Epsom Downs

  • 16:00 Vodafone Derby 1m 4f 10y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm on the Sprint Course)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 36.50s
  • Off time: 16:08:20
16:00 Epsom Downs Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st New Approach (IRE) 5/1
2nd Tartan Bearer (IRE) 6/1
3rd Casual Conquest (IRE) 7/2

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (12) 61223-4 Maroon, Light Blue seams, Light Blue sleeves, Maroon armlets, Light Blue cap Alan Devonshire 28
Nag me
3 9-0 M H Tompkins P Mulrennan 102 100/1101.00
2 (1) 831-41 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, royal blue cap Alessandro Volta 28
Nag me
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 108 33/134.00
3 (9) 34-53 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, Orange Cap Bashkirov 27
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-0 A P O'Brien D R McCabe 82 125/1126.00
4 (2) 743-127 Yellow and Purple (quartered), Purple sleeves, Yellow stars Bouguereau 27
Nag me
3 9-0 P W Chapple-Hyam A Munro 108 100/1101.00
5 (10) 1-1 Black, White sleeves, Red cap, Black star Casual Conquest (IRE) 27
Nag me
3 9-0 D K Weld P J Smullen 7/24.50
6 (6) 62215-1 Dark Blue, Pink sash, White cap Curtain Call (FR) 45
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3 9-0 L M Cumani J P Spencer 115 7/18.00
7 (13) 221-21 Green, pink sash and cap, white sleeves Doctor Fremantle 30
Nag meDistance Winner
3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute K McEvoy 112 11/26.50
8 (15) 18-2 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Frozen Fire (GER) 23
Nag me
3 9-0 A P O'Brien M J Kinane 16/117.00
9 (8) 211-21 Red, Emerald Green chevron, Emerald Green cap Kandahar Run 35
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3 9-0 Sir H R A Cecil T E Durcan 105 11/112.00
10 (11) 710-52 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap King Of Rome (IRE) 28
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3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P Murtagh 106 16/117.00
11 (7) 00-5303 RED, WHITE star, BLACK and RED striped sleeves, WHITE cap, BLACK star Maidstone Mixture (FR) 110
Nag me
3 9-0 Paul Murphy M O'connell 250/1251.00
12 (3) 1111-22 Emerald Green, Black chevrons on sleeves New Approach (IRE) 14
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-0 J S Bolger K J Manning 126 5/16.00
13 (17) 11214-2 Royal blue Rio de La Plata (USA) 27
Nag me
3 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 120 20/121.00
15 (5) 10-1 Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Tajaaweed (USA) 29
Nag me
3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute R Hills 110 10/111.00
16 (14) 2-11 Pale Blue, White and Yellow check cap Tartan Bearer (IRE) 23
Nag me
3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 116 6/17.00
17 (16) 4-22 Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, white cap Washington Irving (IRE) 27
Nag meBeaten Favourite
3 9-0 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 108 33/134.00
Non runners
14 (4)2817-43River Proud (USA)39-0P F I ColeT Quinn114

Verdict

Casual Conquest, New Approach and Curtain Call form our one, two three here. The selection is awful value at the current prices, is less experienced than ideal and has been the subject of less than glowing gallop reports. However, he's certain to stay and won one of the more established trials in scintillating style where he thrashed the leading Ballydoyle contender, Washington Irving, by six lengths. The trainer has a good line on the Classic generation having sent out Famous Name to finish second in the French Derby and connections' decision to supplement their Hernando colt can be rewarded. A middle draw should be absolutely ideal as Pat Smullen shouldn't be hard-pressed to get a position in midfield before launching his challenge in the straight. New Approach also looks well drawn if connections decide to make the running with the Galileo colt and there's no reason to think that they won't. One of the many things that Jim Bolger has said about his star is that "he shouldn't have any difficulty staying a mile and a half" and his breeding supports that to some extent. His style of racing raises some concerns on that score but I don't believe that he'll fail for a lack of stamina but would be worried about his temperament although he has seemed more settled this year. Curtain Call was three lengths behind New Approach in the Futurity Stakes last year but the vibes from his stable have been encouraging. He's bred to come into his own over middle distances this season and did everything required of him at Nottingham. He's expected to find the necessary improvement to go close but he wouldn't want to get shuffled too far back from his draw and it will be interesting to see what tactics his jockey adopts. Tartan Bearer appears to be the Stoute first string following his head defeat of Frozen Fire in the Dante but Doctor Fremantle and Tajaaweed (who has reportedly worked well) shouldn't be dismissed on that basis alone. Rio De La Plata and River Proud are dubious stayers and of more interest at a price is Kandahar Run who is bred to get ten but shapes as though he'll get 12 furlongs. He's slipped under the radar in recent weeks having been popular in the winter and may just represent the best value in the race but he doesn't make anywhere near as much appeal as CASUAL CONQUEST, who is taken to overcome his inexperience and justify his cramped odds.