The most prestigious event on the horse racing calendar, The People’s Derby Cup (2400m – G1), will be held on Sunday. This Group 1 race, which will be run at weights for age over the 2400m distance, attracted six runners. The Gatekeeper is undefeated this season and he will be the horse to beat.
Luck is already on his side. The Gatekeeper inherited the first lane when the lines were drawn on Wednesday. Mauritian jockey Rai Joorawon will have to choose the best tactic he adopts with this horse he knows well after winning two races with him this season.
The Gatekeeper is in great form. This champion will follow in ideal position and will be very hard to beat in the final straight. He hopes to set the record straight as he was beaten by Twist Of Fate in this race last year.
Alshibaa, double winner of this race which was then called the Maiden Cup in 2020 and 2021, will be in his 5th participation. This champion from the Ricky Maingard team is on the up after his good second place last time on a muddy track. It will be ridden by Cédric Ségeon who led him to victory in the 2020 Maiden Cup.
Twist Of Fate will try the double. He didn’t have the best of preparations. He had health problems, and he had the misfortune of having to compete on a muddy track last time. The Shirish Narang-trained horse seemed to have picked up well in training. He should not be undervalued, as he is also a classy horse.
Lunafacation did not miss any preparatory race for the Derby. Winner on his last race, he is also great form. He could dictate the pace or even follow closely. He can try to make it from pillar to post.
Race 1 – 1850m (0-26)
Overdose – Tomorrow’s Vision – Lord Of Light – Celestial Magma
Race 2 – 1500m (0-25)
Arnica Montana – Amandla – Kalgoorlie – Senor Don
Race 3 – 1500m – B31
Superior Force – Sonnensthral – Manetheren – Liquid
Race 4 – 1600m – B36
Secret Oasis – Spotted Pearl – Secret Circle – Chapter And Verse
Race 5 – 1500m – B46
Illicit Kiss – Var’s Elusion – Ron’s Joy
Race 6 – 2400m – G1
The Gatekeeper – Alshibaa – Twist Of Fate
Race 7 – 1600m – B66
Your Pace Or Mine – Nourbese – Captain Flynt
Race 8 – 1400m – B56
Magnum P I – Free To Win – Transonic – Tower Of Wisdom
- Top wins: Illicit Kiss – Secret Oasis
- Value Bets : Your Pace Or Mine – Overdose
- Outsider: Magnum P I – Manetheren
The Gatekeeper last win
Alshibaa last win
Twist Of Fate last win
Lunafaction last win