Epsom Derby 2014 – Comprehensive preview of runners, riders & trainers

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Updated: June 7, 2014

Epsom Derby 2014 – Comprehensive preview of runners, riders & trainers for this years highlight of the flat racing calender. 

Boylesports.com betting

No. Silks Horse Jockey/Trainer Previous Odds
2(12)   AustraliaForm: 211-3 J P O’BrienA P O’Brien 6/4, 13/8, 7/4 13/8
8(2)   Kingston HillForm: 111-8 A AtzeniR Varian 7/1, 10/1, 9/1 8/1
5(7)   Geoffrey ChaucerForm: 11-3 R L MooreA P O’Brien 10/1, 8/1 10/1
15(1)   True StoryForm: 21-13 K FallonS B Suroor 10/1, 12/1 11/1
4(15)   Fascinating RockForm: 5-111 P J SmullenD K Weld 14/1, 12/1, 14/1 12/1
16(13)   Western HymnForm: 1-11 W BuickJ H M Gosden 12/1, 14/1, 16/1 14/1
3(6)   EbanoranForm: 1-3D D P McDonoghJ M Oxx 14/1, 12/1, 16/1 14/1
9(14)   OrchestraForm: 21-1 J A HeffernanA P O’Brien 16/1, 14/1 16/1
13(11)   RomsdalForm: 312 R HughesJ H M Gosden   20/1
1(3)   ArodForm: 3-12

J P SpencerP W Chapple-Hyam 12/1, 14/1, 16/1 20/1
11(4)   PinzoloForm: 110-31 J DoyleC Appleby   50/1
7(16)   KingfisherForm: 4135-51 C O’DonoghueA P O’Brien   66/1
14(9)   Sudden WonderForm: 421-13 K J ManningC Appleby   66/1

Arod (IRE) Factfile

b c Teofilo (IRE)-My Personal Space (USA) (Rahy (USA))

Born: April 21, 2011

Form: (3)-12

Trainer: Peter Chapple-Hyam

Owner: Qatar Racing Ltd

Jockey: Jamie Spencer

Breeder: Kabansk Ltd & Rathbarry Stud

*A 170,000 euro purchase who was sent off the well-backed favourite when third to Elite Army in a mile maiden on Polytrack at Kempton Park in November.

*Justified strong market support in some style on his seasonal return at Windsor in April, pulling clear to take a 10-furlong maiden by five lengths.

*Ran on well from the rear to take second in the extended 10-furlong Group Two Dante Stakes at York on May 15, beaten three quarters of a length by The Grey Gatsby who franked the form by winning the French Derby, the Prix du Jockey Club, at Chantilly on June 1.

Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £35,271

Qatar Racing

Background: Headed by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, who was born in June, 1989, and his brothers. They are sons of Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalifa Al Thani, a former prime minister of Qatar and brother of the country’s former Emir. Sheikh Fahad did his A-Levels in London and a three-year BBA in business administration at the London Campus of the Geneva-based Europa University. He approached bloodstock agent David Redvers in February, 2010, about dipping his toe into racehorse ownership. Racing as Pearl Bloodstock, he enjoyed great early success capped by a victory for Dunaden in the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup at Flemington, Australia. Other flagbearers include that year’s Windsor Castle Stakes winner Frederick Engels and Cheveley Park Stakes heroine Lightening Pearl. They won last season’s Irish 1,000 Guineas with Just The Judge, owned the 2013 Investec Oaks runner-up Secret Gesture and Pearl Bloodstock’s Side Glance won the 2013 Mackinnon Stakes. Through their family company QIPCO, the brothers back Britain’s Champion Series and plenty top-level races including both the British and Irish Champion Stakes and for the first time this year the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. Their stallions standing at Redvers’ Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire are Makfi, Harbour Watch and Havana Gold. They recently bought a farm in Co Limerick in Ireland. They have an international brand of broodmares and over 200 horses in training in Britain, France, Ireland, Germany, America, Australia and Japan. Last year they bought Robins Farm Stables in Surrey, where trainer Olly Stevens is based. Investec Derby record: 2013-7 Chopin.

Peter Chapple-Hyam (St Gatien Stables, Newmarket, Suffolk)

Born: April 2, 1963, in Leamington Spa. Background: Worked for Barry Hills, Fred Rimell and Lynda Ramsden before taking over the licence from Hills at late Robert Sangster’s Manton complex in 1991. With Sangster as his main patron, Chapple-Hyam hit the ground running, securing major two-year-old Group One victories in his first season, with Dr Devious winning the Dewhurst Stakes and the brilliant Rodrigo De Triano landing the Middle Park Stakes. The latter gave Lester Piggott his 30th British Classic win in the 1992 2,000 Guineas, while Dr Devious captured the 1992 Investec Derby. Trained in Hong Kong from 1999 until returning to Britain in 2004. He has saddled two Investec Derby winners, from 15 runners in the premier Classic, with Authorized becoming his second winner in 2007 and giving Frankie Dettori a first success in the Epsom Downs feature. British Classic wins: (3) QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1992 Rodrigo De Triano), Investec  Derby (1992 Dr Devious, 2007 Authorized) Other major wins include:Champion Stakes (1992 Rodrigo De Triano, 1995 Spectrum), French 2000 Guineas (1998 Victory Note), Grand Criterium (1996 Revoque), Irish Champion Stakes (1992 Dr Devious), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1992 Rodrigo De Triano, 1994 Turtle Island, 1995 Spectrum), Italian Derby (1993 White Muzzle, 1997 Single Empire), Juddmonte International Stakes (1992 Rodrigo De Triano), Prix de l’Abbaye (1997 Carmine Lake), Prix de la Salamandre (1996 Revoque), Prix Morny (2006 Dutch Art), Racing Post Trophy (1998 Commander Collins), Middle Park Stakes (1991 Rodrigo De Triano, 2006 Dutch Art)Investec Derby Record: 1992 DR DEVIOUS (WON), Rodrigo de Triano (9th); 1993 Cairo Prince (4th), Planetary Aspect (12th), Zind (16th); 1994 Colonel Collins (3rd), Pencander (6th); 1995 Court Of Honour (5th), Spectrum (13th); 1996 Chief Contender (9th); 1997 Romanov (3rd), Single Empire (11th); 1999 Brancaster (10th); 2007 AUTHORIZED (WON); 2008 Bouguereau (9th).

