Investec Derby
Group 1, Epsom Downs 16:30
£1,500,000 added
3yo only,
1m, 4f, 10y
  
Saturday 1st June 2019

March 07 The 2019 renewal of the historic race over a mile and a half, Britain's richest at £1.5 million, has 96 contenders remaining following the March 5 scratchings' deadline. 

The reigning British champion Flat trainer John Gosden has won the Investec Derby twice, most recently with Golden Horn in 2015, and the Newmarket-based handler has 16 contenders going forward, headed by last season's champion two-year-old Too Darn Hot.

Too Darn Hot
© Racehorse Photos
Masar
 
The son of Dubawi, owned by Lord Lloyd Webber and undefeated in four starts during 2018, finished last year with an authoritative success in the G1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and was named European champion two-year-old with a high rating of 126. 
 
Not surprisingly, Too Darn Hot is the clear favourite for the Investec Derby at 4/1 with Unibet, the official betting partner of the Investec Derby Festival. 
 
Also among the 16-strong Gosden-trained contingent are exciting maiden winners Baltic SongDubai Warrior (16/1), Humanitarian and Questionare.
 
Godolphin saw its famous royal blue silks carried to success for the first time in the 2018 Investec Derby by Masar and there are two entries currently engaged for the Maktoum family's racing operations - the unraced pair Wirraway (John Gosden) and Mawsoof (Saaed bin Suroor), though the Godolphin-owned Quorto, trained by Charlie Appleby, is quoted as joint third favourite at 16/1 by Unibet.

Trainers Quotes

Ireland's champion Flat trainer Aidan O'Brien is chasing a record-equalling seventh Investec Derby success following the victories of Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Camelot (2012), Ruler of the World (2013), Australia (2014), and Wings of Eagles (2017). 
 
The master of Ballydoyle has 25 entries going forward in 2019, including G2 Futurity Stakes winner Anthony Van Dyck (14/1 second favourite), third behind Too Darn Hot in the Dewhurst Stakes, and G2 Beresford Stakes winner Japan (16/1). 
 
His Highness The Aga Khan has won the Investec Derby five times, most recently with Harzand in 2016. 
 
There are eight Aga Khan-owned entries currently engaged, including the unraced Zarkallani, who is out of the unbeaten five-time G1 winner Zarkava and therefore a half-brother to the G1 winner Zarak. 
Upper Lambourn trainer Ed Walker has yet to saddle an Investec Derby runner, but has a contender this year in Ginistrelli. The son of Frankel is owned by Bjorn Nielsen and Eastwind Racing Ltd and is a half-brother to the G3 winner Gravitation. 
 
After finishing fourth on debut at Salisbury in October, Ginistrelli ended 2018 by winning a mile novice race at Newmarket later the same month.
 
Walker said: "Ginistrelli has wintered very well and we have been delighted with his progress. 
 
"He was a big, backward type and we were impressed with his performance at Newmarket at the back-end of last year.
 
"He has matured over the winter and I think the plan with him is to start in a small novice event. I think he is a horse who needs a bit more experience, but he's in the Derby and the race is definitely something in our minds. 
 
"The worry could be that the Derby just comes too quick for him, but we will see how we get on in the early stages of the season.
 
"We will start off somewhere small and then build him up, but he is a very exciting horse and we're looking forward to the future with him."

Walker is also considering the Investec Derby for Cap Francais. Another son of Frankel and a half-brother to the Listed winner Miss Cap Estel, Cap Francais won two of his three starts in 2018. 
 
Cap Francais, who came second on debut at Newbury in August, went on to enjoy two impressive victories in mile novice contests at Salisbury and Haydock Park in September. 
 
Cap Francais was bred by the late John Pearce, who died in January, 2017 aged 98. Pearce went close to Derby success as an owner-breeder when Dragon Dancer was the short-head runner-up to Sir Percy in 2006. Cap Francais races in Pearce's colours under the John Pearce Racing Ltd banner. 
 
Although Cap Francais is not currently entered in the Investec Derby, Walker is considering the £50,000 Listed Investec Blue Riband Trial at Epsom Downs on Wednesday, April 24 for the colt, as the winner of that race gains an entry into the Investec Derby (if not already entered or a gelding).
 
