Breakfast With The Stars

"It is about having the right horses"

Andre Fabre

Andre Fabre

The 2015 Breakfast With The Stars at Epsom Downs Racecourse had everything – with three of the first four in the betting for Britain’s premier Classic, the Investec Derby, exercising on the course, France’s top trainer Andre Fabre flying in by helicopter, Frankie Dettori and lots of news, comment and opinion.

Connections, the media, Investec and some of the course’s annual members gathered at 7.30am on Tuesday May 26, to see six Classic contenders work on the unique undulating Epsom Downs course.

Golden Horn (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori) Jack Hobbs (John Gosden/William Buick) and Elm Park (Andrew Balding/Andrea Atzeni) are 13/8 favourite, 6/1 and 7/1 respectively after going through their paces ahead of the Group One Investec Derby, Britain’s richest race, on Saturday, June 6.

Star Of Seville (John Gosden/William Buick), Jazzi Top (John Gosden/Frankie Dettori) and Al Naamah (Andre Fabre/Gregory Benoist) were also exercised and are 7/1, 9/1 and 20/1 respectively for the Investec Oaks at Epsom Downs on Friday, June 5 with Coral, official betting partner.

John Gosden

John Gosden

John Gosden, the Newmarket trainer, said: “My jockeys still don’t do what I tell them to do. Frankie was perfect on Golden Horn, doing the right thing. I said pull up a good half furlong before the winning post and don’t go over the top but William had to have a feel (on Jack Hobbs) and went flying past the winning post and ended up right down by the stables.”

Golden Horn worked steadily and then a bit faster with Dickdoughtywylie (Rab Havlin – a 102 rated 10-furlong horse) over short of a mile and cruised up two and a half furlongs out before going to the front and passed the winning post two lengths ahead after being eased down.

Jack Hobbs, who also went over just less than a mile, came well clear of his work companion, Marzocco (Nick Mackay – a 108-rated stayer) in the closing stages.

Frankie Dettori. Eager to get back to race riding

Frankie Dettori – Dante is a telling factor

Frankie Dettori declared: “The Dante is a telling factor at this stage and Golden Horn is thriving but don’t dismiss Jack Hobbs, who is a very good horse too. A mile and a half is definitely within Jack Hobbs’ compass and he is rawer than Golden Horn and has more improvement in him.

“Golden Horn is a very laid-back character and the important thing was to get him to whiz around the bend. He gave me a good feel. But he is the sort of horse who needs the crowd to rev him up and he is a better horse on a raceday.”

Gosden said: “As Golden Horn walked down, and it was very kind of my wife to lend me a lead horse, Dickdoughtywhylie, he was wandering along asleep but his temperament is big plus – like his father Cape Cross. If you don’t relax early on, you don’t stay.

“Jack Hobbs is an equally laidback horse but I noticed he was far more alert this morning, taking a look. He was very on the ball today and is a mighty improving horse.

“It is great for all of us to have these two horses for the Investec Derby and tremendously exciting. If the ground is like this on Derby Day, then Jack Hobbs will be running.”

William Buick

William Buick

William Buick commented: “I got ran away with Jack Hobbs who felt very comfortable on the track and we did not press any buttons today but he swapped his leads down the hill. He is still learning about the game but every step he takes he is going forward.

“He gave me a nice feel, handled the track and the ground which was perfect. All in all, I am very happy.

“I rode Star Of Seville also this morning. She led well around there and has good form. She too enjoyed the ground and handled the track well so she has a good chance in the Oaks.”

Dettori continued: “I don’t know which of the two fillies I will be riding in the Oaks, both won their trials and both are entitled to run well. We have 10 days to decide which one I will ride. Both are in great nick.”

Gosden said: “I would have Frankie jock off Ryan and ride Crystal Zvezda! In all seriousness, I thought she was hugely impressive in the Newbury trial and she is the one to beat. I am teasing now but we will work out our Oaks fillies.

Gleneagles wins the 2000 Guineas

Gleneagles wins the 2000 Guineas

“Jack Hobbs did not run until December 27 and Golden Horn won in October. I am pretty clear what Ballydoyle will do, even if they are staying tight-lipped themselves. I think they will leave their brilliant miler, Gleneagles, at a mile. It is a bit like asking me if I would have run Kingman in the Derby – no, I wouldn’t.

“What a nice stallion Gleneagles will make if he is a top miler and that is their business. I think they will be tempted to supplement Found into the Investec Derby.”

Dettori recalled his first Derby victory on Authorized (2007). He said: “He was a good horse and it was a push-button ride, winning by five lengths. It was an important win for me, I had never won the Derby, it was my last Classic to achieve and my father was there – the day was very emotional.

“I know what to expect now. I was extremely nervous in 2007 – with a few more years under my belt, I am a bit more relaxed. Tony McCoy must have felt it in the Grand National – you never think you are going to win the race and then, when you do, there is great relief. I will get excited on the day but that is quite normal.”

Gosden remarked: “It is about having the right horses. The worse thing for jockeys is being put on Formula 2 horses in Formula 1 races.”


The Investec Derby

£1,325,000 Total Prize Fund. Group 1, 4.30pm, Saturday, June 6, 2015. 1 mile, 4 furlongs, 10 yards. For three-year-olds only, entire colts and fillies. Weights: colts 9st; fillies 8st 11lb. Entries closed December 3, 2013 (409 entries), first scratchings deadline March 3 (102 remained – 4 subsequently scratched), second entry stage April 7 (12 second entries), second scratchings deadline May 22 (16 remain), five-day confirmations & £75,000 supplementary stage, Monday, June 1, final declarations 10.00am, Thursday, June 4.

Horse Owner Trainer
BEST OF TIMES Godolphin Saeed bin Suroor
CARBON DATING (IRE) Thistle Bloodstock Limited Pat Shanahan IRE
ELM PARK Qatar Racing Limited Andrew Balding
EPICURIS Khalid Abdullah Criquette Head-Maarek FR
GIOVANNI CANALETTO (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
GLENEAGLES (IRE) Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
GREAT GLEN Julian Richmond-Watson Ralph Beckett
HANS HOLBEIN Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Teo Ah Khing Aidan O’Brien IRE
JACK HOBBS Godolphin & Partners John Gosden


Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs Sue Magnier Aidan O’Brien IRE
MOHEET (IRE) Al Shaqab Racing Richard Hannon
PRINCE GAGARIN (IRE) Windflower Overseas & John Dunlop OBE Ed Dunlop


Qatar Racing Limited Andrew Balding


Qatar Racing Limited Andreas Wohler GER


Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum William Haggas


Hamdan Al Maktoum Dermot Weld IRE

16 colts remain following May 22 scratchings deadline

6 Irish-trained, 1 German-trained

                                                     The Investec Oaks

Group 1, £450,000 Total Prize Money. Epsom Downs, 4.30pm, Friday, June 5, 2015. For three-year-old fillies. One mile, four furlongs and 10 yards. Weights: 9st. Entries closed April 14, entries revealed April 15 (59 entries). Scratchings deadline May 19 (25 remain), six-day confirmation and £30,000 supplementary entry stage Saturday, May 30, final declaration stage 10.00am, May 30. Maximum field of 20.

Horse Owner Trainer
AL NAAMAH (IRE) Al Shaqab Racing Andre Fabre FR
ARETHUSA The Serendipity Partnership Ed Dunlop
BELLAJEU QRL/Sheikh Suhaim Al Thani/M Al Kubaisi Ralph Beckett

Flaxman Stables Ireland Ltd

Jessica Harrington IRE

AnneMarie O’Brien

Aidan O’Brien IRE

Sir Evelyn De Rothschild

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