Epsom Downs Racecard - Friday 4th June 2021 - The Cazoo Derby Festival

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F R I D AY 4 J U N E 2 0 2 1 CAZOO OAKS DAY

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Welcome to Epsom Downs for Cazoo Oaks Day, a day that has felt like a long time coming as it is the first time that we have been able to host spectators on course since the end of 2019. We are delighted that 4,000 of you are joining us for what promises to be a superb afternoon of racing and we have made every effort to ensure that the experience lives up to, and goes well beyond, your expectations. This marks the first year that Cazoo have sponsored the Derby Festival and, as the UK’s leading online car retailer, it is hugely exciting that this progressive brand has partnered with us and we are extremely grateful for their support. We hope that the team at Cazoo enjoy their first experience of racing at Epsom Downs. Coral are the official betting partner of Cazoo Oaks Day and also sponsor the Group One Coral Coronation Cup. We extend our thanks to Coral for their support of today’s racing, which forms part of their extensive and long-standing horseracing portfolio. While it has felt like there has been constant uncertainty surrounding us since the start of the pandemic, one thing we can promise you this afternoon is that the racing will be as high-quality and enthralling as ever. The Group One Cazoo Oaks looks set to be a thriller and we look forward with great anticipation to finding out which filly will add her name to the illustrious roll of honour. The Cazoo Oaks and Coral Coronation Cup form part of the QIPCO British Champions Series. Please remember that although things are slowly beginning to feel more normal, we all still have a significant role to play in safeguarding each other against the virus. I therefore remind you of our customer code of conduct and thank you for your understanding of the guidance set out within. We hope that you have a wonderful day here at Epsom Downs.

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TODAY’S

CONTENTS

Welcome Find Your Way Style Awards How to Read Your Racecard Today’s Top Tips 25 Years in Charge - Andrew Cooper 2:00 - The Cazoo Woodcote EBF Stakes (Conditions Race) Remembering Pat Smullen 1977-2020 2:35 - The Coral ‘Beaten By A Length’ Free Bet Handicap #ThankYouNHS Mill Reef - 50 Years On 3.10 - The Coral Coronation Cup (Group 1) (British Champions Series) The Cazoo Derby - The Premier Classic 3.45 - The Cazoo Handicap Shergar - 40 Years On The Cazoo Oaks Roll of Honour The Road to The Cazoo Oaks Big Race Facts - The Cazoo Oaks 4.30 - The Cazoo Oaks (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Remembering Joe Mercer OBE - 1934-2021 4.55 - The Play Coral ‘Racing Super Series’ For Free Surrey Stakes (Listed Race) 70 Years of Lester 5.35 - The Cazoo Derby Festival Handicap Today’s Officials Race Conditions

3 6-7 8-9 10 12 14-15 17-19 22-23 25-27 28 30-31 33-35 36-37 39-41 44-45 46-47 48 49 51-57 60-61 63-65 68-69 71-74 77 78


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HOW TO READ

YOUR RACECARD

YOUR QUICK AT-A-GLANCE GUIDE ON HOW TO READ TODAY’S RACECARD Sire No of days Horse’s since number on last race saddlecloth Horse’s Name Dam

LOVE (IRE) (27)

5

Ch f Galileo (IRE) - Pikaboo

Weight st-lb Age

3

Draw

9-0 (5)

Form 11513-1 Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Trainer Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder Coolmore ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves and cap. She has won four times from 7f to 1m on good to firm and good ground. A winner at 4-1 in the Group 1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket over 1m (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Cloak Of Spirits by 4 1/2l. Strong form claims and has to be shortlisted. Official BHA Rating 116 Owner

Owner(s) colours and graphic

Breeder

Colour and sex horse B = Bay Br = Brown Ch = Chesnut Gr = Grey Ro = Roan

Trainer

Owner(s) of c h g f m

= = = = =

colt horse gelding filly mare

Ryan Moore

Form Jockey’s Name. Comment Previous Performances If there is a number next to the name, this / = denotes new indicates that the jockey season can claim that amount - = denotes new year in weight (lbs) off the Bold type indicates stated riding weight AWT Form

OFFICIAL BHA RATINGS

The BHA Handicappers allot ratings to horses once they have taken part in a sufficient number of races to enable the Handicappers to make a numerical assessment of each horse’s ability. The principal purpose of the ratings is to determine the weight to be carried by each runner in handicap races, with the Handicappers aiming to provide each participant with an equal chance based on its best recent form under its optimum conditions. A horse rated 100, for example, would be set to carry 1lb more than a horse rated 99 (ignoring any penalties or allowances). The ratings published in the racecard for handicap races are the ratings that were used to calculate the weight to be carried by each horse, whilst in non-handicaps races the rating shown is that of each runner at the time that the entries for the race were confirmed. Any subsequently published change to a rating, either up or down, is shown in brackets following the rating.

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TODAY’S

TOP TIPS RACE ONE

Most winners of this race since the turn of the millennium had both won a race already and came into this off the back of 22 days off or less - OSCULA certainly fits that bill and in receipt of 5lb from her well-fancied rivals, she could be the answer for the in-form George Boughey stable. Dairerin is the obvious threat, alongside Dusky Prince, who was impressive at Brighton on his racecourse debut in April.

RACE TWO

A highly competitive affair, with Thirsk Hunt Cup winner, Storting, high on the list. However, IRISH ADMIRAL looked a sure-fire winner in waiting when finding a mile and a quarter too much of a test at York last time and will surely be a warm order here. Mostawaa is a consistent improver for Heather Main and could well run a big race again, while top-weight Muraad is better than his last run suggests.

RACE THREE

AL AASY has looked imperious in his two starts so far this season and although this will undoubtedly be his toughest test to date, William Haggas’ charge looks all over a Group 1 horse. The way he dismissed a good field on the bridle at Newbury on his last start, despite carrying a penalty, suggests he may well be able to improve past Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Japan and Mogul, with Pyledriver also a live threat.

RACE FOUR

Another super-competitive handicap and Blue Cup certainly has a chance on his unlucky fifth here in April behind the re-opposing six-year-old Victory Chime. However, connections turn to a first-time hood to help him settle and with four-year-olds having such a good record in this, the progressive DREAM WITH ME may be the one to take him on with. Mark Johnston’s charge is on a roll and a 7lb rise for his last win may not be enough to stop him.

RACE FIVE

Snowfall had Teona well beaten in the Musidora at York under a clever Ryan Moore ride, but she will not get an easy lead here, with Mark Johnston’s Dubai Fountain in opposition. She defeated ZEYAADAH in the Chester Oaks, but that rival may well turn the tables and give Shadwell an emotional Classic success. Santa Barbara and Saffron Beach have stamina to prove, but have the class after good 1000 Guineas runs.

RACE SIX

This Listed contest can go to MEHMENTO, whose second in this season’s Greenham Stakes is the best form in the race. Very soft ground wasn’t to his liking in the French Guineas last time out, but the return to a quicker surface and this drop in class should see him make a very bold bid from the front under Hollie Doyle. Fellow son of Mehmas, Mystery Smiles, can chase him home.

RACE SEVEN

Cazoo Oaks day concludes with a seven-furlong handicap and LORD RAPSCALLION can score for trainer Stuart WIlliams. He’s been knocking on the door recently and with Marco Ghiani’s 3lb claim, it could well be the grey’s turn to get back into the winner’s enclosure for the first time since August 2020. Rhoscolyn has been flying recently for David O’Meara and can go well again under James Doyle.


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25 YEARS IN CHARGE

Cooper ANDREW

Andrew Cooper, Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Epsom Downs and Sandown Park, celebrates 25 years in charge of the track at The Cazoo Derby Festival in 2021.

Cooper and his team undertake many roles in the build-up to and during the Cazoo Derby Festival, including but not limited to ensuring the racing surface is in the best possible condition. Speaking about the importance of The Cazoo Derby Festival to him and his team, Cooper said: “It never fails to get hold of you I find and the

team will say the same. I’m involved in some brilliant races through the year, but there is nothing that matches the anticipation, the build-up and the delivery of The Cazoo Derby. “All of us at Epsom Downs feel that in some years the build-up is easier than others and the weather is a big factor in that. But it’s fascinating just to see these horses that you’ve had


your eye on as two year olds or even since they were entered as yearlings develop into Derby candidates. To follow the trial series and do mornings like ‘Breakfast with the Stars’ is just great and it’s a wonderful race to be involved with.” The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it huge challenges to everyone in racing but Cooper is justifiably proud that a Derby and an Oaks were staged in 2020, albeit a month later than usual on July 5th. He continued: “I think there was a huge and overriding satisfaction from the team at Epsom Downs to stage a Derby and an Oaks last year. It was different but this is a complex venue with additional complications in terms of the nature and the land and what we can do here, so the overriding feeling was that it was just marvellous that The Derby took place at its rightful home – admittedly a month later than usual. “It was the first time in the history of the races that both the Oaks and The Derby were run on the same day but it is great to be back to what in the current thinking is the correct format of the meeting. “One of the strangest elements of any race meeting that we’ve been running over the last 12-14 months or so is the lack of a crowd and the complete silence as a horse enters the parade ring and so on. You will notice that there is an audience here, it will be respecting all the protocols but it will bring an atmosphere that certainly has been lacking.” Cooper began his role in 1996, when The Derby went to Shaamit. Since then a galaxy of superstars have graced the Epsom Downs track, giving him more than a few highlights

to reflect on. He said: “There’s always an element of looking back on these things and looking at how horses have gone on both as racehorses and as stallions to a degree, but I always say that I never separate Galileo and Sea The Stars as my two favourite Derby winners. “Galileo’s Derby was on pretty quick ground actually, it was proper Good to Firm in my view and I was quite anxious about it on Oaks night. We had a bit of a conundrum about whether to irrigate or not but we left it alone and Galileo skipped round and absolutely loved it. “With Sea The Stars, the ground was fine and Good and I’d never seen such a laidback horse as him in the preliminaries, but that was his nature and he’d go on and do the exact same thing in the Coral-Eclipse. “Having been here such a long time it’s as much with both of those horses about seeing what their progeny go on to do and I find it so satisfying that with Galileo’s five Derby winners (plus one as a sire of sires) and with Sea The Stars siring Harzand and Taghrooda, it just emphasis the lasting legacy of these great races.”


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FIRST RACE

FIRST RACE 2.00 THE CAZOO WOODCOTE EBF STAKES (CONDITIONS RACE) (GBB RACE) (CLASS 2) about SIX FURLONGS (6f abt 3yds)

for two yrs old

Total race value £45000 For conditions of this race see page 78 STALLS: OUTSIDE

RACE FACTS LEADING COURSE TRAINER (16-21): R Hannon (6 wins from 69 runners, 9%) runs RAGING and ZOLTAN STAR TRAINER-IN-FORM (LAST 14 DAYS): G Boughey (7 wins from 21 runners, 33%) runs OSCULA FANCY THAT: R Hannon won this race in 2014 and 2016. The stable runs RAGING and ZOLTAN STAR today. LONGEST TRAVELLER: FLAMING RIB trained by T Dascombe, Malpas, 195 miles.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER

TWAASOL Ridden by Martin Harley

Trained by Owen Burrows

Owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum

EPSOM RACE SUMMARY 6,000gns purchase DAIRERIN has been proving a worthwhile buy after posting two creditable efforts last month and the Michael Bell-trained juvenile is taken to record a second career victory with Oisin Murphy in the saddle. After showing a good turn of foot to land the spoils on debut, the son of Spill The Beans was just denied from continuing his unbeaten run by an improving colt and now the form of that has been handsomely advertised (third has won since), he gets the vote. Ribchester colt Flaming Rib took a big step forward when shedding the maiden tag on his latest outing and ought to be thereabouts, while Sienna Bonnie has been highly-tried in Listed company and warrants respect opposing the colts.

WIN: DAIRERIN

DANGER: FLAMING RIB

PRESENTATION Cazoo is kindly awarding £100 to the racing groom responsible for the best turned out horse in this race, as well as a trophy to the winning Owner, Trainer and Jockey.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 10

(EXACTA)

Probable S.P.’s - 5-2 Dairerin (GB), 3-1 Flaming Rib (IRE), 8-1 Dusky Prince (IRE), Raging (IRE), 9-1 Oscula (IRE), 12-1 Zoltan Star (GB), 18-1 Sienna Bonnie (IRE), 40-1 Blue Collar Lad (GB), 50-1 Maybury (GB), 100-1 Already Gone (IRE)


FIRST RACE 2.00 NO HORSE

1

BLUE COLLAR LAD (GB) (49)

B c Ardad (IRE) - Wonderful Life (IRE) Owner Cross Channel Racing and partner Trainer Robyn Brisland, Stockbridge Breeder Mr Phil Cunningham

WEIGHT DRAW

9-5 (6)

Form 13 Sponsored by Cross Channel Racing

WHITE, ROYAL BLUE triple diamond, WHITE and RED striped sleeves, ROYAL BLUE cap, WHITE spots. Foaled 4 Mar. Dam a lightly raced maiden. A winner at 5f on good to firm ground. Third of 7 behind Vaunted beaten 2 3/4l at 11-4 on his latest outing at Bath over 5f (good to firm) in April. Has shown some promise in two starts so far but this is a lot tougher. Official BHA Rating -

2

DAIRERIN (GB) (20)

B c Spill The Beans (AUS) - Sakhya (IRE) Owner Peter Trainor Trainer Michael Bell, Newmarket Breeder Saxtead Livestock Ltd

9-5 Form 12 Sponsored by Michael Bell Racing

DUSKY PRINCE (IRE) (48)

B c Prince of Lir (IRE) - Dusky Maid (IRE) Owner The Cool Silk Partnership Form 1 Trainer Archie Watson, Upper Lambourn Sponsored by Tote Breeder The Cool Silk Partnership

9-5

4

FLAMING RIB (IRE) (28) Form 31 Sponsored by NAF

RAGING (IRE) (8)

B c Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) - Polka Dot (IRE) Owner Six ‘O’ One Syndicate and Partner Form 241 Trainer Richard Hannon, Marlborough Sponsored by Clarence Court Breeder Mr S. Sweeney

ALREADY GONE (IRE) (35)

B c Zoffany (IRE) - Whatelseaboutyou (IRE) Owner Mr Kieron Badger & J S Moore Form 5 Trainer J. S. Moore, Upper Lambourn Sponsored by Tote Breeder Lisbrook

