Humphrey Bogart (left) has improved markedly this season
PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
By David Baxter 5:33PM 4 JUN 2016
THE Irish Derby or Royal Ascot could be next for Humphrey Bogart, who surpassed market expectations to finish fifth in the Investec Derby.
Supplemented at a cost of £75,000 by owners Chelsea Thoroughbreds after winning the Lingfield Derby Trial, Humphrey Bogart was beaten 11 lengths in fifth, and returned £41,560.50 of his supplementary fee.
Trainer Richard Hannon was delighted with the son of Tagula, and said: “He ran a super race and proved he’s a good horse. There was a moment when he looked very dangerous and did everyone proud.
“Well look at the Irish Derby or maybe Royal Ascot (the King Edward VII). A lot of bubbles were burst there, and he beat plenty of horses with big reputations.”
One place and three lengths ahead of Humphrey Bogart was Dante Stakes winner Wings Of Desire, and trainer John Gosden felt quicker ground would have helped his chances.
He said: “It wasn’t his ground, as I’ve said all along. I’ve no excuses, but I think the ground suited the first and second better than it suited us.”
Not his running
Massaat came into the race after finishing second in the 2,000 Guineas, but did not appear to stay the extra half mile and was well beaten in ninth.
However, Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, felt the trip was irrelevant, as he said: “He certainly wouldn’t have won at a mile and a quarter. He was gone as soon as he went for him and Paul [Hanagan] said he thought he was in trouble even before that.
“He was keen early because we tried to get him ready for a Guineas but he had a lovely position. We worked him over a mile and a quarter the other day and it took two furlongs to pull him up. I would lay my life on the fact he stays a mile and a quarter but he didn’t stay it today, so for whatever reason I don’t think that was his running.”