After a shakey start on Tuesday we hit the bookies at night with three nice winners, Cyflymder 4/1 getting up in the shadow of the post thanks to a great ride from Richard Hughes, Lolla Princess 6/4 (max bet) for Richard Hannon and Henri Parry Morgan 5/2 (max bet) romping in at Southwell giving us eleven points profit on the day.
Frankie Dettori lit up the Epsom Downs winner’s enclosure with his trademark ‘flying dismount’ after taking the Investec Derby on the John Gosden-trained 13/8 favourite (max bet), Golden Horn at Epsom last Saturday. It was the 44-year-old’s second victory in the premier Classic, eight years after he first won it on Authorized in 2007, and his 20th Investec Derby ride.
He said: “It’s unbelievable. I still can’t believe that I have won the Derby again. What a feeling, what a feeling! Fantastic!”
“I knew this was a good horse, it was up to me to mess it up and everything went right.”
“It was brilliant, the horse was magnificent. I was just a passenger. He flew into the last bit, it was good.”
“He hit a flat spot and I thought “my God, never mind staying, I can’t get him going!” and then, once he found top gear, that was it, he was off. It was a brilliant feeling and I had to pinch myself, I couldn’t believe it.”
Dettori joked: “I was about to say this is better than sex but my wife won’t like it! But it’s just as good.”
He added: “When you are younger you do it, you don’t really appreciate the full force of the Derby. It’s a huge race and you don’t understand the meaning of the pressure, the importance – it means a lot.”
“The reassurance I got just before the race was from Lester [Piggott], who said, ‘I wish I was on your horse’. I thought, if he says that, it means I am on the right lines.”
“I’ve had a colourful life and I’m not finished yet.”
“I’m less nervous these days [before the race] but I’m more aware of the importance of the Derby, and I knew it was down to me not to mess it up.”
“I have to go to Goodwood tomorrow, but I’ll ask my boss if he’ll let me off!”
“John [Gosden] was my father figure 20 years ago and he gave me lots of advice; now he is more of a friend. I won the Derby without him and he won the Derby without me, and finally after 20 years we have done it together which is really, really special and it means a lot.” Frankie told the Racing Post that winning his second Derby was better than his Magnificent Seven at Ascot and that he pledged to carry on riding until he is 50.
Qualify was a shock 50/1 winner of the Oaks for a stunned Aidan O’Brien beating the 5/2 favourite, the last 50/1 winner of the Oaks was Jet Ski Lady back in 1991.
The 2.4 million guineas yearling Hydrogen (yet to win a race) has moved to Olly Stevens yard from Peter Chapple-Hyam they are hoping a change from Newmarket might help with the colt.
Channel 4 racing reported a drop in viewers this year attracting only around 45 per cent of the 3.3 million audience that tuned in to watch the BBC’s last Derby in 2012, despite Frankie Dettori riding it would not be a long price CH 4 dropping racing for a cookery program in the next few year’s.
The speedy Red Baron has been well backed this week (5/1 from 8/1 with Paddy Power) for the Scottish Sprint at Musselburgh on Saturday.
Twilight Son has been all the rage in the betting (7/2 from 9/2 with Boyles) for York over the weekend in the 6f 888sport charity sprint.
Yours in sport
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