A Derby for (all) the ages
Whilst the stipulations of the race mean that all the horses in this year’s Investec Derby will be three-year-olds, there will be a wide variety of ages and nationalities on display amongst the jockeys riding them.
With the youngest former winner Mickael Barzalona (24) being less than half the age of the oldest Kieren Fallon (51), there will be at least four different winners on display this weekend all coming from different generations and different countries.
Great British Racing has looked at those who could make the headlines for their respective age brackets.
Mickael Barzalona, 24 (France)
Derby rides: 1. Derby wins: 1
The talented (and baby-faced) Frenchman is seeking to maintain his 100% win record in the world’s most famous race when he partners Cloth of Stars this weekend, having won the race on his only other start in 2011.
Barzalona’s famous celebration when swooping late to win the race on Pour Moi is one of the most memorable images of recent times and he will be hoping he can repeat the feat this weekend to land his second Investec Derby despite being so young.
(Barzalona celebrates winning the Investec Derby in 2011. C: Racingfotos.com)
Ryan Moore, 32 (Great Britain)
Derby rides: 10 Derby wins: 2
Regarded by many as the best jockey in the world, Moore will be searching for this third Derby win having won in 2010 (Workforce) and 2013 (Ruler of the World).
Moore has won top level races all over the world and is now the preferred rider for powerful trainer Aidan O’Brien and his Coolmore operation.
This year he will be riding joint favourite US Army Ranger who is owned by the same team as that which owned Ruler of the World – keep an eye out for the deep dark blue colours.
Frankie Dettori, 45 (Italy)
Derby rides: 20 Derby wins: 2
Racing’s most flamboyant star will also be searching for his third win in the race and will be hoping to become the first jockey in over a decade to win back-to-back Derbys, having won the race last year aboard Golden Horn.
Dettori’s first win aboard Authorized in 2007 came after 15 years of trying when it seemed like fate would conspire against him. In true Dettori fashion, however, the Italian did not stop there and he was back in the Winner’s Enclosure last year.
Aged 45, he shows no signs of slowing down and will be riding the joint favourite Wings of Desire in this year’s contest.
(The irrepressible Frankie Dettori wins his second Derby last year c:Racingfotos.com)
Kieren Fallon, 51 (Ireland)
Derby rides: 11 Derby wins: 3
The oldest rider in the race, but also the most successful with three past wins, not many jockeys ride Epsom like Kieren Fallon.
Despite being more than double the age of Barzalona, Fallon is still going strong and will look to be the oldest winner of the race for 50 years since Australian jockey Scobie Breasley (52) won in 1966.
His back-to-back winners in 2003 (Kris Kin) and 2004 (North Light) were preceded by a win on Oath in 1999 and with his success in the race, you’d struggle to find many people ruling out his mount Across The Stars.
(Kieren Fallon celebrates his third Derby win on North Light, 2004. C:Racingfotos.com)
The Investec Derby is a QIPCO British Champions Series race. For more information, visit www.britishchampionsseries.com