SOME 235 years on from its first running, the Epsom Derby still stands as the race that defines the peak of achievement of a colt in its classic season. It’s the race that Coolmore, the world’s dominant breeding establishment, rank at the top of their yearly targets.

Despite being run on the same roller coaster track, it is still held as the ultimate test of a young thoroughbred racehorse, of temperament, balance and ability.