I hope you all enjoyed the Derby even if you never backed the winner. Golden Horn was impressive and proved he got the trip under an excellent ride from Frankie.
It was great to see nine times Derby winning jockey Lester Piggott at the meeting and to hear his comments on the three best horses he has ever seen. They were Sea Bird, Ribot and Frankel ahead of anything he had ridden during his own riding career.
He also mentioned he would love to see a race between Golden Horn, French Derby victor New Bay and American Triple Crown champion American Pharoah oh and perhaps Arc winning filly Treve.
Lester also went on to say that the Epsom Derby in his opinion is still the greatest race on the planet and is the truest test for all race horses.
I wonder if any readers know who won the Derby back in 1915?
I know most will say there was no race as it was during the first World War however there was a race run over the full 12 furlongs but for British soldiers who were recuperating from injury.
The winner was a wounded soldier named Harry Wimblett who had the nickname Happy and he can go down in history as the only person to win the great race without a horse.
Today we have racing up and down the country and for Howies Hottie I’m off up to Beverly for the 3.0 a low grade handicap over the 5 furlongs.
Usually a low inside draw is an advantage and I’m hoping that Cadeaux Pearl can ping out from the one box and make all the running.
Elm Park trainer A.Balding – Now he finished down the field in the Derby after going off like a scalded cat and he is far better than that. When you consider he finished placed in the Dante behind Golden Horn and Jack Hobbs on his seasonal appearance you can see that wasn’t his true running. I wouldn’t mind betting on a different track with softer ground he would give the Derby first two plenty to think about.
Taaqah trainer J.Tate – Ran well at Chelmsford last week when making the frame and there is improvement to come.
Wildes trainer I.Williams – The gelding has taken time to reach peak fitness and ran a promising race despite finishing down the field.
Raddeh trainer Sir M.Stoute – Just touched off in a Doncaster handicap this late maturing type can improve further.
Canny Style trainer K.Ryan – After a slow start this juvenile made late headway and will know what is required next time out.
Back next Wednesday have a good week and be lucky.