Epsom Downs

  • 16:00 Investec Derby 1m 4f 10y

  • Winner £709,625 2nd £269,000 3rd £134,625 4th £67,125
  • Going: Good to Firm (Good in places;Sprint;Good to Firm)
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 34.54s
  • Off time: 16:00:34
16:00 Epsom Downs Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Pour Moi (IRE) 4/1
2nd Treasure Beach 25/1
3rd Carlton House (USA) 5/2


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (13) 21-1 Purple, Gold braid, Scarlet sleeves, Black velvet cap, Gold fringe Carlton House (USA) 23
3 9-0 Sir Michael Stoute R L Moore 116 5/23.50
2 (11) 0568-5 Light green and maroon (quartered), striped sleeves, check cap Castlemorris King 33
3 9-0 v1 M J Attwater M Coumbe 52 150/1151.00
3 (8) 1-6 White, Emerald Green star, chevrons on sleeves, White cap, Emerald Green star Marhaba Malyoon (IRE) 28
3 9-0 D M Simcock J P Spencer 78 100/1101.00
4 (5) 16-51 Black, Yellow cap Masked Marvel 17
3 9-0 J H M Gosden W Buick 109 25/126.00
5 (6) 51-2 Dark Blue, Pink cap Memphis Tennessee (IRE) 27
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J P O'Brien 94 20/121.00
6 (3) 114-13 Black, white chevron, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Native Khan (FR) 35
3 9-0 E A L Dunlop Johnny Murtagh 116 8/19.00
7 (10) 5-11 Royal blue Ocean War 35
3 9-0 M Al Zarooni L Dettori 106 12/113.00
8 (1) 91128-3 Purple, white diamonds on sleeves, purple and pink check cap Pisco Sour (USA) 23
3 9-0 H Morrison J Fortune 107 50/151.00
9 (7) 81-31 Dark Blue Pour Moi (IRE) 28
3 9-0 A Fabre M Barzalona 4/15.00
10 (4) 11-31 Pink Recital (FR) 27
3 9-0 A P O'Brien P J Smullen 114 5/16.00
11 (2) 212-2 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Seville (GER) 23
Beaten Favourite
3 9-0 A P O'Brien C Soumillon 117 13/27.50
12 (12) 21123-1 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Treasure Beach 30
Distance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 107 25/126.00
13 (9) 61-13 Green, red epaulets Vadamar (FR) 28
Beaten Favourite
3 9-0 A de Royer-Dupre C P Lemaire 14/115.00


The demands of Epsom and in particular The Derby mean a horse has to be at its absolute peak to land the great race so the recent setback, however minor, suffered by Carlton House is obviously a major concern. The Dante winner looked the likely Derby winner when comfortably accounting for SEVILLE at York but there are reasons for suggesting the runner-up can reverse the form. The Dante was run at a crawl and the time was very slow. Neither of the first two would have been suited by a sprint finish given their breeding but Aidan O'Brien's colt, by Galileo out of a 1m4f Group 3 winner, was never likely to win a dash for the line. He'll get a much stiffer test of stamina here and coupled with The Queen's colt's injury scare is taken to reverse the form and take this. Pour Moi has come in for massive support in recent weeks following his Group 2 victory at Saint-Cloud where Vadamar was third. Andre Fabre's colt is another who will be ideally suited by a strong gallop and his trainer has issued an unusually upbeat verdict on the son of Montjeu. Recital is also by that sire and won the Derrinstown Stud Stakes at Leopardstown but he didn't please everyone with his action that day and again it wasn't a fast time. Native Khan doesn't appear certain to get the trip on breeding but like many Derby winners previously he was going on strongly at the finish of the 2000 Guineas so it would be foolish to write him off on pedigree alone and Johnny Murtagh is the ideal partner. Godolphin's Ocean War hasn't proved himself anywhere near this level and is another with suspect breeding for the trip though he's on the upgrade and could make his presence felt under Frankie.