Felix De Giles
Robert Lucey Butler
Silvestre De Sousa
Christophe Lemaire (FR)
Christophe Soumillon (FR)
Garrett Gomez (USA)
Olivier Placais (FR)
Stanley Chin (HK)
Stephane Pasquier (FR)
Sea The Stars Reigns Supreme In The Epsom Derby 2009 6th June 2009 at 4:07pm
Mick Kinane produced a confident ride aboard Sea The Stars, who became the first horse since Nashwan in 1989 to complete the 2,000 Guineas and Derby double .
Settled in third place behind pacesetters Golden Sword and Age Of Aquarius, Sea The Stars, who was sent off at 11-4, travelled like a true champion and swept to the front before the furlong marker.
Approaching the line Fame And Glory, Masterofthehorse and Rip Van Winkle started to close on the winner but could never get on terms with the son of Cape Cross.
Fame And Glory, sent off the 9-4 favourite, just held on for second, with Masterofthehorse third.
The win provided trainer John Oxx with his second Derby victory following Sinndar's victory in 2000, while Kinane was tasting success in the race for the third time.
"It all happened in slow motion," said the winning jockey.
"They did not go fast enough for him and he was always travelling very well. He quickened up well when I asked and went right away.
He has such a high cruising speed and has improved so much since Newmarket. If anything he over-raced in the early stages but his class got him through."
Winning trainer John Oxx was quick to pay tribute to his dual Classic winner.
"He's never let us down right from the word go.
"Some horses look the business and then let you down but this fellow has never let us down.
"I was never very anxious at any time during the race because he was going so well and as he improved down the hill I could see Mick was waiting, waiting, waiting.
"When he sent him on I knew he wouldn't stop as he'd been going too well for too long.
"He idles a bit in front, he's the same at home.
"He could win at any distance. He could go back to a mile, andten furlongs is probably perfect for him."
Oxx, who trains the winner for Christopher Tsui, a 27 year old Hong Kong nightclub owner, continued: "I think the St Leger might be a bridge too far.
"I'm a believer in the Triple Crown, I think it will be won within the next ten years with all these good middle-distance stallions about, but if we were worriedabout the trip for the Derby I think we'd be very worried going into the Leger if we had him entered.
"We'll have to talk about it of course but this lad will be very good over a mile, and ten furlongs.
"The Irish Derby would be the obvious next race but there is also the International at York and the Champion Stakes at Leopardstown to think about."
William Hill make Sea The Stars 5-4 to complete the Triple Crown, while he was cutfrom 8-1 into 2-1 for the King George at Ascot next month.
The same firm go 4-1 about the winner lifting the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
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Ruby Walsh Fractures Ankle & Faces 6 Weeks Out 12th May 2009 at 5:59pm
Ruby Walsh is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks after fracturing an ankle during a fall at Killarney on Sunday.
The champion jockey was in behind the leaders in the 2m1f handicap hurdle when coming down with two others at the third-last flight on the ill-fated Imperial Hills and left the racecourse on crutches.
Walsh then missed his Monday rides as agent and sister Jennifer reported him "sore all over", but orthopaedic surgeon Bill Quinlan on Tuesday confirmed his injuries were more serious.
"Ruby saw Bill this morning and he has fractured his left ankle," said his agent. "He has been told he will be out for between four and six weeks."
Paul Carberry, whose mount Robin Du Bois was also fatally injured in that incident, has not ridden since but on Monday said he expected to be fit to ride on Saturday.
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