We started December with a bang firing in the winners on a daily basis keeping my profit in-tact from my start with Betfan but the last week has been frustrating with some big gambles running like drains notably Summersault who was sluggish at the start and inclined to edge left under pressure at Wolverhampton, trust me he is better than that and we will get the money back with the Osborne 3yo. Alan King’s well regarded Ulzanna’s Raid (9/2) was a nice winner for us on the same day at Cheltenham. Epsom’s head of racing Andrew Cooper said last week: “We are delighted with and grateful for the continuing high level of support that yearling entry for the Investec Derby receives from owners, trainers and breeders.
I was also very pleased with BETFANS decision to move every tipster onto a 1-5 point plan, as huge profits will be harder to obtain and will be better respected. Congratulations to Bellie on the release of his new book, which I ordered on Kindle and believe me it’s a great read.
“These horses have been given their initial ticket to the greatest Flat race in the world, and can remain in the Classic with no further financial commitment until the March of their three-year-old careers.”
“Good luck to them all.”
Frankel’s brother, by Galileo (winner of the 2001 Investec Derby) out of Kind, headlines 16 entries for owner Khalid Abdullah, who has three Investec Derbys to his name, courtesy of Quest For Fame (1990), Commander In Chief (1993) and Workforce (2010).
Frankel was the highest-rated horse in the modern era and probably all time, racing over a mile mainly before tackling 10 furlongs on his final two starts in 2012.
The Investec Derby is run over 12 furlongs and Frankel, who started his stud career at Abdullah’s Juddmonte Farms in 2013, will have yearlings next year who can be entered in the 2017 Investec Derby.
Abdullah also has another Galileo colt in the 2016 Investec Derby, which will be worth at least £1,325,000. This one is out of star racemare Midday, who scored six times at the highest level after going down by a head to Sariska in the 2009 Investec Oaks, the fillies’ Classic, at Epsom Downs.
The main Coolmore partners, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, have won the last four renewals of the Investec Derby and six in total, thanks to Australia (2014), Ruler Of The World (2013), Camelot (2012), Pour Moi (2011), High Chaparral (2002) and Galileo (2001).
They are responsible for 77 yearling entries between them, headlined by the Galileo half-brother to 2010 world champion Harbinger, who topped this year’s Book 1 of the Tattersalls Yearling Sales at 2.6 million guineas, and a US$2.2 million War Front colt from Keeneland’s September Yearling Sales.
Other notables for the Coolmore partners include a €1.5 million brother to Royal Ascot winner Cuis Ghaire, who was top lot at the Goffs Orby Sale, and a brother to 2015 Investec Derby favourite John F Kennedy.
Godolphin has 53 entries, the most of any single owner, headlined by a Dubawi half-brother to this year’s Investec Derby hero Australia. There is also a son of dual Classic heroine Blue Bunting, and a Cape Cross colt out of a half-sister to Sea The Stars, the 2000 Oaks third Melikah, in training with Jim Bolger.
Other high-profile entries for Godolphin include two more sons of Dubawi, a 1.6 million guineas colt out of Fillies’ Mile winner Crystal Music and a half-brother to multiple Group One scorer Viva Pataca, who was knocked down for 1.4 million guineas earlier this year.
Hamdan Al Maktoum, whose silks have been carried to victory in the Investec Derby by Erhaab (1994) and Nashwan (1989), has had a 2014 to remember and 46 of his yearling colts have 2016 Investec Derby entries. They include a son of New Approach out of dual Group One winner Nannina, a Medaglia d’Oro half-brother to 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati and a 400,000 guineas half-brother to Integral.
A Dubawi colt out of unbeaten champion Zarkava stands out among 15 entries for the Aga Khan, who is going for a fifth Investec Derby after the triumphs of Sinndar (2000), Kahyasi (1988), Shahrastani (1988) and Shergar (1981). The Aga Khan has also entered colts out of Group One-winning mares Daryakana, Ebadiyla and Shalanaya.
Sheikh Joann Al Thani has put forward 31 entries under his Al Shaqab Racing banner, featuring a Shamardal colt out of Irish 1,000 Guineas scorer Nightime and a Cacique half-brother to Berkshire, who are in training with John Gosden and Sir Michael Stoute respectively.
Qatar Racing Limited, established by Sheikh Joaan’s cousin Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, has made 16 entries, including a Deep Impact colt out of Fillies’ Mile scorer Listen, a New Approach half-sister to this year’s Prix Jean Romanet winner Ribbons and a half-brother to Just The Judge.
The Niarchos Family and Flaxman Stables Ireland have 10 colts engaged, headed by a pair of Galileo colts out of five-time group One winner Divine Proportions and 2007 Investec Oaks heroine Light Shift respectively. There is also a Dansili half-brother to 2012 Investec Derby runner-up Main Sequence, who strung together four consecutive Grade One victories in the US this year.
Other eye-catching entries are a pair of Galileo colts owned by Fitri Hay, who are in training with David Simcock, while Lady Bamford is responsible for a Dansili half-brother to Sariska and a brother to Eagle Top.
There are 61 colts by champion sire Galileo among the entries, the most of any stallion.
2011 Investec Derby winner Pour Moi has his first yearling entries, 11 in total.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson part owns a son of Monsun, who is out of half-sister to multiple Group One heroine Pride and in training with German handler Andreas Wohler.
Her Majesty The Queen has four in the 2016 Investec Derby, a Classic the owner has yet to win. They are all named, Hammer Gun (by Smart Strike out of Caraboss – trained by Sir Michael Stoute), Mainstream (by Dansili out of Golden Stream – trained by William Haggas), Molten Gold (by New Approach out of Flash Of Gold – trained by Sir Michael Stoute) and Recorder (by Galileo out of Memory – trained by William Haggas).
Nigel Twiston-Davies was over the moon with The New One winning the Stan James .Com International Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday and is now as short as 3/1 for The Champion Hurdle in March at the festival. Twiston- Davies said ”He seems to have his knockers, but he is brilliant just because he’s British doesn’t mean he’s bad!”
Good news comes from Seven Barrows that Sprinter Sacre is on his way back and is hoping to be back on the racecourse in January at Ascot in the Clarence House Chase he is 4/1 with the high street bookmakers for the champion chase at Cheltenham in March.
I fancy Reve De Sivola (9/2 with Paddy Power) for the JLT Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot over the weekend.
Back next Thursday.
Kevan Minter – The Colonel