Walker continued: "Cap Francais is another potential Derby prospect. The plan with him is to run in the Listed Blue Riband event at Epsom next month. 
 
"He is a very well-balanced horse and, while Epsom is a very unique track, I am hopeful that he will cope with the undulations. 
 
"The Blue Riband is the way we will probably try and get him qualified, but he is another horse who has wintered well and he was impressive in two starts at Salisbury and Haydock last season.
 
"Both horses are by Frankel, who has made a brilliant start to his stallion career, and they are definitely going to improve for a step up in trip. 
 
"It's hugely exciting for both of their owners, who are big supporters of the Derby, and it would be very special for me to have a first runner in the Derby.
 
"To have two exciting three-year-olds in the yard and both with Investec Derby ambitions is something very exciting. If you can't get excited about that at the start of March then you're in the wrong game. 
 
"We are looking forward to the season and seeing how Ginistrelli and Cap Francais develop throughout that time."
 
The Investec Derby is the only Classic to elude Her Majesty The Queen, a great supporter of Epsom Downs Racecourse, as an owner, with Aureole faring best when runner-up to Pinza in the Coronation Year of 1953. 
 
There is one Royal-owned contender going forward in the unraced Invictus Spirit (Sir Michael Stoute), a Frankel half-brother to the Listed winner Daphne.

Investec Derby (Group 1)
£1,500,000 added, 3yo only, 1m 4f 10y, Class 1
96 remaining entries
Second entries deadline April 2, second scratchings deadline May 21, five-day confirmations & £85,000 supplementary stage May 27, final declarations May 30. Maximum field 20 runners plus 2 reserves.

