Arrest May Seek Redemption in Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
The highly anticipated Epsom Derby ended in disappointment for the favourite, Arrest. The colt had been hailed as the market leader at 4-1 and was expected to deliver a victory that would be celebrated by his partner Frankie Dettori during his final ride in the premier Classic.
However, despite racing keenly on the front end, Arrest weakened out of contention due to pre-race fears regarding quickening ground and the idiosyncratic nature of Epsom track. He passed the post tenth among 14 runners.
Juddmonte’s racing manager Barry Mahon has confirmed another bid for Classic glory on July 2 may be possible after allowing some time to pass before committing to future plans. According to him, “We’ll give Curragh some consideration… I think John said pre-Epsom, that Curragh would suit him better being a more conventional track.”
Ralph Beckett-Trained Bluestocking Skips Epsom
In other news from Juddmonte Stable, Ralph Beckett-trained Bluestocking decided not to enter into this year’s Oaks race at Epsom because of her lack of experience handling unconventional tracks like it.
Bluestocking won on her Salisbury debut but narrowly missed winning Listed company at Newbury upon reappearing. She might participate in either Royal Ascot or Prix de Diane instead.
Mahon added: “She’s a filly who probably won’t want rattling fast ground so that will probably sway us as to where we end up going.”
The Final Word
Juddmonte Stable is keeping its options open with regards their horses’ next races, with Mahon saying that they will not make any plans until they see how both horses – Arrest and Bluestocking – are in the near future.
It remains to be seen whether Juddmonte Stable’s decision to skip Epsom this year was a mistake or not. In any case, the team is looking forward to their next races at Curragh and other possible venues.