Outstanding trainer Aidan O’Brien saddled a record third successive Investec Derby winner, and his fifth in total.
After Australia – a son of Derby winner Galileo out of Oaks victress Ouija Board – had landed the 235th running of the race under O’Brien’s son Joseph, the winning trainer said: “It’s special to train three successive Derby winners, but we are very lucky to have such well-bred horses to handle – that’s the reality of it. With the bloodlines we have we are lucky. When the lads brought this horse from the sales we thought he was very good and he had the pedigree to go with it.
“He’s a very special horse with class and speed. There’s a lot of stamina in his pedigree, but everyone saw the speed today. We couldn’t be sure he would get a mile and a half because he has shown himself to be so speedy, but Joseph was going to ride him safe and confidently and that’s what he did.”
“This horse has kept standing up to the mark and we’ve never been disappointed – it’s great to be here.
“We’re going through a tricky time at home with the horses, because they are not all running well – they were sick and on medication in the spring, and when you train them back after that it’s not always straightforward. They can run very bad as well as very good, but we’re delighted with this horse today.
“A long time ago we thought he was very special – we wanted to be here with him, but you can never be sure because there are so many variables. Things can go wrong, so big credit to everyone at home.”
AUSTRALIA BECOMES A FIRST WINNER WITH CHINA LINK
Australia’s victory in today’s Investec Derby was the first time in the 235th running of the famous race that a Malaysian owner reached the winner’s podium.
Teo Ah Khing is an architect who designed the fabulous grandstand at Meydan in Dubai, but he is also a founder of the China Horse Club, a private club for Chinese interests with horseracing at its core. Teo has become friendly with John Magnier and other Coolmore interests through his growing involvement in racing, and when offered a chance to share in Australia he jumped at the chance.
He said: “This is the first time there has been any Chinese representation in the Derby and today’s victory is wonderful for both Coolmore and the China Horse Club.
“This win will make sure a lot of Chinese and Asian interests will pay special attention to this famous race. My heart was beating very fast as the horses came down the straight.
“Now we all hope he continues to become a great racehorse, and one day a great stallion.
“This is my first time at Epsom, and the atmosphere is electric. It’s very different and there’s a charm to that. It’s fantastic – now I look forward to visiting Royal Ascot.”
DERBY NAME FIRST AGAIN AT EPSOM – AS BREEDER
Today’s 235th Investec Derby winner Australia has a link to the 12thEarl of Derby, whose name was given to the famous race in 1780.
His descendant, the 19th Lord Derby, bred Australia by mating his outstanding mare Ouija Board – who won the Investec Oaks in 2004 – with another Epsom Classic winner Galileo, who won the Investec Derby in 2001.
Reflecting on today’s historic victory by the colt, who he sold as a yearling for 525,000gns to Coolmore Stud investors, Lord Derby said: “It’s a fantastic thing for the Stanley family, and particularly my brother, Peter, who bred Ouija Board and manages the stud.
“To have bred an Oaks winner and now a Derby winner and to be here with all the family is absolutely amazing.
“You cannot take away a first Classic win as an owner/breeder, which is what Ouija Board achieved for us – that was amazing to see my colours win at this racecourse – but if it cannot be in my colours the only way to go higher was to breed the Derby winner.
“The reality is that most great racemares don’t go on to be great broodmares, although their grandchildren may do it. Miesque and Urban Sea broke that trend, and maybe Ouija Board is on her way to joining them. I cannot tell you how lucky and proud I feel to think we have done this.
“We have a yearling colt out of Ouija Board by Dubawi at home, and there will be a lot of discussion among the family before we decide whether to sell or keep him. After today the odds have moved closer to keeping him.
“Ouija Board did not have a foal this year, but she is now carrying to Galileo [a foal who will be a full brother or sister to Australia].”
INITIAL PLACED QUOTES
Roger Varian, trainer of the second Kingston Hill, said: “I’m very proud of the horse. He did nothing wrong. It was an impressive run that was full of promise. He’s back to his two-year-old form and we hope he comes out of this well then we have a lot to look forward to.
“The winner is very good and the Guineas form has stood up. I knew how tough my horse is and I was very confident he’d get the trip so I’m a hoarse from cheering him. I knew he’d go down fighting. We’ll see what paths we both go down now and they could meet again.”