 

Jamie Spencer

Born: June 8, 1980, County Tipperary. Background: Son of George Spencer, who trained Winning Fair to win the 1963 Champion Hurdle; went to school with Fozzy Stack, son of trainer Tommy, and rode ponies at their yard as a child. Achieved first winner on Huncheon Chance for Ian Ferguson at Downpatrick on May 11, 1996. Sprang to prominence by winning 1998 Irish 1000 Guineas on Stack-trained Tarascon at age of 17 when apprenticed to Liam Browne, through whose hands likes of Mick Kinane, Mark Dwyer, Tommy Carmody and Stephen Craine had also passed. Spencer was brought over to Britain by the Stack family friend, Barney Curley, to ride Magic Combination to win over hurdles at Kempton in January, 1999. Survived stewards’ enquiry to take 2002 Weatherbys Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival on Edward O’Grady-trained Pizarro. He se soon concentrated on Flat racing and began a two-year contract with Luca Cumani in 2002. Signed up by the Coolmore team to ride as first-choice rider to replace Mick Kinane in 2004. Handed in his notice at Ballydoyle in 2005 to go freelance. Retained jockey for Jim & Fitri Hay between 2010 and 2012; signed a two-year deal, which commenced on January 1, 2013, to ride for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, whose horses run under the Pearl Bloodstock and Qatar Racing banners. Formerly married to Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer.  Accolades:Champion Apprentice – Ireland (1999), Champion Jockey – Great Britain (2005, 2007 – dead-heated with Seb Sanders). 20 Royal Ascot winners.Big-race wins include: St Leger (2003 Brian Boru), Investec Oaks (2009 Sariska), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1998 Tarascon, 2002 Gossamer, 2013 Just The Judge), Irish Oaks (2009 Sariska), Ascot Gold Cup (2011 Fame And Glory), Arlington Million (2011 Cape Blanco), Champion Stakes (2005 David Junior), Coral-Eclipse (2006 David Junior), Dubai Duty Free (2006 David Junior),  Haydock Sprint Cup (2005 Goodricke),  Nunthorpe Stakes (2002 Kyllachy), Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp (2006 Desert Lord), St James’s Palace Stakes (2007 Excellent Art), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2004 Powerscourt), Prix Du Moulin (2011 Excelebration), Mackinnon Stakes (2013 Side Glance). Investec Derby Record: 2002 Moon Ballad (3rd); 2003 Balestrini (5th); 2004 Meath (14th); 2005 Fracas (4th); 2008 Curtain Call (10th); 2009 Crowded House (6th); 2010 Coordinated Cut (7th); 2011 Marhaba Malyoon (13th); 2012 Minimise Risk (7th); 2013 Chopin (7th).

Australia (GB) Factfile

ch c Galileo (IRE) – Ouija Board (GB) (Cape Cross (IRE))

Born: April 8, 2011

Form: 211-3

Owners: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Teo Ah Khing

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Jockey: Joseph O’Brien

Breeder: Stanley Estate & Stud Co

*No product of a Derby winner and an Oaks first-place finisher has ever landed the Investec Derby but Australia bids to change that this year. (The 1995 winner Lammtarra was out Snow Bride, who was awarded the Oaks after the winner was disqualified).

*Australia – a son of Galileo (2001 Derby) and Ouija Board (2004 Oaks) – was a 525,000 guineas yearling purchase and is held in the highest regard by connections.

*After finishing a neck second on his debut at the Curragh on June 30, 2013, he went on to break his maiden over the same seven-furlong course and distance on July 20.

*His only other start at two came when defeating Free Eagle by six lengths to win the mile Group Three Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Trial at Leopardstown on September 7.

*Lost nothing in defeat when a staying-on third to Night Of Thunder on his seasonal return in Britain’s first Classic, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas over a mile at Newmarket on May 3, beaten three quarters of a length.

Race record: Starts: 4; Wins: 2; 2nd: 1; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £91,725

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, & Michael Tabor, Teo Ah Khing

Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled six Derby winners). Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £556 million according to 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad of other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers, property, Ladbrokes, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland.Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include the Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of Victor Chandler and shares in Ladbrokes. Valued at £600 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral (2002 Derby), Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. Derrick Smith - Background: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £595 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as the 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot and Investec Oaks heroine Was. Others to sport his silks include Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, St Leger hero Leading Light, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well Australian import So You Think.Gay Smith has owned a number of jumpers including Holywell, a winner at the last two Cheltenham Festivals. Their son Paul owns leading Investec Derby contender Kingston Hill. Malaysian-born Teo Ah Khing is chairman of Desert Star Holdings Ltd and managing director of Teo A Khing Design Consultants (TAK). TAK designed and built Meydan racecourse in Dubai and Khing is one of the key players in the China Horse Club, which is aiming to bring thoroughbred racing to mainland China. He has invested in both Europe and Australia.  

Investec Derby Records:

Sue Magnier: 1996-9 Chief Contender; 2000-10 Aristotle; 2002-2 Hawk Wing; 2003-2 The Great Gatsby; 2003-12 Alberto Giacometti; 2003-16 Brian Boru; 2004-14 Meath; 2005-5 Gypsy King, 2005-9 Grand Central, 2005-12 Almighty.

Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle: 2006-PU Horatio Nelson.

Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Eduard Mordukhovitch: 2009-7 Age Of Aquarius; 2011-6 Recital. 

Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor: 1998-15 King Of Kings; 2001-1 GALILEO; 2002-9 Louisville; 2005-10 Oratorio; 2006-3 Dylan Thomas.

Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family: 1999-7 Saffron Walden.

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith: 2006-10 Papal Bull; 2007-5 Soldier Of Fortune; 2007-11 Mahler; 2009-4 Rip Van Winkle, 2009-10 Black Bear Island; 2011-1 POUR MOI; 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2013-1 RULER OF THE WORLD; 2013-8 Flying The Flag.

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Denford Stud: 2010-5 Midas Touch.

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor: 2006-8 Mountain; 2006-12 Septimus; 2007-2 Eagle Mountain; 2007-9 Acapulco; 2008-5 Washington Irving, 2008-12 King Of Rome; 2009-2 Fame And Glory; 2010-2 At First Sight; 2011-2 Treasure Beach; 2012-1 CAMELOT; 2012-3 Astrology

Michael Tabor: 2000-15 Kingsclere; 2003-9 Magistretti; 2004-5 Salford City; 2005-2 Walk In The Park; 2007-10 Admiralofthefleet.

Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier: 1997-4 Entrepreneur; 1998-8 Second Empire, 1998-10 Saratoga Springs; 2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL; 2003-5 Balestrini; 2007-17 Archipenko.

Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Derrick Smith: 2007-8 Yellowstone.

