Only one of the last five Epsom Derbys has been won by an English trained horse. Crockford asks – Is the Derby no longer an English affair?
Camelot (2012), Sea The Stars (2009), New Approach (2008) all won the Blue Ribbon of the Turf for the Irish. The French seized the prize with Pour Moi in (2011). With Sir Michael Stoute’s Workforce (2010) being the only british trained winner in the last five years – Is the Derby now the preserve of the foreign trained horses?
Looking at the market for Saturday’s renewal punters would not be blamed for thinking so. Dawn Approach the 2000 Guineas winner and son of New Approach heads the market with the next six horses beneath him being all trained overseas. The Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien is represented by four of them with Battle of Marengo slightly favoured by punters over his stablemate Magician.
Shortest priced of the English trained horses is the Dante victor Libertarian who is quoted 16/1 with the other two English entries being the Epsom Derby Trial winner Mirsaale 66/1 and outsider Ocean Applause 500/1.
With the English runners being trained by Mrs Burke, Mr Tate and Ryan, punters might be surprised not to see runners from the former Derby winning yards of the likes of Sir Michael Stoute, Sir Henry Cecil, Luca Cumani and John Gosden.
It is almost certain that the prize will go overseas again this weekend. Be it an Irish, French, German or English winner the race will always be the pinnacle of the English racing calendar
(Featured Photograph – Aidan O’Brien and Ryan Moore at Goodwood by Stuart Rice)