With no racing at Southwell over the last week, the horse racing industry turned its eyes to Epsom for the Derby which had been brought forward a week to coincide with the Queen's Jubilee.
CAMELOT delivered a flawless performance in landing a historic victory for trainer Aidan O’Brien and his jockey son Joseph in the Investec Derby at Epsom.
The 2,000 Guineas winner now looks set for a crack at the Triple Crown in the St Leger at Doncaster, after the colt romped to a five-length success from Main Sequence, who stayed on to take second. Main market rival and second favourite Bonfire never looked like threatening and finished a remote sixth.
Camelot’s success means that O’Brien senior has now saddled the first four Classics of the English season, and if connections do decide to run him at Town Moor in September, victory would make him the first horse to complete the Triple Crown since Nijinsky in 1970.
It came after 20-1 outsider Was sprung a surprise in the Oaks 24 hours earlier for the Ballydoyle team, with Seamie Heffernan holding on by a neck from the fast finishing Shirocco Star in the race over 1m4f.
And the winners did not end there for Ireland’s top trainer O’Brien, who again had his 19-year-old son to thank for steering warm favourite St Nicholas Abbey to a 4½ length win in the Group One Coronation Cup at Epsom.
In the five furlong Dash Handicap on Epsom’s Saturday card, punters were floored by Stone Of Folca’s victory at 50/1 for Kent-based handler John Best and rider Luke Morris.
To mark this year’s important summer of sport, Southwell Racecourse is taking part in a new campaign to Get Britain Racing. The campaign will run across 17 racecourses throughout England and Wales and invites people to come racing for just £10 between June and August.
With more than 100,000 tickets available and an exciting summer of racing ahead, Let’s Get Britain Racing is designed to encourage people who have never been racing to try it for the first time, as well as offering great value for money to existing racing fans.
Nathan Corden, Head of Commercial Development at Southwell Racecourse said: "With horseracing being one of the Queen’s favourite pastimes, her Diamond Jubilee year is the perfect time to launch this campaign to Get Britain Racing. You can see the beautiful horses up close in the parade ring, spot top jockeys walking amongst the crowd in their brightly coloured silks, enjoy being outdoors with beautiful views, experience the additional activities that we provide from children’s entertainment to Ladies Day, live music concerts and real ale festivals, and get swept up in the excitement of having a flutter, all while spending quality time with friends, family or colleagues. And now you can try it for just £10.”
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