Masar wins first Derby for Sheikh Mohammed as Warrior only fourth

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• Jockey William Buick and trainer Charlie Appleby celebrate win
• Hot favourite only fourth after rough passage in home straight

Charlie Appleby had Aidan O’Brien and the pre-eminence of his Balldoyle stable on his mind as he drove home after saddling the runner-up in Friday’s Oaks. “I have to admit, I was starting to wonder what we would have to do to beat them,” he said here on Saturday. Twenty-four hours later, he found out, as his 16-1 chance Masar turned over O’Brien’s 4-5 favourite Saxon Warrior to give Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation a first Derby winner in their royal blue silks.

Sheikh Mohammed has the sovereign wealth of a nation at his disposal and the sums he has ploughed into bloodstock since catching the bug with his first winner – at Brighton, 41 years ago this month – are beyond calculation. Until Saturday, though, Godolphin’s only Derby winner had been Lammtarra, in the operation’s earliest days, who was in effect owned by his nephew.

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Written by Greg Wood at Epsom
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/02/masar-wins-derby-godolphin-saxon-warrior-fourth-epsom-derby-horse-racing under the title “Masar wins first Derby for Sheikh Mohammed as Warrior only fourth”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.