William Buick

9-5 (5)

BLACK, PINK star, PINK cap. Foaled 30 Apr. A winner at 3-1 at Haydock over 5f (soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Jadhlaan by 1/2l. Took three attempts to get off the mark but is respected for a handler who has won this twice in recent years. Official BHA Rating -

6

Hollie Doyle

9-5 (4)

DARK BLUE, GREY triple diamond. Foaled 11 Feb. Dam unraced. A winner at 16-1 at Nottingham over 5f (good to soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Amazonian Dream by 4l. Showed tremendous improvement from his debut and looks likely to make his presence felt if continuing on that upward curve. Official BHA Rating -

5

Oisin Murphy

(7)

WHITE, PURPLE cap. Foaled 6 Apr. Dam won twice at 6f and 7f. Won on his latest outing when 11-8fav at Brighton over 5f (good to firm) in April, beating Ye Gud Thing by 2 1/4l. Impressive when winning there and worth a try in this better company. Official BHA Rating -

B c Ribchester (IRE) - Suddenly (GER) Owner Dolan Dooley Owen Trainer Tom Dascombe, Malpas Breeder Kildaragh Stud

David Probert

(1)

WHITE, EMERALD GREEN hoops, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE halved sleeves, EMERALD GREEN and WHITE hooped cap. Foaled 27 Mar. Half-brother to Thaayer, won three times at 7f and 1m. A winner at 5f on good to soft ground. Beaten a nose by Dukebox when second of 6 at 11-2 on his latest outing at Newbury over 6f (good to soft) last month. Must be considered here. Official BHA Rating -

3

JOCKEY

Pat Dobbs

9-0 (8)

WHITE and GREY stripes, WHITE sleeves, MAROON armlets, MAROON cap. Foaled 24 Apr. Dam a lightly raced maiden. Finished 6l behind Canonized when fifth of 7 at 66-1 on his racecourse debut at Goodwood over 5f (good to firm) in April. This looks a very tough test for him here. Official BHA Rating -

John Egan


7

HORSE

WEIGHT DRAW

MAYBURY (GB) (16)

B g Adaay (IRE) - Azure Amour (IRE) Owner The Phantom House Partnership Trainer William Jarvis, Newmarket Breeder Whitsbury Manor Stud

9-0 (10) Form 0 Sponsored by Tattersalls

RED and YELLOW stripes. Foaled 10 Feb. Dam won at 1m 2f. Beaten 4 1/2l behind Tolstoy at 40-1 when eighth of 11 on his racecourse debut at Yarmouth over 6f (good to soft) last month. Likely to be available at large odds this afternoon. Official BHA Rating -

8

OSCULA (IRE) (11)

B f Galileo Gold - Bisous Y Besos (IRE) Owner Nick Bradley Racing 20 & George Boughey Form 31 Trainer George Boughey, Newmarket Sponsored by Breeder Mr Padraig Williams Backforprofit

SIENNA BONNIE (IRE) (21)

Silvestre De Sousa

9-0 (2) D

WHITE, BLACK seams, WHITE sleeves, BLACK stars, WHITE cap, BLACK star. Foaled 15 Apr. Dam a lightly raced maiden. A winner at 5-2 at Brighton over 6f (good) on her latest outing last month, beating Dashing Rat by 1 3/4l. Showed the benefit of her debut experience when successful last time and could be in the mix. Official BHA Rating -

9

JOCKEY

Mark Crehan

9-0 (3)

B f Kodi Bear (IRE) - Cucuma (FR) Owner Mrs Suzanne Williams & Partner Form 210 Trainer Jonathan Portman, Upper Lambourn Sponsored by Pump Technology Limited Breeder Alexandre Dabbou

MAUVE, YELLOW triple diamond and sleeves. Foaled 23 Jan. A winner at 5f on good to firm ground. Beaten 4l behind Nymphadora at 15-2 when seventh of 13 on her latest outing at York over 5f (good) last month. Won her novice race by over eight lengths at Bath before that so not completely ruled out here. Official BHA Rating -

10

ZOLTAN STAR (GB) (29)

Rob Hornby

9-0 (9)

B c Kodiac - Siralen (USA) Owner Ariodante Racing Form 23 BF Trainer Richard Hannon, Marlborough Sponsored by Breeder Dukes Stud & Overbury Stallions Ltd Blandford Bloodstock Ltd

DARK BLUE, PINK stars, chevrons on sleeves. Foaled 9 May. Dam won at 1m. Placed once in two starts. Third of 7 behind Mercurial beaten 3/4l at 5-6fav on his latest outing at Chester over 5f (good to soft) last month. Remains a maiden after two starts but has gone close on both occasions. Official BHA Rating -

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RECORD TIMES DISTANCE

TIME

HORSE

AGE

WGT GOING

DATE June 2, 1960

5f (3YO+) (Hand-timed)

53.60

Indigenous

4

9-5

Firm

5f (3YO+) (Electric-timed)

53.69

Stone Of Folca

4

8-12

Good/Firm June 2, 2012

6f (2YO)

1m 7.85

Showbrook

2

8-11

Good/Firm June 5, 1991

6f (3YO+)

1m 6.20

Watchable

9

8-11

Good/Firm June 1, 2019

7f (2YO)

1m 21.30

Red Peony

2

8-9

Good/Firm July29,2004

7f (3YO+)

1m 19.88

Safe Voyage

7

9-5

Good

1m 114yds (2YO)

1m 42.80 Nightstalker

2

8-5

Good/Firm Aug 30, 1988

July 4, 2020

1m 114yds (3YO)

1m 40.46

Zaaki

4

9-6

Good/Firm June 1, 2019

1m 2f 18yds

2m 3.50

Crossbow I

5

7-13

Good

1m 4f 10yds

2m 31.33

Workforce

3

9-0

Good/Firm June 5, 2010

June 7, 1967


PAT S M U L L EN

REMEMBERING

Pat Smullen 1977-2020 It is hard to believe it is five years since Harzand’s Derby success in 2016. Even on the morning of the race itself the son of Sea The Stars looked an unlikely participant, due to a shoe becoming dislodged during the journey over from Ireland to Epsom Downs. However, keeping the colt’s affected foot in a bucket of ice and some incredible handiwork from vet Jim Reilly ensured the colt was able to take his place in the starting stalls.


The 13-2 third favourite, Harzand was well-positioned throughout and after taking up the running entering the final furlong he stayed on resolutely to hand a fifth Derby victory to his owner-breeder Aga Khan IV and a first for trainer Dermot Weld. Another man enjoying a first taste of success in The Derby that day was Harzand’s jockey, Pat Smullen. Tragically, less than two years later Pat would be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Far from resting on his laurels, the nine-time Champion Jockey in Ireland threw himself wholeheartedly into the battle against the disease. His fundraising efforts yielded over €2.5 million and were headlined by the Pat Smullen Champions Race for Cancer Trials Ireland, which saw nine former superstar jockeys including Sir AP McCoy, Ruby Walsh and Johnny Murtagh return to the saddle for a special contest at the Curragh in September 2019. Pat was even present on course to witness Sir AP McCoy take the spoils. Honest and matter of fact in everything he did, Smullen said at the Curragh: “You have to face it – what else do you do, lie down and give up? You can’t do that.” The support he received from the racing community highlighted the respect the sport and its participants showed him, but even in such adverse circumstances Smullen was quick to deflect away from his own fundraising achievements. He added: “I have tremendous support from an amazing family and great friends. The support from everybody is unbelievable. The racing community has proved itself how it rallies around in times of need. It is just great to still be part of this great industry. I can’t thank everybody enough. “I can reassure everyone that every penny donated is going to a very worthy cause, which what we always set out to do – to make a difference.”

He was rightly recognised for his outstanding contribution to both racing and the fundraising for Cancer Trials Ireland when he was awarded the Cartier/Daily Telegraph Award of Merit at the Cartier Racing Awards, often referred to as “Racing’s Oscars”, in 2019. In the video produced to accompany the presentation of the award, he reminisced about his achievements in the saddle and nominated Harzand’s Derby success as his greatest victory. He said: “I was very fortunate to travel the world with Dermot (Weld) and we had a lot of success but if I had to pick one, it would be the Epsom Derby on Harzand. “When you start to dream of being a jockey, the first race that comes to your mind is the Epsom Derby, so to be able to achieve that was something very, very special.” Smullen sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on September 15th last year. He was just 43 years old. Not only will that magic day on Epsom Downs five years ago never be forgotten, nor will Pat Smullen – a man who more than lived up to his own goal to “make a difference”.


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SECOND RACE 2.35 THE CORAL ‘BEATEN BY A LENGTH’ FREE BET HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) ONE MILE about 113 YARDS (8f abt 113yds)

for four yrs old and upwards

STALLS: INSIDE

RACE FACTS LEADING COURSE TRAINER (16-21): M Johnston (19 wins from 107 runners, 18%) runs OVERWRITE TRAINER-IN-FORM (LAST 14 DAYS): R Beckett (8 wins from 29 runners, 28%) runs FOX DUTY FREE LONGEST TRAVELLER: OVERWRITE trained by M Johnston, Middleham, 253 miles.

LAST WINNER

GOSSIPING Ridden by Andrea Atzeni Trained by Gary Moore

Owned by The Buckwell Partnership

EPSOM RACE SUMMARY Since making the journey over the Irish Sea to join the yard of William Haggas, IRISH ADMIRAL has shown plenty of promising signs over this trip and further. After comfortably dismissing his rivals on stable debut, the lightly-raced son of French Navy ran with credit over an extended 1m2f when third at York and looks poised to strike off just 1lb higher. There are plenty of dangers, though, and Mostawaa rates the main one after hitting new heights this campaign, while Overwrite sits on his last winning mark and could be dangerous if getting his own way out in front.

WIN: IRISH ADMIRAL

DANGER: MOSTAWAA

PRESENTATION Coral is kindly awarding £100 to the racing groom responsible for the best turned out horse in this race, as well as a trophy to the winning Owner, Trainer and Jockey.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 10

(EXACTA)

Blinkers worn first time by No. 2. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 10. Probable S.P.’s - 11-4 Irish Admiral (IRE), 5-1 Storting (GB), 13-2 Mostawaa (GB), 10-1 Fox Duty Free (IRE), 11-1 Hortzadar (GB), 12-1 Muraad (IRE), Corazon Espinado (IRE), 14-1 Plantadream (GB), 16-1 Overwrite (IRE), 33-1 Mythical Madness (GB)

SECOND RACE

Total race value £50000 For conditions of this race see page 78


SECOND RACE 2.35 NO HORSE

1

MURAAD (IRE) (37)

Gr g Dark Angel (IRE) - Hidden Girl (IRE) Owner Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Form Trainer Owen Burrows, Lambourn Breeder Knocktoran, A.Mouknass, Ecurie Pandora

AGE

5

WEIGHT DRAW

9-7

(7)

0/2210-0D

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, striped cap. Successful twice at 1m 1f on good to firm ground and on the all-weather. Well beaten at 33-1 behind Oh This Is Us when last of 9 on his latest outing at Ascot over 1m (good to firm) in April. The return to handicap company could help, but it will need to Official BHA Rating 100

2

FOX DUTY FREE (IRE) (20)

B g Kingman - Bugie d’Amore Owner King Power Racing Co Ltd Trainer Ralph Beckett, Kimpton Down Breeder SCEA Haras de Saint Pair

4

Form R111-00 Sponsored by King Power International Co Ltd

HORTZADAR (GB) (34)

6

B g Sepoy (AUS) - Clouds of Magellan (USA) Owner Akela Construction Ltd Form 100-360 Trainer David O’Meara, Upper Helmsley Sponsored by Akela Plant Hire Ltd Breeder The Aston House Stud

4

IRISH ADMIRAL (IRE) (21) Form

4

13-13

Silvestre De Sousa

9-3 (2)

LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE seams, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap. Winner of six races from 7f to 1m on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Beaten 6l behind Storting at 14-1 when 13th of 15 on his latest outing at Thirsk over 1m (good to firm) last month. Likely to find a few too strong on recent form. Official BHA Rating 96

B g French Navy - Magadar (USA) Owner Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum Trainer William Haggas, Newmarket Breeder Kilnamoragh Stud

Jim Crowley

9-5 (6)

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, striped sleeves, WHITE cap, ROYAL BLUE star. He has won three times from 7f to 1m on the all-weather. Beaten 8l behind Another Batt at 7-2 when seventh of 8 on his latest outing at Thirsk over 7f (soft) last month. He is wearing blinkers for the first time and needs them to spark improvement. Official BHA Rating 98

3

JOCKEY

Adam Kirby

9-3 (8)

D

YELLOW, BLACK epaulets. Successful at 7f and 1m 1f on the all-weather. Third of 12 behind Surrey Pride beaten 2 1/2l at 7-2 on his latest outing at York over 1m 2f (good) last month. Has run well in both starts for his current handler Tom Marquand and likely to make his presence felt in this. Official BHA Rating 96

5

PLANTADREAM (GB) (20)

6

B g Planteur (IRE) - Phantom Ridge (IRE) Owner Mr H J Jarvis & Mrs P Jarvis Form 25224-0 Trainer John Best, Sittingbourne Sponsored by John Best Racing Breeder Mr & Mrs H. Jarvis

8-11

(1)

WHITE, RED hoops, RED cap. He has won three times at 1m on good to soft ground and on the all-weather. Beaten 15l behind Ascension at 11-1 when 11th of 12 on his latest outing at Newbury over 1m (good to soft) last month. needs to come on considerably for that reappearance. Official BHA Rating 90

6

STORTING (GB) (34)

B g Iffraaj - Stella Point (IRE) Owner Jon and Julia Aisbitt Trainer Mick Channon, West Ilsley Breeder Jon and Julia Aisbitt

5

Ben Curtis

8-10 (3)

Form 126/0-61 Sponsored by Mike Channon Bloodstock Ltd

DARK BLUE and MAROON diabolo, MAROON sleeves, DARK BLUE cap. Successful twice at 1m on good to firm and good ground. A winner at 18-1 at Thirsk over 1m (good to firm) on his latest outing last month, beating Nugget by a neck. Up 5lb for that narrow success but he cannot be ruled out while in this form. Official BHA Rating 89

