Bobby Zen

After all the speculation leading up to Saturday’s G1 Betfred Derby, TDN Rising Star City Of Troy (Justify–Together Forever {Ire}, by Galileo {Ire}) gave an emphatic and euphoric answer to grace Epsom’s Blue Riband with one of its finest displays. In huge contrast to Newmarket, where Ryan Moore became embroiled in a half-mile drag race, the champion juvenile of 2023 was in a hack-canter from stall one so often a disadvantage but which for this talented colt turned out a blessing. Able to let the pace play out in front and tuck in on the rail a little worse than mid-division, the 3-1 favourite needed racing room heading to Tattenham Corner and with it at a premium his rider had to go all Calvin Borel which is such a risky tactic here.

Diving through the inner from three out, Aidan O’Brien’s 10th Derby hero was in front a furlong later with only the loose Voyage (GB) (Golden Horn {GB})–who had unshipped his rider exiting the stalls–up ahead. Using his ground-devouring stride to power on from the smooth-travelling Ambiente Friendly (Ire) (Gleneagles {Ire}), he was able to open up a 2 3/4-length margin on that Listed Lingfield Derby Trial winner at the line, with Ballydoyle second-string Los Angeles (Ire) (Camelot {GB}) a further 3 1/4 lengths away in third.

 

Don’t say you weren’t TOLD

bolts up in the @Betfred Derby @coolmorestud | @Ballydoyle | @ChampionsSeries pic.twitter.com/zNiHHquAOC

— Racing TV (@RacingTV) June 1, 2024

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