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Epsom Downs

  • 16:00 Vodafone Derby 1m 4f 10y

  • (group 1) £1,250,000 added 3yo 16 ran
  • Winner: £
  • Going: Good (Good to Firm on the Sprint Course)
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 2m 36.50s
  • Off time: 16:08:20

Full result

16:00 Epsom Downs Result 7th June 2008
Pos Draw Dist Horse Weight Jockey Trainer Age SP
1st (3) New Approach (IRE) 9-0 K J Manning J S Bolger 3 5/1
Took keen hold early, held up towards rear, 13th straight, headway when not clear run and switched sharply left to inside rail 2f out, quickened to lead over 1f out, wandered under pressure inside final furlong, in command and stayed on strongly opened 13/2 touched 13/2 £5000-£750 £3000-£500 £3900-£600 £2600-£400 £6000-£1000(x3) £2400-£400 £2500-£450
2nd (14) ½ Tartan Bearer (IRE) 9-0 R L Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3 6/1
Slowly into stride, soon nudged along, held up in rear, 14th straight, headway on outside 3f out to lead 2f out, headed over 1f out, not pace of winner inside final furlong but battled on well opened 9/2 touched 6/1 £3000-£500(x2) £3500-£500 £12000-£2000 £5500-£1000 £5000-£1000 £2500-£500
3rd (10) Casual Conquest (IRE) 9-0 P J Smullen D K Weld 3 7/2f
Held up in mid-division, headway halfway, 4th straight, went 3rd over 2f out, ridden over 1f out, stayed on but not pace of front pair final furlong opened 9/2 touched 9/2 £1800-£400(x3) £2500-£500(x3) £13500-£300 £4500-£1000(x3) £3600-£800 £2250-£500(x3) £8000-£2000 £4000-£1000(x6) £2000-£500(x7)
4th (13) Doctor Fremantle 9-0 K McEvoy Sir Michael Stoute 3 11/2
Mid-division, headway halfway, soon chased leader pair, 2nd straight, led inside final 3f, headed 2f out, weakened approaching final furlong opened 8/1 touched 8/1 £4000-£500 £7500-£1000
5th (16) ¾ Washington Irving (IRE) 9-0 C O'Donoghue A P O'Brien 3 33/1
Prominent, 3rd straight, still pressing leaders over 2f out, weakened over 1f out opened 33/1 touched 33/1
6th (1) s.h Alessandro Volta 9-0 J A Heffernan A P O'Brien 3 33/1
Slowly into stride, behind, 12th straight, headway over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong but never going pace to reach leaders opened 33/1 touched 33/1 £5000-£150
7th (17) 1 Rio de La Plata (USA) 9-0 L Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 3 20/1
Mid-division, pushed along when hampered 2f out, no chance after opened 20/1 touched 20/1
8th (5) ½ Tajaaweed (USA) 9-0 R Hills Sir Michael Stoute 3 10/1
Mid-division, 7th on outside straight, chased leaders over 2f out, soon ridden, weakened inside final 2f opened 10/1 touched 11/1 £6000-£500 £10000-£1000
9th (2) ½ Bouguereau 9-0 A Munro P W Chapple-Hyam 3 100/1
Mid-division on inside, 10th straight, headway on inside 3f out, never reached leaders opened 100/1 touched 100/1
10th (6) Curtain Call (FR) 9-0 J P Spencer L M Cumani 3 7/1
Mid-division, 11th straight, effort on outside over 2f out, soon hung left under pressure, eased final furlong opened 6/1 touched 7/1 £6500-£1000 £3250-£500 £2600-£400 £2750-£500
11th (15) Frozen Fire (GER) 9-0 Mick Kinane A P O'Brien 3 16/1
Behind, 15th straight, kept on but no danger final 2f opened 16/1 touched 16/1
12th (11) 9 King Of Rome (IRE) 9-0 Johnny Murtagh A P O'Brien 3 16/1
Slowly into stride, behind, headway halfway, 9th straight, soon ridden and weakened over 2f out opened 16/1 touched 16/1 £7000-£500
13th (12) Alan Devonshire 9-0 P Mulrennan M H Tompkins 3 100/1
Took keen hold early, close up 6th straight, ridden 3f out, soon lost place opened 100/1 touched 100/1
14th (8) 14 Kandahar Run 9-0 T E Durcan Sir H R A Cecil 3 11/1
Pulled hard early, prominent, led 4f out, headed inside final 3f, soon weakened opened 14/1 touched 14/1 £10000-£600
15th (9) 11 Bashkirov 9-0 D R McCabe A P O'Brien 3 125/1
Ridden from start, tracked leader, led 7f out to 4f out, weakened early straight, eased when no chance final furlong opened 200/1 touched 200/1
16th (7) dist Maidstone Mixture (FR) 9-0 M O'connell Paul Murphy 3 250/1
Ridden to lead, headed 7f out, last and tailing off straight opened 250/1 touched 250/1
NR (4) River Proud (USA) 9-0 T Quinn P F I Cole 3

