Dubai-owned Godolphin stable claims 1st English Derby win

Dubai-owned Godolphin stable claims 1st English Derby win

Knight To Behold did us a favour when winning the Lingfield Derby Trial, despite refusing to settle and having to make much of his own running under Richard Kingscote for Harry Dunlop.

"This a big race and there is always something special about it".

"So I came here today very relaxed and just wanted the horse to do his best".

He said: "I had a lovely trip, sat in third but he didn't get home".

Appleby couldn't quite believe the result immediately after the Britain's richest race, worth £1.5-million.

For Buick, who has finished second in the race on two previous occasions, it was also mission accomplished.

Godolphin's royal blue silks were carried to the Investec Derby wire, as Masar (William Buick), caused a 16-1 upset at Epsom.

But the colt trained by Charlie Appleby turned the tables when it mattered as he timed his charge right to be triumphant in the 239th staging of the race.

Dee Ex Bee and Roaring Lion were both given every chance in the straight, but could not quite match the victor in the closing stages, with the former just coming out on top in the battle for second, but connections of Saxon Warrior will feel that fate was against them.

"It still hasn't sunk in yet", the trainer said. "I always said I wanted to be the first trainer to train a Derby victor for Godolphin", Appleby said.

Victor of the 2016 Derby was Harzand, whose trainer, Dermot Weld, has Hazapour for Saturday's edition. William's given him a brilliant ride but the last 100 yards seemed a long time!

"We will take him home and see how he is".

Worth noting is that O'Brien's 2017 Epsom Derby victor, Wings of Eagles, was something like his fifth-stringer in the race. "He travelled well into the race", said Gosden.

"He's still a big baby and probably the biggest horse in the field, everything suggests there should be better to come".

"It's been so good". There was a couple of times when I was thinking, is my time ever gonna come?

"The great thing about the team around me, especially His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, is that they are so supportive".

"I'm a realist - I've been in this game all my life and we were beaten fair and square yesterday".

He was just one length behind Proschema on debut and now gets over a stone from the top weight.

"I've dreamt of this since I wanted to be a jockey".

My heartfelt congratulations to my brother Mohammed bin Rashid on winning the Dubai English classic Derby horse race.

The jockey added he had feared he might go his entire career without a Derby victory. I've seen plenty of things come and go and fortunately when I was appointed trainer five years ago the goal was to have a Derby victor in the Godolphin blue. He will be a first Derby ride for Robert Havlin. He handled the track beautifully and came through, but he simply didn't stay the mile and a half.



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