16:30 Epsom Downs

Saturday 5 June 2021

All14:0014:3515:1015:4516:3017:1517:50

    Cazoo Derby (Group 1) (British Champions Series)

  • 3YO only  |   Class 1  |   1m 4f 6y  |   Good to Soft  |   11 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 16:33  |   Winning time: 2m 36.85s
1
(1)
Horse silk
Adayar28
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: A Kirby| T: C Appleby| OR:  107| BF
16/1
Wide-margin winner of heavy-ground Nottingham maiden last autumn and has returned with good efforts at Sandown and Lingfield, though no match for Third Realm 4 weeks ago. Has plenty on from stall 1.
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2
(9)
Horse silk
Bolshoi Ballet27
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: R L Moore| T: A P O'Brien| OR:  117
11/8
Hugely exciting son of Galileo who has won the 2 main Irish trials at Leopardstown impressively, clocking an excellent time in the Derrinstown 4 weeks ago. Yard's only runner and the one to beat.
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3
(6)
Horse silk
Gear Up23
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: B A Curtis| T: M Johnston| OR:  112
50/1
Winner of 3 of his 4 starts at 2 yrs, notably the Group 1 Criterium de Saint-Cloud final outing. Will come on plenty for his return in the Dante behind Hurricane Lane and this trip is sure to suit.
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4
(5)
Horse silk
Hurricane Lane23
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: W Buick| T: C Appleby| OR:  112
6/1
Improving in leaps and bounds, showing plenty of guts as well as stamina when making it 3-3 in the Dante. This stiffer test will suit and only unbeaten runner in the race has an each-way chance.
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5
(12)
Horse silk
John Leeper21
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: L Dettori| T: E A L Dunlop| OR:  106
8/1
By Frankel out of an Oaks winner and could prove very good himself as he's improved rapidly so far, doing plenty wrong but still well on top at Newmarket 3 weeks ago. Couldn't dismiss under Dettori.
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6
(8)
Horse silk
Mac Swiney14
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: K J Manning| T: J S Bolger| OR:  119
8/1
Goes really well in the mud and notched up a second Group 1 when making all in the Irish 2000 Guineas a fortnight ago. Should stay this far and prospects even brighter if it rains.
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8
(10)
Horse silk
Mojo Star22
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: David Egan| T: R Hannon| BF
50/1
Has made a promising start in 2 races at Newbury 7 months apart, running into a useful prospect on return. Step up in trip will suit but huge shock if he opened his account in this.
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9
(11)
Horse silk
One Ruler35
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: James Doyle| T: C Appleby| OR:  114| BF
17/2
Did well at 2 yrs, chasing home Mac Swiney in the Futurity at Doncaster final start, and he returned with a good run in the 2000 Guineas. Should strip fitter here and not without a chance if he stays.
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10
(3)
Horse silk
Southern Lights27
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: D P McDonogh| T: J P O'Brien| OR:  104
33/1
Successful return in 10f Leopardstown maiden and not seen to best effect behind Bolshoi Ballet in the Derrinstown there 4 weeks ago. Longer trip will suit but huge improvement needed to figure.
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11
(2)
Horse silk
Third Realm28
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: Andrea Atzeni| T: R Varian| OR:  108| D
14/1
Took another huge step forward from his reappearance win when readily landing the Lingfield Derby Trial by 1¼ lengths from Adayar 3 weeks ago. More to come still over this trip and he's a player.
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12
(7)
Horse silk
Youth Spirit31
Age: 3|  Weight: 9-0| J: Tom Marquand| T: A M Balding| OR:  111| D
25/1
Took another big step forward when winning the Chester Vase in good style in the mud last month, keeping on well. Remains capable of even better but plenty of his rivals make more appeal on balance.
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Non-Runners

7
(4)
Horse silk
Mohaafeth35
Weight: 9-0|  Age: 3
T: W J Haggas  J: Jim Crowley
NR

Forecasts

Bolshoi Ballet (11/8), Hurricane Lane (6/1), Mohaafeth (6/1), Mac Swiney (8/1), John Leeper (8/1), One Ruler (17/2), Third Realm (14/1), Adayar (16/1), Youth Spirit (25/1), Southern Lights (33/1), Mojo Star (50/1), Gear Up (50/1)

Verdict

It's very notable that the hugely-exciting BOLSHOI BALLET is the only runner for Ballydoyle and he can give Aidan O'Brien a stunning ninth Derby this century, 20 years on from his sire Galileo's victory. He won the two main Irish trials impressively and should have even more to offer over this longer trip. Mohaafeth, Hurricane Lane and Irish 2000 Guineas-winner Mac Swiney complete the shortlist.

  1. BOLSHOI BALLET (IRE)
  2. MOHAAFETH (IRE)
  3. HURRICANE LANE (IRE)

Previous Winners

2020
Serpentine
Weight: 9-0  |Age: 3
25/1

Prize Money

1st: £637,988.002nd: £241,875.003rd: £121,050.004th: £60,300.005th: £30,262.006th: £15,187.00

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