Andrea Atzeni, rider of Kingston Hill, said: “The winner was always going to get to me but mine ran a great race. A bit more juice in the ground would have helped but I can’t complain.”
Paul Smith, owner of Kingston Hill, said: “I am absolutely delighted. Obviously, we came here to win the race and we were very hopeful but he ran a superb race. Andrea did so much and I know that they thought so much of Australia back home. We tried to put it up to him but we are absolutely delighted. It’s great for Mastercraftsman, great for Andrea and young Roger. I am so pleased. Dad has got the bragging rights – he can pay the bill tonight!”
John Gosden said of third Romsdal: “He has run a great race. I couldn’t be happier with him. He is a hugely talented horse and was doing his best work at the end. It was bold to supplement him for the race but we’ve won some money. He stayed on well and he has real stamina. It’s likely to be go to the Ladbrokes St. Leger.
Richard Hughes, rider of Romsdal, said: “He gave me a great ride. He struggled a bit with the camber down the straight and I felt I might get up to be second because he stays. But he gave me a great feeling. He could be a Leger horse, physically he needs to strengthen up but it’s only June now.”
John Gosden said of sixth-home Western Hymn: “He has run well, he was in a nice position but I feel he will be more suited by a conventional track. He got slightly bustled during the race but that’s the Derby. It was a super race and the right horse won.
“I would have no worries dropping him back down to a mile and a quarter. The jockey said that the horse would’ve been better suited by changing the bit. I put a ring bit on him during work but he didn’t work well. Jockeys tell you these things and with hindsight we should’ve put it on. Looking at the times, they ran well inside standard which shows you what a good race it was. The Guineas form was solid with Australia and Kingston Hill filling the top two positions.”
INVESTEC DERBY PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES
Joseph O’Brien, winning jockey:”I got there a bit sooner than I wanted, I’d have liked to have delayed my chances a bit further but he was going so well. He’s a very well-balanced horse and there was plenty of pace. I got a little bump going down the hill. Kingston Hill was idling a bit in front and I always thought I’d get there.
“As a two-year-old he was quite babyish in his races and raced quite lazily but this year he has been a push-button ride.”
Aidan O’Brien, winning trainer: “It’s a privilege to have such good horses to train year after year. When we have Galileos bred the way they are then anything is possible.
“We always thought this horse was special from the very first day he worked. What made him very unusual was that he had a lot of speed for a horse bred to get a mile and a half. His work was excellent and even coming into today we couldn’t be sure, after his run in the Guineas, that he’d stay.
“Our horses have been under a cloud all year. John (Halley) had to medicate them all in the spring and it’s hard bringing them back from that and even now some are running a bit in and out. The weather’s also been very wet in Ireland so he hadn’t done the same work as other Derby winners. Joseph had great belief in the horse and we’re delighted to be here.
“He had worked on soft ground but Joseph always felt he didn’t like it. We were going to walk the course and everyone would make a decision with what we’d do. When we walked the course yesterday we couldn’t believe it.
“The way he goes from A to B so easily makes him unique. Horses that do that don’t normally get a mile and a half. To get a mile and a half like that at Epsom every sinew in his body was going to be tested – he had to settle, quicken, and handle the hurly burly and everything but what makes him different is his natural pace.
“(Owners) John, Michael, Derrick and Teo all get the data so they knew his work was very good. His times were very good – they are black and white that he’s a very fast horse.
“The lads made the decision to start in the Guineas and we were sure we’d get nice ground in Newmarket whereas a lot of the other trials would be on soft. When he went to Newmarket that was the first time he’d seen nice ground since last year.
“There are so many twists and turns along the way that I’m always delighted when it happens. There are a lot of variables.
“He’s unique the way he can go from anywhere a mile up. I didn’t say beforehand but I had it in my mind that if he didn’t perform here he could go for the St James’s Palace.”
When asked about Australia’s name, part-owner John Magnier said: “My wife does the naming, she’s in charge of that side of things and she’s Australian. We have a business and the stud in Australia so I suppose the idea was that we’d wait to have a good horse to give the name to and he might stand as a stallion there.”
Part-owner Michael Tabor added: “We bought him at the sales for a considerable amount of money (525,000 guineas). It’s not so much my input but the guys at Coolmore – Demi (O’Byrne) and Paul (Shanahan) – who loved the horse very much. He was top of their list to buy and so we got him.”
