By Simon Jackson.
Betfred is offering 66-1 that Frankel’s full-brother will win the 2016 Investec Derby, following news that the colt is among the entries for the Epsom showpiece.
The son of Galileo and Kind is one of the 475 yearling entries received for the 237th Investec Derby, in a little less than 18 months at Epsom Downs on June 4, 2016.
The colt’s inclusion in the most important flat race in the world offers him the opportunity to emulate his sire who won the Derby in 2001.
He heads a whopping 16 entries for owner Khalid Abdullah, who has already bagged a hat-trick of Investec Derbys, winning the Classic with Quest For Fame (1990), Commander In Chief (1993) and most recently with Workforce in 2010.
The large number of entries, that includes 77 from Coolmore – who have won the Derby for the past four years and six times in all – has pleased Epsom officials.
“We are delighted with and grateful for the continuing high level of support that yearling entry for the Investec Derby receives from owners, trainers and breeders,” Epsom’s head of racing and clerk of the course, Andrew Cooper, said.
“These horses have been given their initial ticket to the greatest flat race in the world, and can remain in the Classic with no further financial commitment until the March of their three-year-old careers.”
Frankel was the highest-rated horse in the modern era, winning all of his 14 starts at distances up to 10 furlongs before he was retired after winning the QIPCO Champion Stakes in 2012.
He was trained throughout by Sir Henry Cecil who died in 2013 after an illustrious career that spanned more than 40 years and included winning 10 trainers’ championships and four Epsom Derbys.
Selected leading owners with entries in 2016 Investec Derby (Previous winners in brackets).
77 entries: [Coolmore] Sue Magnier, Michael Tabor or Derrick Smith (2001 Galileo, 2002 High Chaparral, 2011 Pour Moi, 2012 Camelot, 2013 Ruler Of The World, 2014 Australia)
53 entries: Godolphin (1995 Lammtarra)
46 entries: Hamdan Al Maktoum (1989 Nashwan, 1994 Erhaab)
31 entries: Al Shaqab Racing
16 entries: Khalid Abdullah (1990 Quest For Fame, 1993 Commander In Chief, 2010 Workforce)
15 entries: Aga Khan (1981 Shergar, 1986 Shahrastani, 1988 Kahyasi, 2000 Sinndar)
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