James Doyle


7

HORSE

AGE

WEIGHT DRAW

5

8-10 (5)

MOSTAWAA (GB) (22)

Ch g Poet’s Voice - Mumtaza Owner The Haroldians Trainer Heather Main, Wantage Breeder Shadwell Estate Company Limited

Form 351-324 Sponsored by Tote

MAROON, WHITE stripe, halved sleeves. He has won three times at 1m on good ground and on the all-weather. Finished 2 3/4l behind Kynren when fourth of 14 at 11-1 on his latest outing at York over 1m (good) last month. Has produced a consistently high level of form so far this term. Official BHA Rating 89

8

OVERWRITE (IRE) (10)

4

Ro g Zebedee - Negotiate Owner Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Form 213000 Trainer Mark Johnston, Middleham Sponsored by Johnston Racing Ltd Breeder Mrs H. M. Smith & James Murtagh

9

CORAZON ESPINADO (IRE) (58) 6

10

Franny Norton

8-5 (10)

Form 140052 CD Sponsored by Simon Dow

BROWN, LIGHT BLUE seams and armlets, LIGHT BLUE and BROWN hooped cap. Winner of seven races from 7f to 1m 1f on good and good to soft ground and on the all-weather. Beaten 1 1/4l by King’s Knight when second of 9 at 4-1 on his latest outing at Lingfield over 7f in April. Has a cracking record at this track. Official BHA Rating 84

MYTHICAL MADNESS (GB) (3) 10

B g Dubawi (IRE) - Miss Delila (USA) Owner Mr J. C. G. Chua Trainer David O’Meara, Upper Helmsley Breeder Highbank Stud LLP

Martin Dwyer

8-8 (9)

SILVER, tassel on cap. He has won three times from 7f to 1m on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Beaten 17l behind Cockalorum at 5-1 when seventh of 9 on his latest outing at Musselburgh over 1m 1f (soft) last month. Capable on his day and may be happier on a faster surface. Official BHA Rating 87 (-2)

B h Iffraaj - Three Decades (IRE) Owner Mr Robert Moss Trainer Simon Dow, Epsom Breeder M. P. & R. J. Coleman

JOCKEY

Hollie Doyle

8-2 (4)

Form 035250 D Sponsored by Gain Equine Nutrition

DARK BLUE, YELLOW inverted triangle, YELLOW sleeves, DARK BLUE armlets, YELLOW cap. Has won ten races from 1m to 1m 2f on good to firm and good ground and on the all-weather. Beaten 9l behind Arabian Romance at 14-1 when last of 9 on his latest outing at Yarmouth over 1m (good to firm) earlier this month. Might find a few too strong. Official BHA Rating 75

George Rooke (3)

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DID YOU KNOW? The Cazoo Oaks was first run in 1779 when won by the Lord Derby-owned Bridget. The fillies’ Classic is a year older than the Cazoo Derby and takes its name from the Surrey mansion whose lease was passed on to Lord Derby by his uncle Johnny Burgoyne.

SECOND RACE

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A B I G T H A N K YO U

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The Oaks and The Derby in 1971. Lewis, like so many of those who received their vaccinations at Epsom Downs, commented on how friendly the NHS staff were and how smooth the process was. The mass vaccination centre has now moved to a neighbouring Jockey Club racecourse, Sandown Park, where the team are continuing their tireless effort to vaccinate as many people as possible. The Jockey Club is proud to play a part in this extraordinary effort, but most of all, is grateful to the NHS teams and volunteers for the remarkable work that they do, day in, day out.

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M I L L R EEF

YEARS ON

It is now 50 years since Mill Reef won the Derby, proving to those pedigree experts that doubted his ability to stay, that he really could be at his best over a mile and a half. Mill Reef, a handsome, strong, compact colt, was by Never Bend (second in the Kentucky Derby and third in the Preakness), out of the maiden Milan Mill, bred in America by his owner Paul Mellon. He was sent to England in December 1969, to be trained by Ian Balding at Kingsclere.

As a juvenile, he won five of his six starts and after taking Newbury’s Greenham Stakes as a three-year-old, he finished three lengths second to the great Brigadier Gerard in the 2000 Guineas. Mill Reef would now head to Epsom and despite his sires’ owner/breeder, Harry Guggenheim, strongly doubting Mill


Reef’s staying ability, the bookmakers sent him off the 100-30 favourite. On a warm day, under blue skies and after a long delay at the start – caused by Bourbon breaking his bridle – the 21 runners finally got on their way. Linden Tree took them along and led into the straight from Homeric, Lombardo and Mill Reef. Two furlongs out, Linden Tree was still going strongly, but Homeric weakened and Lombardo soon gave way. Soon after, Mill Reef, with Geoff Lewis aboard, cruised up to the plucky Linden Tree and inside the distance, went on to win by two lengths, in 2 minutes 37.14 seconds. Mill Reef then won all his remaining starts, kicking off in the Eclipse Stakes when annihilating the French-trained Caro and lowering the Sandown Park course record. Next up, he won Ascot’s King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, then in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe he broke the Longchamp course record, defeating the popular French filly, Pistol Packer, by three lengths. Kept in training as a four-year-old, he won the Prix Ganay by a contemptuous 10 lengths and followed up by taking the Coronation Cup. Soon after, he contracted a virus infection, missing his second Eclipse Stakes. Then, sustaining a swollen hock, he also missed the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup and so the long-awaited rematch with Brigadier Gerard failed to come off. The tragic run continued, when on 30 August Mill Reef broke his near-foreleg while working at Kingsclere. The break was such that he could thankfully be saved and after a six-hour operation, involving the insertion of a steel plate in his leg, followed by six weeks in plaster, he fully recovered and retired to The National Stud in 1973. In 1977, his problems returned when he contracted contagious equine metritis.

As a result, he got only nine mares in foal. Nevertheless, two of the offspring proved exceptional: Fairy Footsteps won the 1000 Guineas and Glint of Gold went on to take six Group 1 races. The following year, when Shirley Heights won both the English and Irish Derby he became Champion Sire, and then again in 1987, when Reference Point won the Derby, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the St Leger. In 1988, he sired his fourth Classic winner when Doyoun won the 2000 Guineas. Furthermore, the line of three Derby winners – Mill Reef – Shirley Heights – Slip Anchor – not only gave Thoroughbred breeders access to his legacy, but has assured his place in history. Sadly, Mill Reef was put down on 2 February, 1986, after suffering a severe heart condition. He was buried at The National Stud in Newmarket. by Michael Church Official Derby Historian


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THIRD RACE 3.10 THE CORAL CORONATION CUP (GROUP 1) (CLASS 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) ONE MILE about FOUR FURLONGS (12f abt 6yds)

for four yrs old and upwards

Total race value £330000 For conditions of this race see page 78 STALLS: CENTRE

LEADING COURSE TRAINER (16-21): R Beckett (11 wins from 52 runners, 21%) runs ALBAFLORA TRAINER-IN-FORM (LAST 14 DAYS): R Beckett (8 wins from 29 runners, 28%) runs ALBAFLORA FANCY THAT: A P O’Brien won this race in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2017. The stable runs JAPAN and MOGUL today. LONGEST TRAVELLER: JAPAN & MOGUL trained by A P O’Brien, Ireland.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER

GHAIYYATH Ridden by William Buick Trained by Charlie Appleby

Owned by Godolphin

EPSOM RACE SUMMARY AL AASY made former St Leger and Dante winners, Logician (third) and Thunderous (second), look like average handicappers when cruising to an emphatic win at Newbury in the Al Rayyan Stakes last month and despite his rivals not being at their best on that occasion, the son of Sea The Stars stamped his authority as one of the main protagonists of the middle-distance division. He rates the one to beat but it would be no surprise to see Mogul dust off the cobwebs and bounce back to form returning to his optimum trip after finishing third in the Group 1 Prix Ganay. Japan recorded his first success in 624 days when winning the Ormonde Stakes at Chester and while this step back in trip provides a question mark, he can’t be ruled out either.

WIN: AL AASY

DANGER: MOGUL

PRESENTATION Coral is kindly awarding £200 to the racing groom responsible for the best turned out horse in this race, as well as a trophy to the winning Owner, Trainer and Jockey.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 7

(EXACTA)

Tongue Strap worn first time by No. 2. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 2. Probable S.P.’s - EVENS Al Aasy (IRE), 10-3 Japan (GB), 6-1 Mogul (GB), 10-1 Pyledriver (GB), 18-1 Albaflora (GB), 66-1 Highland Chief (IRE)

THIRD RACE

RACE FACTS


THIRD RACE 3.10 NO HORSE

1

AGE

AL AASY (IRE) (20)

B c Sea The Stars (IRE) - Kitcara Owner Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Trainer William Haggas, Newmarket Breeder Sunderland Holding Inc.

4 Form

5116-11

WEIGHT DRAW

9-0

(1)

D

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, striped cap. He has won four times from 1m 4f to 1m 5f on ground varying from good to soft. Won on his latest outing when 10-11fav in the Group 3 Al Rayyan Stakes at Newbury over 1m 4f (good to soft) last month, beating Thunderous by 4l. Imperious in victory there and every chance. Official BHA Rating 119

2

HIGHLAND CHIEF (IRE) (238) 4

B c Gleneagles (IRE) - Pink Symphony Owner Mrs Fitri Hay Trainer Paul & Oliver Cole, Whatcombe Breeder Mrs Fitri Hay

Form 102253Sponsored by JMH Group

JAPAN (GB) (29)

B h Galileo (IRE) - Shastye (IRE) Owner M Matsushima/D Smith/Mrs Magnier/M Tabor Form Trainer Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder Newsells Park Stud

5 43350-1 D

MOGUL (GB) (33)

B c Galileo (IRE) - Shastye (IRE) Owner Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Form Trainer Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder Newsells Park Stud

4

Ryan Moore

9-0 (5)

3151-03 D

ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves and cap. Winner of five races from 1m to 1m 4f on good and good - yielding ground. Third of 7 behind Mare Australis beaten 3 1/2l on his latest outing in the Group 1 Prix Ganay Stakes at ParisLongchamp over 1m 2f (good to soft) last month. Ran well enough there to be a factor here. Official BHA Rating 119

5

David Probert

9-0 (7)

GREY and WHITE check, striped sleeves, WHITE cap. Winner of six races from 7f to 1m 5f on ground varying from good to heavy. Won on his latest outing when 13-8fav in the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes at Chester over 1m 5f (good to soft) last month, beating Trueshan by 3/4l. Not always consistent, but certainly has the class. Official BHA Rating 120

4

Jim Crowley

9-0 (2)

PINK, EMERALD GREEN chevron, halved sleeves, EMERALD GREEN and PINK quartered cap. Successful at 5f and 1m 2f on soft ground. Third of 4 behind Euchen Glen beaten 10l at 9-2 on his latest outing in the Group 3 Cumberland Lodge Stakes at York over 1m 4f (soft) in October last year. He is wearing a tongue-tie for the first time. Needs more in this company. Official BHA Rating 109

3

JOCKEY

PYLEDRIVER (GB) (34)

4

Seamie Heffernan

9-0 (3)

B c Harbour Watch (IRE) - La Pyle (FR) Owner La Pyle Partnership Form 10130-2 D BF Trainer William Muir & Chris Grassick, Lambourn Sponsored by Breeder Knox & Wells Limited & R. Devlin K & W Bloodstock Limited

EMERALD GREEN, WHITE disc and sleeves, RED cap. He has won four times from 7f to 1m 4f on ground varying from firm to soft. Beaten 2 1/4l by Sir Ron Priestley when second of 5 at 15-8jt-fav on his latest outing in the Group 2 Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket over 1m 4f (good to firm) last month. Interesting challenger. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 1/5/2021 it was reported that the horse ducked away from the whip late-on. Official BHA Rating 117

6

ALBAFLORA (GB) (27)

Gr f Muhaarar - Almiranta Owner Miss K. Rausing Trainer Ralph Beckett, Kimpton Down Breeder Miss K. Rausing

Form

4 12622-1

Martin Dwyer

8-11 (6)

D

WHITE, EMERALD GREEN hoops, WHITE sleeves and cap. Successful at 1m 2f and 1m 4f on good and soft ground. Won on her latest outing when 4-1fav at Ascot over 1m 4f (soft) last month, beating Tribal Craft by 7l. Bolted up in that Listed contest and merits Frankie Dettori respect despite this big hike in class. Official BHA Rating 113


NO

7

HORSE

ALPINISTA (GB) (35)

Gr f Frankel - Alwilda Owner Miss K. Rausing Trainer Sir Mark Prescott Bt, Newmarket Breeder Miss K. Rausing

Form

AGE

WEIGHT DRAW

4

8-11 (4)

JOCKEY

4/4122-1 C D

NNER U R N WHITE, EMERALD GREEN hoops, WHITE N sleeves Oand cap. She has won three times from 7f to 1m 4f on ground varying from firm to good. Won on her latest

outing when 13-8fav at Goodwood over 1m 4f (good to firm) in April, beating Makawee by a short head. Doubtful runner today. Official BHA Rating 113

Non Runner

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2nd

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3rd

4th

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THIRD RACE

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T H E C A ZO O D ER BY

Shergar

THE

PREMIER CLASSIC Few who follow horseracing in the 21st Century will know much about ‘Gentleman’ Johnny Burgoyne. In 1776 the soldier, playwright and politician who married into the Derby family and had passed on the lease of his Surrey mansion, the Oaks, to the 12th Earl of Derby, Edward Smith-Stanley, urged his friend to introduce a race for three-year-old fillies over a mile and a half to emulate old comrade in arms Anthony St Leger, founder of the St Leger at Doncaster.


