Monday 24 October 2016

Zawraq among 16 still in Derby

Published 22/05/2015 | 20:31


Dermot Weld's leading fancy Zawraq is among just 16 horses still engaged in the Investec Derby after the latest forfeit stage.

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The list does not include John Gosden's ante-post favourite Golden Horn, who was a n impressive winner of the Dante Stakes at York and is to be supplemented by owner Anthony Oppenheimer.

Golden Horn's stablemate Jack Hobbs, second in the Dante and now part-owned by Godolphin, is among those still in the field.

Oppenheimer has confirmed that Frankie Dettori is set to ride Golden Horn with William Buick, who rode the colt on the Knavesmire, likely to be claimed by Godolphin, who now part-own Jack Hobbs.

Oppenheimer told At The Races said: "It's an almost certainty that Frankie will be riding him.

"It's very exciting to have a really good horse. Whatever happens in the Derby, he will be a really good horse. He's in all the good races over a mile and a quarter later in the year."

Dettori said: " Of course I'm excited. He was a good winner of the Dante and he's a worthy favourite for the Derby.

"It brings back those memories of 2007 (Authorized's Derby success) when I didn't sleep for two weeks, so you can imagine how I feel right now."

Aidan O'Brien has left in Gleneagles, despite stating the 2000 Guineas winner, who is running in the Irish Guineas this weekend, would not be asked to step up in trip.

Stable companions Giovanni Canaletto, also due to run this weekend, Hans Holbein and Kilimanjaro are the other Ballydoyle possibles.

Elm Park, Epicuris, Moheet and Best Of Times are also still engaged, but Highland Reel, Sir Isaac Newton and Christophermarlowe have been taken out.

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