Masar Gives Godolphin First Epsom Derby Victory


Dee Ex Bee, owned by Sheikh Mohammed's son Hamdan, finished second ahead of Roaring Lion in third, while 2,000 Guineas victor and odds-on favourite Saxon Warrior could only manage fourth. I've always said when I started this job I wanted to be the first person to have a Derby victor in Godolphin blue.

Dee Ex Bee (20-1) was second, with 6-1 shot Roaring Lion third.

He said: " I was very confident this horse would stay.

"I've often seen that happen to horses and they leave a run behind them very quick".

I'm not too anxious about his draw in stall one, as there are only 12 runners and he's housed next to Knight To Behold who should give him a lovely tow into the race.

Young Rascal, owned by Isponsor nvestec's managing director Bernard Kantor, runs for William Haggas with Craven victor Masar aiming to be the first victor in Godolphin's blue silks.

"I've dreamt of this since I wanted to be a jockey". This is quite an experienced horse, who will handle these conditions very well and on the form of his Craven win and Guineas third also has a fair bit of class about him.

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A day after the Oaks was won by the father and son team of Aidan and Donnacha O'Brien, this time a father and son were first and second, with Dee Ex Bee, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, finishing behind Sheikh Mohammed's Masar.

I would argue that the colt would be much shorter in the betting if he were trained by a more high-profile handler and I feel he is an exciting prospect.

"You could go to the Irish Derby, but I've said before that I don't think I've ever had a horse more suited to the St Leger, so I think it could be best to work backwards from that".

"He stayed the trip, he travelled beautifully".

Despite having his stamina to prove over a mile and a half having never raced beyond an extended mile, Masar confirmed the optimism Appleby had in him getting the trip when bursting through under William Buick approaching the two-furlong marker.

Soft ground isn't a problem for this big, strapping colt, who ran a cracker to finish just half a length behind Young Rascal in the Chester Vase last month, ironically the same position as Wings Of Eagles the previous year.

"It is not easy to win the Derby but we did it,"said Sheikh Mohammed". He put up a great performance in the Guineas and it was always going to be the best trial I thought.