Three years later, on May 14th 1779, the Downs above the spa town of Epsom, hosted the inaugural running of the Oaks. Appropriately, Lord Derby’s Bridget was victorious. At a celebratory party that evening, Burgoyne proposed, because the Oaks had been such a great success, a similar race should be founded for both colts and fillies. Sir Charles Bunbury, a distinguished figure in the world of horseracing, was behind the concept of racing over a mile or a mile and a half. Legend has it that Bunbury and Derby discussed the possibility and all that was left was to name the race. Apparently, it was the toss of a coin in the latter’s favour that secured the race title, which started a worldwide franchise and lives on as strongly as ever. On May 4th 1780, the inaugural Derby Stakes was run for £1,065 15s. Despite losing the flip of the coin, Bunbury gained some compensation when Diomed carried his silks to success in the race, which was staged over a mile. The distance was changed to the present mile and a half in 1784. The Derby, a supreme challenge for three year olds over the unique undulating Epsom Downs track, remains the most prestigious Flat race in the world and will be staged for the 242nd time in 2021 and sponsored for the first time by Cazoo. This year we recognise some significant Derby anniversaries. It is 20 years since Galileo handed trainer Aidan O’Brien the first of his record nine Derby winners. The son of Sadler’s Wells has followed

Galileo

Mill Reef

in the footsteps of his sire and his grandsire, Northern Dancer, to become the greatest stallion of his or indeed virtually any generation, siring a record five Derby winners to date. It was 40 years ago, in 1981, that the Aga Khan’s Shergar was partnered to a record 10-length victory by 19-year-old Walter Swinburn. Trained by Michael Stoute, Shergar went on to prove himself the best of his generation with stunning victories in the Irish Derby and King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes. Valued at £10 million, the colt retired to Ballymany Stud in Ireland but on February 8th 1983, hooded gunmen seized him and demanded a £2 million ransom, which was refused. His fate remains a mystery. Mill Reef bounced back from his defeat in the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket by Brigadier Gerard to take The Derby impressively 50 years ago, in 1971. He remained unbeaten for the rest of the campaign and went on to win the Eclipse, King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, becoming the only horse in history to win these four races in the same season. Perusing record books which date back even further tells us that it is a century since Humorist handed jockey Steve Donoghue the third of his six Derby winners and the first of a record three consecutive victories for the popular rider. As in any year, the winner of the 2021 Cazoo Derby will have their name etched into horseracing folklore, their own unique story adding to the heritage of the World’s most famous Flat race.


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FOURTH RACE 3.45 THE CAZOO HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) ONE MILE about TWO FURLONGS (10f abt 17yds)

for four yrs old and upwards

Total race value £50000 For conditions of this race see page 78 STALLS: INSIDE

RACE FACTS

LAST YEAR’S WINNER

SKY DEFENDER Ridden by Joe Fanning Trained by Mark Johnston

Owned by Hamad Rashid Bin Ghedayer

EPSOM RACE SUMMARY Blue Cup didn’t receive any luck in running when fifth in the City And Surburban over C&D in April, before racing far too keenly on his latest outing at York. The return to a more turning track, along with a first-time hood, might bring about an improved effort, but he will need plenty to go right with the way he tends to be ridden and the winner of the first-named contest, VICTORY CHIME, is taken to uphold that form. Ralph Beckett’s gelding displays his best form on unconventional tracks and a 4lb rise for his latest victory is unlikely to stop him from backing that performance up. Dream With Me arrives in search of a hat-trick having won twice at Ayr in recent months and is of interest, along with his stable companion Sky Defender.

WIN: VICTORY CHIME

DANGER: DREAM WITH ME

PRESENTATION Cazoo is kindly awarding £100 to the racing groom responsible for the best turned out horse in this race, as well as a trophy to the winning Owner, Trainer and Jockey.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 11

(EXACTA)

Hood worn first time by No. 4. Tongue Strap worn by No. 10. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 11. Probable S.P.’s - 9-2 Blue Cup (FR), 6-1 Dream With Me (IRE), 8-1 Victory Chime (IRE), HMS President (IRE), 10-1 Data Protection (GB), 12-1 Sky Defender (GB), Strait of Hormuz (IRE), Water’s Edge (IRE), 14-1 Kaleidoscopic (GB), 22-1 You’re Hired (GB), Lawn Ranger (GB)

FOURTH RACE

LEADING COURSE TRAINER (16-21): M Johnston (19 wins from 107 runners, 18%) runs DREAM WITH ME and SKY DEFENDER TRAINER-IN-FORM (LAST 14 DAYS): R Beckett (8 wins from 29 runners, 28%) runs VICTORY CHIME LONGEST TRAVELLER: STRAIT OF HORMUZ trained by J O’Keeffe, Leyburn, 259 miles.


FOURTH RACE 3.45 NO HORSE

1

SKY DEFENDER (GB) (33)

B h Farhh - Al Mahmeyah Owner Mr Hamad Rashed Bin Ghedayer Trainer Mark Johnston, Middleham Breeder Rabbah Bloodstock Limited

AGE

WEIGHT DRAW

5

9-10 (8)

Form 264424 CD Sponsored by Johnston Racing Ltd

GREY, BROWN seams, BROWN cap. Winner of five races from 7f to 1m 4f on firm and good ground and on the all-weather. Finished 6l behind Zabeel Champion when fourth of 5 at 17-2 on his latest outing at Newmarket over 1m 4f (good to firm) last month. Enjoys it at this venue and must be respected. Official BHA Rating 104

2

VICTORY CHIME (IRE) (45)

B g Campanologist (USA) - Patuca Owner Mr A. Nevin Trainer Ralph Beckett, Kimpton Down Breeder M. Downey & Kildaragh Stud

6

3

Form 4412-31 CD Sponsored by R M Beckett Ltd

STRAIT OF HORMUZ (IRE) (23) 4 Form 15210-0 D Sponsored by Jedd O’Keeffe Racing

BLUE CUP (FR) (21)

5

Gr g Kendargent (FR) - Hunter Forward (AUS) Owner Michael Watt, Gerry Ryan & Roy David Form 4/515-50 D BF Trainer David Menuisier, Pulborough Sponsored by Breeder Mr Michael Watt Shinco Racing Limited

YOU’RE HIRED (GB) (212)

B g Dalakhani (IRE) - Heaven Sent Owner Mr George Materna Trainer Amanda Perrett, Pulborough Breeder Cheveley Park Stud Ltd

8

DREAM WITH ME (IRE) (24) 4

B c Frankel - Where (IRE) Owner Mr Saeed Suhail Trainer Mark Johnston, Middleham Breeder Coolmore

Oisin Murphy

8-11 (3)

Form 150340- D Sponsored by Amanda Perrett Racing - Coombelands Racing Stables

DARK BLUE, ROYAL BLUE epaulets and armlets, PINK cap. He has won four times from 7f to 1m 3f on good to firm and good ground. Beaten 6l behind Make It Rain at 10-1 when seventh of 13 on his latest outing at Lingfield over 1m 2f in November last year. Somewhat of an unknown after a break but has run well fresh in the past. Official BHA Rating 91

6

Hollie Doyle

8-12 (9)

DARK BLUE and WHITE check, DARK BLUE sleeves, EMERALD GREEN cap. Successful at 7f and 1m 2f on good to firm and heavy ground. Beaten 11l behind Surrey Pride at 5-2fav when seventh of 12 on his latest outing at York over 1m 2f (good) last month. Was very keen that day but holds solid claims if a first-time hood helps him to settle. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 14/5/2021 it was reported that the horse ran too free. Official BHA Rating 92

5

Rob Hornby

8-12 (10)

PINK, large WHITE spots. He has won three times from 7f to 1m 2f on good and soft ground. Beaten 12l behind Ilaraab at 12-1 when seventh of 15 on his latest outing at York over 1m 4f (good to soft) last month. He could be sitting on an appealing mark and warrants interest stepping back in trip. Official BHA Rating 92

4

Franny Norton

9-8 (6)

BLACK, WHITE chevron, sleeves and diamond on cap. Has won nine races from 1m 2f to 1m 3f on ground varying from good to firm to soft and on the all-weather. A winner at 8-1 over this course and distance (good) on his latest outing in April, beating Sky Defender by 1 1/4l. Further progression could be on the horizon. Official BHA Rating 102

B g Sir Percy - Sliabh Luachra (IRE) Owner Quantum Trainer Jedd O’Keeffe, Leyburn Breeder Epona Bloodstock Ltd

JOCKEY

James Doyle

8-10 (5)

Form 52-1311 D Sponsored by Johnston Racing Ltd

ROYAL BLUE, YELLOW chevron, YELLOW cap, ROYAL BLUE spots. He has won three times from 1m 2f to 1m 4f on good to firm and good ground and on the all-weather. Won on his latest outing when 11-8fav at Ayr over 1m 2f (good) last month, beating Anythingtoday by 2 1/2l. Impossible to discount after a fruitful spell. Official BHA Rating 90

Ben Curtis


7

HORSE

HMS PRESIDENT (IRE) (25)

AGE

WEIGHT DRAW

4

8-9 (7)

B g Excelebration (IRE) - Dance Hall Girl (IRE) Owner HP Racing HMS President Form 2343-01 D Trainer Eve Johnson Houghton, Blewbury Sponsored by ABM Catering Limited Breeder Skymarc Farm

WHITE, RED seams, RED and WHITE quartered cap. Successful at 1m and 1m 2f on good to soft ground and on the all-weather. A winner at 7-2 at Windsor over 1m 2f (good to soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Bad Company by 1l. This requires considerably more but we do not know where his limitations lie. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 10/5/2021 it was reported that the horse lost a shoe. Official BHA Rating 89

8

KALEIDOSCOPIC (GB) (16)

B f Le Havre (IRE) - Riot of Colour Owner Hunscote Stud Limited and Partner Trainer Mick Channon, West Ilsley Breeder Car Colston Hall Stud

4

9

William Buick

8-9 (4)

Form 101-226 D Sponsored by Mike Channon Bloodstock Ltd

PURPLE, EMERALD GREEN hoop and armlets. Successful twice at 1m 2f on good and soft ground. Finished 6l behind Bharani Star when sixth of 10 at 6-1 on her latest outing at Ayr over 1m 2f (good to firm) last month. Hasn’t been firing yet this campaign but holds place claims now in calmer waters. Official BHA Rating 89

LAWN RANGER (GB) (28)

B g Cityscape - Baylini Owner Canisbay Bloodstock Trainer Michael Attwater, Epsom Breeder Jacqueline Doyle

JOCKEY

6

David Probert

8-8 (2)

Form 1240-56 D Sponsored by Fleetwood Developments Ltd

DARK BLUE, PINK Cross of Lorraine, sleeves and cap. Winner of five races from 1m to 1m 2f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft and on the all-weather. Finished 10l behind Dark Pine when sixth of 9 at 6-1 on his latest outing at Chester over 1m Callum Shepherd 2f (good to soft) last month. Has plenty on his plate today. Official BHA Rating 88

10

DATA PROTECTION (GB) (28) 6

8-7 (11)

B g Foxwedge (AUS) - Midnight Sky Owner Muir Racing Partnership - Santa Anita Form 31005-3 C D Trainer William Muir & Chris Grassick, Lambourn Sponsored by Breeder Mr & Mrs J. Laws The Print Consultancy Woking

RED, YELLOW epaulets, armlets and cap. Has won eight races from 7f to 1m 2f on ground varying from good to firm to good to soft. Third of 9 behind Dark Pine beaten 1 3/4l at 4-1 on his latest outing at Chester over 1m 2f (good to soft) last month. Capable on his day and merits consideration. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 7/5/2021 it was reported that the horse ran too freely. Official BHA Rating 87

11

WATER’S EDGE (IRE) (25)

B g Footstepsinthesand - Sommer Queen Owner Carbine of London Racing Trainer George Baker, Chiddingfold Breeder John Fielding

5

(IRE) Form 114-053 D Sponsored by Coolhouse Vineyards Ltd

8-4

(1)

BLACK, RED seams, WHITE sleeves, BLACK cap. He has won four times at 1m 2f on ground varying from good to firm to heavy and on the all-weather. Third of 12 behind Hms President beaten 2l at 20-1 on his latest outing at Windsor over 1m 2f (good to soft) last month. This requires a career best. Official BHA Rating 84

Result 1st

2nd

Distance

3rd

4th

Time

David Egan

Nicola Currie

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40 YEARS ON

Shergar The first half of 1981 was momentous for racing and indeed sport in general in Britain.

Beginning at the Cheltenham Festival, where 11-year-old Sea Pigeon claimed his second Champion Hurdle under a masterful John Francome ride, to the first-ever London Marathon, to Bob Champion and Aldaniti overcoming all the odds at Aintree to win the Grand National and on to Ricky Villa’s mastery for Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup Final replay, it truly had it all. That remarkable

sporting year would continue in no uncertain terms at Epsom Downs thanks to a horse called Shergar.

Trained by Michael Stoute in Newmarket, Shergar won impressively on his first start as a two-year-old at Newbury, before finishing second to the more experienced Beldale Flutter on his only other juvenile outing in the Futurity Stakes at Doncaster.


Having been rated 31st among his peers in the 1980 European Free Handicap, Shergar commenced his Classic season as a 33-1 ante-post chance for The Derby. Those odds tumbled after a 10-length victory in Sandown Park’s Classic Trial was followed by a 12-length demolition job in the Chester Vase. Shergar lined up at Epsom Downs as the 10-11 favourite for Derby glory, where he would be partnered by 19-year-old Walter Swinburn. He did not disappoint his supporters as he once again accelerated away from his rivals to register a stunning 10-length success - the widest winning margin in the long history of the premier Classic. Given the unprecedented winning margin, jockey John Mathias, who was aboard secondplaced Glint Of Gold, famously thought he had won! With The Derby in the bag, Shergar went to the Curragh and added the Irish Derby by four lengths before routing his elders by the same distance in Britain’s premier all-age middle-distance contest, the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. The stage was set for an autumn hurrah in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp but in an unexpected twist, connections decided to take in the St Leger at Doncaster. He could fare no better than fourth in the final Classic, with connections in agreement that Shergar’s magic from earlier in the season had deserted him.

That defeat was to be Shergar’s final race. With a lofty Timeform rating of 140 and valued at £10 million, the colt retired to the Aga Khan’s Ballymany Stud in Ireland. However, in what was to make headlines across the world, hooded gunmen seized the stallion on February 8th 1983, with a £2million ransom demanded and subsequently refused. Despite numerous articles, documentaries and conspiracy theories, Shergar’s fate remains a mystery. Tragically, Shergar’s jockey Walter Swinburn, who also won The Derby on Shahrastani (1986) and Lammtarra (1995), died as a result of an accident aged 55 in 2016. For all that has followed in the ensuing 40 years, that gloriously sunny afternoon of June 3rd 1981 at Epsom Downs and Shergar’s electrifying performance will never be forgotten.


