ZAWRAQ will miss the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday. Dermot Weld’s colt has not fully recovered from a minor setback he suffered earlier in the week and will play no part in the premier Classic.

Angus Gold, racing manager for owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: “It’s bad news. He did a bit of work this morning and moved beautifully under Pat Smullen but by the time he got back to the yard he was definitely not right again. It’s very bad timing.”

Zawraq had been prominent in the antepost betting lists for the Derby after convincingly winning his two starts to date. But after completing a satisfactory piece of work on Tuesday morning he was found to be slightly lame upon his return to the yard.

Initial X-rays and scans suggested the injury was not serious, with hopes high in the Weld camp he would prove his fitness in time for Epsom.

Zawraq engaged in promising light exercise on Wednesday, further fuelling the optimism, but connections were forced to draw stumps after the horse cantered on Thursday morning.

Gold said: “He (Smullen) said when Zawraq flexed one of his joints he was a bit sore. Maybe it is something do with a joint that did not show up on the scans or X-rays.

“Hopefully it’s nothing too serious but we can’t think about future plans until we get to the bottom of what is troubling him.”

  1. jimron 3 years ago

    Shame epichris is the boy for me anyway!

    • bad jaspers phone 3 years ago

      Is this the most uninspiring derby field in living memory ?

  2. johnb 3 years ago

    Not really because we have what i think could be one of the best Derby horses
    one of the best in a long list
    the second and third in the Dante are both really good horses Elm Park was top 2yo and Jack Hobbs might be my St Ledger pick but still looking at that race

    its the way Golden Horn moves that makes him so special,
    Yes he is at a track that will test just how well balanced he is and just how well he settles and for all the years the Openheimers have given to racing they deserve a Derby great

  3. Weebanger 3 years ago

    is there going to be a rule 4 for the others? Or does this to count anti post(which I think)

  4. johnb 3 years ago

    Weebanger no rule 4 its still antipost untill the overnight declarations which is 10am the day before the race

  5. Duncan Poundcake 3 years ago

    Bad Jasper YES it is the worst Derby field I can remember ,the best horse might not stay,the last supplemented horse to win was Kris Kin 3 have been placed.
    Jack Hobbs won a handicap off 85 then chased Golden Horn home
    Giovanni is only short because of O Brien/Moore
    Elm Park was behind the Gosden horses at York and didn’t handle the dip at Newmarket but Racingost winners do well .
    The last winners have came from the first 3 in the betting
    The Oaks is a much better race this year GL

  6. Duncan Poundcake 3 years ago

    Sorry the last 10 winners

    • bad jaspers phone 3 years ago

      I agree,
      Basically the head of the market is made up of nags from a sub standard Dante trial.
      none of this sorry lot will beat the older horses in the top races later in the year at this distance.
      You forgot to add that the favourite was only supplemented because basically there is nothing to fear.

  7. johnb 3 years ago

    Everywhere you look everyone goes on about will Golden Horn stay
    Golden Horn by Cape Cross yes Cape Cross the horse responsible for two of the best 1m 4f horses to grace Epsom Downs
    Sea The Stars & Ouija Board

    There will always be question marks about any horse in a Derby or Oaks getting 1m 4f at Epsom because Epsom is no ordinary track

    Epsom with the Derby and Oaks has always been good to me with antipost bets over the years
    Maybe I know what to look for or maybe I am lucky or maybe a bit of both but whatever it is I strongly believe Golden Horn will be one of the greats that we will talk about for years

  8. Duncan Poundcake 3 years ago

    I do hope he wins for everyone who has 33/1 and if there wasn’t that doubt he would be odds on GL

  9. johnb 3 years ago

    At York, after so much uncertainty we finally got an answer to the question of which colt will go into the Derby with the highest expectations.

    The answer is Golden Horn, who won a renewal of the Dante that by and large matched the expectations heaped upon it.

    The pace was sound; the time was good; the principals were clear: we’ve a good deal of faith in the Dante form and, by extension, in Golden Horn’s new rating of 125p.

    The Dante is so good, relative to the Derby trials that went before, that we wouldn’t be surprised were the first three from that race to feature prominently again at Epsom.

    Golden Horn’s stablemate Jack Hobbs (118p) after three starts remains open to improvement, especially at 12 furlongs, and is surely a Group 1 colt in the making.

    Similarly, Elm Park’s reputation took only the slightest scuff in defeat and he’s expected to improve on his rating (117p) with the benefit of a run behind him.

    I want to take this opportunity to point out that Golden Horn is first and foremost a triumph for sectional timing.
    In fact, he feels like a watershed horse for sectionals.
    Criticism for the method usually centres on the idea that the overwhelming majority of its conclusions can be drawn by the trained eye.

    Golden Horn is the first horse of such a high profile to prove an exception.

    A race-reader could tell you after his maiden win at Nottingham that he was good; only a sectionals acolyte could tell you with confidence just how good,
    It was sectionals that emboldened us to give him a rating of 107p after his debut, one of the highest dished out for a juvenile maiden winner in 2014. THATS WHY I TIPPED HIM FOR THE DERBY

  10. johnb 3 years ago

    So the Derby is made up of Nags,
    Nags that are Listed winners Group winners and yes group 1 winners

    ELM PARK highest rated 2yo, winner at listed group 1 & 2

    HANS HOLBEIN winner in group 3

    GIOVANNI CANALETTO 2nd in group 3

    STORM THE STARS 2nd in group 3

    EPICURIS winner in group 1

    The Dante was so weak that a horse by the name of NAFAQA who won a listed race, beat a length in a group 2 and a length and a quarter 2nd in a group 3
    and last time out NAFAQA was 2nd in a listed race beaten by PEACOCK
    NAFAQA the same horse GOLDEN HORN beat 19 lengths in the Dante
    JACK HOBBS 16 lengths clear and ELM PARK 13 lengths clear

    The Dante wasn’t a weak race and tomorrow’s Derby isn’t a weak race
    GOLDEN HORN is just so much better it makes those races look weak

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