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier: 2007-12 Anton Chekhov; 2008-6 Alessandro Volta; 2008-11 Frozen Fire; 2008-15 Bashkirov; 2009-3 Masterofthehorse; 2009-5 Golden Sword; 2010-4 Jan Vermeer; 2011-10 Seville; 2013-4 Battle Of Marengo; 2013-6 Mars; 2013-10 Festive Cheer

Teo Ah Khing: No previous runners

Aidan O’Brien IRE (Ballydoyle, County Tipperary)

Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O’Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders’ title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O’Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and have bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, King Torus and Ishvana. The O’Briens’ son Joseph rode the 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot. Their other children are Sarah and Ana, who have ridden winners, and Donnacha. Training Record: One of Ireland’s most successful all-time trainers since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O’Brien at John Magnier’s Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 15 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2013. Champion British Flat trainer four times: 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. British Classic wins (20): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light). His 30 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot) Other Major Wins Include: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey). His 41 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-09).

Investec Derby Record: Investec Derby Record: 1998-8 Second Empire; 1998-10 Saratoga Springs; 1998-15 King Of Kings; 1999-7 Saffron Walden; 2000-10 Aristotle; 2001-1 GALILEO; 2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL; 2002-2 Hawk Wing; 2002-9 Louisville; 2003-2 The Great Gatsby; 2003-5 Balestrini; 2003-12 Alberto Giacometti; 2003-16 Brian Boru; 2004-14 Meath; 2005-5 Gypsy King; 2005-9 Grand Central; 2005-10 Oratorio; 2005-12 Almighty; 2006-3 Dylan Thomas; 2006-8 Mountain; 2006-12 Septimus; 2006-PU Horatio Nelson; 2007-2 Eagle Mountain; 2007-5 Soldier Of Fortune; 2007-8 Yellowstone; 2007-9 Acapulco; 2007-10 Admiralofthefleet; 2007-11 Mahler; 2007-12 Anton Chekhov; 2007-17 Archipenko; 2008-5 Washington Irving; 2008-6 Alessandro Volta; 2008-11 Frozen Fire; 2008-12 King Of Rome; 2008-15 Bashkirov; 2009-2 Fame And Glory; 2009-3 Masterofthehorse; 2009-4 Rip Van Winkle; 2009-5 Golden Sword; 2009-7 Age Of Aquarius; 2009-10 Black Bear Island; 2010-2 At First Sight; 2010-4 Jan Vermeer; 2010-5 Midas Touch; 2011-2 Treasure Beach; 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2011-6 Recital; 2011-10 Seville; 2012-1 CAMELOT; 2012-3 Astrology; 2013-1 RULER OF THE WORD, 2013-4 Battle Of Marengo, 2013-6 Mars, 2013-8 Flying The Flag, 2013-10 Festive Cheer

 

Joseph O’Brien

Born: May 23, 1993. Background: Eldest of Aidan and Annemarie O’Brien’s four children. Educated at Rockwell College near Cashel. Accomplished Pony Club rider, winning a bronze medal at the European Pony Championships in 2009. One of the tallest Flat jockeys. Had first ride on May 24, 2009, and first winner on May 28 on Johann Zoffany (now named Muir), trained by his father, at Leopardstown. First Pattern success came on Beethoven (bred by his parents) in Group Three Desmond Stakes in August, 2010. First Classic win came on Roderic O’Connor in 2011 Irish 2,000 Guineas. Four Royal Ascot winners. Accolades: Joint champion apprentice in Ireland in 2010, champion jockey in Ireland 2012 & 2013 (with a record 126 winners).British Classic wins (3): Investec Derby (2012 Camelot), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2012 Camelot); Ladbrokes St Leger (2013 Leading Light).Other major wins: Investec Coronation Cup (2012 St Nicholas Abbey, 2013 St Nicholas Abbey), Irish Derby (2012 Camelot), Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (2012 Excelebration), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2011 St Nicholas Abbey), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2012 So You Think), Irish 2,000 Guineas (2011 Roderic O’Connor, 2012 Power, 2013 Magician), Moyglare Stud Stakes (2011 Maybe), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2012 So You Think), Racing Post Trophy (2011 Camelot, 2012 Kingsbarns), Grand Prix de Paris (2012 Imperial Monarch), Dubai Sheema Classic (2013 St Nicholas Abbey), Queen Anne Stakes (2013 Declaration Of War), Juddmonte International (2013 Declaration Of War), Dewhurst Stakes (2013 War Command). Investec Derby record: 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2012 CAMELOT-1; 2013-4 Battle Of Marengo.

 

 

Ebanoran (IRE) Factfile

b c Oasis Dream – Ebadiyla (IRE) (Sadler´s Wells (USA))

Born: March 13, 2011

Form: 1-31d

Trainer: John Oxx IRE

Owner: H H Aga Khan

Jockey: Declan McDonogh

Breeder: His Highness The Aga Khan’s Studs S C

 

*Won seven-furlong maiden at the Curragh on his sole start at two.

*Stayed on strongly to take third behind Go For Goal in the Listed Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial over a mile on March 30.

*Improved for the step up to 10 furlongs when first past the post by a head in the Group Three Derrinstown Derby Trial at Leopardstown on May 11, but subsequently placed second after bumping Fascinating Rock in the closing stages.

*Dam won Irish Oaks and is a half-sister to Gold Cup heroes Enzeli and Estimate.

Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 1; 2nd: -; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £28,089

 

H H Aga Khan

Born: Geneva on December 13, 1936. Background: Harvard-educated His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims. Son of Prince Aly Khan, whose racing interests he inherited after his father’s death in a car accident in May, 1960. It was in the 1970s that the Aga Khan resumed the family’s rich racing traditions. His grandfather won the Derby five times with Blenheim (1930), Bahram (1935), Mahmoud (1936), My Love (1948) and Tulyar (1952) plus six St Legers. In 1973, the present Aga Khan built a new stud in Normandy, the Haras de Bonneval, and in 1978 opened the magnificent Aiglemont complex near Chantilly, which includes a 100-box training centre, a chateau where the Aga resides, and an office building from where the owner’s worldwide business interests which include an airline, hotels and a resort in Sardinia and charity work are conducted. He is also a major shareholder in the Arqana and Goffs sales companies. The Aga Khan has an enterprising breeding policy and is never afraid to use stallions away from the mainstream. Almost exclusively, he races home breds but is always keen to acquire new bloodlines – buying the late Francois Dupre’s stock in 1977, that of the late Marcel Boussac in 1978 and Jean-Luc Lagardere’s in 2005. Studs include Gilltown and Sallymount in Ireland and Haras de Saint Crespin in France. Has owned numerous big-race winners globally and has captured the Investec Derby four times, most famously with the record 10-length victor Shergar in 1981. In 2000, Sinndar became the first horse to win the Investec Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same season. Boycotted British racing from December, 1990 until Royal Ascot in June, 1995, as a result of his filly Aliysa’s disqualification from the 1989 Oaks at Epsom. Aliysa tested positive to camphor in her post race dope test and, after losing a long battle with the Jockey Club, the Aga Khan withdrew his horses from Britain. A positive test led the owner to withdraw 30 horses he had with trainer Luca Cumani in January, 2000. His horses are now split between Dermot Weld and John Oxx in Ireland and Alain de Royer-Dupre in France. In 2008, his brilliant unbeaten champion filly Zarkava won the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and was named Cartier Horse Of The Year. His daughter Princess Zahra Aga Khan is also a successful owner.Investec Derby Record:  1977 Blushing Groom (3rd); 1981 SHERGAR (WON); 1986 SHAHRASTANI (WON); 1987 Sadjiyd (8th); 1988 KAHYASI (WON); 1988 Doyoun (3rd); 1989 Torjoun (8th); 1999 Daliapour (2nd), 2000 SINNDAR (WON); 2003 Alamshar (3rd); 2006 Visindar (5th); 2011 Vadamar (11th).

