EPSOM DOWNS NEWS: CONFIRMATIONS AND SUPPLEMENTARY ENTRY FOR THE BETFRED DERBY
Frankie Dettori, who will partner Arrest for his final ride in The Derby on Saturday, said he was “pleased” with being drawn in stall 13.
The Italian jockey said: “I’m pleased with that. If I had been given the choice beforehand then I’d rather be high than low, but in this day and age when we don’t have a huge number of runners – not like back in the day – I don’t look into it that much.
“It’s all about having the best horse, simple as that – not the draw.”
Betfred Derby (Group 1) 1m 4f 6y
1.30pm, Epsom Downs, Saturday 3rd June
Total Prize Fund £1,561,950
1 Adelaide River (IRE) 3 9 2 Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Westerberg Aidan O’Brien Ireland DRAWN 14
2 Arrest (IRE) 3 9 2 Juddmonte John & Thady Gosden Frankie Dettori DRAWN 13
3 Artistic Star (IRE) 3 9 2 Mr J. C. Smith Ralph Beckett Rob Hornby DRAWN 8
4 Auguste Rodin (IRE) 3 9 2 M Tabor/D Smith/Mrs J Magnier/Westerberg Aidan O’Brien Ireland DRAWN 10
5 Dear My Friend 3 9 2 Middleham Park Racing XXV & Michael Lai Charlie Johnston Andrea Atzeni DRAWN 1
6 Dubai Mile (IRE) 3 9 2 Ahmad Al Shaikh Charlie Johnston Daniel Muscutt DRAWN 5
7 King of Steel (USA) 3 9 2 Amo Racing Limited Roger Varian Kevin Stott DRAWN 4
8 Military Order (IRE) 3 9 2 Godolphin Charlie Appleby William Buick DRAWN 9
9 Passenger (USA) 3 9 2 Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd Sir Michael Stoute Richard Kingscote DRAWN 7
10 San Antonio (IRE) 3 9 2 M Tabor/D Smith/Mrs J Magnier/Westerberg Aidan O’Brien Ireland DRAWN 12
11 Sprewell (IRE) 3 9 2 Mr Mohamed Khalid Mohamed Abdulrahim Mrs J. Harrington Ireland Shane Foley DRAWN 6
12 The Foxes (IRE) 3 9 2 King Power Racing Co Ltd Andrew Balding Oisin Murphy DRAWN 3
13 Waipiro (IRE) 3 9 2 Mr P. K. Siu Ed Walker Tom Marquand DRAWN 11
14 White Birch ts 3 9 2 Mrs C. C. Regalado-Gonzalez John Joseph Murphy Ireland Colin Keane DRAWN 2
14 declared runners
In Epsom’s hallowed fields, where history takes flight, A tale of horse racing unfolds, bathed in radiant light. It’s the English Derby, a legendary scene, Where dreams are woven and greatness convenes.
Amidst the thunderous hooves and the cheers from the crowd, Stands Frankie Dettori, a maestro endowed. His passion ablaze, his spirit untamed, A masterful jockey, by destiny acclaimed.
With Aiden O’Brien’s prowess and skilled artistry, The Irish thunder roars, charging valiantly. His horses, like poetry, gallop with grace, A testament to talent that no one can efface.
Ryan Moore, a knight astride his noble steed, Guides them through the fray, with every stride they lead. A warrior of the track, fearless and bold, His legacy written in stories untold.
John Gosden, a sage, his wisdom profound, Breathing life into thoroughbreds, their spirits unbound. His training, a symphony, composed with care, Ignites a fiery passion that’s beyond compare.
And Oisin Murphy, with grace and finesse, Dances with his mount, a harmonious caress. An embodiment of skill and youthful might, He rides for glory, under the sun’s golden light.
In this battle between Ireland and England’s might, A rivalry fierce, like day and night. The emerald greens versus the lion’s pride, An age-old contest, where legends collide.
The roar of the crowd echoes through the air, As the horses thunder, a spectacle rare. Jockeys and trainers, united in heart, Yearning for victory, playing their part.
From the starting gates, they burst with speed, Hooves pounding the turf, as destiny takes the lead. Every stride a challenge, a dance on the edge, As they race towards glory, their spirits pledged.
Oh, what a sight, as they gallop and fly, Two nations entwined, reaching for the sky. In this English Derby, on Epsom’s grand stage, Legends are born, their tales forever engage.
And when the dust settles, as the race finds its end, A victor emerges, a hero to transcend. But the real triumph lies in the spirit they share, The bond between nations, beyond compare.
So let the thunderous applause fill the air, For the English Derby, a moment so rare. With Frankie, Aiden, Ryan, John, and Oisin, They ride for honor, their passion unbroken.
In the realm of horse racing, where legends are made, The Derby at Epsom, a saga displayed. A battle between Ireland and England’s lore, A timeless rivalry, forevermore.