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My favourite Investec Derby memory: The Timeform team take a trip down memory lane

Thu 2 Jul 2020

We invited four of the Timeform racing experts in Halifax to share their favourite renewal of the world-famous race with us.

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Dan Barber - Motivator (2005)

The story of the race

The 3-1 favourite, Motivator stormed clear two furlongs out to give jockey Johnny Murtagh his third Derby win, roared home by the 200-plus members of the Royal Ascot Racing Club syndicate who owned him.

The son of Montjeu was always travelling well just behind the pace and streaked away from the two-furlong pole to maintain his unbeaten record.

Murtagh had only been cleared to race after his suspension for careless riding in a race at Lingfield last week was cut from three days to two.

"We didn't go that fast but he was always travelling really well and when I let him go at the two marker he just took off," said the rider.

"It all went quiet. I had a little peek round half a furlong down and I couldn't believe how far I was in front!"

What Dan had to say


David Johnson - High Chaparral (2002)

The story of the race

High Chaparral defeated stablemate Hawk Wing to give Aidan O'Brien a one-two and his second consecutive victory in the race.

Mick Kinane had the choice of the two runners, but picked Hawk Wing, who was sent off the 9-4 favourite. The Johnny Murtagh-ridden High Chaparral, who drifted in the market to 7-2, proved to have the superior stamina and ultimately scored by two lengths.

Long-time leader Moon Ballad (20-1), the winner of the Dubai World Cup the following year, finished another 12 lengths back in third.

What David had to say

Matt Gardner - Galileo (2001)

The story of the race

A supreme victory for the horse who would go on to prove himself the pre-eminent stallion of his era.

Galileo, with Mick Kinane in the saddle, streaked home to win the 222nd running of the Epsom Derby by three and a half lengths.

The 11-4 joint favourite maintained his unbeaten record as he saw off the challenge of Pat Eddery and Golan, with Tobougg (9-1) and Frankie Dettori a neck back in third.

Afterwards, Kinane hailed the winner as "the best Derby horse I've ever ridden - he's got exceptional pace. I was surprised we were going as slow as we did, but when I kicked that was it."

What Matt had to say

Ben Fearnley - Pour Moi (2011)

The story of the race

Teenage sensation Mickaël Barzalona announced his arrival on a global stage by driving 4-1 chance Pour Moi to a last-stride success, which he celebrated in equally dramatic style. The Queen's horse, Carlton House, was sent off favourite but could finish only third.

His victory was a landmark for André Fabre, regarded by many as the finest trainer in Europe.

This was a Derby which did not just feature drama in the race, but in the build-up, with Carlton House the subject of a late injury scare and Kieren Fallon left unable to ride after a legal case between two sets of owners who both wanted his services, one claiming breach of contrct.

What Ben had to say

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