Part-owner Derrick Smith, whose son Paul owned runner-up Kingston Hill, added: “I was lucky to see his last piece of work, which was very exciting, and after that my confidence rose. The data that we get supplied with, I speak to Aidan and I speak to Joseph and make up my own mind.”
MORE INVESTEC DERBY WINNING QUOTES
Michael Tabor, one of the four part-owners of Australia, said: “What can I say? I can’t express myself really. I am so delighted for Aidan (O’Brien), the team back at Ballydoyle, John (Magnier), Derrick (Smith), obviously myself and all our families. I am really, really delighted and I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Aidan O’Brien, the winning trainer, said: “We are lucky and very privileged to be in the position we are in, to have the horses we have, and I would just like to say thanks to everyone involved with the horse.
“Andrew, who is in charge of him at home, Greg, who rides him, Darren, who leads his work, Davy, who looks after him – there are so many people. Everybody at home and all the way from the sales and when he was born, and everyone who broke him.
“There are so many people involved just to get him to this stage and we are very lucky to have such a team of people.
“Joseph was very happy. He had it in his mind where he wanted to be all of the time. He wanted to ride uncomplicated and he wanted to keep it safe. That’s what he did and he gave the horse a beautiful ride.
“We said what we thought about Australia and maybe the best thing is often not to say it. We thought that he was very special always and what was very special about him is the way he’s bred, being by Galileo, and the pace that he has that makes him very special. I think he showed that today, the way he travelled through the race.
“We are going through a tricky time at home with our horses. They were very sick in the spring and they all had to get medicated. It was tricky training them after that because some horses respond to training and some were slow to respond. Some were putting on weight easy and some of them lose weight. John (Magnier) and all of his team looked after them when they all got sick, so I am delighted to be here.
“The lads will always speak about the next races between themselves and then we all have a chat together. Australia has a lot of options because he has a lot of pace. He can go for anything from a mile up.”
INVESTEC DERBY WINNER 2014 –Australia (GB) Factfile
ch c Galileo (IRE) – Ouija Board (GB) (Cape Cross (IRE))
Born: April 8, 2011
Owners: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Teo Ah Khing
Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE
Jockey: Joseph O’Brien
Breeder: Stanley Estate & Stud Co
*He won today’s Investec Derby in great style from Kingston Hill
*No product of a Derby winner and an Oaks first-place finisher has ever landed the Investec Derby but Australia changed that this year. (The 1995 winner Lammtarra was out Snow Bride, who was awarded the Oaks after the winner was disqualified).
*Australia – a son of Galileo (2001 Derby) and Ouija Board (2004 Oaks) – was a 525,000 guineas yearling purchase and is held in the highest regard by connections.
*After finishing a neck second on his debut at the Curragh on June 30, 2013, he went on to break his maiden over the same seven-furlong course and distance on July 20.
*His only other start at two came when defeating Free Eagle by six lengths to win the mile Group Three Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial at Leopardstown on September 7.
*Lost nothing in defeat when a staying-on third to Night Of Thunder on his seasonal return in Britain’s first Classic, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket on May 3, beaten three quarters of a length.
Race record: Starts: 5; Wins: 3; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £874,323
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, & Michael Tabor, Teo Ah Khing
Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor have been partners in six Investec Derby winner, the most ever. Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier and Michael Tabor have enjoyed four consecutive Investec Derby winners.
Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled six Derby winners). Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £556 million according to 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad of other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers, property, Ladbrokes, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland. Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include the Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of Victor Chandler and shares in Ladbrokes. Valued at £600 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral (2002 Derby), Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. Derrick Smith – Background: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £595 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as the 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot and Investec Oaks heroine Was. Others to sport his silks include Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, St Leger hero Leading Light, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well Australian import So You Think.Gay Smith has owned a number of jumpers including Holywell, a winner at the last two Cheltenham Festivals. Their son Paul owns leading Investec Derby contender Kingston Hill. Malaysian-born Teo Ah Khing is chairman of Desert Star Holdings Ltd and managing director of Teo A Khing Design Consultants (TAK). TAK designed and built Meydan racecourse in Dubai and Khing is one of the key players in the China Horse Club, which is aiming to bring thoroughbred racing to mainland China. He has invested in both Europe and Australia.