THE CAZOO OAKS 20-YEAR ROLL OF HONOUR 2020 CAZOO OAKS WINNER

LOVE

Ridden by Ryan Moore Trained by Aidan O’Brien Owned by Mr M Tabor, Mr D Smith & Mrs J Magnier

2019

ANAPURNA Owner: Helena Springfield Ltd

2018

Trainer: John Gosden

FOREVER TOGETHER Owner: Mr M Tabor, Mr D Smith & Mrs J Magnier Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

2017

Jockey: D. O’Brien

ENABLE Owner: Khalid Abdullah

2016

Jockey: L. Dettori

Trainer: John Gosden

Jockey: L. Dettori

MINDING Owner: Mrs D Smith, Mrs John Magnier & M Tabor Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

T: 01372 726 311 E: epsom@thejockeyclub.co.uk W: thejockeyclub.co.uk/epsom

Jockey: R. L. Moore


2015

QUALIFY Owner: Mrs C C Regalado-Gonzalez Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

2014

TAGHROODA Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

2013

Trainer: John Gosden

Trainer: Michael Bell

Jockey: J. Spencer

Trainer: Ralph Beckett

Jockey: S. Sanders

Trainer: Sir Henry Cecil

Jockey: T. Durcan

LIGHT SHIFT Owner: Niarchos Family

2006

Jockey: R. L. Moore

LOOK HERE Owner: J H Richmond-Watson

2007

Trainer: Ed Dunlop

SARSIKA Owner: Lady Bamford

2008

Trainer: William Haggas Jockey: J. Murtagh

SNOW FAIRY Owner: Anamoine Limited

2009

ALEXANDROVA Owner: Mrs John Magnier, Mr M Tabor & Mr D Smith Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

2005

Trainer: Ed Dunlop

Jockey: K. Fallon

Trainer: Andrew Balding Jockey: M. Dwyer

KAZZIA Owner: Godolphin

2001

Jockey: R. Hills

CASUAL LOOK Owner: W S Farish III

2002

Trainer: Michael Jarvis

OUIJA BOARD Owner: Lord Derby

2003

Jockey: K. Fallon

ESWARAH Owner: Hamdan Al Maktoum

2004

Jockey: S. Heffernan

DANCING RAIN Owner: M J & L A Taylor

2010

Jockey: R. Hughes

WAS Owner: Mrs D Smith, Mrs John Magnier & M Tabor Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

2011

Jockey: P. Hanagan

TALENT Owner: Mr J L Rowsell & Mr M H Dixon Trainer: Ralph Beckett

2012

Jockey: C. O’Donoghue

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor Jockey: L. Dettori

IMAGINE Owner: Mrs J. Magnier & Mrs D. Nagle

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien

Jockey: M.J. Kinane


THE ROAD TO

THE CAZOO OAKS

SAFFRON BEACH & SANTA BARBARA The QIPCO 1000 Guineas Newmarket Sunday 2nd May

SHERBET LEMON, SAVE A FOREST, OCEAN ROAD & DIVINELY The Novibet Oaks Trial Fillies’ Stakes Lingfield Park Saturday 8th May

Despite finishing second and fourth respectively behind the Aidan O’Brien-trained winner, Mother Earth, both of these fillies shaped nicely in the first Fillies’ Classic of the season. Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Saffron Beach pushed the winner closest and looks as if she’ll enjoy this step up in trip, while Santa Barbara hailed from the same stable as the winner and despite being beaten as favourite, ran a hugely encouraging trial for the Cazoo Oaks.

A hugely competitive renewal of the Lingfield Oaks Trial saw a brave success from the Archie Watson-trained Sherbet Lemon under Paul Mulrennan. The fillies who chased her home in behind all stayed on promisingly too, despite a few being short of room at stages in the race, and should be able to play a hand in what looks an open and exciting renewal of the fillies’ Classic.

DUBAI FOUNTAIN & ZEYAADAH The Weatherbys ePassport Cheshire Oaks Chester Wednesday 5th May

SNOWFALL & TEONA The Tattersalls Musidora Stakes York Wednesday 12th May

Chester’s famous Oaks Trial saw the Mark Johnstontrained Dubai Fountain tough it out from close to the front, holding off the Roger Varian-trained Zeyaadah, carrying the colours of Shadwell and the much missed Hamdan Al Maktoum. The runner-up made significant ground late on and it should be close between the pair again in the Cazoo Oaks, the victor almost certain to go close to landing the Classic spoils.

A clever ride and a powerful performance contributed to Snowfall’s impressive victory in York’s Tattersalls Musidora and with the very smart Noon Star and Teona well beaten in behind on the day, the Aidan O’Brien-trained filly certainly looks to hold a big chance in the big one this afternoon. By the world-famous Japanese sensation, Deep Impact, it would be some story were she to win this afternoon.


BIG RACE FACTS FIFTH RACE 4:30

THE CAZOO OAKS (GROUP 1)

9

of the last

12

favourites were beaten

NINE of the last THIRTEEN winners were rated 102 or higher

1st

10

14

of the last winners had already won a race that season

F R A N K I E

D E T T O R I has won the Oaks

5

times

11 of the last 14

winners were 5/1 or bigger in the betting

10

of the last

14

winners ran in the last 33 days

TOP TRAINER

AIDAN O'BRIEN (EIGHT OAKS VICTORIES) RUNS DIVINELY, LA JOCONDE, SANTA BARBARA, SNOWFALL & WILLOW

8

of the last

13

LEADING OWNER

winners won last time out

MR M. TABOR , MR D. SMITH & MRS J. MAGNIER (2 WINS FROM LAST 10) RUN LA JOCONDE & WILLOW


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FIFTH RACE 4.30 THE CAZOO OAKS (GROUP 1) (CLASS 1) (BRITISH CHAMPIONS SERIES) ONE MILE about FOUR FURLONGS (12f abt 6yds)

for three yrs old fillies

Total race value £395000 For conditions of this race see page 78 STALLS: CENTRE

RACE FACTS LEADING COURSE TRAINER (16-21): M Johnston (19 wins from 107 runners, 18%) runs DUBAI FOUNTAIN TRAINER-IN-FORM (LAST 14 DAYS): R Varian (10 wins from 40 runners, 25%) runs SAVE A FOREST, TEONA and ZEYAADAH FANCY THAT: A P O’Brien won this race in 2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 & 2020. The stable runs DIVINELY, LA JOCONDE, SANTA BARBARA, SNOWFALL & WILLOW today. LONGEST TRAVELLERS: DIVINELY, LA JOCONDE, SANTA BARBARA, SNOWFALL & WILLOW trained by A P O’Brien, Ireland.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER

LOVE Ridden by Ryan Moore

Owned by M Tabor, Trained by Aidan O’Brien D Smith & Mrs J Magnier

WIN: DUBAI FOUNTAIN

DANGER: ZEYAADAH

PRESENTATION Cazoo is kindly awarding £200 to the racing groom responsible for the best turned out horse in this race, as well as a trophy to the winning Owner, Trainer and Jockey.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 14

(EXACTA)

Hood worn first time by No. 12. Probable S.P.’s - 11-4 Santa Barbara (IRE), 11-2 Snowfall (JPN), Zeyaadah (IRE), 7-1 Teona (IRE), 12-1 Saffron Beach (IRE), 14-1 Divinely (IRE), Dubai Fountain (IRE), 28-1 Sherbet Lemon (USA), 40-1 Ocean Road (IRE), 50-1 Mystery Angel (IRE), Willow (IRE), 66-1 La Joconde (IRE), 80-1 Save A Forest (IRE), 100-1 Technique (GB)

FIFTH RACE

EPSOM RACE SUMMARY Santa Barbara was all the rage ahead of the 1000 Guineas where she ran respectably to finish fourth, having won her sole juvenile outing last September. She is expected to improve from the experience but whether she wants 1m4f remains to be seen. Her stable companion Snowfall benefited from getting the run of things in the Musidora at York, when having Teona (third) and Mystery Angel (fourth) in behind, but she must back that performance up having disappointed more often than not at two. Saffron Beach was runner-up in the 1000 Guineas but has questions to answer about the step up in trip, so the vote, therefore, goes to DUBAI FOUNTAIN. She boasts solid form, having finished fourth in the Fillies’ Mile at Newmarket last October, and Mark Johnston’s filly made a satisfactory return when upped in trip at Chester to get the better of Zeyaadah. Both fillies are expected to come forward from that effort but the former is capable of upholding that performance, especially with the latter having the negative of being drawn in stall one.


FIFTH RACE 4.30 NO HORSE

1

WEIGHT DRAW

DIVINELY (IRE) (27)

9-0

B f Galileo (IRE) - Red Evie (IRE)

Owner Mrs John Magnier,Mr M.Tabor & Mr D.Smith Form Trainer Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder Coolmore

JOCKEY

(11)

52410-4

PINK. Seamie Heffernan A winner at 1m on heavy ground. Finished 2l behind Sherbet Lemon when fourth of 8 at 5-1 on her latest outing at Lingfield over 1m 4f (soft) last month. A Group 3 winner as a juvenile but that latest effort leaves her with some improvement to find in this company. Official BHA Rating 95

2

DUBAI FOUNTAIN (IRE) (30) 9-0

B f Teofilo (IRE) - Nafura

(6)

Owner Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum Form 22424-1 Trainer Mark Johnston, Middleham Sponsored by Johnston Racing Ltd Breeder Godolphin SILVER, tassel on cap. Franny Norton She has won three times from 7f to 1m 3f on ground varying from good to soft. Won on her latest outing when 13-8fav at Chester over 1m 3f (good to soft) last month, beating Zeyaadah by 1l. Won despite being keen early and could take a big step forward from that run. Official BHA Rating 110

3

LA JOCONDE (IRE) (30)

B f Frankel - Wadyhatta

Owner M Tabor/D Smith/Mrs J Magnier/Westerberg Form Trainer Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder Lynch Bages Ltd

9-0

(10)

5432-24

ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves. William Buick Placed in three of six starts. Finished 8l behind Dubai Fountain when fourth of 7 at 9-2 on her latest outing at Chester over 1m 3f (good to soft) last month. Has plenty of ground to make up with the reopposing winner here. Official BHA Rating 92

4

MYSTERY ANGEL (IRE) (23) 9-0

B or Br f Kodi Bear (IRE) - Angel Grace (IRE) Owner Nick Bradley Racing 27 & Partner Trainer George Boughey, Newmarket Breeder Mrs Noelle Walsh

(3)

Form 2-22514 Sponsored by Tattersalls

WHITE, BLACK seams, WHITE sleeves, BLACK stars, WHITE cap, BLACK star. Ben Curtis She has won three times from 7f to 1m 2f on good to firm and good ground. Finished 4 1/2l behind Snowfall when fourth of 7 at 6-1 on her latest outing in the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York over 1m 2f (good to soft) last month. Has to improve to make an impact. Official BHA Rating 100

5

OCEAN ROAD (IRE) (27)

B f Australia - Love And Laughter (IRE) Owner Qatar Racing Limited Trainer Hugo Palmer, Newmarket Breeder K. and Mrs Cullen

9-0

(2)

Form 21-3 Sponsored by Tweenhills Farm & Stud Ltd

CLARET, GOLD braid, CLARET sleeves, CLARET cap, GOLD tassel. Oisin Murphy A winner at 1m on the all-weather. Third of 8 behind Sherbet Lemon beaten 1 3/4l at 4-1 on her latest outing at Lingfield over 1m 4f (soft) last month. Finished ahead of Divinely that day and entitled to improve on what was only her third career start. Official BHA Rating 95


Sadler’s Wells (USA) Galileo (IRE) Urban Sea (USA)

Intikhab (USA) Red Evie (IRE)

1. DIVINELY (IRE)

Malafemmena (IRE)

(Breeder - Coolmore)

Galileo (IRE) Teofilo (IRE) Speirbhean (IRE)

Dubawi (IRE) Nafura (GB)

2. DUBAI FOUNTAIN (IRE)

Mysterial (USA)

(Breeder - Godolphin)

Galileo (IRE) Sold by

Frankel (GB) Kind (IRE)

Cape Cross (IRE) Wadyhatta (GB)

3. LA JOCONDE (IRE)

Thamarat (GB)

(Breeder - Lynch Bages Ltd)

Kodiac (GB) Sold by

Kodi Bear (IRE) Hawattef (IRE)

Dark Angel (IRE) Angel Grace (IRE)

4. MYSTERY ANGEL (IRE)

Light Sea (IRE)

(Breeder - Mrs Noelle Walsh)

Galileo (IRE) Sold by

Australia (GB) Ouija Board (GB)

Theatrical

5. OCEAN ROAD

(Breeder - K and Mrs Cullen)

Love And Laughter (IRE) Hoh Dear (IRE)

Northern Dancer Fairy Bridge (USA) Miswaki (USA) Allegretta Red Ransom (USA) Crafty Example (USA) Nordico (USA) Martinova Sadler’s Wells (USA) Urban Sea (USA) Danehill (USA) Saviour (USA) Dubai Millennium (GB) Zomaradah (GB) Alleged (USA) Mysteries (USA) Sadler’s Wells (USA) Urban Sea (USA) Danehill (USA) Rainbow Lake (GB) Green Desert (USA) Park Appeal Anabaa (USA) Al Ishq (FR) Danehill (USA) Rafha Mujtahid (USA) Madary (CAN) Acclamation (GB) Midnight Angel (GB) King’s Best (USA) Bint Al Balad (IRE) Sadler’s Wells (USA) Urban Sea (USA) Cape Cross (IRE) Selection Board Nureyev (USA) Tree of Knowledge Sri Pekan (USA) Miss Kristin (IRE)


NO HORSE

6

WEIGHT DRAW

SAFFRON BEACH (IRE) (33)

Ch f New Bay - Falling Petals (IRE)

Owner Mrs B. V. Sangster, J Wigan & O Sangster Form Trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam, Newmarket Breeder China Horse Club International Ltd

9-0

JOCKEY

(7)

11-22

RED, WHITE seams, RED sleeves, WHITE cap, RED stars. Adam Kirby Successful twice at 7f on good and soft ground. Beaten 1l by Mother Earth when second of 11 at 9-1 on her latest outing in the Group 1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket over 1m (good to firm) last month. Excellent that day and interesting if her stamina holds out. Official BHA Rating 109

