Stoute gets Derby Crown for the sixth time
Desert Crown won the 243rd Epsom Derby on Saturday as Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, stepped in for Queen Elizabeth II. Ridden by Richard Kingscote and trained by five-time Derby winner Sir Michael Stoute, Desert Crown — the pre-race favorite — raced into the lead with two furlongs to go, eventually winning in dominant style.A colorful fireworks display had the thousands of fans in attendance ready for a show, and Desert Crown — owned by Saeed Suhail — demonstrated why it was the favorite to claim the title by speeding to a famous victory.
Kingscote later credited Stoute’s leadership as a reason for their success. “When I was a kid I was useless and I’ve had a lot of support from this gentleman (Stoute) here,” he told ITV Racing after the race.
“(Desert Crown has) got a huge amount of class, we turned in going well and was so lovely. I (even) took a tug in the straight, he’s got a lot of class and gave me a lot of confidence. But it’s all about the man who trained him. He’s a lovely horse and he’s a lovely gentleman that trains him.”Desert Crown finished clear of second-placed Hoo Ya Mal, a 150-1 outsider, with Westover finishing third.
For Stoute, it is a sixth Derby victory, 12 years after his last with Workforce in 2010.Princess Anne was making an appearance at Epsom Downs racecourse for the 243rd edition of the famous horse race. The Queen’s daughter, who was representing her mother at the event, waved to cheering crowds from the royal box.
The previous day, Buckingham Palace had announced Queen Elizabeth II would not be attending. However, the palace said the monarch was expected to watch the event on television in Windsor Castle, as she did for her Platinum Jubilee service on Friday. – Extracts, CNN.