Investec Derby Records:
Sue Magnier: 1996-9 Chief Contender; 2000-10 Aristotle; 2002-2 Hawk Wing; 2003-2 The Great Gatsby; 2003-12 Alberto Giacometti; 2003-16 Brian Boru; 2004-14 Meath; 2005-5 Gypsy King, 2005-9 Grand Central, 2005-12 Almighty.
Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle: 2006-PU Horatio Nelson.
Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Eduard Mordukhovitch: 2009-7 Age Of Aquarius; 2011-6 Recital.
Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor: 1998-15 King Of Kings; 2001-1 GALILEO; 2002-9 Louisville; 2005-10 Oratorio; 2006-3 Dylan Thomas.
Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family: 1999-7 Saffron Walden.
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith: 2006-10 Papal Bull; 2007-5 Soldier Of Fortune; 2007-11 Mahler; 2009-4 Rip Van Winkle, 2009-10 Black Bear Island; 2011-1 POUR MOI; 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2013-1 RULER OF THE WORLD; 2013-8 Flying The Flag: 2014-12 Orchestra, 2014-16 Geoffrey Chaucer
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Denford Stud: 2010-5 Midas Touch.
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor: 2006-8 Mountain; 2006-12 Septimus; 2007-2 Eagle Mountain; 2007-9 Acapulco; 2008-5 Washington Irving, 2008-12 King Of Rome; 2009-2 Fame And Glory; 2010-2 At First Sight; 2011-2 Treasure Beach; 2012-1 CAMELOT; 2012-3 Astrology; 2014 10-Kingfisher
Michael Tabor: 2000-15 Kingsclere; 2003-9 Magistretti; 2004-5 Salford City; 2005-2 Walk In The Park; 2007-10 Admiralofthefleet.
Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier: 1997-4 Entrepreneur; 1998-8 Second Empire, 1998-10 Saratoga Springs; 2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL; 2003-5 Balestrini; 2007-17 Archipenko.
Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Derrick Smith: 2007-8 Yellowstone.
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier: 2007-12 Anton Chekhov; 2008-6 Alessandro Volta; 2008-11 Frozen Fire; 2008-15 Bashkirov; 2009-3 Masterofthehorse; 2009-5 Golden Sword; 2010-4 Jan Vermeer; 2011-10 Seville; 2013-4 Battle Of Marengo; 2013-6 Mars; 2013-10 Festive Cheer
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Teo Ah Khing: 2014-1 AUSTRALIA
Aidan O’Brien IRE (Ballydoyle, County Tipperary)
First trainer to win three consecutive Investec Derbys.
Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O’Brien.Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders’ title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O’Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and have bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, King Torus and Ishvana. The O’Briens’ son Joseph rode the 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot. Their other children are Sarah and Ana, who have ridden winners, and Donnacha. Training Record: One of Ireland’s most successful all-time trainers since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O’Brien at John Magnier’s Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996. Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 15 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2013. Champion British Flat trainer four times: 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008.British Classic wins (21): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World & 2014 Australia), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light). His 30 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot)Other Major Wins Include: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey). His 41 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-09).
