List of runners, riders, trainers & draw for the 2021 Epsom Derby

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List of runners, riders, trainers & draw for the 2021 Cazoo Derby set for the Epsom Downs on Saturday, June 5.


1 Adayar (IRE) 3 9 0 Charlie Appleby Godolphin Adam Kirby


2 Bolshoi Ballet (IRE) 3 9 0 Aidan O’Brien Ireland Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Westerberg Ryan Moore

3 Gear Up (IRE) 3 9 0 Mark Johnston Teme Valley Ben Curtis

4 Hurricane Lane (IRE) 3 9 0 Charlie Appleby Godolphin William Buick

5 John Leeper (IRE) 3 9 0 Ed Dunlop Anamoine Ltd Frankie Dettori

6 Mac Swiney (IRE) 3 9 0 Jim Bolger Ireland Mrs J. S. Bolger Kevin Manning

7 Mohaafeth (IRE) 3 9 0 William Haggas Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Jim Crowley

8 Mojo Star (IRE) 3 9 0 Richard Hannon Amo Racing Limited David Egan

9 One Ruler (IRE) 3 9 0 Charlie Appleby Godolphin James Doyle

10 Southern Lights (IRE) 3 9 0 Joseph Patrick O’Brien Ireland Aquis Racing & al Mamoura Partnership Declan McDonogh

11 Third Realm 3 9 0 Roger Varian Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum Andrea Atzeni

12 Youth Spirit (IRE) 3 9 0 Andrew Balding Ahmad Al Shaikh Tom Marquand


STALL            HORSE                                   STALL WINS             MOST RECENT

1                       Adayar                                    5                            Oath (1999)

2                      Third Realm                            0                                  –

3                      Southern Lights                      3                         New Approach (2008)

4 –                   Mohaafeth                              4                          Sea The Stars (2009)

5                      Hurricane Lane                       6                                  Camelot (2012)

6                      Gear Up                              3                                  North Light (2004)

7                      Youth Spirit                  3                                  Anthony Van Dyck (2019)

8                      Mac Swiney                     3                                  Golden Horn (2015)

9                      Bolshoi Ballet                          5                                  Harzand (2016)

10                    Mojo Star                                10                                Masar (2018)

11                      One Ruler                                0                                  –

12                     John Leeper                           2                                  Serpentine (2020)


12 runners

3 Irish–trained

Looking ahead to the two-day spectacular at Epsom Downs, O’Brien said: “I don’t ever take too much notice of anybody else’s horses. We watched them and you are always delighted to see whatever connections do well as we know how difficult it is to get any horse to any race and especially to a Derby trial and then to the race after that.


“We would always be conscious and respectful of everyone really and that is the way we have always done it. I think it is competitive and there are a lot of good horses that came from different trials in different ways over different trips and different places. I think they all have to be really respected.


“I think people have to respect it (The Derby) anyway as any Derby is competitive. I can never remember one that wasn’t.


“There are always different stories and different lines how horses got to the position they are in. To me, The Derby is the most competitive (race) and no doubt the most important race of all. Really the whole thoroughbred breed is measured by The Derby as it is because it is the most grueling.


“Some horses come out of it and never show their form again because it is tough. It is hard at the start and it’s turning left, then right and they have to stay and handle all the things. It tests the horse all the way. Everybody knows Epsom is a very unusual track and that is what adds to it. It does test them everywhere, left, right, inside out, speed, stamina, mentality. It is the ultimate test for them really. The Derby is the be all and end all and the jockeys go out with that in their mind. There is not an inch given anywhere.”


The Cazoo Derby (Saturday 5th June 2021)


Bolshoi Ballet

b c Galileo (IRE) – Alta Anna (FR) (Anabaa (USA))

Owner: Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Westerberg

Heads market following impressive wins in Group Three Ballysax Stakes and Group Three Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial, both over 10 furlongs at Leopardstown.


“This has been Bolshoi’s target all the way. It (the colt’s last piece of work) showed us that he is happy and well. The plan was always to travel him last year so we wouldn’t have to travel him in the spring/early summer this year and that went well. The plan was to do the two trials in Ireland, both at Leopardstown. Both of those went well. He came out of Leopardstown well last time and everything has been smooth since. It is a new track to what he has he already raced on.


“Leopardstown is a nice place – it is a little left, but not like the big extreme of Epsom. But you have to quicken, go left and down the hill and up the hill and he looked good going that way. In Saint-Cloud last year (when fifth in the Group One Criterium de Saint-Cloud) it was a different track as well and he seemed happy enough there.”

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