Gosden and Dettori celebrate with Golden Horn
He still remains the darling of the punters, especially on big weekends and it was that man Frankie Dettori who landed a second Derby success for himself and also for trainer John Gosden as Golden Horn took the Investec Derby at Epsom this afternoon in commanding fashion from stable mate Jack Hobbs.
In a repeat of the Dante form from York, the supplemented colt had way too much class in the finish and was a comfortable winner allaying any fears that existed before hand with regard to the extra distance and the unique test that Epsom provides.
Gosden after saddling a famous one two in the biggest race of the season was delighted with his horses and his winning jockey. “Frankie did a lovely job. He just put him to sleep, being the old head he is. When the others went to make it a true test he didn’t panic.”
“These things are made to look simple and it could have been a complete mess if he’d gone too soon or let him roll up there with the pace, but he did it all right.”
Dettori didn’t have it all go to plan despite a ready win by the time the line came. “The horse wanted to run for me today, so for the first two or three furlongs we had a slight argument and that’s why I took him back a bit. I was convinced he would stay, but everything that everyone was saying started to play with my mind a bit. He hit a flat spot, but when I gave him a crack he took off and when I got upsides Jack Hobbs I knew I had won. I then went numb the last few yards, I was in shock and disbelief that I was going to win the Derby.”
A delighted owner, Oppenheimer didn’t hesitate to run his charge here despite having to stump up a fair fee to do so… “Once he won the Dante, I didn’t take too much persuading to supplement him for Epsom. It’s a bit of a no-brainer to go for the best race in the world. I had total confidence in the trainer and the jockey. It’s quite brilliant. This is the race you want to win. It is something that both my father and myself have aspired to do.”
It was misery for the layers and Paddy Power quoted after the result was tallied around the offices summed it up well! “Frankie is the only jockey the whole world and his dog knows and his win means the bookies have done their absolute conkers with a payout in the tens of millions.” Don’t forget though that the big race yesterday was won by a huge outsider and their satchels rarely remain empty!
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