7

SANTA BARBARA (IRE) (33) 9-0

B f Camelot - Senta’s Dream

Owner Mrs J Magnier/M Tabor/D Smith/Westerberg Form Trainer Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder Whisperview Trading Ltd

1-4

(4)

BF

DARK BLUE Ryan Moore A winner at 1m on good ground. Finished 1 1/2l behind Mother Earth when fourth of 11 at 5-2jt-fav on her latest outing in the Group 1 QIPCO 1000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket over 1m (good to firm) last month. Shaped as though a step up in trip was needed there. Official BHA Rating -

8

SAVE A FOREST (IRE) (27) 9-0 (13)

B f Kingman - Bark (IRE)

Owner The Gredley Family Trainer Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder Stetchworth & Middle Park Studs Ltd

Form 5-3112 Sponsored by Unex Group

YELLOW, BLACK and YELLOW striped sleeves, WHITE cap. Callum Shepherd Successful at 1m 1f and 1m 2f on good to firm ground and on the all-weather. Beaten 3/4l by Sherbet Lemon when second of 8 at 12-1 on her latest outing at Lingfield over 1m 4f (soft) last month. Ran on strongly last time and could be doing some useful work late on. Official BHA Rating 97

9

SHERBET LEMON (USA) (27) 9-0 (14)

Gr or Ro f Lemon Drop Kid (USA) - Famous (IRE) Owner Apple Tree Stud Trainer Archie Watson, Upper Lambourn Breeder Mt Brilliant Broodmares II LLC

Form

141

D

WHITE, EMERALD GREEN star, striped sleeves. Hollie Doyle Successful at 1m and 1m 4f on soft ground and on the all-weather. A winner at 28-1 at Lingfield over 1m 4f (soft) on her latest outing last month, beating Save A Forest by 3/4l. Has come on leaps and bounds in three starts this year. Official BHA Rating 99

10

SNOWFALL (JPN) (23)

B f Deep Impact (JPN) - Best In The World (IRE) Owner Mr D. Smith, Mrs J. Magnier, Mr M. Tabor Form Trainer Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder Roncon, Chelston Ire. & Wynatt

9-0

(12)

14500-1

PURPLE, WHITE seams, striped sleeves, PURPLE cap. Frankie Dettori Successful at 7f and 1m 2f on good to soft and good - yielding ground. A winner at 14-1 in the Group 3 Musidora Stakes at York over 1m 2f (good to soft) on her latest outing last month, beating Noon Star by 4l. Dictated terms to suit last time, but still has a shout. Official BHA Rating 108


Dubawi (IRE) Sold by

New Bay (GB) Cinnamon Bay (GB)

Raven’s Pass (USA)

6. SAFFRON BEACH (IRE)

Falling Petals (IRE) Infinite Spirit (USA)

(Breeder - China Horse Club International Ltd)

Montjeu (IRE) Camelot (GB) Tarfah (USA)

Danehill (USA)

7. SANTA BARBARA (IRE)

Senta’s Dream (GB) Starine (FR)

(Breeder - Whisperview Trading Ltd)

Invincible Spirit (IRE) Kingman (GB) Zenda (GB)

Galileo (IRE)

8. SAVE A FOREST (IRE)

Bark (IRE) Baraka (IRE)

(Breeder - Stetchworth & Middle Park Studs Ltd)

Kingmambo (USA) Lemon Drop Kid (USA) Charming Lassie (USA)

Danehill Dancer (IRE)

9. SHERBET LEMON (USA)

Famous (IRE) Starlight Dreams (USA)

(Breeder - Mt Brilliant Broodmares II Llc)

Sunday Silence (USA) Deep Impact (JPN) Wind In Her Hair (IRE)

Galileo (IRE)

10. SNOWFALL (JPN)

(Breeder - Roncon, Chelston Ire & Wynatt)

Best In The World (IRE) Red Evie (IRE)

Dubai Millennium (GB) Zomaradah (GB) Zamindar (USA) Trellis Bay (GB) Elusive Quality (USA) Ascutney (USA) Maria’s Mon (USA) Eternal Reve (USA) Sadler’s Wells (USA) Floripedes (FR) Kingmambo (USA) Fickle (GB) Danzig (USA) Razyana (USA) Mendocino (USA) Grisonnante (FR) Green Desert (USA) Rafha Zamindar (USA) Hope (IRE) Sadler’s Wells (USA) Urban Sea (USA) Danehill (USA) Cocotte Mr Prospector (USA) Miesque (USA) Seattle Slew (USA) Lassie Dear (USA) Danehill (USA) Mira Adonde (USA) Black Tie Affair Reves Celestes (USA) Halo (USA) Wishing Well (USA) Alzao (USA) Burghclere Sadler’s Wells (USA) Urban Sea (USA) Intikhab (USA) Malafemmena (IRE)


NO HORSE

11

WEIGHT DRAW

TECHNIQUE (GB) (27)

9-0

B or Gr f Mastercraftsman (IRE) - Lifting Me Higher (IRE) Owner Mantonbury Stud Trainer Martyn Meade, Manton Breeder The Pocock Family

JOCKEY

(9)

Form 120 Sponsored by Meyer Timber Ltd

PINK and EMERALD GREEN check, PINK sleeves and cap. Sean Levey A winner at 1m 1f on the all-weather. Beaten 9l behind Sherbet Lemon at 5-1 when seventh of 8 on her latest outing at Lingfield over 1m 4f (soft) last month. Behind a number of today’s rivals in that trial and hard to see her reversing the form. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 8/5/2021 it was reported that the trainer could not explain the poor run. Official BHA Rating 97

12

TEONA (IRE) (23)

9-0(8)

B f Sea The Stars (IRE) - Ambivalent (IRE) Owner Mr Ali Saeed Trainer Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder Rabbah Bloodstock Limited

Form

21-3

GREY, MAROON triple diamond, WHITE sleeves, GREY cap, MAROON diamonds. David Egan A winner at 1m 2f on the all-weather. Third of 7 behind Snowfall beaten 4 1/2l at 15-8 on her latest outing in the Group 3 Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York over 1m 2f (good to soft) last month. Showed some inexperience there and could improve for the fitting of a hood. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 12/5/2021 it was reported that the horse became upset in the stalls. Official BHA Rating 100

13

WILLOW (IRE) (27)

9-0(5)

B f American Pharoah (USA) - Peeping Fawn (USA) Owner Mr M. Tabor, D. Smith & Mrs John Magnier Form Trainer Aidan O’Brien, Ireland Breeder Coolmore

431-03

BF

ROYAL BLUE, ORANGE disc, striped sleeves and cap. W. M. Lordan A winner at 1m on yielding - soft ground. Third of 7 behind Insinuendo beaten 3 1/2l at 11-4jt-fav on her latest outing in the Group 3 Irish Stallion Farms EBF Blue Wind Stakes at Naas over 1m 2f (yielding - soft) last month. His stable have better prospects on paper. Official BHA Rating 96

14

ZEYAADAH (IRE) (30)

9-0 (1)

Ch f Tamayuz - Masaafat

Owner Shadwell Estate Company Ltd Trainer Roger Varian, Newmarket Breeder Shadwell Estate Company Limited

Form

111-2

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE epaulets, striped cap. Jim Crowley She has won three times from 7f to 1m on good and heavy ground and on the all-weather. Beaten 1l by Dubai Fountain when second of 7 at 5-1 on her latest outing at Chester over 1m 3f (good to soft) last month. Struggled for room that day and could improve markedly on it. Official BHA Rating 105

Result 1st

2nd

Distance

3rd

4th

Time


Danehill Dancer (IRE) Sold by

Mastercraftsman (IRE) Starlight Dreams (USA)

Sea The Stars (IRE) Lifting Me Higher (IRE)

11. TECHNIQUE

Centreofattention (AUS)

(Breeder - The Pocock Family)

Cape Cross (IRE) Sold by

Sea The Stars (IRE) Urban Sea (USA)

Authorized (IRE)

12. TEONA (IRE)

Ambivalent (IRE) Darrery (GB)

(Breeder - Rabbah Bloodstock Limited)

Pioneerof The Nile (USA) American Pharoah (USA) Littleprincessemma (USA)

Danehill (USA)

13. WILLOW (IRE)

Peeping Fawn (USA) Maryinsky (IRE)

(Breeder - Coolmore)

Nayef (USA) Tamayuz (GB) Al Ishq (FR)

Act One (GB)

14. ZEYAADAH (IRE)

(Breeder - Shadwell Estate Company Limited)

Masaafat (GB) Repeat Warning (GB)

Danehill (USA) Mira Adonde (USA) Black Tie Affair Reves Celestes (USA) Cape Cross (IRE) Urban Sea (USA) Danehill (USA) L’On Vite (USA) Green Desert (USA) Park Appeal Miswaki (USA) Allegretta Montjeu (IRE) Funsie (FR) Darshaan Flamenco (USA) Empire Maker (USA) Star of Goshen (USA) Yankee Gentleman (USA) Exclusive Rosette (USA) Danzig (USA) Razyana (USA) Sadler’s Wells (USA) Blush With Pride (USA) Gulch (USA) Height of Fashion (FR) Nureyev (USA) Allez Les Trois (USA) In The Wings Summer Sonnet (GB) Warning Reprocolor

DID YOU KNOW? The fastest time recorded in the Cazoo Oaks was 2m 34.13s, set in 2017 by Enable.



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J O E M ER C ER H o r s e r a c i n g mourned the loss of one of its true greats in the build-up to this year’s Cazoo Derby Festival following the passing of champion jockey Joe Mercer OBE. Mercer’s death at the age of 86 was announced on May 17th. With a total of 2,810 winners in the UK during a career spanning 36 seasons, Mercer partnered eight Classic winners in total, with the great Brigadier Gerard’s success in the 2,000 Guineas of 1971 his clear standout victory.

REMEMBERING

Joe Mercer OBE 1934-2021


The first of Mercer’s Classic winners came while still an apprentice on Ambiguity in the 1953 Oaks at Epsom Downs. Trained by Jack Colling for owner the 3rd Viscount Astor, Ambiguity was a filly of rare appearance, having four white feet and one eye that was pale blue in colour. As an 18-1 chance Ambiguity was a relatively unfancied Oaks contender, but after taking up the running a furlong from home there was no doubt about the winner as she stayed on powerfully to take the honours by a length under her 18-year-old jockey, Mercer. Brigadier Gerard

Although The Derby proved to be the one Classic to elude Mercer, he went close to success on two occasions. In 1959 he partnered Fidalgo to finish second, beaten a length by Parthia, who ironically was ridden by his father-in-law Harry Carr. And it was another 17 years before Mercer came that close to winning the world’s greatest Flat race again, finding only one rival too good when Relkino went down by three lengths to French raider Empery in 1976, the eighth of Lester Piggott’s record nine Derby winners. Away from the Derby and Oaks, the other Group One highlight at the Cazoo Derby Festival

is the Coronation Cup, which takes place over a mile and a half for four year olds and upwards. Mercer took this race in back-to-back years, starting with Buoy in 1974. In a race with no pace, Mercer decided to make the most of Buoy’s proven stamina and at one point was 10 lengths clear of his rivals. It proved to be a tactical masterclass of a ride as although Buoy tired in the closing stages he held on to win, with the notable scalp of champion mare Dahlia back in third. A year later it was Bustino who Mercer partnered to Coronation Cup success. A thoroughly genuine and courageous performer, Mercer had previously partnered Bustino to victory in the 1974 St Leger and the duo would famously finish the narrow runner-up to Grundy in the “Race of the Century” – the 1975 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Mercer retired from riding after making his final ride a winning one on Bold Rex in the 1984 November Handicap at Doncaster and for many years was a highly-respected racing manager for the late Maktoum Al Maktoum’s Gainsborough Stud. It was in this role that he finally tasted Derby success when Kris Kin, owned by Maktoum associate Saeed Suhail, won the 2003 renewal.


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SIXTH RACE 5.10 THE PLAY CORAL ‘RACING-SUPER-SERIES’ FOR FREE SURREY STAKES (LISTED RACE) (CLASS 1) about SEVEN FURLONGS (7f abt 3yds)

for three yrs old

Total race value £40000 For conditions of this race see page 78 STALLS: INSIDE

RACE FACTS LEADING COURSE TRAINER (16-21): A Balding (12 wins from 81 runners, 15%) runs MYSTERY SMILES TRAINER-IN-FORM (LAST 14 DAYS): R Beckett (8 wins from 29 runners, 28%) runs MEU AMOR LONGEST TRAVELLER: MAMBA WAMBA trained by Adrian Nicholls, Sessay, 247 miles.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER

SAFE VOYAGE Ridden by Jason Hart Owned by Trained by John Quinn

Ross Harmon

EPSOM RACE SUMMARY Legal Attack is well worth a second look here for the Crisfords after a solid short-head second to Qaader in a decent Goodwood handicap and, with first-time cheekpieces added, he can get involved in the finish and bely his official rating. Meu Amor looks best of the fillies and ran well on soft ground when fourth over this trip in the Group 3 Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield. She drops in class on faster ground, which ought to see further improvement, and could well be the main danger to MEHMENTO. A facile winner of his first two starts, he only lost out by a neck to Chindit in the Greenham Stakes at Newbury (Group 3), before a respectable 11th when outclassed in the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2000 Guineas) at Longchamp. He should find this far easier, providing he handles the track, and is clearly the one to beat.

EACH-WAY: MEU AMOR

PRESENTATION Coral is kindly awarding £100 to the racing groom responsible for the best turned out horse in this race, as well as a trophy to the winning Owner, Trainer and Jockey.