John Oxx IRE (The Curragh, Co Kildare)

Born: July 14, 1950. Background: Took over licence from eight-time Classic-winning father John in 1978 and saddled first winner, Orchestra, at Phoenix Park on March 31, 1979. Major owners include the Aga Khan, Christopher Tsui, Sheikh Mohammed and the Irish president. Trained the best Irish horse of modern times, Sea The Stars, winner of the 2009 2000 Guineas, Investec Derby and Arc. Married to Catriona with three children. Chairman of Irish National Stud 1985 to 1990, chairman of Irish Racehorse Trainers Association from 1986 to 1991 and 1993 to 1996. He has also served on the committees of the Irish Equine Centre Board, Irish Horseracing Authority, RACE and a number of Irish racecourses. Has a fantastic record in the Investec Derby, with two winners -Sinndar and Sea The Stars – from just three runners as well as a third Alamshar. British Classic Winners (3): Investec Derby (2009 Sea The Stars, 2000 Sinndar), 2000 Guineas (2009 Sea The Stars). Other major wins include: Beverly D Stakes (1996 Timarida), Breeders’ Cup Mile (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Irish St Leger (1987 Eurobird, 1989 Petite Ile, 2006 Kastoria, 2009 Alandi), Irish Oaks (1997 Ebadiyla), Irish Derby (2000 Sinndar, 2003 Alamshar), Irish Champion Stakes (1996 Timarida, 2009 Sea The Stars), King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2003 Alamshar, 2005 Azamour), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1988 Flamenco Wave), National Stakes (1993 Manntari, 1999 Sinndar), Pretty Polly Stakes (1993 Takarouna), Prix Niel (2000 Sinndar), Prix de l’Abbaye (2000 Namid), Prix Royal-Oak (1997 Ebadiyla), Prix du Moulin (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2000 Sinndar, 2009 Sea The Stars), Coral Eclipse (2009 Sea The Stars), Juddmonte International (2009 Sea The Stars), Coronation Stakes (1995 Ridgewood Pearl), Gold Cup (1999 Enzeli), St James’s Palace Stakes (2004 Azamour), Prince Of Wales’s Stakes (2005 Azamour).

Investec Derby Record: 2000 SINNDAR (WON); 2002 Alamshar (3rd); 2009 SEA THE STARS (WON).

 

Declan McDonogh

Born: January 21, 1980. Background: Father Des trained great hurdler Monksfield. His mother Helen, under her maiden name of Bryce-Smith, was a high-class amateur and won 34 point-to-points on one horse alone, Still William. Rode ponies from early age and aged 15 when partnering first winner on Aine’s Pet in June 6, 1995. Rode for Kevin Prendergast until becoming the Aga Khan’s retained Irish rider in November, 2012. Accolades: Ireland’s champion jockey in 2006. Major wins include Pretty Polly Stakes (1999 Polaire, 2001 Rebelline), Tattersalls Gold Cup (20002 Rebelline), Keeneland Phoenix Stakes (La Collina 2011), Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Kingsfort 2009), Moyglare Stud Stakes (Termagant 2009), Duke Of York Stakes (2014 Maarek), Prix de l’Abbaye (2013 Maarek). Investec Derby record: 2007 Anton Chekhov (12th).

 

 

 

Fascinating Rock (IRE) Factfile

b c Fastnet Rock (AUS) – Miss Polaris (Polar Falcon (USA))

Breeder: Newtown Anner Stud

Born: March 28, 2011

Owner: Newtown Anner Stud

Jockey: Pat Smullen

Trainer: Dermot Weld IRE

Form: 5-111

*Second past the post in the Group Two Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown Derby Trial on May 11, beaten a head by fellow Investec Derby contender Ebanoran but awarded the race after suffering interference.

*Decisive winner of Group Three Ballysax Stakes over 10 furlongs at Navan on April 12.

*Impressed when length winner of a 10-furlong maiden at the same course at Leopardstown on March 30.

*Fifth on debut in a mile maiden at Leopardstown in October.

Race record: Starts: 4; Wins: 3; 2nd: -; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £89,400

 

Newtown Anner Stud

Background: Newtown Anner Stud, a 500-acre establishment near Clonmel, Co Tipperary, was purchased by Maurice and Patricia Regan in 2002. The Regans are based in the US where Maurice founded J T Magen & Company Inc, a general contracting and construction management firm, in 1992. The company is a leader in the greater New York and Chicago construction markets. The Regans also have a background in farming and cattle, and previously owned a small stud farm in Knocklong, Co Limerick. Racing interests: Maryelen’s Spirit was the stud’s first winner at Leopardstown in July, 2007. Newtown Anner is now responsible for over 100 horses across England, Ireland and the US with a variety of trainers including Dermot Weld, John Oxx, Pat Flynn, Tommy Stack, Tony Martin, Noel Quinlan and Joe Murphy. Besides leading Investec Derby contender Fascinating Rock, notable horses include US Grade Three scorer Falling Sky, classy dual purpose performer Galileo’s Choice and last season’s Melrose Handicap winner Dark Crusader.

