned Eagle, Erdogan, Face The Facts, Glencadam Glory, Great Sound, Pealer, Percy B Shelley, Peterport, Royalistic, Wasatch Range, Weekender

8 entries
William Haggas (1996 Shaamit)
Across Dubai, Call To Mind, Daawy, Elyaasaat, Humble Hero, Rivet, The Grand Visir, Transatlantic

7 entries
Sir Michael Stoute (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 2003 Kris Kin, 2004 North Light, 2010 Workforce)
Abjar, Crystal Ocean, Elucidation, Frontispiece, Karawaan, Mirage Dancer, Pivoine

5 entries
Charlie Appleby
Alqamar, D’Bai, First Nation, Forever Song, Zamfir

Andre Fabre FR (2011 Pour Moi)
Akihiro, Franz Schubert, Last Kingdom, Pharaonic, Waldgeist

4 entries
David Simcock
Captor, Fierce Impact, Lethal Impact, Marine One

Roger Varian
Commander, Dubawi Prince, Fujaira Bridge, Solomon’s Bay

3 entries
Luca Cumani (1988 Kahyasi, 1998 High-Rise)
Al Galayel, Manangatang, Red Label

Joseph O’Brien IRE
Druids Cross, Rekindling, Renaissance Man

Hugo Palmer
Best Of Days, Escobar, Manchego

Alain de Royer Dupre FR
Achibueno, Devamani, Sheerlar

Dermot Weld IRE (2016 Harzand)
Haripour, Neptune, Rich History

2 entries
Andrew Balding
Count Octave, Impact Point

Jim Bolger IRE (2008 New Approach)
Clongowes, Dubai Sand

Owen Burrows
Alfawaris, Okool

Roger Charlton (1990 Quest For Fame)
Atty Persse, Petitioner

Tom Dascombe
Katmandoo, Star Of Rory

Hughie Morrison
Temple Church, Towie

1 entry
Ralph Beckett

Pia Brandt FR
Maidstone Majesty

Jane Chapple-Hyam
Diore Lia

Simon Crisford
Yamarhaba Malayeen

Simon Dow
Corredordel Viento

Richard Hannon
Giant’s Treasure

Sylvester Kirk

David Lanigan

Ger Lyons IRE
World War

Martyn Meade

David Menuisier

David O’Meara

Amanda Perrett
Roc Astrale

John Ryan
Walter Raleigh

Kevin Ryan

Pat Shanahan IRE
Unite The Clans

Richard Spencer


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