Horse
Owner
Trainer
ALBUQUERQUE (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
ALFAATIK
Hamdan Al Maktoum
John Gosden  
ANTHONY VAN DYCK (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
APPARATE
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
ASAD (IRE)
SH Nasser Al Khalifa & SH Duaij Al Khalifa
Simon Crisford  
BALTIC SONG (IRE)
Gestut Ammerland
John Gosden  
BANGKOK (IRE)
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Andrew Balding  
BARBADOS (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BARREG
Prince A A Faisal
No current trainer  
BROOME (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
BUCKHURST (IRE)
Annemarie O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien IRE
CADRE DU NOIR (USA)
Phoenix Thoroughbred Limited
Martyn Meade  
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
CASANOVA
H R H Princess Haya of Jordan
John Gosden  
CIRCUS MAXIMUS (IRE)
Flaxman Stables/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
COEUR D'OR (IRE)
Moyglare Stud Farms Ltd
Dermot Weld IRE
CONSTANTINOPLE (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
DREADNOUGHTUS
I R Hatton
Michael Appleby  
DUBAI WARRIOR
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
John Gosden  
EAGLES BY DAY (IRE)
Clipper Logistics
Michael Bell  
EL MISK
Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum
John Gosden  
EMINENCE (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
EMIRATES EMPIRE (IRE)
Ahmad Al Shaikh
Michael Bell  
FIRST IN LINE
Anthony Oppenheimer
John Gosden  
FOX TAL
King Power Racing Co Ltd
Andrew Balding  
FRESNO (IRE)
George Strawbridge/Sue Magnier/Tabor/Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
GEORGEVILLE
Khalid Abdullah
Dermot Weld IRE
GINISTRELLI (IRE)
Bjorn Nielsen & Eastwind Racing Ltd
Ed Walker  
GODZILLA (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
GREAT BEAR
Exors of the Late Lady Rothschild
Roger Charlton  
GRENADIER GUARD (IRE)
J Barson
Mark Johnston  
GUANDI (USA)
Empire State Racing Partnership
Tom Dascombe  
HARPO MARX (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
HAWA BLADI (IRE)
Prince A A Faisal
No current trainer  
HAZRAN (IRE)
HH Aga Khan
Michael Halford IRE
HE WILL CALL (FR)
Ecurie Pvp Racing
Fabrice Vermeulen FR
HIROSHIMA
G Smith-Bernal
John Ryan  
HOLY KINGDOM (IRE)
The Rogues Gallery Two
Tom Clover  
HTILOMINLO
H Balasuriya
Sylvester Kirk  
HUMANITARIAN (USA)
HH Sheikh Zayed bin Mohammed Racing
John Gosden  
IL PARADISO (USA)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
INVICTUS SPIRIT
The Queen
Sir Michael Stoute  
JAHBATH
Hamdan Al Maktoum
William Haggas  
JAPAN
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
JUST HUBERT (IRE)
Foursome Thoroughbreds
William Muir  
KASAMAN (FR)
HH Aga Khan
Mikel Delzangles FR
KHUZAAM (USA)
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
KING PELLINOR (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
LAKE MCKENZIE (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
LANDA BEACH (IRE)
Philip Fox & Partner
Andrew Balding  
LOGICIAN
Khalid Abdullah
John Gosden  
LOOK CLOSELY
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
MACKAAR (IRE)
Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
MAKMOUR (FR)
HH Aga Khan
Jean Claude Rouget FR
MANNGUY
Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum
Simon Crisford  
MAWSOOF (USA)
Godolphin
Saeed bin Suroor  
METIER (IRE)
P Garvey
Andrew Slattery IRE
MIGHTY MATILDA
Branwen Sloper
No current trainer  
MOHAWK (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MOUNT EVEREST (IRE)
Flaxman Stables/Mrs Magnier/Tabor/Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
MUBARIZ
HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Thani
Roger Charlton  
NATTY NIGHT
O'Mulloy, Schwartz
William Muir  
NORWAY (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
OLD GLORY (IRE)
Zayat Stables/Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
PACIFIC OCEAN (IRE)
Atlantic Jewel Syndicate
Aidan O'Brien IRE
PASLEY (IRE)
Annemarie O'Brien
Joseph O'Brien IRE
PERSIAN MOON (IRE)
Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds X
Mark Johnston  
PONDUS
Hubert John Strecker
James Fanshawe  
PREJUDICE
St Albans Bloodstock Limited
David Simcock  
PRIVATE SECRETARY
Denford Stud
John Gosden  
QUESTIONARE
Lady Bamford
John Gosden  
RAKAN
Hamdan Al Maktoum
Dermot Weld IRE
SHENDAM (FR)
HH Aga Khan
Mikel Delzangles FR
SHENNAN (IRE)
HH Aga Khan
Michael Halford IRE
SO HIGH
George Strawbridge & John R Hass
John Gosden  
SOFT LIGHT (FR)
Claudio Marzocco
Jean Claude Rouget FR
SOUTH PACIFIC
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SOVEREIGN (IRE)
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
SPACE WALK
The Queen
William Haggas  
SURFMAN
Peter Winkworth
Roger Varian  
SWIFT WING
Lady Bamford
John Gosden  
SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE
Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith
Aidan O'Brien IRE
TANKERVILLE (USA)
Khalid Abdullah
Dermot Weld IRE
TECHNICIAN (IRE)
Manton Estate Racing
Martyn Meade  
THREE COMETS (GER)
Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum
Roger Varian  
TOO DARN HOT
Lord Lloyd Webber
John Gosden  
TRAVEL ON
George Strawbridge
John Gosden  
TURNBERRY ISLE (IRE)
Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier
Aidan O'Brien IRE
WALDSTERN
Gestut Ammerland
John Gosden  
WARGRAVE (IRE)
Cayton Park Stud/Sue Magnier
Fozzy Stack IRE
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (IRE)
Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor
Aidan O'Brien IRE
WIRRAWAY (USA)
Godolphin
John Gosden  
ZARAFSHAN (IRE)
HH Aga Khan
Dermot Weld IRE
ZARKALLANI (FR)
HH Aga Khan
Alain de Royer Dupre FR
ZUBA
John Connolly & Odile Griffith
Amanda Perrett  
ZUENOON (IRE)
HH Aga Khan
Dermot Weld IRE
96 horses remain following March 5 scratchings' deadline
37 Irish-trained 
6 French-trained