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 7

(EXACTA)

Visor worn first time by No. 3. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn first time by No. 1. Probable S.P.’s - 2-1 Mehmento (IRE), 9-2 Meu Amor (FR), 11-2 Legal Attack (GB), Mystery Smiles (IRE), 10-1 Run To Freedom (GB), 11-1 Royal Scimitar (IRE), 20-1 Mamba Wamba (IRE)

SIXTH RACE

WIN: MEHMENTO


SIXTH RACE 5.10 NO HORSE

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LEGAL ATTACK (GB) (35)

9-0 (5)

B c Shalaa (IRE) - Lauren Louise Owner Mr Saeed Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi Form 124-42 Trainer Simon & Ed Crisford, Newmarket Sponsored by Tattersalls Breeder Toby Barker

YELLOW, BLACK star, diabolo on sleeves. A winner at 6f on soft ground. Beaten a short head by Qaader when second of 4 at 9-2 on his latest outing at Goodwood over 1m (good to firm) in April. He is wearing cheekpieces for the first time and will likely appreciate the drop back in trip. Not without claims. Official BHA Rating 98

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MEHMENTO (IRE) (19)

B c Mehmas (IRE) - Invincible Me (IRE) Owner Hambleton Racing XLVI & Partner Trainer Archie Watson, Upper Lambourn Breeder Tally-Ho Stud

Form 1120 D Sponsored by Hambleton Racing Ltd

MYSTERY SMILES (IRE) (34)

9-0

B c Mehmas (IRE) - Alexander Alliance (IRE) Owner King Power Racing Co Ltd Form 1133-30 Trainer Andrew Balding, Kingsclere Sponsored by King Power International Co Ltd Breeder Ballycrighaun Stud

4

ROYAL SCIMITAR (IRE) (35) Form

5

144-54

RUN TO FREEDOM (GB) (177) Form 021Sponsored by Tote

6

MAMBA WAMBA (IRE) (14)

Adam Kirby

9-0 (7) D

WHITE, EMERALD GREEN stars, sleeves and stars on cap. A winner at 4-1 at Kempton over 7f on his latest outing in December last year, beating Highland Avenue by a neck, his first success from three starts. Progressive as a juvenile and difficult to rule out on his return, although the lack of a recent run is a worry. Official BHA Rating 88

B f Mehmas (IRE) - Mistress of Rome Owner Mr Dave Stone Trainer Adrian Nicholls, Sessay Breeder Thomas Hassett

Silvestre De Sousa

9-0 (4)

RED, GOLD braid, WHITE sleeves and cap with GOLD tassel. A winner at 6f on good ground. Finished 7l behind Qaader when last of 4 at 7-2 on his latest outing at Goodwood over 1m (good to firm) in April. Yet to really get going so far this year and, although cutting back in trip will likely help, he needs to raise his game. Official BHA Rating 99

B c Muhaarar - Twilight Mistress Owner Mr Godfrey Wilson Trainer Henry Candy, Wantage Breeder Mrs C. R. D. Wilson

Hollie Doyle

(1)

ROYAL BLUE, WHITE hoop, striped sleeves, WHITE cap, ROYAL BLUE star. Successful at 5f and 6f on good to firm and good to soft ground. Beaten 18l behind Poetic Flare at 66-1 when 10th of 14 on his latest outing in the Group 1 Qipco 2000 Guineas Stakes at Newmarket over 1m (good to firm) last month. Hard to dismiss with a visor now fitted. Official BHA Rating 102

B c Territories (IRE) - Prequel (IRE) Owner AlMohamediya Racing Trainer Clive Cox, Hungerford Breeder Yeomanstown Stud

James Doyle

9-0 (2)

BEIGE, DARK BLUE armlets, DARK BLUE cap. Successful twice at 7f on the all-weather. Beaten 7l behind St Mark’s Basilica when 11th of 12 on his latest outing in the Group 1 Emirates Poule D’Essai Des Poulains Stakes at ParisLongchamp over 1m (heavy) last month. Big chance dropped in both trip and class. Official BHA Rating 108

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David Probert

8-9 (6)

Form 1434-03 Sponsored by STS Group Ltd

PURPLE, BEIGE striped sleeves. A winner at 5f on good ground. Third of 6 behind Twilight Spinner beaten 8l at 16-1 on her latest outing at Haydock over 6f (heavy) last month. That was an improvement on her comeback run but she needs to progress further to be winning this. Official BHA Rating 95

William Buick


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MEU AMOR (FR) (27)

B f Siyouni (FR) - Enraptured (IRE) Owner Amo Racing Limited Trainer Ralph Beckett, Kimpton Down Breeder Lady Bamford

JOCKEY

8-9 (3)

Form 41342-4 Sponsored by Sports Invest UK Ltd

VIOLET, WHITE quartered cap. A winner at 6f on good to firm ground. Finished 1 1/4l behind Axana when fourth of 7 at 11-2 on her latest run in the Group 3 Novibet Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes at Lingfield over 7f (soft) last month. Entitled Tom Marquand to improve for that comeback run and likely to go close here. Official BHA Rating 101

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70 Y E A R S O F

Lester Ask the man in the street to name a jockey, there is a fair chance their response will be “Frankie”. But for those of a certain age it will always be “Lester”. Remarkably, this year sees the 70th anniversary of Lester Piggott’s first Derby ride in 1951. That year was the first time since before World War II that The Derby was run on its then-traditional Wednesday slot, with the ongoing Festival of Britain leading to a new mood of national optimism.

However, it was certainly an inauspicious start for the 15-year-old Piggott, as his 1951 mount Zucchero was left at the start - this was in the time of the old starting gate, as starting stalls were not utilised in The Derby until 1967. A talented if undoubtedly quirky performer,


Zucchero handed the young Piggott some compensation two years later in 1953 when providing him with the first of his record nine Coronation Cup victories at Epsom Downs. For Lester, the rest, of course, is history. He would go on to taste Derby success as an 18-year-old on Never Say Die in 1954 and go on to win the premier Classic eight more times with Crepello (1957), St Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinsky (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977) and Teenoso (1983) adding to Never Say Die’s success. His nine Derby victories remain a record to this day and, as remarkable as Piggott’s success in the race was and still is, his sheer longevity is also unsurpassed. While the first of Piggott’s record 36 Derby rides was on Zucchero in 1951, his final appearance in the world’s greatest Flat race was when aged 58 in 1994 - the last Derby to be staged on a Wednesday). That day he partnered 33-1 chance Khamaseen to a fifth place finish.

Nijinsky

When Piggott’s career in the saddle began, Sir Gordon Richards and Charlie Smirke were his contemporaries. When it ended he was pitched against Steve Cauthen and Frankie Dettori. From the days of black and white television and Prince Monolulu holding court on the racecourse with his retort of “I gotttta horse….” to the verge of today’s online information overload, “The Piggott Years” spanned a remarkable amount of time and change, whatever way you look at it. When he finally hung up his riding boots, the jockey was commemorated at Epsom Downs with the Lester Piggott Gates, which were officially unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen 25 years ago, on Derby Day in 1996. Later that afternoon, Shaamit landed the big race and was, appropriately, trained by Piggott’s son-in-law William Haggas.

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SEVENTH RACE 5.40 THE CAZOO DERBY FESTIVAL HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) about SEVEN FURLONGS (7f abt 3yds)

for three yrs old and upwards

Total race value £40000 For conditions of this race see page 78 STALLS: INSIDE

RACE FACTS LEADING COURSE TRAINER (16-21): D O’Meara (6 wins from 49 runners, 12%) runs RHOSCOLYN and SHELIR TRAINER-IN-FORM (LAST 14 DAYS): D O’Meara (8 wins from 70 runners, 11%) runs RHOSCOLYN and SHELIR LONGEST TRAVELLER: ON A SESSION trained by T D Barron, Thirsk, 245 miles.

LAST YEAR’S WINNER

MUNTADAB Owned by Fell & High Ridden by Ben Curtis Trained by Roger Fell

Hopes Partnership

EPSOM RACE SUMMARY The booking of James Doyle to ride the hat-trick seeking Rhoscolyn catches the eye and he had a bit left up his sleeve when scoring by a length and a half last time at Goodwood. That was on soft ground and conditions seem likely to be very different here, though he could still put in a bold effort to continue his winning streak. Ataser has to be considered after rounding off last season with wins at York and Doncaster, arriving late on the scene on both occasions, but his lack of a run since September last year tempers enthusiasm. If a gelding operation brings about any improvement then top-weight ABOVE could prove tough to beat. Trainer Archie Watson teams up with Oisin Murphy on the four-year-old, who looks ready to win following a number of solid efforts in defeat.

WIN: ABOVE

EACH-WAY: RHOSCOLYN

PRESENTATION Cazoo is kindly awarding £100 to the racing groom responsible for the best turned out horse in this race, as well as a trophy to the winning Owner, Trainer and Jockey.

(EXACTA)

Blinkers worn by No. 3, 6, 7. Tongue Strap worn by No. 4. Sheepskin Cheek Pieces worn by No. 1, 8. Running for the first time since Gelding No. 1. Probable S.P.’s - 6-1 Paws For Thought (IRE), Rhoscolyn (GB), 15-2 Tintoretto (IRE), 8-1 Dulas (IRE), 9-1 Lord Rapscallion (IRE), 10-1 Ataser (GB), 12-1 Count Otto (IRE), 14-1 Arigato (GB), 16-1 Above (FR), Shelir (IRE), On A Session (USA), 66-1 Lyndon B (IRE)

SEVENTH RACE

NUMBER OF DECLARED RUNNERS 12


SEVENTH RACE 5.40 NO HORSE

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ABOVE (FR) (133)

4

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JOCKEY

10-0 (2)

B g Anjaal - Broken Applause (IRE) Owner Qatar Racing Limited Form 6/022-33 D BF Trainer Archie Watson, Upper Lambourn Sponsored by Breeder Mr J. Kilpatrick & Mme D. Ades Hazan Tweenhills Farm & Stud Ltd

CLARET, GOLD braid, CLARET sleeves, CLARET cap, GOLD tassel. He has won three times from 6f to 7f on good ground and on the all-weather. Third of 5 behind Fizzy Feet beaten 1 1/2l at 5-2fav on his latest outing at Lingfield over 6f in January. Gelded since and won’t need to find much more to take this despite top weight. Official BHA Rating 100

2

SHELIR (IRE) (22)

5

B or Gr g Dark Angel (IRE) - Shelina (IRE) Owner Akela Construction Ltd Form 133-520 D Trainer David O’Meara, Upper Helmsley Sponsored by Akela Plant Hire Ltd Breeder H. H. The Aga Khan’s Studs SC

9-10 (6)

LIGHT BLUE, DARK BLUE seams, diabolo on sleeves, quartered cap. He has won three times from 7f to 1m on ground varying from good to yielding. Beaten 10l behind Kynren at 16-1 when 11th of 14 on his latest outing at York over 1m (good) last month. Only dropped 1lb by the handicapper but a consistent sort and not easily overlooked. Official BHA Rating 96

3

COUNT OTTO (IRE) (34)

B g Sir Prancealot (IRE) - Dessert Flower Owner Count Otto Partnership Trainer Amanda Perrett, Pulborough Breeder Noel Finegan

6

Adam Kirby

9-10 (4)

(IRE) Form 311316 C D Sponsored by Amanda Perrett Racing - Coombelands Racing Stables

EMERALD GREEN, RED stars, EMERALD GREEN sleeves. Has won nine races from 6f to 7f on good to firm and good ground and on the all-weather. Finished 8l behind Chil Chil when sixth of 7 at 9-2 on his latest outing at Newmarket over 6f (good to firm) last month. Needs a career best off this mark following a successful spell. Official BHA Rating 96

4

Oisin Murphy

LORD RAPSCALLION (IRE) (14) 5

Gr g Alhebayeb (IRE) - Simply Topping (IRE) Owner Mr T. W. Morley Form 045022 D Trainer Stuart Williams, Newmarket Sponsored by Tote Breeder D. G. Iceton

Jim Crowley

9-7 (9)

ORANGE and PURPLE (quartered), EMERALD GREEN sleeves and cap. Winner of five races from 6f to 1m on good and yielding ground and on the all-weather. Beaten 1/2l by Dulas when second of 7 at 16-1 on his latest outing at Goodwood over 7f (soft) last month. Ground Marco Ghiani (3) won’t bother him and he won in Ireland off a higher mark. One to note. Official BHA Rating 93

5

ON A SESSION (USA) (27)

5

B g Noble Mission - Destiny Calls (USA) Owner Penton Hill Racing Limited & Mr L O’Kane Form 663-240 Trainer David Barron, Thirsk Sponsored by Txodds Breeder Green Lantern Stables LLC

9-6 (12)

WHITE, EMERALD GREEN Cross of Lorraine, chevrons on sleeves, PINK cap. He has won three times from 5f to 6f on yielding ground, but last win was over two years ago. Beaten 11l behind River Nymph at 11-1 when 22nd of 27 on his latest outing at Ascot over 7f (soft) last month. May be better off over shorter and faces a big ask in this field. Official BHA Rating 92

6

TINTORETTO (IRE) (34)

6

B g Lilbourne Lad (IRE) - Fanacanta (IRE) Owner Whitehouse Stable Syndicate Form 232341 D Trainer Tom Ward, Upper Lambourn Sponsored by The Pheasant Inn Breeder Highfort Stud

William Buick

9-4 (3)

PINK, MAUVE stars, hooped sleeves, quartered cap. Winner of five races from 6f to 1m on good to firm and good ground and on the all-weather. A winner at 13-2 at Goodwood over 7f (good to firm) on his latest outing beating King’s Knight by a head. 7lb Tom Marquand more now but did have a bit in hand, so could finish fast and late. Official BHA Rating 90


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9-2 (11)

LYNDON B (IRE) (258)

B g Charm Spirit (IRE) - Kelsey Rose Owner P.Duffy D.Semmens V.Williams R.Harper M.Loveday Form 560060Trainer John Flint, Bridgend Sponsored by Tote Breeder Yeomanstown Stud

YELLOW and ROYAL BLUE stripes, YELLOW sleeves, ROYAL BLUE stars, DARK BLUE cap, YELLOW star. Successful twice at 1m on good to firm ground. Well beaten at 66-1 behind Epic Endeavour when last of 17 on his latest outing at Newbury over 7f (good) in September last year. Plenty to find on that form and long absence has to count against him. Others appeal more. STEWARDS NOTE: Following its run on 19/9/2020 it was reported that the horse was found to have bled. Official BHA Rating 88

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ARIGATO (GB) (20)

B g Poet’s Voice - Xtrasensory Owner Ms E. L. Banks Trainer William Jarvis, Newmarket Breeder Mrs Susan Field

6

DULAS (IRE) (14)

4

B g Raven’s Pass (USA) - Petit Calva (FR) Owner Julie Martin & David R. Martin & Partner Form 550-221 D Trainer Charles Hills, Lambourn Sponsored by Breeder Kildaragh Stud Stonegate Homes

9-1 (10)

