Thursday 29 September 2016

Zawraq team expect Derby battle

Published 30/05/2015 | 16:41

Zawraq
Zawraq

Connections of leading Investec Derby candidate Zawraq are expecting a competitive renewal of the Epsom Classic.

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Although lacking an established star from the likes of Aidan O'Brien, any number of unexposed horses remain firmly in contention, among them the Dermot Weld-trained Zawraq.

Unbeaten in two starts, his reappearance success over Endless Drama was well advertised by that horse's fine effort to be second to Gleneagles in the Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan, said: "I spoke to Dermot on Wednesday and as far as I know everything is going well.

"There is a lot of rubbish talked about the Derby. William Haggas said earlier in the week people say it's a bad race but try to win one, and he's right.

"Golden Horn certainly brings the best form we've seen so far and only time will tell where Zawraq fits in class-wise. He's had two races, won them both and looked good doing it.

"I'm not going to say he's going to win the Derby, but Dermot has had enough good horses to know what he's dealing with and he thinks he'll run a very good race if he stays.

"Whether he'll stay or not, we'll only find out on the day."

John Gosden expressed his delight with the work of his two Derby hopefuls on the Newmarket gallops on Saturday morning.

Ante-post favourite Golden Horn and stablemate Jack Hobbs participated in pieces of work on separate gallops either side of the town, as they near completion of their preparations for the premier Classic.

"Both Derby horses worked this morning and I was very happy with them. Jack Hobbs worked on the watered gallop, while across on the Limekilns Golden Horn worked with Frankie Dettori," said Gosden.

"There was nothing different, they just worked with lead horses. I don't think Jack Hobbs needs another serious piece of work, while Golden Horn would need another piece of serious work.

"Epsom (Breakfast With The Stars) the other day and their work today were the main pieces of work for them."

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