ITV Racing Review. Saturday June 2

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Published: 3rd June 2018

The long wait for a first Investec Derby winner in the royal blue silks of Godolphin came to an end in front of the ITV Racing cameras.

The long wait for a first Investec Derby winner in the royal blue silks of Godolphin came to an end in front of the ITV Racing cameras.
ITV Racing’s team brought you the moment Masar provided Sheikh Mohammed with the victory he has craved at Epsom.
The Charlie Appleby-trained son of New Approach showed he had the potential to strike at the top table with a close-up third in the Qipco 2000 Guineas.
Despite having his stamina to prove, Masar confirmed the optimism Appleby had in him getting the trip.
He burst through under William Buick approaching the two-furlong marker.
Showing no signs of stopping, Masar forged on to cross the line a length and a half clear of Dee Ex Bee.
Roaring Lion was half a length back in third.


Odds-on favourite Saxon Warrior, given a dreadful ride by Ryan Moore, was another two and a half lengths adrift in fourth.
Appleby was winning his first Classic – just 24 hours after coming close when Wild Illusion was second in the Oaks.
Connect showed a smart turn of foot to win the Investec Private Banking Handicap.
With Friday’s winners using a faster strip of ground on the near-side rail, there was a difference of opinion as to where the best ground was.
Poet’s Prince went all the way over to the near rail, while several stayed in the middle.
But Adam Kirby stuck to the far rail and it paid dividends.
Connect had finished last in both his races this season.
But Clive Cox fitted the hood for the first time and it made all the difference as he beat Court House by a length and a half.


Tanasoq ran out a clear-cut winner of the Investec Corporate Banking “Dash” Handicap at Epsom.
There was a furious early gallop set by three-time winner Caspian Prince, but he had the worst of the draw and gave way earlier than normal.
Harry Hurricane and Just That Lord were left in front, but the gaps came for Jimmy Sullivan and Tanasoq against the rail.
The 12-1 shot continued his improvement and quickened clear in a matter of strides, which ended the race as a contest.
Pettochside made great strides late on to claim second, with Just That Lord clinging on for third.
There is usually a hard-luck story in the race.
This year it was the fourth home, Blue De Vega, who was denied a run on several occasions.


Century Dream gave Simon Crisford a welcome big-race winner with a smooth success in the Investec Diomed Stakes.
The progressive four-year-old was victorious in a Listed race at Ascot last time out.
He handled the step up to Group Three level with a degree of ease.
William Buick was always in the perfect position as he tracked last year’s winner Sovereign Debt, who took up the running two furlongs out.
He took two lengths out of the rest.
The admirable Gabrial made late headway under Frankie Dettori to claim second from True Valour, but the 11-4 favourite was never going to be caught.
Crisford, Godolphin’s former racing manager, can now begin to look for some big prizes.


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