Pour Moi wins Investec Derby
Pour Moi wins Investec Derby

Pour Moi wins the Investec Derby (Gr1)

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INVESTEC DERBY (Gr1)

Epsom Downs, 4 June 2011 

Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith’s Pour Moi (Ire) (Montjeu), who burst onto the Epsom scene only after a successful run in the Gr2 Prix Greffulhe at Saint-Cloud on May 7, finally provided Andre Fabre with a victory in the Gr1 Investec Derby after nine failed attempts. Brought with his familiar rattle from last to first by the 19-year-old jockey prodigy Mickael Barzalona, the 4-1 second choice grabbed the Ballydoyle outsider Treasure Beach (GB) (Galileo) in the shade of the post with his jockey standing up in the irons in celebration.

“He’s a good horse, and is the one I wanted to win this race with,” Fabre said after saddling the first French-trained Blue Riband winner since Empery in 1976. “It is no accident that he has won. I was surprised to see he had two accelerations, one to catch up and another gear to win. Running a mile and a half for the first time helped him. It is such a pleasure to win this race with my young jockey - I couldn’t be happier.” He continued, “He gave everything today and deserves a rest. I will probably give him a summer break and bring him back for a prep ahead of the G1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (at Longchamp October 2). All horses improve with time.”

In the end, a head separated the front two, with The Queen’s 5-2 favorite Carlton House (Street Cry) 3/4 of a length behind in third, having run a genuine race after missing the kick and losing a shoe late on.

Trainer of Carlton House, Sir Michael Stoute told PA Sport, “He’s run very well, but things just haven’t gone right. He had a hold-up close to the race and during it he got too far back and then had to run wide into the straight. He’s still a high-class colt, and he will have a big day.”

Aidan O’Brien expressed himself pleased with all his four runners, three of whom made the first six.

INVESTEC DERBY (Gr1)

Final Results

#

LBH

Horse

Sire

Dr

Jockey

Trainer

1

0.00

POUR MOI

Montjeu

7

M Barzalona

Andre Fabre

2

hd

TREASURE BEACH

Galileo

12

C O’Donoghue

Aidan O”Brien

3

3/4

CARLTON HOUSE

Street Cry

13

R Moore

Sir Michael Stoute

4

3/4

MEMPHIS TENNESSEE

Hurricane Run

6

J O’Brien

Aidan O”Brien

5

3/4

NATIVE KHAN

Azamour

3

J Murtagh

Ed Dunlop

6

2

RECITAL

Montjeu

4

P Smullen

Aidan O”Brien

7

nk

VADAMAR

Dalakhani

9

C Lemaire

Alain de Royer-Dupre

8

4

MASKED MARVEL

Montjeu

5

W Buick

John Gosden

9

19

PISCO SOUR

Lemon Drop Kid

1

J Fortune

Hughie Morrison

10

3

SEVILLE

Galileo

2

C Soumillon

Aidan O”Brien

11

7

OCEAN WAR

Dalakhani

10

L Dettori

Mahmoud Al Zarooni

12

3 1/4

CASTLEMORRIS KING

And Beyond

11

M Coumbe

Michael Attwater

13

55

MARHABA MALYOON

Tiger Hill

8

J Spencer

David Simcock

Extract from Thoroughbred Daily News

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