Epsom Downs

  • 15:45 Investec Derby 1m 4f 10y

  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf


  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 2m 36.74s
  • Off time: 15:53:08
15:45 Epsom Downs Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Sea The Stars (IRE) 11/4
2nd Fame And Glory 9/4
3rd Masterofthehorse (IRE) 16/1


No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 (1) 14-1 Dark Blue, Pink cap Age Of Aquarius (IRE) 28
3 9-0 A P O'Brien P J Smullen 25/126.00
2 (3) 21-31 Pink Black Bear Island (IRE) 23
3 9-0 A P O'Brien R L Moore 7/18.00
3 (12) 0121-8 White, Purple hoop, Purple sleeves, White armlets, Purple cap Crowded House 23
Beaten Favourite
3 9-0 B J Meehan J P Spencer 120 20/121.00
4 (5) 4-113 Emerald Green, Black chevrons on sleeves Debussy (IRE) 30
Course Winner
3 9-0 J H M Gosden J Fortune 103 33/134.00
5 (10) 11-11 PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Fame And Glory 27
3 9-0 A P O'Brien J A Heffernan 112 9/43.25
6 (6) 312-3 White, Purple stripe, check cap Gan Amhras (IRE) 35
3 9-0 J S Bolger K J Manning 111 8/19.00
7 (7) 3541-41 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, royal blue cap Golden Sword 30
Distance Winner
3 9-0 A P O'Brien C O'Donoghue 90 25/126.00
8 (8) 211-5 Royal blue Kite Wood (IRE) 23
3 9-0 Saeed bin Suroor L Dettori 108 28/129.00
9 (2) 2130-2 Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Masterofthehorse (IRE) 30
Beaten Favourite
3 9-0 A P O'Brien R Hughes 111 16/117.00
10 (11) 21-2 Royal Blue, Yellow epaulets,royal Blue and White striped sleeves, Royal Blue cap, Yellow star Montaff 28
3 9-0 M R Channon R Hills 106 40/141.00
11 (9) 117-4 Dark Blue Rip Van Winkle (IRE) 35
3 9-0 A P O'Brien Johnny Murtagh 6/17.00
12 (4) 411-1 YELLOW, purple cap, yellow star Sea The Stars (IRE) 35
3 9-0 J M Oxx Mick Kinane 110 11/43.75
Non runners
13 (13)21South Easter (IRE)39-0W J Haggas105


Trainer Aidan O'Brien will be well represented as he saddles six runners in one of the most competitive Derbys in recent years. So I guess it's no surprise that we side with one of his charges in the shape of BLACK BEAR ISLAND, who is marginally preferred to stable-mate Rip Van Winkle and Jim Bolger's Gan Amhras. The selection proved that his seasonal reappearance was better than the bare result showed by stepping up next time to swoop late and land York's prestigious classic trial the Dante. In the recent past that Group Two contest has been a decent gauge for the Derby so, while there is a slight doubt whether Epsom will suit the colt, there is little wrong with his form and he'll be given even more help in the saddle this time with champion Ryan Moore taking over. It is interesting that O'Brien's number one jockey Johnny Murtagh has chosen to ride Rip Van Winkle after an eye-catching display in the 2000 Guineas. He shaped that day as if the step up to the Derby trip is exactly what he needs and Murtagh obviously feels this colt represents his best chance of glory. Gan Amhras was another that entered notebooks after an excellent run in defeat during Newmarket's classic. He ran on very nicely to finish ahead of the one we've just mentioned and should also come on for this step up in trip. Ante-post favourite and Guineas winner Sea The Stars is obviously on sparkling form and although he is yet to prove staying power for this trip there is plenty of stamina on his dam's side so he is a real contender. There are one or two others we could throw into the mix here as well as this is really competitive stuff but, given there is little wrong with his form, we prefer some value and Black Bear Island.