No previous Investec Derby runners

 

Dermot Weld (The Curragh, County Kildare)

Born: July 29, 1948. Background: One of the world’s great trainers having saddled big-race winners in four different continents. Qualified veterinary surgeon who took over the training licence following the death of his father Charlie in 1972. Had also assisted Tommy Smith in Australia and rode as amateur, winning 1975 Moet Chandon Silver Magnum at Epsom Downs on Lane Court (defeating Luca Cumani on Fool’s Mate). Has won all the Irish Classics at least once – Irish Derby (1996 Zagreb, 2004 Grey Swallow), Irish Oaks (1996 Dance Design, 1981 Blue Wind), Irish 2,000 Guineas (1986 Flash of Steel), Irish 1,000 Guineas (1982 Prince’s Polly, 1988 Trusted Partner, 2006 Nightime, 2010 Bethrah), Irish St Leger (1993 & 1994 Vintage Crop, 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004 Vinnie Roe, 2013 Voleuse De Coeurs).British Classic wins: Investec Oaks (1981 Blue Wind), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (2003 Refuse To Bend. Other major wins include: Belmont Stakes (1990 Go And Go – first horse trained outside North America to win leg of American Triple Crown), Melbourne Cup (1993 Vintage Crop, 2005 Media Puzzle), Matriarch Stakes (2002 Dress To Thrill), Matron Stakes (1977 Valley Forge, 2002 Dress To Thrill, 2011 Emulous), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1987 Flutter Away), National Stakes (1977 Diamonds Are Trumps, 1981 Day Is Done, 1994 Definite Article, 1998 Mus-If, 2002 Refuse To Bend), Pretty Polly Stakes (1992 Market Booster, 1996 & 1997 Dance Design, 2010 Chinese White), Tattersalls Gold Cup (1987 Cockney Lass, 1996 Definite Article, 1997 Dance Design, 2005 Grey Swallow, 2009 Casual Conquest), Prix de l’Abbaye (1984 & 1985 Committed), Nunthorpe Stakes (1984 Committed), Sun Chariot Stakes (2002 Dress To Thrill), Hong Kong Mile (1991 Additional Risk), American Derby (2000 Pine Dance, 2003 Evolving Tactics, 2004 Simple Exchange), American Oaks (2003 Dimitrova), Secretariat Stakes (2008 Winchester), Gold Cup (2010 Rite Of Passage), Coronation Stakes (1978 Sutton Place), St James’s Palace Stakes (1992 Brief Truce). Investec Derby Record: 1985-7 Theatrical, 1986-6 Flash Of Steel, 1995-8 Humbel, 2003-13 Refuse To Bend, 2008-3 Casual Conquest.

 

Pat Smullen

Born: Rhodes, County Offaly, on May 22, 1977. Background: Father worked on a farm and became involved in horses at the age of 11 when accompanying brother to Joanna Morgan’s stud and sales yard. Went on to show jumping and eventing. Spent four-year apprenticeship with local trainer Tommy Lacy, enjoying first success aboard Vicosa at Dundalk on June 11, 1993. Rode for trainer Erwan Charpy in Dubai in 1997 and became one of leading riders in Middle-East. Spent two years with Tommy Stack, who gave him first Group win when Tarascon won 1997 Moyglare Stud Stakes. Became stable jockey to Dermot Weld in 1999 following Mick Kinane’s departure to Aidan O’Brien’s stable. Smullen is married to former trainer (and Aidan O’Brien’s sister-in-law) Frances Crowley. Accolades: Ireland’s champion Flat jockey 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. British Classic win: QIPCO 2000 Guineas (Refuse To Bend 2003). Other major wins include: Gold Cup (2010 Rite Of Passage), Irish Derby (2004 Grey Swallow), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2006 Nightime, 2010 Bethrah), Irish St Leger (Vinnie Roe 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004), Breeders’ Cup Marathon (2008 Muhanak), Matron Stakes (2002 Dress To Thrill), Moyglare Stud Stakes (1997 Tarascon), National Stakes (2002 Refuse To Bend), Pretty Polly Stakes (2010 Chinese White), Tattersalls Gold Cup (2005 Grey Swallow, 2009 Casual Conquest), Prix de l’Abbaye (2007 Benbaun), Prix Royal-Oak (2001 Vinnie Roe), Sun Chariot Stakes (2002 Dress To Thrill), Matriarch Stakes (2002 Dress To Thrill), Matron Stakes (2011 Emulous). Investec Derby Record: 2003 Refuse To Bend (13th); 2005 Almighty (12th); 2007 Mahler (11th); 2008 Casual Conquest (3rd); 2009 Age Of Aquarius (7th); 2011 Recital (6th).

Geoffrey Chaucer (USA) Factfile

b c Montjeu (IRE) – Helsinki (Machiavellian (USA))

Breeder: March Thoroughbreds

Born: February 18, 2011

Owner: Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Jockey: Ryan Moore

Form: 11-3

*Encountered trouble in running when third to Fascinating Rock and Ebanoran in the Group Two Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown on May 11, beaten two and three quarter lengths.

*Unbeaten in both starts at two, accounting for Tarfasha in a maiden at Leopardstown in July and Oklahoma City in the Group Two Beresford Stakes at the Curragh in September.

*A Montjeu half-brother to the brilliant Shamardal, who captured the Poule d’Essai des Poulains (French 2,000 Guineas) and Prix du Jockey Club in 2005.

Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £69,602

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, & Michael Tabor

Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled six Derby winners). Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £556 million according to 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad of other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers, property, Ladbrokes, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland.Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include the Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of Victor Chandler and shares in Ladbrokes. Valued at £600 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral (2002 Derby), Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. Derrick Smith - Background: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £595 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as the 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot and Investec Oaks heroine Was. Others to sport his silks include Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, St Leger hero Leading Light, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well Australian import So You Think.Gay Smith has owned a number of jumpers including Holywell, a winner at the last two Cheltenham Festivals.

Investec Derby Records:

Sue Magnier: 1996-9 Chief Contender; 2000-10 Aristotle; 2002-2 Hawk Wing; 2003-2 The Great Gatsby; 2003-12 Alberto Giacometti; 2003-16 Brian Boru; 2004-14 Meath; 2005-5 Gypsy King, 2005-9 Grand Central, 2005-12 Almighty.

Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle: 2006-PU Horatio Nelson.

Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Eduard Mordukhovitch: 2009-7 Age Of Aquarius; 2011-6 Recital. 

Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor: 1998-15 King Of Kings; 2001-1 GALILEO; 2002-9 Louisville; 2005-10 Oratorio; 2006-3 Dylan Thomas.

Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family: 1999-7 Saffron Walden.

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith: 2006-10 Papal Bull; 2007-5 Soldier Of Fortune; 2007-11 Mahler; 2009-4 Rip Van Winkle, 2009-10 Black Bear Island; 2011-1 POUR MOI; 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2013-1 RULER OF THE WORLD; 2013-8 Flying The Flag.

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Denford Stud: 2010-5 Midas Touch.

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor: 2006-8 Mountain; 2006-12 Septimus; 2007-2 Eagle Mountain; 2007-9 Acapulco; 2008-5 Washington Irving, 2008-12 King Of Rome; 2009-2 Fame And Glory; 2010-2 At First Sight; 2011-2 Treasure Beach; 2012-1 CAMELOT; 2012-3 Astrology

Michael Tabor: 2000-15 Kingsclere; 2003-9 Magistretti; 2004-5 Salford City; 2005-2 Walk In The Park; 2007-10 Admiralofthefleet.

Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier: 1997-4 Entrepreneur; 1998-8 Second Empire, 1998-10 Saratoga Springs; 2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL; 2003-5 Balestrini; 2007-17 Archipenko.

Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Derrick Smith: 2007-8 Yellowstone.

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier: 2007-12 Anton Chekhov; 2008-6 Alessandro Volta; 2008-11 Frozen Fire; 2008-15 Bashkirov; 2009-3 Masterofthehorse; 2009-5 Golden Sword; 2010-4 Jan Vermeer; 2011-10 Seville; 2013-4 Battle Of Marengo; 2013-6 Mars; 2013-10 Festive Cheer

 

 

Aidan O’Brien IRE (Ballydoyle, County Tipperary)

Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O’Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders’ title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O’Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and have bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, King Torus and Ishvana. The O’Briens’ son Joseph rode the 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot. Their other children are Sarah and Ana, who have ridden winners, and Donnacha. Training Record: One of Ireland’s most successful all-time trainers since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O’Brien at John Magnier’s Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 15 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2013. Champion British Flat trainer four times: 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. British Classic wins (20): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light). His 30 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot) Other Major Wins Include: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey). His 41 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-09).

Investec Derby Record: Investec Derby Record: 1998-8 Second Empire; 1998-10 Saratoga Springs; 1998-15 King Of Kings; 1999-7 Saffron Walden; 2000-10 Aristotle; 2001-1 GALILEO; 2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL; 2002-2 Hawk Wing; 2002-9 Louisville; 2003-2 The Great Gatsby; 2003-5 Balestrini; 2003-12 Alberto Giacometti; 2003-16 Brian Boru; 2004-14 Meath; 2005-5 Gypsy King; 2005-9 Grand Central; 2005-10 Oratorio; 2005-12 Almighty; 2006-3 Dylan Thomas; 2006-8 Mountain; 2006-12 Septimus; 2006-PU Horatio Nelson; 2007-2 Eagle Mountain; 2007-5 Soldier Of Fortune; 2007-8 Yellowstone; 2007-9 Acapulco; 2007-10 Admiralofthefleet; 2007-11 Mahler; 2007-12 Anton Chekhov; 2007-17 Archipenko; 2008-5 Washington Irving; 2008-6 Alessandro Volta; 2008-11 Frozen Fire; 2008-12 King Of Rome; 2008-15 Bashkirov; 2009-2 Fame And Glory; 2009-3 Masterofthehorse; 2009-4 Rip Van Winkle; 2009-5 Golden Sword; 2009-7 Age Of Aquarius; 2009-10 Black Bear Island; 2010-2 At First Sight; 2010-4 Jan Vermeer; 2010-5 Midas Touch; 2011-2 Treasure Beach; 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2011-6 Recital; 2011-10 Seville; 2012-1 CAMELOT; 2012-3 Astrology; 2013-1 RULER OF THE WORD, 2013-4 Battle Of Marengo, 2013-6 Mars, 2013-8 Flying The Flag, 2013-10 Festive Cheer

Ryan Moore

Born: September 18, 1983. Background: From a family steeped in racing. His late grandfather Charlie was a trainer, dad Gary, a former jump jockey, is a trainer under both codes, while mum Jayne was an accomplished amateur rider, as was his aunt Candy Morris. Older brother Jamie is a successful jump jockey who has just had his best season, while his sister Hayley has also ridden winners as an amateur and his youngest brother, Joshua, has followed the others into a riding career. Moore’s career began over hurdles, when making a winning debut as an amateur on Mersey Beat at Towcester on May 15, 2000, but he soon concentrated on the Flat. First major success on the Flat came as a 5lb claimer when he captured the 2002 Cesarewitch at Newmarket on the Martin Pipe trained Miss Fara. Appointed first rider to Sir Michael Stoute in November, 2007. Two winners from eight rides in the Investec Derby – Workforce who set a new course record time in 2010 and Ruler Of The World in 2013. He has had 21 Royal Ascot winners. Accolades: champion apprentice in 2003 (59 winners); British champion jockey three times – 2006 (182 wins), 2008 (192), 2009 (178). British Classic Wins (4): Investec Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Investec Derby (2010 Workforce, 2013 Ruler Of The World), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2012 Homecoming Queen). Other Major Wins Include:Prix du Jockey-Club (2014 The Grey Gatsby), Irish 1,000 Guineas (2014 Marvellous), Japan Cup (2013 Gentildonna), Investec Coronation Cup (2009 Ask, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey), Irish Oaks (2010 Snow Fairy), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (2011 Wrote, 2012 George Vancouver), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2008 & 2009 Conduit, 2013 Magician), Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (2013 Dank), Coral-Eclipse (2007 Notnowcato), King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2009 Conduit), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2010 Workforce).Investec Derby Record: 2005 Unfurled (7th); 2006 Best Alibi (6th); 2008 Tartan Bearer (2nd); 2009 Black Bear Island (10th); 2010 WORKFORCE (WON); 2011 Carlton House (3rd); 2012 Astrology (3rd); 2013 RULER OF THE WORLD (WON).

 

 

Impulsive Moment (IRE) Factfile

ch c Galileo (IRE) – Luas Line (IRE) (Danehill (USA))

Breeder: Evie Stockwell

Born: January 30, 2011

Owner: Weston Brook Farm Bromfield & Whitaker

Trainer: Andrew Balding

Jockey: David Probert

Form: 5(1)-2

*150,000 euros purchase out of an American Grade One winner bred by Evie Stockwell, John Magnier’s mother.

*Scored at the second time of asking in a mile maiden at Lingfield Park on Polytrack in December.

*Chased home the unbeaten Western Hymn in the Group Three Sandown Classic Trial on April 25, beaten a length and three quarters

Race record: Starts: 3; Wins: 1; 2nd: 1; 3rd: -; Win & Place Prize Money: £16,614

 

Weston, Brook Farm, Bromfield & Whitaker

Ken Weston is a retired member of the stock exchange and has owned horses for many years, firstly with Gavin Pritchard-Gordon.Brook Farm is the racing banner of Sue Johnson, who is managing director of the contract catering firm ABM. Clients include schools and stadiums, notably that of Stoke City Football Club. Johnson’s partnerJohn Bromfield is a solicitor, who founded Warwickshire-based law firm John Bromfield & Company in 1997. Carolyn Whitaker, 77, is a literary agent based in London, specialising in commercial, fantasy and teenage fiction, show business and travel. Carolyn, Ken and Sue were members of the partnership that owned Grade One-winning hurdler Spirit Of Adjisa with trainer Tim Vaughan.