PAWS FOR THOUGHT (IRE) (30) 3

B g Requinto (IRE) - Kitty Softpaws (IRE) Owner Mrs Carol Shaw Form 61144-1 Trainer Tom Dascombe, Malpas Sponsored by NAF Breeder Ballyphilip Stud

RHOSCOLYN (GB) (13)

B g Territories (IRE) - Zeyran (IRE) Owner The Horse Watchers Trainer David O’Meara, Upper Helmsley Breeder Mrs J. E. Laws

D

3

Form 04-0211 D Sponsored by Timeform

ATASER (GB) (268)

B c Sayif (IRE) - Psychic’s Dream Owner Guaymas Trainer T. J. Kent, Newmarket Breeder Llety Farms

Hollie Doyle

8-10 (5)

BLACK, ORANGE seams and sleeves, BLACK cap. He has won three times at 7f on ground varying from good to firm to soft. A winner at 12-1 at Goodwood over 7f (soft) on his latest outing last month, beating Oo De Lally by 1 1/2l following his Beverley success. Sure to prove popular here and won’t be far away again. Official BHA Rating 92

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Silvestre De Sousa

8-12 (8)

RED, BLACK stars, diabolo on sleeves and stars on cap. He has won three times from 6f to 7f on good and good to soft ground. A winner at 5-1 at Chester over 6f (good to soft) last month, beating Pivoting by 2 1/2l following a gelding operation. Ran on there and stays well enough, but a 7lb rise in the handicap won’t help. Official BHA Rating 94

11

Josephine Gordon

8-13 (7)

DARK BLUE and YELLOW (halved), DARK BLUE sleeves, YELLOW cap. Successful at 6f and 7f on soft ground and on the all-weather. Won on his latest outing when 13-8fav at Goodwood over 7f (soft) last month, beating Lord Rapscallion by 1/2l. Has placed form in faster conditions and has a serious shout off just 2lb higher Official BHA Rating 85

10

David Probert

Form 40065-5 C D Sponsored by GB Helicopters

PURPLE, ORANGE stars, EMERALD GREEN sleeves, PURPLE armlets, ORANGE cap. Winner of six races from 7f to 1m on ground varying from good to firm to soft. Finished 3 1/2l behind Ametist when fifth of 11 at 14-1 on his latest outing at Newmarket over 7f (good) last month. Down to the same mark as his last victory and could surprise a few. Official BHA Rating 87

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JOCKEY

3 Form 41211Sponsored by Tote

8-8

James Doyle

(1)

D

WHITE, DARK GREEN Cross of Lorraine. He has won three times from 6f to 7f on good ground. Won on his latest outing when 10-3fav at Doncaster over 7f (good) in September last year, beating Party Game by a head. Finishes fast and Ray Dawson (3) late and only put up 4lb, improving sort but lack of a recent run is a concern. Official BHA Rating 90

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DID YOU KNOW?

The 2014 Cazoo Oaks was run in memory of Sir Henry Cecil, the great trainer who passed away on June 11, 2013 at the age of 70. Sir Henry’s 25 English Classic wins included eight Cazoo Oaks wins - Oh So Sharp (1985), Diminuendo (1988), Snow Bride (1989), Lady Carla (1996), Reams of Verse (1997), Ramruma (1999), Love Divine (2000) and Light Shift (2007).

DID YOU KNOW? Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has enjoyed two victories in the Cazoo Oaks, courtesy of Carrozza in 1957 and Dunfermline in 1977.




TODAY’S

OFFICIALS STEWARDS

Chief Steward: Shaun Parker Steward’s Panel Chair: John Paxman Sam Angell, Josie Brown, Steve Drowne & Cody Watkins

SOCIAL DISTANCING OFFICER

Chris Watts

STARTERS

Robert Supple & James Stenning

JUDGE

Nick Bostock

CLERK OF THE SCALES

Ollie Mann

EQUINE WELFARE AND INTEGRITY OFFICERS

Mel Baker, Carol Broodbank, Elizabeth Budden, Lisa Cook, Darren Stone & Jeremy Willis

VETERINARY OFFICERS

Naomi Mellor & Amy Hawthorn

VETERINARY SURGEONS

Simon Knapp, L.V.O., B.Sc., B.VetMed., M.R.C.V.S. Clive Hamblin, B.Vet.Med., M.R.C.V.S. Jamie Knapp, B.V.M.S., M.R.C.V.S.

VETERINARY SPOTTER

Melvin Stafford

MEDICAL OFFICERS

Dr Lucy Free, Dr Graeme Robertson, Mark Gorvin

BETTING RING MANAGER

Andrew Boardley

COMMENTATOR

Simon Holt

REGIONAL HEAD OF RACING & CLERK OF THE COURSE Andrew Cooper ASSISTANT CLERKS OF THE COURSE

Daniel Cooper & Tom Ryall

OWNERS & TRAINERS LIAISON MANAGER

Amy Bone

REGIONAL ESTATES MANAGER Craig Williamson DEPUTY ESTATES MANAGER

Ashley Critcher

REGIONAL HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Stuart Dorn

EPSOM DOWNS RACECOURSE COMMITTEE

Julia Budd (Chairman), Clare Balding, Darby Dennis, Brian Finch Alex Frost, Katie Kershaw, Simon Philip, Tim Syder

GENERAL MANAGER

Simon Durrant

Epsom Downs Racecourse, Epsom Downs, Surrey KT18 5LQ TELEPHONE: (01372) 726311 FAX: (01372) 748253 WEBSITE: www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/epsom E-MAIL: epsom@thejockeyclub.co.uk Epsom Downs Racecourse is a Jockey Club Racecourse Other Member Racecourses are: Aintree, Carlisle, Cheltenham, Exeter, Haydock Park, Huntingdon, Kempton Park, Market Rasen, Newmarket, Nottingham, Sandown Park, Warwick & Wincanton Published by authority of the Managing Executive of the Racecourse

T: 01372 726 311 E: epsom@thejockeyclub.co.uk W: thejockeyclub.co.uk/epsom


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RACE CONDITIONS First Race - 2.00 THE CAZOO WOODCOTE EBF STAKES (CONDITIONS RACE) (CLASS 2) (GBB RACE) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £23193 to the winning horse The second to receive £10876, the third £5440, the fourth £2718, the fifth £1359 and the sixth £679. for two yrs old, which are E.B.F. eligible. Enter by noon, May 29th and pay £225 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 2nd. Weights: Colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb Penalties, a winner of a race 5lb. The Race Incentive Fund, supported by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, provides for the inclusion of £4950 towards the prize money for this race. THE TRUSTEES OF THE E.B.F. have kindly contributed £10000 towards the prize money for this race. 15 entries at £225. - Closed May 29th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £18284; Second £9144; Third £4572; Fourth £2286; Fifth £1143; Sixth £572. (Penalty Value £23193) A SS SEE PAGE 17 FOR THIS RACE. Second Race - 2.35 THE CORAL ‘BEATEN BY A LENGTH’ FREE BET HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £25770 to the winning horse The second to receive £12085, the third £6045, the fourth £3020, the fifth £1510 and the sixth £755. for four yrs old and upwards, Rated 86-105 (also open to such horses rated 85 and below). £185 stake if the horse is rated 86 or higher, or £37 stake if the horse is rated 85 or lower with £148 extra if the horse is declared to run Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 2nd. Lowest weight 8st 2lb; Highest weight 9st 7lb Penalties, after May 22nd, 2021, for each race won 4yo to 6yo 5lb; 7yo and up 4lb. CORAL has generously sponsored this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of CORAL. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. The Race Incentive Fund, supported by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, provides for the inclusion of £2750 towards the prize money for this race. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 9 of the Weights and Handicapping Code a horse must have run three times or more in order to qualify to run in this race. 16 entries at £185. - Closed May 29th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £20315; Second £10160; Third £5080; Fourth £2540; Fifth £1270; Sixth £635. (Penalty Value £25770) SS SEE PAGE 25 FOR THIS RACE. Third Race - 3.10 THE CORAL CORONATION CUP (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £187143 to the winning horse The second to receive £70950, the third £35508, the fourth £17688, the fifth £8877 and the sixth £4455. for four yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, April 6th and pay £1375 stake, Scratch by noon, May 11th or pay £1580, Confirm by noon, May 29th and pay £980, Supplementary Entry by noon, May 29th and pay £18750 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 2nd. Weights: Colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 11lb NOTE: Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses which do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses which have not run will not be eligible.. CORAL has generously sponsored this race. In addition to the prize money, a trophy value £2500 has generously been provided and will be presented to the winning owner. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of CORAL. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). 32 entries, 13 at £1375, 8 at £2955, 10 at £3935, 1 at £18750. - Closed April 6th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £147048; Second £60357; Third £30195; Fourth £15081; Fifth £7557; Sixth £3762. (Penalty Value £187143) A SS SEE PAGE 33 FOR THIS RACE. Fourth Race - 3.45 THE CAZOO HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £25480 to the winning horse The second to receive £11945, the third £5980, the fourth £2985, the fifth £1495, the sixth £740, the seventh £375 and the eighth £185. for four yrs old and upwards. Enter by noon, May 29th and pay £235 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 2nd. Lowest weight 8st; Highest weight not less than 9st 10lb Penalties, after May 22nd, 2021, for each race won 4yo to 6yo 5lb; 7yo and up 4lb NOTE: Any horse rated above 110 shall initially be treated as having that rating and the highest weight allotted shall be 9st 10lb. Subsequently, the excess over 110 in any rating shall be allotted to that horse without limitation to the highest weight to be carried.. CAZOO has generously sponsored this race. The Race Incentive Fund, supported by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, provides for the inclusion of £2750 towards the prize money for this race. PLEASE NOTE: In accordance with the provisions of paragraph 9 of the Weights and Handicapping Code a horse must have run three times or more in order to qualify to run in this race. 15 entries at £235. - Closed May 29th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £20080; Second £10040; Third £5020; Fourth £2510; Fifth £1255; Sixth £625; Seventh £315; Eighth £155. (Penalty Value £25480) SS SEE PAGE 39 FOR THIS RACE. Fifth Race - 4.30 THE CAZOO OAKS (CLASS 1) (Group 1) (British Champions Series) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £224004 to the winning horse The second to receive £84925, the third £42502, the fourth £21172, the fifth £10625 and the sixth £5332. for three yrs old fillies only. Enter by noon, April 6th and pay £1640 stake, Scratch by noon, May 14th or pay £1875, Confirm by noon, May 29th and pay £1170, Supplementary Entry by noon, May 29th and pay £22500 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 2nd. Weights: 9st each NOTE: Horses will only be eligible to run in this race provided that they have a current BHA Handicap Rating of 80 or higher at midday of the confirmation stage. Horses which do not qualify for a rating may also be eligible providing the BHA Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and including the day before confirmation merit a provisional assessment of 80 or higher. Horses which have not run will not be eligible.. CAZOO has generously sponsored this race. In addition to the prize money, a trophy value £3500 has generously been provided and will be presented to the winning owner. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of CAZOO. The sponsorship payment of £500 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. This race will be restricted to 20 runners plus two reserves. The two reserves will be nominated as R21 and R22. (Please refer to the Special Notice published in The Racing Calendar and on the BHA’s Racing Administration site (www2.racingadmin.co.uk). The British Horseracing Authority has modified the Declaration of Jockey section of the Race Entry Code and the Division of Races section of the Race Administration Code for the purposes of this race. THERE WILL BE A PARADE FOR THIS RACE. Runners will be paraded in the order requested by the Managing Executive on the day. (No confirmation of entry is required for Supplementary entries). 61 entries, 41 at £1640, 5 at £3515, 14 at £4685, 1 at £22500. - Closed April 6th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £176012; Second £72246; Third £36143; Fourth £18052; Fifth £9046; Sixth £4503. (Penalty Value £224004.50) A SS SEE PAGE 51 FOR THIS RACE. Sixth Race - 5.10 THE PLAY CORAL ‘RACING-SUPER-SERIES’ FOR FREE SURREY STAKES (CLASS 1) (Listed Race) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £22684 to the winning horse The second to receive £8600, the third £4304, the fourth £2144, the fifth £1076 and the sixth £540. for three yrs old only. Enter by noon, May 29th and pay £200 stake, Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 2nd. Weights: Colts and geldings 9st; fillies 8st 9lb Penalties, after August 31st, 2020, a winner of a Listed race 3lb Of a Pattern race 5lb. CORAL has generously sponsored this race. All number cloths to be carried in this race have been sponsored and will carry the name/logo of CORAL. The sponsorship payment of £250 will be distributed equally amongst all horses starting in this race in accordance with paragraphs 24 to 27 of the Stakes and Prize Money Code. The Race Incentive Fund, supported by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, provides for the inclusion of £14063 towards the prize money for this race. 11 entries at £200. - Closed May 29th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £17824; Second £7316; Third £3660; Fourth £1828; Fifth £916; Sixth £456. (Penalty Value £22684) A SS SEE PAGE 63 FOR THIS RACE. Seventh Race - 5.40 THE CAZOO DERBY FESTIVAL HANDICAP STAKES (CLASS 2) Distributed in accordance with the Stakes and Prize Money Code. £20616 to the winning horse The second to receive £9668, the third £4836, the fourth £2416, the fifth £1208 and the sixth £604. for three yrs old and upwards, Rated 81-100 (also open to such horses rated 80 and below). £185 stake if the horse is rated 81 or higher, or £37 stake if the horse is rated 80 or lower with £148 extra if the horse is declared to run Declare by 10.00 a.m. June 2nd. Lowest weight: 4-y-o and up 8st 9lb; 3-y-o 8st Highest weight: 4-y-o and up 10st; 3-y-o 9st 4lb Penalties, after May 22nd, 2021, for each race won 3yo 6lb; 4yo to 6yo 5lb; 7yo and up 4lb. CAZOO has generously sponsored this race. The Race Incentive Fund, supported by the Horserace Betting Levy Board, provides for the inclusion of £2750 towards the prize money for this race. NOTE: Three-year-old horses might not be able to receive the full weight-for-age allowance in this race. 26 entries at £185. - Closed May 29th, 2021. Owners Prize Money. Winner £16252; Second £8128; Third £4064; Fourth £2032; Fifth £1016; Sixth £508. (Penalty Value £20616) SS SEE PAGE 71 FOR THIS RACE.


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