2017 Epsom Derby – Part 4
This Tuesday, we saw the now familiar ‘Breakfast with the Stars’ take place at Epsom racecourse where trainers and their respective entries are allowed to canter around the world famous course before the press and media.
Then over breakfast each trainer is interviewed about the entries and what they expect on the big day.
First up was John Gosden who had chosen to give CRACKSMAN another spin around the course as he had missed his intended last race, the Dante, due to the heavy ground.
Partnered by Frankie Dettori he delighted both his jockey and trainer with his workout and the bookmakers trimmed him half a point for the big race.
Then it was the turn of Martyn Meade to send his Derby entrant around the course, EMINENT who had finished sixth in the 2000 Guineas.
The trainer was delighted with the way the strapping son of Frankel handled the twists and turns of the course but he also reported how well the colt had travelled down to Epsom from his Newmarket base as this was the first time he had travelled away from his home town, with his three previous runs all being at headquarters.
Both trainers left the course feeling the exercise had been worth it and their respected runners would be all the better for the Epsom experience.
Jockey William Buick
Top jockey William Buick who had received a 5 day suspension for careless riding, which ruled him out of the Derby, took his case to the BHA on Friday and duly got the result he wanted.
His sentence was reduced to 4 days from 5 and that allowed him to ride on Derby day and no sooner had that news broke, he was snapped up by trainer Mark Johnson to take the ride on his recent Dante winner PERMIAN.
The final piece of Derby news this week is a story that will run probably a long time after the Derby has finished and has divided opinion through the racing community.
A horse has been entered in the Derby called DIORE LIA, there is nothing strange in that, except the horse has no chance of winning the race and is rated a 1000/1 shot – it is actually long odds on to finish last.
The trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam pleaded with the owner Richard Aylward to think carefully about running a horse who has beaten home just four horses in two starts in the world’s most famous flat race. So he did, and he moved the horse away to a new trainer, John Jenkins.
Then, which has really divided opinion, he has gone and booked an apprentice for the ride who has yet to ride a winner in 34 rides and has never ridden around Epsom.
To try to win around the critics, Aylward is saying any winnings he receives, he will donate to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. But the simple fact is, he will not be receiving any winnings and this is just a gimmick which could go horribly wrong.
Back in 2011 Ryan Moore was riding Carlton House for Her Majesty the Queen in the Derby when he got hampered by an outsider that was falling back on top of him and by the time he had switched around him the winner had already flown.
In an interview after the race, Moore was critical of poor horses lining up in the race as they often spoil the chances of others and any horse lining up should have a rating of 85 and above.
DIORE LIA has a rating of 52.
BETTING with the race one week away is as follows
- CRACKMAN 4/1
- CLIFF OF MOHAR 4/1
- EMINENT 7/1
- BEST SOLUTION 10/1
- PERMIAN 12/1
- VENICE BEACH 16/1