Desert Crown heads 17-strong discipline at Epsom


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Richard Kingscote rides Desert Crown
Favorite Desert Crown was a formidable winner at York within the Dante Stakes final month
Date: Saturday, 4 June Venue: Epsom Racecourse Time: 16:30 BST
Protection: Commentary on BBC Radio 5 Dwell

Desert Crown will head a 17-strong discipline of runners on Saturday at Epsom for the Cazoo Derby, which shall be run in reminiscence of jockey Lester Piggott.

Thursday’s remaining affirmation stage noticed Eydon miss out, after the colt suffered a setback in coaching on Wednesday.

Early favorite Desert Crown, educated by five-time Derby winner Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Richard Kingscote, has been handed stall 12.

Aidan O’Brien’s finest hope of touchdown a ninth victory lie with Stone Age.

The Irish coach secured a report forty first British Traditional victory on Friday when Tuesday won the Oaks.

Stone Age, with Oaks-winning jockey Ryan Moore on board, was among six horses aimed at Epsom by O’Brien, however now solely Chester winners Star Of India and Changingoftheguard will be a part of him.

Peter Brant, who part-owns Stone Age and has received the Kentucky Derby as each an proprietor and breeder, stated O’Brien is aware of what it takes to ship glory.

“I feel he’s a winner and he likes to win,” Brant informed the Nick Luck podcast.

“He is meticulous about his coaching all the best way alongside and he’s not afraid to strive issues with the horse and experiment with what they like, and does not hand over on them. He is very particular.”

Frankie Dettori, topped champion at Epsom in 2007 and 2015 and second in Friday’s Oaks on favorite Emily Upjohn, will trip Piz Badile for O’Brien’s 23-year-old coach son, Donnacha.

Nations Delight is final yr’s successful handler Charlie Appleby’s finest likelihood at securing his third victory in 5 years, having been supplemented into the race at a value of £75,000.

Appleby may even be represented by Nahanni and Stroll Of Stars.

Piggott, who received the distinguished race a report 9 instances, died last weekend on the age of 86.

‘Driving for the Queen offers you an enormous enhance – and he or she’s such a stunning girl’

Queen Elizabeth II unveils a statue of former jockey Lester Piggott on Derby Day at Epsom in June 2019
Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a statue of Lester Piggott on Derby Day at Epsom in 2019

As a part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Kieren Fallon will as soon as once more don the Queen’s well-known purple and gold silks on Derby Day.

The six-time champion and three-time Derby-winner, who completed his profession in 2016, shall be amongst 40 retired and present jockeys to have ridden for Her Majesty who will kind a guard of honour on the monitor.

Nonetheless, The Queen won’t be in attendance and can as a substitute watch the occasion on TV at Windsor Castle.

A patron of the Jockey Membership, the Queen has had greater than 1,800 winners globally, with 1,000-plus in Nice Britain since her first winner in 1949.

In flat racing, she has twice been champion proprietor in Britain, in 1954 and 1957, and final yr collected 36 winners, a report tally for her.

“Whoever rides for her, whether or not it’s Ryan Moore, Frankie Dettori, while you put the colors on – particularly aspiring younger apprentices – it is vitally totally different. It offers you an enormous enhance,” stated Fallon.

“The opposite facet of the coin is that she is such a stunning girl as properly. She is definitely simply one other individual and a stunning individual. She makes you snug – and the Queen Mom was precisely the identical.”

Aside from the Derby, the Queen has bred and owned the winner of each British Traditional, however Her Majesty won’t have a runner on Saturday because the race got here too quickly for her prime hope, Attain For The Moon, following a setback.

“It’s a disgrace she will not have a runner within the Derby, as it could have been a pleasure with the Platinum Jubilee,” Fallon added.

2022 Epsom Derby runners

(Horse, jockey, coach)

Changingoftheguard (Wayne Lordan/Aidan O’Brien)

Desert Crown (Richard Kingscote/Sir Michael Stoute)

El Habeeb (John Egan/Stan Moore)

Glory Daze (Ronan Whelan/Andy Oliver)

Grand Alliance (Daniel Tudhope/Charlie Fellowes)

Hoo Ya Mal (David Probert/Andrew Balding)

Masekela (Jason Watson/Andrew Balding)

Nahanni (Adam Kirby/Charlie Appleby)

Nations Delight (William Buick/Charlie Appleby)

Piz Badile (Frankie Dettori/Donnacha O’Brien)

Royal Patronage (Jason Hart/Mark and Charlie Johnston)

Sonny Liston (Tom Marquand/Charlie Hills)

Star Of India (Seamie Heffernan/Aidan O’Brien)

Stone Age (Ryan Moore/Aidan O’Brien)

Stroll Of Stars (James Doyle/Charlie Appleby)

Westover (Rob Hornby/Ralph Beckett)

West Wind Blows (Jack Mitchell/Simon and Ed Crisford)

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