Investec Derby Record: Investec Derby Record: 1998-8 Second Empire; 1998-10 Saratoga Springs; 1998-15 King Of Kings; 1999-7 Saffron Walden; 2000-10 Aristotle; 2001-1 GALILEO; 2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL; 2002-2 Hawk Wing; 2002-9 Louisville; 2003-2 The Great Gatsby; 2003-5 Balestrini; 2003-12 Alberto Giacometti; 2003-16 Brian Boru; 2004-14 Meath; 2005-5 Gypsy King; 2005-9 Grand Central; 2005-10 Oratorio; 2005-12 Almighty; 2006-3 Dylan Thomas; 2006-8 Mountain; 2006-12 Septimus; 2006-PU Horatio Nelson; 2007-2 Eagle Mountain; 2007-5 Soldier Of Fortune; 2007-8 Yellowstone; 2007-9 Acapulco; 2007-10 Admiralofthefleet; 2007-11 Mahler; 2007-12 Anton Chekhov; 2007-17 Archipenko; 2008-5 Washington Irving; 2008-6 Alessandro Volta; 2008-11 Frozen Fire; 2008-12 King Of Rome; 2008-15 Bashkirov; 2009-2 Fame And Glory; 2009-3 Masterofthehorse; 2009-4 Rip Van Winkle; 2009-5 Golden Sword; 2009-7 Age Of Aquarius; 2009-10 Black Bear Island; 2010-2 At First Sight; 2010-4 Jan Vermeer; 2010-5 Midas Touch; 2011-2 Treasure Beach; 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2011-6 Recital; 2011-10 Seville; 2012-1 CAMELOT; 2012-3 Astrology; 2013-1 RULER OF THE WORD, 2013-4 Battle Of Marengo, 2013-6 Mars, 2013-8 Flying The Flag, 2013-10 Festive Cheer; 2014-1 AUSTRALIA, 2014-10 Kingfisher, 2014-12 Orchestra, 2014-16 Geoffrey Chaucer
Born: May 23, 1993. Background: Eldest of Aidan and Annemarie O’Brien’s four children. Educated at Rockwell College near Cashel. Accomplished Pony Club rider, winning a bronze medal at the European Pony Championships in 2009. One of the tallest Flat jockeys. Had first ride on May 24, 2009, and first winner on May 28 on Johann Zoffany (now named Muir), trained by his father, at Leopardstown. First Pattern success came on Beethoven (bred by his parents) in Group Three Desmond Stakes in August, 2010. First Classic win came on Roderic O’Connor in 2011 Irish 2,000 Guineas. Won his second Investec Derby today on Australia. Four Royal Ascot winners. Accolades:Joint champion apprentice in Ireland in 2010, champion jockey in Ireland 2012 & 2013 (with a record 126 winners). British Classic wins (4): Investec Derby (2012 Camelot & 2014 Australia), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2012 Camelot); Ladbrokes St Leger (2013 Leading Light). Other major wins:Investec Coronation Cup (2012 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 St Nicholas Abbey), Irish Derby (2012 Camelot), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2012 Excelebration), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2011 St Nicholas Abbey), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2012 So You Think), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2011 Roderic O’Connor, 2012 Power, 2013 Magician), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2011 Maybe), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2012 So You Think), Racing Post Trophy (2011 Camelot, 2012 Kingsbarns), Grand Prix de Paris (2012 Imperial Monarch), Dubai Sheema Classic (2013 St Nicholas Abbey), Queen Anne Stakes (2013 Declaration Of War), Juddmonte International (2013 Declaration Of War), Dewhurst Stakes (2013 War Command).Investec Derby record: 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2012 CAMELOT-1; 2013-4 Battle Of Marengo; 2014-1 AUSTRALIA
SOME JOCKEY REACTION
William Buick was satisfied with the run of the unlucky sixthWestern Hymn: “He’s run well. I followed the winner but I always felt I wasn’t going to get there.”
The morning rain proved the catalyst for True Story’sseventh-placed finish according to jockey Kieren Fallon: “I was worried about the forecast rain and that has ultimately put paid to his chances.”
Our Channel failed in his attempt to become the first horse to win the Investec Epsom Derby Trial and Epsom Derby but his jockey Silvestre De Sousa was content with the 13th home: “It was good and he has run really well, though I he didn’t stay the mile and a half.
Kevin Manning on Sudden Wonder, who finished second-last, explained: “He was never travelling.”
AROD PLEASES CHAPPLE-HYAM
Trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam was pleased with the run of Arod, who finished fourth in today’s Investec Derby.
Ridden by Jamie Spencer in the colours of Qatar Racing, the son of Teofilo finished just over eight lengths behind the winner Australia, but as the youngest horse in the field, and one of the least experienced, there is promise of more to come.
Chapple-Hyam, who saddled Inchila to finish fourth in yesterday’s Investec Oaks, said: “He’s run a great race considering he is still a big baby and Jamie said he got shuffled back a bit, which happens at Epsom. You can see the way he goes about that he has a lot of growing up to do, but he’s been hard trained for this and so I wouldn’t expect you will see him out again too soon.
“I knew he would settle today. He got lit up after a bump at Leicester [on his first run this season], and but for that I think he would have won the Dante [Stakes at York], because we had to settle him in that race and he ended up with a lot to do.
“We’ve improved on that because we’ve got True Story [third at York] further behind us, but today’s winner is obviously very special. Fair play to them but I’m delighted too – he has an engine and we just have to channel it.
“We’ve done well to have a fourth in the Derby and also in the Oaks – that’s good going from a stable of just 40 horses.”