 

Andrew Balding (Kingsclere, Berkshire)

Born: December 29, 1972. Background: Son of Derby-winning trainer Ian Balding and nephew of Grand National-winning handler Toby Balding. Brother of television presenter Clare Balding. After working for uncle Toby spent two years assisting Lynda Ramsden in North Yorkshire returned to assist father at Kingsclere in Berkshire 1999. Took over licence on January 1, 2003. Has 177 horses in training for owners including the Queen and Sir Alex Ferguson. British Classic wins (1): Investec Oaks (2003 Casual Look). Major wins include: Canadian International (2003 Phoenix Reach), Hong Kong Vase (2004 Phoenix Reach), Mackinnon Stakes (2013 Side Glance), Dubai Duty Free (2005 Phoenix Reach), Investec Diomed Stakes (2004 Passing Glance), Dante Stakes (2012 Bonfire).

Investec Derby record: 2012-6 Bonfire, 2012-7 Minimise Risk

 

David Probert

Born: December 5, 1988, Bargoed, Wales Background: A graduate of the pony racing circuit, he attended the British Racing School in Newmarket prior to joining Andrew Balding’s Kingsclere stable. Father was a point-to-point rider. First winner came courtesy of Mountain Pass at Wolverhampton on December 3, 2007. Enjoyed first Pattern race victory on Highland Knight in the Group Two Darley Oettingen-Rennen at Baden Baden, Germany, in August, 2012. Accolades:shared champion apprentice title with William Buick in 2008 (50 winners each).

No previous Investec Derby rides

Kingfisher (IRE) Factfile

b c Galileo (IRE) – Mystical Lady (IRE) (Halling (USA))

Breeder: Whisperview Trading Ltd

Born: March 25, 2011

Owner: Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor

Trainer: Aidan O’Brien IRE

Jockey: Colm O’Donoghue

Form: 4135-51

*Stayed on strongly to deny Bow Creek by a length in the Listed 10-furlong Betfair Cash Out Dee Stakes at Chester on May 9.

*Fifth to Fascinating Rock in the Group Three Ballysax Stakes over 10 furlongs at Navan on April 12, beaten eight and a quarter lengths.

*Nine-length winner at Killarney on his second start last season, but subsequently well beaten in the Group Three Breeders’ Cup Turf Trial at Leopardstown and Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.

Race record: Starts: 6; Wins: 2; 2nd: -; 3rd: 1; Win & Place Prize Money: £55,991

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier, & Michael Tabor

Sue Magnier – Background: Born October, 1953, daughter of legendary trainer Vincent O’Brien (who saddled six Derby winners). Husband John Magnier (born in County Cork on February 10, 1948) has changed the bloodstock world since teaming up with Robert Sangster and Vincent O’Brien to buy Coolmore in the 1970s. Purchased potential stallions as yearlings, early successes included Alleged, Be My Guest, El Gran Senor, Golden Fleece, Sadler’s Wells and Storm Bird. Magnier subsequently bought out partners and now owns Coolmore, its American and Australian offshoots, and the Ballydoyle training centre. Worth £556 million according to 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Myriad of other business interests include stakes in Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers, property, Ladbrokes, the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados and Global Radio. Formerly had stake in Manchester United. Homes in Ireland, Barbados and Switzerland.Racing interests: Sue Magnier has had a share in all of Aidan O’Brien’s best horses. Those to have carried the Magnier dark blue silks include the Investec Derby winners Galileo, Pour Moi and Ruler Of The World. Other flagbearers include King Of Kings, Hawk Wing, Giant’s Causeway, Imagine, George Washington, Duke Of Marmalade, Dylan Thomas, Henrythenavigator, Rip Van Winkle and four-time Ascot Gold Cup scorer Yeats. Michael Tabor – Background: Born October 28, 1941, in East London. Trained as hairdresser and built up Arthur Prince bookmaking chain before selling to Coral in 1995. Married to Doreen and has homes in Barbados and Monaco. Son Ashley founded Global Radio, Europe’s largest commercial radio group, with backing from his father. Michael Tabor’s fortune grew through currency dealing and his many business interests include ownership of Victor Chandler and shares in Ladbrokes. Valued at £600 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich list. Racing interests: Joined forces with John Magnier after his Thunder Gulch won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes in 1995. Previously best known for owning jumpers such as Neville Callaghan-trained Royal Derbi. Best horses to carry his colours include Montjeu, High Chaparral (2002 Derby), Hurricane Run, Entrepreneur, Desert King, Johannesburg, Stravinsky, Starspangledbanner, Lillie Langtry, Peeping Fawn, Misty For Me and 2007 Belmont Stakes heroine Rags To Riches. Derrick Smith - Background: Former Ladbrokes trading director, now based in Barbados with wife Gay. Currency trading helped him to be worth £595 million in 2014 Sunday Times Rich List. Business interests include, with his racing partners, Barchester nursing homes, pub group Mitchells & Butlers and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados. Racing interests: In 2004, joined Coolmore as an investor and his purple silks with white seams, purple and white striped sleeves and purple cap have become a common sight atop such horses as the 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot and Investec Oaks heroine Was. Others to sport his silks include Irish Derby winner Treasure Beach, 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf and triple Investec Coronation Cup victor St Nicholas Abbey, Ascot Gold Cup winner Fame And Glory, Simply Perfect, Astronomer Royal, St Leger hero Leading Light, Mastercraftsman and the 2010 Irish Derby and Irish Champion Stakes winner Cape Blanco as well Australian import So You Think.Gay Smith has owned a number of jumpers including Holywell, a winner at the last two Cheltenham Festivals

Investec Derby Records:

Sue Magnier: 1996-9 Chief Contender; 2000-10 Aristotle; 2002-2 Hawk Wing; 2003-2 The Great Gatsby; 2003-12 Alberto Giacometti; 2003-16 Brian Boru; 2004-14 Meath; 2005-5 Gypsy King, 2005-9 Grand Central, 2005-12 Almighty.

Sue Magnier & Diane Nagle: 2006-PU Horatio Nelson.

Sue Magnier, Derrick Smith, Michael Tabor, Eduard Mordukhovitch: 2009-7 Age Of Aquarius; 2011-6 Recital. 

Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor: 1998-15 King Of Kings; 2001-1 GALILEO; 2002-9 Louisville; 2005-10 Oratorio; 2006-3 Dylan Thomas.

Sue Magnier/Michael Tabor/Niarchos Family: 1999-7 Saffron Walden.