Betting breakdown

Tote Win: £0.00 Tote Place: ££2.30,£3.20,£1.50
Straight Forecast: £0.00 Exacta: £0.00 Trifecta: £0.00

Jackpot: £126,961.80 carried forward to Southwell, 7th Jun
Placepot: £63.50, Pool: £293821.3, 3372.52 winning tickets
Quadpot: £27.70, Pool: £11475.3, 306.05 winning tickets
PlaceSix: £41.02
PlaceFive: £26.43


It was fitting the 16 jockeys for the 2008 Vodafone Derby should salute the legendary Vincent O'Brien as they entered the paddock before receiving last-minute riding instructions ahead of the world's most prestigious Flat race. O'Brien, the trainer of six Derby winners during his imperious career, was the guest of honour for his first visit to Epsom for over 15 years and hewas treated to a thrilling spectacle as New Approach cemented his place in racing history with an exceptional perfomance. The son of Galileo refused to settle for Kevin Manning in the early stages then weaved an erratic route as he forced his way through to join the leaders with two furlongs left to run. Manning switched the colt to the far rail and, with his head down in a drive for the line, New Approach fended off Tartan Bearer to register a famous victory. New Approach had been at the centre of a controversial entry process for the Derby and his trainer, Jim Bolger, had faced stern critique for announcing he would be an unlikely runner and it was only a fortuitous mistake that he was left in at the last forfeit stage. He said: "I've said I made a mistake and I see no need to keep highlighting it. This is very special to me. I thought before the race it would be up there with the best. I willingly say it is the best". The winning owner, HRH Princess Haya Of Jordan, was brimming with admiration for the enigmatic three-year-old and was thrilled that her husband, Sheik Mohammed, has now fulfilled his ambition of winning racing's most elusive prize. She said: "To think we'd have his Derby dream together is wonderful. He (New Approach) showed he has brilliance in him that he has never shown before". Tartan Bearer was a gallant runner up having come with a sweeping run down the centre of the track. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt is undoubtedly a top-class individual and he will be a formidable opponent if he now heads to the Irish Derby at the end of this month. Casual Conquest was held up in mid division before making ground at the halfway stage. However he lacked a change of gear in the closing stages and could not match the front pair. Doctor Fremantle briefly looked like he was going to justify the support he received before the off but faded when headed a furlong out. Washington Irving raced prominently throughout and did well to hold his position, while his stablemate Alessandro Volta made late gains but did not have the pace to be a serious threat. Rio De La Plata was already struggling when he was hampered two furlongs and had no excuses. Curtain Call was never a threat and hung badly to the left when asked for an effort. He was eased in the final furlong and may not have handled the course. Johnny Murtagh's mount King Of Rome was another that failed to shine. The 2008 Derby was a great advert for the sport and, whatever the opinions of the betting public in the build up to the race, few would argue as Sheikh Mohammad summed up the winner's performance in a simple statement. "He's a brilliant horse".