Desert Crown handed trainer Sir Michael Stoute a sixth Derby success when successful in the Epsom classic on Saturday, winning by two and a half lengths from Hoo Ya Mal (150/1). Westover (25/1) was a further head behind in third.
WHAT. A. PERFORMANCE.— Racing TV (@RacingTV) June 4, 2022
DESERT CROWN provides Sir Michael Stoute with his sixth @CazooUK Derby victory and a first for @RKingscote with a hugely impressive performance in the @EpsomRacecourse showpiece ??#CazooDerby pic.twitter.com/RaiPMMSnix
Born in Barbados on 22nd October 1945, the 76 year old becomes the oldest known trainer to win the Derby, surpassing 75 year old Mat Dawson who saddled Sir Visto to victory in 1895.
Stoute was previously successful with Shergar (1981), Shahrastani (1986), Kris Kin (2003), North Light (2004) and Workforce (2010).
???"I was very comfortable from the time he got to the top of the hill. He's got a lot of talent."— Racing TV (@RacingTV) June 4, 2022
Sir Michael Stoute provides his verdict on Desert Crown's stunning @CazooUK Derby victory with @LydiaHislop at @EpsomRacecourse ??#CazooDerby pic.twitter.com/Wjcg9V9QLv
It was a first Derby victory for jockey Richard Kingscote. The 35 year old was having his second Derby ride. He finished 11th on Knight To Behold in 2018 on his only previous Derby ride.
It was a second Derby win for owner Saeed Suhail, who previously saw his colours carried to victory by Kris Kin in 2003.
It is a first Derby victory for Desert Crown’s sire, Nathaniel. Desert Crown was bred by Strawberry Fields Stud, based at Teversham near Newmarket. He was sold for 280,000 Guineas as a yearling at Tattersalls in October 2020.
Returned the 5/2 market leader, Desert Crown becomes the 18th favourite to succeed since 1970 and the first since Golden Horn in 2015.
Racing from stall 12, Desert Crown becomes just the third horse to win from that berth since starting stalls were introduced in 1967.
Desert Crown was making just his third appearance today. He won a maiden over an extended mile at Nottingham in November and the Group 2 Dante Stakes at York last month on his two previous starts.
???"I'm not a champion jockey, I'm not Ryan Moore. It took a lot of guts for Sir Michael & the owner to stick with me"— Racing TV (@RacingTV) June 4, 2022
A brilliant interview with @RKingscote discussing his #CazooDerby victory @EpsomRacecourse - watch the full interview on https://t.co/A8az1MHRCF later today ?? pic.twitter.com/qfhWZ5aqUJ