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith: 2006-10 Papal Bull; 2007-5 Soldier Of Fortune; 2007-11 Mahler; 2009-4 Rip Van Winkle, 2009-10 Black Bear Island; 2011-1 POUR MOI; 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2013-1 RULER OF THE WORLD; 2013-8 Flying The Flag.

Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Denford Stud: 2010-5 Midas Touch.

Derrick Smith, Sue Magnier & Michael Tabor: 2006-8 Mountain; 2006-12 Septimus; 2007-2 Eagle Mountain; 2007-9 Acapulco; 2008-5 Washington Irving, 2008-12 King Of Rome; 2009-2 Fame And Glory; 2010-2 At First Sight; 2011-2 Treasure Beach; 2012-1 CAMELOT; 2012-3 Astrology

Michael Tabor: 2000-15 Kingsclere; 2003-9 Magistretti; 2004-5 Salford City; 2005-2 Walk In The Park; 2007-10 Admiralofthefleet.

Michael Tabor & Sue Magnier: 1997-4 Entrepreneur; 1998-8 Second Empire, 1998-10 Saratoga Springs; 2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL; 2003-5 Balestrini; 2007-17 Archipenko.

Michael Tabor, Sue Magnier & Derrick Smith: 2007-8 Yellowstone.

Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Sue Magnier: 2007-12 Anton Chekhov; 2008-6 Alessandro Volta; 2008-11 Frozen Fire; 2008-15 Bashkirov; 2009-3 Masterofthehorse; 2009-5 Golden Sword; 2010-4 Jan Vermeer; 2011-10 Seville; 2013-4 Battle Of Marengo; 2013-6 Mars; 2013-10 Festive Cheer

 

 

 

Aidan O’Brien IRE (Ballydoyle, County Tipperary)

Born: County Wexford on October 16, 1969. One of six children of Stella and Denis O’Brien. Background: Won Irish jump amateur riders’ title in 1993/94. Worked for P J Finn, then spent three years with Jim Bolger before assisting now wife Annemarie and her father Joe Crowley. The O’Briens and Crowley have around 20 mares at Carriganog Stud in Co Kilkenny (breeding as Whisperview Trading) and have bred Rock Of Gibraltar, Kingsbarns, Beethoven, King Torus and Ishvana. The O’Briens’ son Joseph rode the 2012 Investec Derby winner Camelot. Their other children are Sarah and Ana, who have ridden winners, and Donnacha. Training Record: One of Ireland’s most successful all-time trainers since taking out licence at Piltown in County Kilkenny in 1993. First winner was Wandering Thoughts at Tralee on June 7, 1993. Took over from the unrelated Vincent O’Brien at John Magnier’s Ballydoyle stables in County Tipperary in 1996.Accolades: Champion Irish jump trainer five times: 1993/94, 1994/95, 1995/96, 1996/7, 1997/98. Champion Irish Flat trainer 15 times: 1997 and from 1999 to 2013. Champion British Flat trainer four times: 2001, 2002, 2007 and 2008. British Classic wins (20): Investec Derby (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World), Investec Oaks (1998 Shahtoush, 2001 Imagine, 2006 Alexandrova, 2012 Was), QIPCO 1000 Guineas (2005 Virginia Waters, 2012 Homecoming Queen), QIPCO 2000 Guineas (1998 King Of Kings, 2002 Rock Of Gibraltar, 2005 Footstepsinthesand, 2006 George Washington, 2008 Henrythenavigator, 2012 Camelot), Ladbrokes St Leger (2001 Milan, 2003 Brian Boru, 2005 Scorpion, 2013 Leading Light). His 30 Irish Classic winners include Irish Derby (1997 Desert King, 2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2006 Dylan Thomas, 2007 Soldier Of Fortune, 2008 Frozen Fire, 2009 Fame And Glory, 2010 Cape Blanco, 2011 Treasure Beach, 2012 Camelot) Other Major Wins Include: King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2001 Galileo, 2007 Dylan Thomas, 2008 Duke Of Marmalade), Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (2007 Dylan Thomas), Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (2001 Johannesburg), Breeders’ Cup Turf (2002 and 2003 High Chaparral, 2011 St Nicholas Abbey). His 41 Royal Ascot winners include Yeats, who captured an unprecedented four Gold Cups (2006-09).

Investec Derby Record: Investec Derby Record: 1998-8 Second Empire; 1998-10 Saratoga Springs; 1998-15 King Of Kings; 1999-7 Saffron Walden; 2000-10 Aristotle; 2001-1 GALILEO; 2002-1 HIGH CHAPARRAL; 2002-2 Hawk Wing; 2002-9 Louisville; 2003-2 The Great Gatsby; 2003-5 Balestrini; 2003-12 Alberto Giacometti; 2003-16 Brian Boru; 2004-14 Meath; 2005-5 Gypsy King; 2005-9 Grand Central; 2005-10 Oratorio; 2005-12 Almighty; 2006-3 Dylan Thomas; 2006-8 Mountain; 2006-12 Septimus; 2006-PU Horatio Nelson; 2007-2 Eagle Mountain; 2007-5 Soldier Of Fortune; 2007-8 Yellowstone; 2007-9 Acapulco; 2007-10 Admiralofthefleet; 2007-11 Mahler; 2007-12 Anton Chekhov; 2007-17 Archipenko; 2008-5 Washington Irving; 2008-6 Alessandro Volta; 2008-11 Frozen Fire; 2008-12 King Of Rome; 2008-15 Bashkirov; 2009-2 Fame And Glory; 2009-3 Masterofthehorse; 2009-4 Rip Van Winkle; 2009-5 Golden Sword; 2009-7 Age Of Aquarius; 2009-10 Black Bear Island; 2010-2 At First Sight; 2010-4 Jan Vermeer; 2010-5 Midas Touch; 2011-2 Treasure Beach; 2011-4 Memphis Tennessee; 2011-6 Recital; 2011-10 Seville; 2012-1 CAMELOT; 2012-3 Astrology.

 

Colm O’Donoghue

Born: Buttevant, Co Cork, Ireland, November 13, 1980. Background:Joined Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stable as a teenager. Has ridden across the world with major success in Ireland, France, the UAE, the USA, Canada and India. First winner: My-Lorraine, Sligo, June 24, 1997. Big-Race Wins include: Irish Derby (2011 Treasure Beach), Secretariat Stakes (2011 Treasure Beach), Phoenix Stakes (2002 Spartacus), Poule d’Essai des Poulains (2007 Astronomer Royal), Criterium International (2009 Jan Vermeer), Canadian International (2010 Joshua Tree), American St Leger (2012 Jakkalberry), UAE Derby (2012 Daddy Long Legs), Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (2011 Together). Has also enjoyed significant success in India

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